Mary & TIP

Mary Tinucci, DSW, MSW, LICSW
contact: Email: (or) Phone: 651-983-8159

Mary Think In Possibilities is a space of encouragement and inspiration to think outside of the proverbial ‘box” – and think, instead, in Possibilities – in all the areas of your life.

For as long as I can remember, I have seen and approached the world in terms of all that is possible.  I launched Think In Possibilities in 2006, offering writing circles for women in education and social services and training for those who wanted to employ creativity and poetry in their work with youth and adults.

Think in Possibilities stands for the work of transformation – your personal transformation, and the transformation of those you encounter in your work, relationships, and community. Think In Possibilities provides clinical supervision, writing circles/groups, psychotherapy, training, and consultation – all informed by attitudes of hope, creativity, and inspiration.

I believe that poetry, writing, creativity, music, art, and experiential modalities are powerful tools for personal, professional, and collective transformation. Creativity, in all forms, is key to effective practices and outcomes in education, human services, and leadership. In every context in which we hope to support the human spirit, creativity makes all the difference.

My Path
From 1991 – 2015, I worked as a social worker in St. Paul Public Schools. There, I was an innovator, initiating and designing programs to serve our most marginalized students. Primarily in middle and high school settings, I worked with LGBTQ youth, youth living in foster care, youth struggling with depression, youth in corrections, and youth struggling with emotional and behavioral issues.

In 1994, I designed and initiated Out For Equity,  a school-based program serving LGBTQ youth and adults in St. Paul Public Schools.  In 1998, I fell in love with poetry and began to think about how to bring this new passion into my social work practice. I  developed my own interest in group work, writing, poetry, and spoken word performance and initiated innovative ways to work with urban youth.  I began by starting an after-school writing program at Ramsey Jr. High in 2000. Later,  I  founded & facilitated Lexicon, a community poetry group for high school students at Lexington Branch Outreach Library in St. Paul from 2001-2004.

My own love of group work, poetry, journaling, and writing for emotional health led me to create The Poetry Lab (March 2004) for EBD students in St. Paul Public Schools.  Under my leadership, the Poetry Lab has developed and transformed into The LAB, an arts and wellness-based program for youth with emotional/behavioral disorders in St. Paul Public Schools.  I developed strong teams of VISTAs, Creative Arts Specialists, volunteers, guest artists, and social work interns to deliver exceptional services to youth.

Throughout my 30 years of social work practice, I have consulted with social service agencies on LGBTQ youth and school climate 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. Throughout my career, I provided clinical supervision for social work interns and new practitioners in the school setting. I designed and facilitated support groups for LGBTQ youth, and support-based writing circles for LGBTQ youth, women in sobriety, youth in foster care & other at-risk youth populations in the Twin Cities.  In 2003, I began teaching as an adjunct faculty member in the School of Social Work at St. Catherine University and University of St. Thomas, inspiring and preparing students in group work and individual and family practice. I completed my Doctorate in Social Work in May of 2017. Currently, I provide clinical supervision, offer Writing Circles/Support Groups, training, consultation, and I am a Visiting Assistant Professor in the School of Social Work at St. Catherine University/University of St. Thomas.


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