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Ellen Craine JD. LMSW-Clinical & Macro, ACSW.INHC

Ellen Craine

JD. LMSW-Clinical & Macro, ACSW. INHC

Ellen M. Craine is a social work ethics and business consultant. She served on the Michigan-National Association of Social Workers ethics committee for approximately 13 years and was the committee’s chairperson for one year. Utilizing this experience and passion for ethics, she provides ethics consultations for social workers utilizing the National Association of Social Workers Code of Ethics and her copyrighted 5 Pillars Model to guide social workers through the social work ethics maze. In addition, she teaches a variety of ethics CEUs for U of M, MSU, EMU and clinics.

An effective trainer and educator, Ellen teaches a variety of continuing education classes around ethics for social workers, including informed consent and Telehealth, subpoenas, loss and grief, custody and co-parenting issues, and Success Principles for social workers and others. She has presented workshops for the Michigan-National Association of Social Workers, North Carolina-National Association of Social Workers, University of Michigan, Michigan State University, Eastern Michigan University, and others. 

In addition to having her Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Michigan, Ellen is also trained as an Elementary Education Waldorf Teacher for grades 1 – 8. She has a certificate from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition in Health Coaching and is a Certified Canfield Trainer in Jack Canfield’s Success Principles.

Ellen M. Craine is in private practice as a licensed clinical and macro social worker in the State of Michigan. She owns Craine Counseling and Consulting Group and has over 25 years of experience working with couples, families, groups, and individuals in a variety of capacities. She has been a divorce and family mediator and parenting coordinator, working with high-conflict co-parents to improve their ability to co-parent more effectively. Ellen is a relationship and life coach incorporating the science of success with her social work experience.


Ellen believes that we have to have more authentic conversations around our life journeys, particularly about loss and grief. She advocates that we need to acknowledge that most of the struggles people face have their roots in the losses they have experienced. These losses go beyond losing someone to death and can include divorce, loss of a job, and more. With loss come a variety of reactions we collectively call grief. Working through these grief reactions effectively facilitates a successful life journey. Ellen is passionate about empowering others on their lifelong journey through loss and grief and the use of an integrative wellness approach to healing.

She is a #1 International Bestselling Author in Women Who Dream, Women Who Empower, Leading with Legacy, and Dear Younger Self. These books are part of Kate Butler’s Impact Book Series. Recently, Ellen has co authored Shout it From the Rooftops and I Love You/Me Because with Hollis Citron and I am Creative Philly Publishing. She is also a freelance author with articles published in the Crazy Wisdom Journal and Social Work Today to name a few. Ellen writes on the topics of childhood cancer, her own breast cancer journey, losing her husband to a brain tumor, caring for an elderly parent, and rising above the challenges presented by life. 

Ellen is a Co-Associate Producer of the documentary, Authentic Conversations: Deep Talk with the Masters, written, directed, and produced by LA Emmy nominated Dr. Angela Sadler Williamson. This documentary features interviews with Jack Canfield, Patty Aubrey, and Kate Butler. You can learn more about this documentary on IMDb here.

Ellen is available for speaking and training events and can be contacted at

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