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Nicole L. O-Pries, LCSW

Associate professor in teaching

Email: nlopries@vcu.edu

Phone: (804) 828-6760

M.S.W., Virginia Commonwealth University
B.A., State University of New York at Binghamton
A.A., State University of New York at Cobleskill

Nicole O-Pries is a licensed clinical social worker in Virginia with substantive experience in clinical work with people who have experienced trauma. O-Pries brings nearly 20 years of nonprofit experience, much of which has focused on developing effective trauma-focused services for youth and families. She is a certified practitioner in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Level 1 Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy.

O-Pries is currently an associate professor at Virginia Commonwealth University’s School of Social Work, where she teaches courses focused on trauma-informed and trauma-focused social work practice, clinical practice, and social justice. Her service work includes active membership in the Greater Richmond Trauma-Informed Community Network, as well as being a program advisory member of the Children’s Mental Health Network and advising local nonprofits regarding integration of Trauma-Informed Care principles. 

Outside of her role at VCU, O-Pries maintains a small private telemental health practice for LGBTQ+ adults who experience traumatic stress and anxiety. She also provides consultations and training for human service professionals, advocates and educators about topics related to trauma-informed care, compassion fatigue, and telemental health practice.

Notable awards, honors and appointments

Style Weekly Top 40 Under 40

Teaching areas and interests

Current courses taught

  • SLWK 704 Clinical Social Work PracticeI & SLWK705 Clinical Social Work Practice II
  • SLWK603 Social Work & Social Justice
  • SLWK 727 Trauma and Social Work Practice: Theory, Assessment, and Intervention

Areas of teaching/mentoring expertise

  • Course Sequence Lead/Coordinator for SLWK 704 & 705
  • Mentoring focus: trauma-informed practice; telemental health; clinical work with LGBTQ+ individuals.


Community trainings and/or workshops

  • Foundations of Trauma-Informed Care