Who is Ward Halverson?
recognizes all of these as essential to good professional practice.
background knowledge comes from a preparatory high school called Lakeside School
in Seattle, Washington, where he
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.
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.
has received advanced training, as well, in:
With regard to ongoing knowledge, Ward
believes that life is an extended learning process, rather than simply the product of past choices.
is quick to admit error and even quicker to fix what happened, rarely making the same mistake twice.
clinical approach to the individuals in his
office, or members of the groups he
is guiding, switching from serious to humorous to deeply empathic.
believes in unconditional positive regard for those he
So who is Ward Halverson?
is a licensed, practicing child and family therapist based in and around the county of Herkimer, New York.
education and clinical background is extensive (see this web site for more) and his
focus of expertise is children, family systems, and veterans.
believes in the empowerment of the individual and - very strongly - the role of family in modern America.
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.
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
What is Ward good at?
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.
is a problem solver.
is good at helping others ultimately find their own solutions, which is a rare skill.
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.
enjoys helping people cope with sadness, fear, past trauma, insomnia, stress, major life changes, or mental illness of most any kind.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.