Alumni Profiles    


Bernice Collins Thompson, 58
Social Work


            Bernice Thompson has had a distinguished career of service in the field of social work.  She currently serves as a social work therapist in the Barnes-Jewish Hospital Chemical Dependency Service's chemical dependency unit and as an instructor at both The George Warren Brown School of Social Work in St. Louis, Mo., and at the St. Louis University School of Social Work.  From 1979 to 1997 she was the executive director of the King-Fanon Community Mental Health Center in St. Louis.


            Thompson has also served as director of institutional staff development at St. Louis' Malcolm Bliss Mental Health center and as a staff consultant for the Department of Mental Health, Regional Advisory Board and Council for Psychiatric Services in St. Louis.  She has also served as a guest lecturer and consultant to schools, associations, and health centers.


            Thompson's undergraduate degree is from Park, where she was named an outstanding student and earned a listing in Who's Who in American Colleges and Universities.  She earned her M.S.W. degree from Washington University in St. Louis, and has completed a variety of leadership and management training programs.  Thompson has also undertaken doctoral studies at the St. Louis University School of Social Service.  She is a member of numerous professional organizations, and serves on the boards of a variety of organizations, groups, and institutions.  She served as a member of the Board of Trustees of Park University from 1992 through 2002.

Park University Outstanding Service Award, 1993