Experience

Ward V. Halverson, LCSW-R, M.Ed.
417 East German Street, Herkimer, NY 13350
Ph. (315) 868-1000 fax. 866-3174, e-mail: ward.halverson@verizon.net

LICENSING:

NYS Licensed Clinical Social Worker #071284 (R)
CT Licensed Clinical Social Worker #005073
NYS Public High School Teacher Certification, September 1995 # 537687995 (NY)

EDUCATION:

Masters in Social Work (With Distinction), May 2000: Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY
Masters in Education, May 1995: The College of Saint Rose, Albany, NY
Bachelor of Arts (Cum Laude), December 1992: Hamilton College, Clinton, NY

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE:

Child and Family Therapist

Private Practice: Ward V. Halverson, Herkimer, NY, January 2007 - Present
Owner and primary clinician for practice specializing in the assessment and treatment of child and family-based mental illness, dysfunction, oppositional defiance, anger, stress, anxiety, and other concerns. Special interest in veterans, couples counseling, MBTI-related consulting, smoking cessation, and more.

Child and Family Therapist

Family Ties, The Neighborhood Center, Utica, NY, June 2003 - Present
Director and lead clinician of intensive in-home treatment program through Herkimer County Mental Health and Probation departments. Assess, diagnose, and treat wide variety of individual and family system dysfunctions using behavioral, solution-focused, strength-based treatments, or other methods as indicated. Excellent success rates.

Army Medical Officer

United States Army Reserve/Active Duty, December 2000 - July 2006
Captain with 865th combat support hospital in Utica, NY; Director of Mental Health for Detainee Operations, Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan and pre-combat training, Fort Benning, GA December 2004 - February 2006

Clinical Social Worker (promoted)

St. Francis Home for Children, New Haven, CT, July 2001 - January 2003
All responsibilities below, plus: promoted to Intern Supervisor and Yale Mentor Program Coordinator; responsible for management of agency undergraduate trainees and program administration; including clinical supervision, documentation, and oversight.

Clinical Social Worker

St. Francis Home for Children, New Haven, CT, July 2000 - January 2003
Directed long-term caseload of adolescents and children with severe emotional disabilities and psychiatric illnesses in a restricted residential setting. Responsible for intensive case management, clinical assessment/diagnoses, treatment coordination with milieu staff, and close communication with medical, legal, and community providers. Focus on research-backed interventions and family-based therapy; initiated a variety of clinical-focused community-oriented programs.

Clinical Social Worker

Human Resource Directions, Utica, NY, August 1999 - July 2000
Provided professional-level counseling and therapeutic interventions for individuals, children, and families in a regional employee-assistance program; managed extensive client caseload, created and implemented corporate training courses; responsible for marketing and sales, contract maintenance, publications.

Social Worker

Folts Home, Inc., Herkimer, NY, December, 1998 - July, 1999
Advocated for 12-patient case file, designed assessment/treatment approaches, counseled residents from interventions to termination; close work with Ph.D. psychologist, team approach, founded/expanded successful veterans group.

COMMUNITY SERVICE:

Director

Dolgeville Riverside Community CAFE, Dolgeville, NY, June 2006 - Present
Took over fiscal and community leadership of struggling, teenage-driven community organization and non-profit, reorganized and began year of intense fundraising and activities leading to June 2007 reopening; raised $9,000 as of March 2007. Worked closely student board members, other adults, and small village community resources.

Counselor

New Horizons of the Mohawk Valley, Utica, NY, June 1996 - August 1999
Advocated for adolescent girls in long-term residential treatment program, provided ongoing counseling and therapeutic interventions, organized age-based activities. Initiated and expanded host home program, engaged follow-up critical incident evaluative practices, consulted with mental health professionals and government resources, engaged in marketing and program promotion.

Emergency Medical Technician, Captain (EMT)

Dolgeville Volunteer Ambulance Corp., Dolgeville, NY, June 1993 - June 2000
Stabilized and transported numerous patients in medical crisis via community organization; NYS certified/trained. Extensive anatomy/physiology background with emergency care assessment, diagnosis, and treatment. Engaged in more than 500 rapid-reaction responses as either crew chief or supervisor, provided CISM debriefing and defusing, initiated and completed state credentialing; extensive use of teamwork, investigation, group processing.

Runaway Youth Home Host

Catholic Family Charities of Herkimer County, Ilion, NY, 1996 - Present
Maintain on-call status for 1 -14 night stays; older adolescents in emotional or family system distress. Provide informal counseling and support, referrals.

HONORS:

U.S. Army Meritorious Service Medal: Operation Enduring Freedom, Afghanistan
Special Recognition: Catholic Family Charities of Herkimer County
Certificate of Appreciation: The Neighborhood Center of Utica, 2006
Sister Helen Margaret Gormally Certificate of Appreciation: St. Francis Home, 2001
Deans List / Presidential List: Syracuse University, 1998-2000 (3.9 GPA)
Captain, Board of Directors: Dolgeville Ambulance Corps, 1994 - 2000

ASSOCIATIONS:

Captain, United States Army Reserve, 865th Combat Support Hospital, Utica
National Association of Social Workers (May 2000 - Present)
Employee Assistance Professionals Association (May 2000 - Present)


INTERESTS:

MBTI-based counseling, critical incident stress management (debriefing/defusing), grant writing, computer applications and efficiency, blue water sailing, Ultimate Frisbee, gardening, community, advocating for children's needs