Brian Gonzales

Brian Christopher Gonzales

Adjunct Faculty

What I do

Integration of self, theory and practice creates the framework from which I support students in their learning and ongoing development. I work to advance the inherent potential in who we are as social workers and who we serve.


addictions and substance use, aging and gerontology, clinical social work, criminal justice, culturally responsive practice, higher education, leadership and organizations, mental and behavioral health, suicide and suicide prevention, trauma

Professional Biography

Social justice guides Brian Gonzales both personally and professionally. An educator, trainer and consultant, Gonzales is a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) and licensed addiction counselor (LAC) dedicated to the growth and development of helping professionals, inclusive learning and community partnerships and best practices for client and worker success.

As a clinical assistant professor and the assistant dean for academic affairs at the Graduate School of Social Work, Gonzales supports student services, academic services, teaches courses in clinical practice and power, privilege and oppression, and sits on various internal and external boards and committees.

Prior to GSSW, he served his community as both a family therapist and as a clinical supervisor and executive director of a non-profit that provided mental health and substance use treatment for clients in community correction, county jail and outpatient settings throughout Colorado.


  • MSW, Adult Mental Health- Clinical Social Work , University of Denver Graduate School of Social Work, 2010
  • BA, Bio-psychology , Boston College , 2007

Licensure / Accreditations

  • Licensed Addiction Counselor (LAC)
  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)