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 William John Gillespie, Psy.D., LPC

717 Bethlehem Pike, Suite 340, Erdenheim, PA, 19038

267.257.8978 (h) 215.978.1038 (w) wgillespie@crestcounseling.com

 

Education

 

August, 2009      Doctor of Psychology

Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine

Dissertation: Examining Kairos: Understanding the Impact Kairos’ Retreat     Has On Self-Esteem, Adolescent-Parent Relationship and Spirituality in Adolescent Male Retreatants.

 

May, 2002    Masters of Science in Human Resources and Counseling

Villanova University, Villanova, PA

 

May, 1999     Bachelor of Science in Human Services and Counseling
                            Minors: Sociology & History
                            University of Scranton, Scranton, PA

 

Employment History

President/Licensed Professional Counselor

Crest Counseling and Educational Services

Erdenheim, Pennsylvania

March, 2011 – Present

 

  • Founded company serving the psychological and educational needs of children, adolescents, families and adults. 
  • Manage company finances, marketing strategy, employment needs, client feedback and company growth.
  • Individually treat adolescents and adults through a cognitive behavioral approach. 
  • Communicate with clients outside “system” to help foster a nurturing, growth promoting environment. 
  • Run weekly group for adolescents promoting enhanced social skills. 
  • Work with family through individual and family sessions to help restructure dysfunctional family dynamic. 
  • Organize individual and group tutoring for students seeking help with individual subjects and standardized testing. 

 

Director, School Counseling Department

St. Joseph’s Preparatory High School

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

August, 2002 – June, 2003

August 2004 - Present

 

  • Run weekly staff meeting to coordinate the counseling needs of 1000 high school boys.
  • Meet with students individually to help treat varied adolescent developmental and mental health issues. 
  • Meet individually, in groups and in the classroom setting to help convey timely critical information and school values.
  • Meet with students in mental health groups aimed at helping students deal with grief, depression, anxiety and other prevalent adolescent issues.
  • Work with parents to help coordinate optimal services from our school. 
  • Coordinate and present at orientation meetings. 
  • Organize services to meet the needs of IEP and 504 guidelines and recommendations. 
  • Counsel 242 high school students in individual and group psychotherapeutic sessions. 
  • Student assistance Program (SAP) team member. 
  • Crisis Management team member. 
  • Counsel parents and students with personal, career and college exploration, procedures, and development. 
  • Implemented grief counseling program. 
  • Teach psycho-educational study skill sessions to students and parents. 
  • Counsel and prepared students for PSAT, SAT, and PLAN testing. 
  • Leader, Kairos Retreat. 
  • Coached Junior Varsity Baseball. 

 
Adjunct Professor
Cabrini College
June 2015 to Present

  • Teach Introduction to Psychology to Cabrini Students. 
  • Grade term papers, finals and daily quizzes associated with subject matter

 

Life Counseling Services/LIGHT Program

Philadelphia, PA

August 2009 – March, 2011

 

  • Lead groups consisting of eight to twelve adolescents three to four times per week who are stepping down from inpatient treatment or attempting to pro-actively treat symptoms before necessitating inpatient psychological treatment. 
  • Individually treated patients of all ages with diagnosis such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder and addictions. 
  • Incorporated family sessions through a CBT model in order to address dysfunctional, maladaptive behaviors within the family and adolescent. 

 

School Counselor

Bishop Eustace High School

Pennsauken, New Jersey

August, 2003- June 2004

 

  • Work with caseload of 220 students ranging from grades 9 – 12. 
  • Present at community meetings for all classes and parents.
  • Wrote college, scholarship, and scholastic recommendations.     
  • Counsel issues such as suicide, eating disorders, depression, parental conflict, relationship concerns and college admissions. 
  • Lead psychoeducational groups dealing with needs of each class.
  • Teach study skill sessions to students and parents. 
  • Accommodate students with special learning needs. 
  • Act as liaison between parents/students, students teachers and parents/teachers.              
  • Collaborate with Deans office regarding behavioral problems of students. 
  • Leader, Kairos Retreat. Assistant Coach, Varsity Baseball.


Lead Counselor, Summer Therapeutic Services          
         Child Guidance Resource Center 
         Media, PA

Summer, 2002

 

  • Counseled children between ages of 6 – 12 years diagnosed with social/emotional problems. 
  • Promoted behavior change and self-esteem improvement through Adventure Based Counseling methods.
  • Addressed topics that include communication, cooperation, problem solving, multi-cultural/tolerance and trust. 

