Myke Selha

Title: Associate Professor of Social Work
Dept.: Social Work
Office: Rasmussen Center 129

Academic History

  • Master of Social Work, University of Iowa (2002-2005)
    • Phi Alpha Honor Society
  • B.A. in Religious Studies, American Indian Studies, Iowa State University (1989-1993)

Start Date at Grand View

  • Fall 2015

Areas of Expertise

  • All things social work

Research / Accomplishments

  • Member of the Association of Social Work Board Standards Setting Task Force (2017)
  • President of National Association of Social Workers (2010-2012)


  • Native American Spirituality, National Ecumenical Student Conference, 1990

  • AIDS in America: An international perspective, Central College, 1998

  • When did I develop a fear of bathrooms? The impact of Violence against transgender and bisexual youth, National Association of Social Workers Annual Symposium, 1999

  • Political Activism 101, Equality Begins at Home Campaign, 1999

  • Beyond ramps: Making your organization more accessible, BECAUSE, 2001

  • The state of AIDS housing in rural Iowa, Statewide conference on housing and the homeless, 2003

  • HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis C and Substance Abuse, Employee & Family Resources, Inc., 2003

  • Assessments: Asking the tough questions, Statewide conference on housing and the homeless, 2004

  • Diversity in the workplace: HIV, the ADA, and you, Central College, 2000-2004

  • An introduction to counseling with LGBT clients, Drake University, 2005

  • An introduction to the best medicines: Humor therapy, NASW, 2005

  • Counseling LGBT Youth, Governor's Conference on LGBT Youth, 2006, 2007

  • The Clinician's Guide to Sexual Identity Integration, Iowa Social Work Symposium, 2006

  • Lighten Your Load: humor therapy and self-esteem, Center and Reach Healing Retreat, 2007

  • Everything you Wanted to Know About CRAZY but were Afraid to Ask, Gay-Straight Alliances Conference, 2008

  • A Funny Thing Happened to My Viral Load, HIV Wellness Retreat, 2008

  • Substance Treatment for LGBT Individuals, United Community Services, 2008

  • Social Justice: The Forgotten Value, Social Work Symposium, 2009

  • Clinical Supervision, NASW, 2012, 2013, 2014

  • Mental Health Concerns of the LGBT Community, IA LGBT Health Initiative, 2014

  • Working with the Trans-Identified Client, Social Work Symposium, 2014

  • Body Image & Eating Disorders Awareness Week: Diversity Discussion, Iowa State U., 2014

  • Ethics Are Our Friends, Iowa Health Care Association, 2015

  • Mental Health Care for Trans-Identified Individuals, IA LGBT Health Institute, 2015

  • LGBTQ Youth Mental Health and Wellness, Iowa School Mental Health Conference, 2016

  • Dissociative Disorders, guest lecture for Community Nursing course, 2016

  • Ethical Clinical Supervision, NASW, 2014-present

  • The Role of the Group in Clinical Supervision, NASW, 2014-present

  • Using Emotional Intelligence and Affect Regulation, Operation Buttercup, 2017

Personal Interests

  • Kayaking
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Napping
  • Legos 

Questions & Answers

What makes Grand View unique among other universities?
Grand View is big enough to offer its students many different opportunities for personal growth and experiences. Yet, it is small enough to foster strong student-faculty engagement. 
What is your favorite part about working at Grand View?
What I really appreciate about Grand View is the support staff. When I have any questions, I know that there are any number of staff who can either answer my needs or point me in the appropriate direction, all with a smile.
Myke Selha