Ward Halverson, Director, Family Ties of The Neighborhood Center
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Local Address: Utica, New York, United States
Family Ties of The Neighborhood Center
 
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Employment History

  • Captain, Director of Mental Health TF Cerberus
    United States Army
  • Owner
    Ward's Pond
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Conference Presentation Bios and Workshop Descriptions
www.bootsyandangel.com, 23 April 2010 [cached]
Veterans, Families, & Loss: A Proactive Approach for Those Affected by Ward Halverson, LCSW-R, MEd
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Ward Halverson is a NYS Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a masters in social work from Syracuse University and a Masters in education from the college of Saint Rose. He is currently in private practice as Child and Family Therapist, specializing in child and family issues, particularly oppositional defiance, anxiety, trauma recovery, TBI-related individual and family adjustment, and court-related concerns. Ward provides individual, child, adult, and couples counseling with groups, regarding veterans issues, and as professional consultation and supervision. Ward also has extensive military experience and service including being an Army Medical Officer for the United States Army Reserves where he received honors as
U.S. Army Meritorious Service Medal: Operation Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan). Ward also has additional experience in the field of social work, including program leadership and has received much recognition for his work in the field. Ward is currently associated as Captain, United States Army Reserve, 865th Combat Support Hospital, the National Association of Social Workers, the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development, and the Central New York Veterans EXPO.
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Although there may not be hard or fast answers, there are many effective, sensitive approaches for families to consider, presented by a Syracuse Vet Center family therapist and Afghanistan combat veteran himself, military officer Ward Halverson. Special emphasis will be placed on medical assessment & treatment of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Acute Stress Disorder, Traumatic Brain Injury, chronic adjustment issues, & other vet-related mental health disorders.
Wards Pond Bed and Breakfast: Located in Dolgeville New York.
www.wardspond.com, 12 Dec 2006 [cached]
Ward V. Halverson, Proprietor(Direct e-mails to: ward@wardspond.com )
Who is Ward ...
www.wardhalverson.com, 1 May 2000 [cached]
Who is Ward Halverson?
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Ward recognizes all of these as essential to good professional practice.
His background knowledge comes from a preparatory high school called Lakeside School in Seattle, Washington, where he grew up. Ward then traveled across the country to Hamilton College in Clinton, graduating in 1992. He took some time off from Hamilton to backpack alone through Southeast Asia in 1990 to Australia, where he attended the University of New South Wales in Sydney for a semester. After Hamilton, and some time living in Melbourne, Australia, Ward entered graduate school to be a high school teacher, completed a masters in education at The College of Saint Rose in Albany. He taught high school English, Psychology, and Local History for several years before returning to graduate school at Syracuse University, graduating from there in the year 2000.
Ward's professional knowledge has been ongoing, as he has developed specialties in the treatment of children and their families over the years, particularly the treatment of moderate to severe oppositional defiance, a common and devastating illness among children whose parents are virtually unable to manage them. He has received advanced training, as well, in:
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With regard to ongoing knowledge, Ward believes that life is an extended learning process, rather than simply the product of past choices. He is quick to admit error and even quicker to fix what happened, rarely making the same mistake twice. Ward adapts his clinical approach to the individuals in his office, or members of the groups he is guiding, switching from serious to humorous to deeply empathic. He believes in unconditional positive regard for those he is helping.
So who is Ward Halverson?
Ward Halverson is a licensed, practicing child and family therapist based in and around the county of Herkimer, New York. His education and clinical background is extensive (see this web site for more) and his focus of expertise is children, family systems, and veterans. He believes in the empowerment of the individual and - very strongly - the role of family in modern America. Ward is often called on as a problem solver, and consulted by other professionals as an expert with children who refuse to follow rules, struggle with their anger, or are dangerous. Recognizing that such difficulties are usually related directly to what's happening within the family, Ward has developed a practice focused almost-exclusively on the family system itself, such as parenting roles, children's behavior, communication styles, and the development of solutions. He uses a strength-based approach to most everything, which includes a lot of humor and down-to-earth practical ideas that have been tested, successfully, again and again with families he has helped.
What is Ward good at?
Ward is at his best working with families who are struggling to manage their children, for whatever reason. Within the initial session, Ward will make sure parents understand exactly what their children and family members are going through, what works (and what doesn't), and how to begin making the changes necessary to success. Ward is a problem solver. He is good at helping others ultimately find their own solutions, which is a rare skill. He also works closely couples, quickly assessing out what may be wrong, identifying the problem, and guiding people toward solutions. Like many professional therapists, Ward has a variety of other interests. He enjoys helping people cope with sadness, fear, past trauma, insomnia, stress, major life changes, or mental illness of most any kind. He helps others with assertiveness, self-esteem, and self-confidence - particularly women who have suffered through domestic violence and are trying to repair their lives afterward. Employee assistance, step-down services from residential and psychiatric facilities, smoking cessation, and support to veterans are other serious interests. Ward is seeking further qualification as an EMDR, or eye-movement desensitization and reprocessing therapist.
What can Ward not do?
Ward is not a medical doctor, and for that reason he cannot write prescriptions or prescribe medications. He works closely with medical doctors in the area, however, to complement therapy, as many treatments for mental illnesses have been proven to respond best to a combination approach.
Ward is also not a licensed psychologist. Although he often writes detailed clinical assessments and can legally diagnose and treat mental illness, Ward does not perform psychometric testing or more-complex psychological testing. That is the realm of the clinical psychologist or school psychologist. For that reason, Ward connects with psychologists through the school systems, legal system, or directly, usually for the purpose of further testing.
It's also important for families to understand good clinical boundaries. For example, Ward does not hug. Around families that he works with, Ward will never touch anyone except to shake hands or, perhaps, provide a clap on the shoulder - this is particularly true for women, girls, or children of any age. Ward will never get into a car with a patient or patient's family, which means he is unable to drive a patient somewhere, even before or after a home visit.
As well, Ward is also not qualified as any of the following: Art Therapist, Music Therapist, Jungian Psychotherapist, Personal Construct Therapist, Dance Therapist, Existential Psychotherapist, Therapeutic Touch Psychotherapist, Feminist Therapist, or Transpersonal Therapist. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Ward Halverson's curriculum vitae: Ward V. Halverson, LCSW, M.Ed. 417 East German Street, Herkimer, NY 13350 Ph. (315) 868-1000 fax. 866-3174, e-mail: ward.halverson@verizon.net
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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.
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Ward Halverson © 2011
Ward's Pond Bed & Breakfast - Dolgeville, New York - BBOnline.com / Introduction
www.usagetaways.com, 10 Oct 2004 [cached]
Ward Halverson and Kimberly Cardinal, Innkeepers
NASWNYS National Association of Social Workers - New York State
www.naswnys.org, 28 July 2013 [cached]
Ward Halverson, LCSW-R, M.Ed. Mohawk Valley Division Director
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