Sonia Medina Pranger, LCSW, PPSC is an Assistant Professor and Program Director in the Social Work Department at Fresno Pacific University. She has over twenty years of social work practice experience in a variety of settings such as child welfare, school social work, medical social work, congregational social work, private practice, and social work education. Mrs. Pranger received her BSW, MSW, and Pupil Personnel Services Credential from California State University, Fresno and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of California issued from the Board of Behavioral Sciences. Mrs. Pranger is currently a PhD candidate at Regent University in the program of Counseling and Psychological Services, with a specialization in Marriage and Family Ministry. She aspires to utilize her experiences and education to encourage other Latina youth to pursue higher education, and most importantly to be an instrument of God’s grace in bringing hope and healing to those who have experienced oppression and trauma.
Mrs. Pranger’s research interests surround ethical faith integration in practice as well as in the education of students in schools of social work. Her interests also surround areas of cultural diversity in higher education, women in the academy, and the intersect of faith and mental health in the church, specifically in the areas of marriage and family. Mrs. Pranger lives in Fresno, California with her husband of 20 years and four children ages 15, 11, 9, & 7. Mrs. Pranger had a life-changing faith conversion at the age of 20 and has been attending her church, Family Worship Center in Sanger, California ever since. Her passion is in working with women, children, and families and teaching courses that challenge students to ethically integrate faith in their practice.
Professional Associations: BPD (Association of Baccalaureate Social Work Program Directors), NACSW (Northern American Association of Christians in Social Work), NASW (National Association of Social Workers), NANFED (North American Network of Field Education Directors), CSWE (Council of Social Work Education)