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Susan M. Coale, LCSW-C

Director Chesapeake Life Center

Chesapeake Life Center at Hospice of the Chesapeake


Susan Coale, LCSW-C is the Director of Chesapeake Life Center at Hospice of the Chesapeake. Prior to assuming the leadership of Chesapeake Life Center, she provided individual and group counseling for grieving adults, children and families, clinical supervision for graduate students from local universities and training for professionals in the area of grief and traumatic loss.

A licensed clinical social worker with over thirty-five years’ experience, Susan has worked in a variety of settings, including hospitals, child welfare and private practice before joining Chesapeake Life Center. She was part of the team that developed Camp Nabi for grieving children and Phoenix Rising for grieving teens. Susan’s particular area of clinical focus is working with those have experienced a traumatic loss, such as a death by suicide or a drug-related death.

Coale holds a Bachelor of Arts in social work/sociology from Western Maryland College as well as a Masters in Social Work from University of Maryland’s School of Social Work and Community Planning.