Thomas Golebiewski

Thomas Golebiewski

Adjunct Lecturer, SESP Undergraduate Program
Adjunct Lecturer, Master of Science in Education Program


Dr. Golebiewski is a licensed Clinical Social Worker, Board Certified Diplomat and a member of the Academy of Clinical Social Workers. He is a clinician who has worked in schools since 1974 and has been a school social worker since 1979. He is currently the Social Work Department Chair at New Trier High School and has held this position since 1987. He has been involved in the development of a variety of initiatives that address school culture and climate, social and emotional wellness, and strategic planning. In 1987, as a founding member of the New Trier Township Community Response Network, he developed a collaboratively designed model of coordinated community response to crisis and trauma. This network continues to effectively address community crises. Aligned with this work is his affiliation with the American Red Cross, in which he has been a Disaster Mental Health Worker since 1989 and has been a responder to Hurricane Katrina and to a number of local disasters.
He is active in the field of Group Relations and has been a Board member of the Chicago Center for the Study of Groups and Organizations, is an associate of the AK Rice Institute and a member of the International Society for the Psychoanalytic Study of Organizations. He has held a Fellowship in the Psychoanalytic Research Training Program, the Anna Freud Centre Program at the Yale Child Study Center, and is currently engaged in research on altruism and the role of the Natural Helper with Dr. Stuart Twemlow at New Trier High School.
Dr. Golebiewski’s accomplishments deeply reflect a commitment to a life of service, a voice for equity and social justice and active support for marginalized individuals and groups. He is dedicated to educating and supporting the next generation of teachers and social work clinicians. Dr. Golebiewski has been an Instructor in the School of Education and Social Policy at Northwestern University since 2006.



Year Degree Institution
2007 PhD, Clinical Social Work Institute for Clinical Social Work
1977 MSW, Social Work Loyola University Chicago
1974 BA, Sociology Loyola University Chicago

Selected Presentations

Golebieski (2010). Commencement speaker: Loyola University School of Social Work.

Research Interests

Altruism and the role of the helper, domestically violent men, school culture and climate, social and emotional wellness. 



HDPS 311

Group Dynamics This course will explore the impact groups and organizations have on individuals and how those individuals relate to the various groups of which they are members. Specifically, this course will focus on the study of small groups and social systems, with an emphasis on leadership and authority, member roles, small group dynamics, and development, diversity, and inter-group relations. Experiential and intellectual learning will be integrated through the use of process, discussion, small study groups and assignments designed to facilitate application of theory and research. Applications will be made to small decision-making groups, cultures (groups identified by race, gender, sexual orientation, class, ethnicity, and disability), the classroom, larger social and political systems, and leadership and diversity in group and organizational life. In addition, participation in Tavistock Small Study Group Experiential Sessions will facilitate a deeper understanding of group dynamics, development and member roles in groups. Participation in the Tavistock experience is expected unless waived by the instructor. Students will not be evaluated on their performance in the conference.

MS_ED 405

Child and Adolescent Development The course provides an overview of developmental concepts from birth through adolescence. It also examines the interplay of biological factors, individual differences, cultural experiences and relationships among cognitive, social, emotional, and cultural aspects of development and learning. Class participants will study major developmental theories and contexts of the construction of these theories as well as the implications for teaching, learning, and the classroom environment.

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