Xenia Becher

Internship Placement Coordinator

Xenia received her MSW from Syracuse University in December 1998. She received her CSW (LMSW) in July 1999 and her LCSW in February 2012. Xenia joined the field office in 2008. Her practice experience includes working as a community mental health educator at CONTACT Community Services and a mental health/alcohol and substance abuse counselor at the Oneida India Nation. She continues to build her practice knowledge by attending clinical trainings throughout the year.

Since 1997, Xenia has been heavily involved in the Alternatives to Violence Program. She regularly provides the training in the Auburn State Correctional Facility and in the Butler Correctional Facility. In addition to providing the training, she is certified as a trainer of trainers. Xenia is also a member of the Association for Experiential Education and a certified ropes course facilitator. In 2011, she was a member of a team that facilitated adventure based experiential education session for 70 Lemoyne College residence advisors and in a different session for 120 entering Lemoyne freshman. She was also a facilitator for a similar orientation activity for the Hamilton College entering freshman class. In addition to working with college groups, Xenia has been on facilitation teams working with corporate executives and upper management from a number of national companies.

Xenia teaches SWK 301: Foundations of Social Work Practice and was the lead member of a team that significantly revised the course to include community practice and a stronger alignment with the CSWE EPAS competencies. In addition, Xenia teaches SWK 436/446: Field Seminar I and II in which senior BSSW students are supported to integrate classroom theory with their concurrent field placement experience.

Xenia serves as a training site developer for the 301 community practice sites and coordinates the placement of the BSSW juniors enrolled in the course. In addition, she serves as a placement planner for both BSSW and MSW students. Xenia is the field program’s primary resource for placements in the Madison/Oneida/Herkimer counties. She is an advisor for MSW students and serves on the BSSW Program Committee.


Master of Social Work, School of Social Work, Syracuse University (1998)

Bachelor of Arts-Public Justice, State University of New York College at Oswego (1981)

Associate of Applied Science – Criminal Justice, Onondaga Community College (1979)


SWK 671/672/771/772: Field Instruction

SWK 435/436: Field Practicum

SWK 436/446: Field Integrative Seminar I & II