Alan Misbach, LCSW
Asst Professor of Social Work and Director of Field Education
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Last Updated: 10/24/18 -

Alan Misbach is an assistant professor of Social Work as well as the director of Field Education in the Social Work program at Utah Valley University. He comes to UVU after 20 years of diversified and fulfilling work as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a Master of Social Work degree.

Before joining UVU, Alan worked as the director of Social Work at the Utah State Hospital where he was instrumental in implementing a successful Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy program and other evidence based practices and supervised more than 40 social workers and interns. He’s also worked as the clinical director at the Willow Creek Residential School in Provo and as the treatment coordinator at the Utah County Children’s Justice Center. In addition to these leadership capacities, Alan has been a therapist at six facilities, including his own private practice. He served as president of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), Utah Chapter, and was elected president of the Wasatch Mental Health Citizen’s Advisory Board.

Alan sponsored and vigorously lobbied the position statement on banning coercive restraint practices at the national Social Work Delegate Assembly in Washington, D.C., which was adopted unanimously by the 300-member assembly. He also testified in legislative hearings and advised legislators in the Utah State Legislature regarding coercive restraint practices. Alan’s adept knowledge of Social Work has made him a sought-after speaker at universities, conferences, and public schools.  

Before coming to UVU, Alan spent 20 years providing field opportunities for BSW and MSW interns as a field supervisor for Utah Valley University, Brigham Young University, and the University of Utah. His varied personal connections with the agencies he’s worked for and the many others he’s collaborated with provided a rich resource for him to draw from, allowing him to place interns in positions that suited their scholastic focus. Alan considers his work with field interns as one of the great opportunities of his career and is pleased to continue that work at UVU.

Alan’s Social Work roots began while volunteering in South Africa for two years. There he witnessed disadvantaged people and populations under the control of government sanctioned segregation. After that experience, Alan attended UVU, BYU, and UNLV to fulfill his desire to better communities through Social Work. He married his high school sweetheart, and they raised their four children in Utah Valley.