Dr. Krystal Finch is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and an Assistant Clinical Professor of Social Work at Yale University, School of Medicine. She has provided both intensive in-home and outpatient therapy to children and families, struggling with mental health illness, trauma, substance use, and behavioral problems impacting functioning within the home, school, and community. She leads a clinical team, as the Program Coordinator for the Family-Based Recovery, an intensive in-home program that provides intensive in-home therapeutic services to families with infants and toddlers impacted by parental substance use at the Child Study Center. She serves as the Clinical Programs representative for our Faculty Advisory Committee and Co-Chair of the Grand Rounds Committee with a focus on improving clinical representation and training opportunities in the medical and research fields and is trained in Restorative Justice Practices.
Clinical engagement in social work practice is a passion, however, so is the ability to develop strong clinical skills, techniques, and increased knowledge which aligns with the progression of social work practice. As a practitioner, she focuses on improving clinical engagement skills, knowledge, and techniques by using reflective approaches in care which facilitates motivation for change. As a leader, she models an approach that focuses on representation, commitment to diversity, and building upon the strengths of the individual and community needs. As an educator, she strives to teach students to push beyond adversities while developing skills to address societal, community, and systemic barriers.