 

Campus Minister

Villanova University, Campus Ministry

Villanova, Pennsylvania

August, 2000- June, 2002 

 

  • Served as Residential Minister to freshmen and sophomore residents. 
  • Counseled students by fostering personal, career, and spiritual development. 
  • Provided transitional crisis counseling.                    
  • Coordinated Campus Ministry programs within Villanova’s residence halls. 
  • Planned, lead and advised student break trips, retreats and reflections. 

 

Residential Counselor

Boys Hope/Girls Hope

Cleveland, Ohio

July, 1999 - July, 2000

  • Served yearlong volunteer commitment with residential program for children in Cleveland, OH. 
  • Lived with boys who are at-risk, yet academically capable, to realize their potential by providing value centered, family like homes and quality education through college. 
  • Coached local 7th grade baseball team.
  • Worked with a team of houseparent’s and administration to make educational, financial, and ethical decisions in the best interest of the entire Boys Hope/Girls Hope community. 

 

 

Supervised Clinical Experience

 

Life Counseling Services/LIGHT Program

Media, PA

August 2009 - Present

  • Co-led separate Intensive Outpatient groups four times per week for patients experiencing severe mental health disorders and addiction.
  • Worked individually with children, adolescents, adults, families and couples. 
  • Attended weekly group and individual supervision meetings. 
  • Developed and began an Adolescent Intensive Outpatient Program currently active in Life Counseling’s Center City office.  

 

Lihn Center

Havertown, Pennsylvania

August 2007 – August 2008

 

  • Worked in a small practice treating adults, adolescents and families with diverse diagnosis. 
  • Conducted psychoeducational testing to determine possible learning disorders. 
  • Conducted crisis evaluations and worked with insurance companies to help approve proper patient care. 

 

Center for Brief Therapy

Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM)

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

August, 2006 – August 2007

 

  • Psychologically treated clients of all ages for mental health concerns. 
  • Implemented researched psychological techniques according to Cognitive Behavioral Theory. 
  • Conducted psychological assessments to determing the possibility of learning/personality disorders.  
  • Supervised 2-3 hours weekly.              

Psychology Intern
 Moses Taylor Hospital, Hospice Unit

Scranton, PA

January, 1999 – May, 1999 


  • Worked directly with patients in a relaxed counseling setting. 
  • Executed follow up programs with family and friends of deceased patients. 
  • Helped to create summer camp designed for children of deceased parents.

 

Research

Adolescent Spirituality

Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM)

Philadelphia, PA

  • Scored and evaluated assessments measuring spirituality, self-esteem and parent-child relationships in adolescent males post religious retreat. 
  • Chose measurements, identified subject base and oversaw measurement completion in a pre-test, post-test study. 

 

ALS Research

Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM)

Philadelphia, PA
         January, 2006 – August 2006

  • Scored assessments completed by ALS patients regarding spirituality, religiosity, self-esteem and Quality of Life.   

 

PROFESSIONAL WORKSHOPS, SEMINARS AND PRESENTATIONS

 

When Joy is Lost: Predictable Responses to Adolescent Depression and Anxiety

September 24, 2015

Sponsored By:

World Meeting of Families

Adolescent Jesuit Symposium

 

Adolescent Grief: Helping our Kids Deal with the loss of a loved one

April 23, 2015

Sponsored By:

Saint Joseph’s Prep Mothers Club

 

Drug Testing and Jesuit High Schools

Sponsored By:

Jesuit Secondary Education Association

March, 2012

 

Professional Stress: Mental Health for Inner City Teachers

Sponsored By:

The DePaul Academy

November, 2012

 

Adolescent Issues Prevalent in Middle School

Sponsored By:

Green Woods Charter Elementary School

August, 2011

 

Understanding Kairos

Sponsored By:

Saint Joseph’s Preparatory High School

October 25, 2009

 

Death and Dying: Providing Bad News to Patients

Sponsored By:

Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine

June, 2006 & June, 2007

Honors, Awards, Memberships and Professional Affiliations

  • University of Scranton, Alumni Board of Governors
  • “The One” Award provided by Minding Your Mind 2014 Blue Jean Gala
  • Past Board Member, Central Montgomery County Mental Health & Mental Retardation
  • Philadelphia Children’s Alliance Bear Affair Board Member
  • Pennsylvania Certified Professional Counselor, PC004392      
  • National Certified Counselor (NCC Certified)      
  • American Psychological Association, Member      
  • Pennsylvania Psychological Association, Member      
  • Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Psychology Club      
  • Alpha Sigma Nu, Jesuit Honor Society      
  • Class Hero, St. Joseph’s Preparatory High School, Class of 2005      
  • Vice-President, University of Scranton Student Body, 1999
 
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