Mary Tinucci, DSW, MSW, LICSW

Mary Tinucci is a clinical social work supervisor in private practice in Minneapolis and an Assistant Professor in the MSW Program of Walden University. She has 30 years of social work practice experience, most of which was centered in the St. Paul Public Schools (1991-2015). She was an adjunct faculty member (2003-2017) and a Visiting Assistant Professor (2017-2018) in the School of Social Work at St. Catherine University and the University of St. Thomas.

While at St. Paul Public Schools, Dr. Tinucci was an innovator, initiating and designing programs, leading teams, and supervising interns and school professionals to serve the most marginalized students. In 1994, she designed and implemented Out For Equity, the third district-wide school-based LGBTQ program in the country.  In 2004, she created The Poetry LAB, (later known as The LAB) an arts and wellness-based special education program for youth with emotional/behavioral disorders. This program employed the therapeutic use of spoken word/poetry, visual art, music and experiential wellness with at-risk youth.

The focus of her individual and group work practice has been on youth in special education who struggled with emotional/behavioral disorders (EBD); lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) youth, staff and families; youth in foster care, and middle school youth struggling with depression.


Through her private practice, Think In Possibilities, she provides clinical supervision for social workers pursuing next-level social work licensure and facilitates Writing Circles/Support Groups. She also provides training, strategic planning and program development support, team meeting facilitation, and consultation for school staff, teachers, social service providers, and training for mental health workers on topics relevant to social work practice including: LGBTQ youth and school issues, educational stability for youth in foster care, and the therapeutic use of poetry and creativity as a tool of mental health for youth and adults.