1990 Rhode Island College, Providence, RI
Master of Social Work National Social Work Honor Society
1977 Roger William’s University, Bristol, RI
Bachelor of Science: Social and Health Services Summa cum Laude
1975 Cheshire Hospital School of Nursing, Keene, NH
Diploma in Nursing Outstanding Student Award
Author, Consultant, Private Practice, Clinical Supervisor
Creative Therapies 5/1979- present
Created and authored, with Leslie Walker-Hirsch, the CIRCLES programs, four multi-media teaching curricula for persons with intellectual disabilities to teach social boundaries, improve relationships, prevent abuse and prevent the spread of communicable diseases. These programs are used internationally. Present workshops and provide consultations with individuals, parents, schools, professionals and organizations on all matters related to sexuality and this population.
Clinical Social Worker 5/1990 – present
Independent Licensed Clinical Social Worker operating a private practice specializing in the evaluation and treatment of trauma, depression and mood disorders. Utilize EMDR as one method of treatment for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Provide mental treatment for the full range of psychiatric disorders for individuals with and without disabilities
Seven Hills Foundation (The Homestead Group) 5/1993 – 8/2010
Consultant / Clinical Therapist / Treatment Specialist
Provide consultation, training, evaluations and treatment for persons of all ages with developmental disabilities. Work independently and / or with client and management teams, create special projects. Team leader developing the agency’s Social / Sexual Policy. In 2007 began as consultant with Child and Family Services Department.
Rhode Island Rape Crisis Center 2/1991- 9/1993
Part-time clinical therapist providing individual, couples and group treatment to children adolescents and adults who were traumatized. Therapy included children and adults and gay and lesbian individuals. Court related support and testimony. Negotiated state systems including medical; legal; educational and child advocacy.
Public Health Nurse Consultant
State of Rhode Island: Division of Developmental Disabilities 9/1980-9/1984
Developed an assessment instrument with the Monitoring and Technical assistance Team to monitor programs providing services to persons with developmental disabilities. Provided technical assistance individually and with the team to group home and ancillary staff. Developed two and one half day training for staff on all matters related to teaching individuals about sexuality and developing sound social / sexual policy. Reviewed Requests for Proposals for the Developmental Disabilities Council.
Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker State of Rhode Island
Nursing License State of Rhode Island (Retired 1.2013)
National Association of Social Workers, Member
American Association of Intellectual Disabilities, Member
Champagne, M.P., Walker-Hirsch, L. (2005). CIRCLES I: Intimacy and Relationships. Level 2. James Stanfield Co., Santa Barbara, CA.
Champagne, M.P., Walker-Hirsch, L. (1996). CIRCLES I: Intimacy and Relationships. Level 1. James Stanfield Co., Santa Barbara, CA.
Champagne, M.P., Walker-Hirsch, L. (1986). CIRCLES: Stop Abuse. James Stanfield Co., Santa Barbara, CA.
Champagne, M.P., Walker-Hirsch, L. (1988). CIRCLES: Safer Ways. James Stanfield Co., Santa Barbara, CA.
Champagne, M.P., Walker-Hirsch, L. (1982). CIRCLES I: Intimacy and Relationships. Level 1 James Stanfield Co., Santa Barbara, CA.
National Organization Contributions
2006 AAIDD (formerly AAMR) Contributor for the Fact Sheet on Sexuality: Abuse
AARP contributing author for Breast Health for Women with Developmental Disabilities
Walker-Hirsch, L. Ed. The Facts of Life and More. Sexuality and Intimacy for People with Intellectual Disabilities “Helping Individuals Recover from Sexual Abuse. One Therapists Model.” Paul H. Brookes Publishing, Baltimore. 2007
Walker-Hirsch, L., Champagne, M.P. (1992). CIRCLES III: Safer Ways. An HIV Education Program for People with Developmental Disabilities. In HIV Infection and Developmental Disabilities (pp. 147-151)Maryland: Brookes Publishing Co.