About Jill

Jill Crawford is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker specializing in child, adolescent, and family therapy, and has been in private practice since 2004. Her practice encompasses individual and family counseling, as well as parent support and education, with the goals of enriching individual wellness, strengthening family ties, and growing other meaningful interpersonal relationships. She works with a diverse population that includes nuclear and blended families, families created through adoption, kinship care, and other non-traditional arrangements, all with their own special needs and unique strengths. Jill's professional background includes extensive experience in the adoption and foster care systems, as well as many facets of the mental health system, ranging from inpatient and residential treatment to community-based and outpatient settings.

Jill enjoys collaborating with other professionals in order to achieve continuity of care, and, at your request, will gladly communicate with your school, primary care physician, nutritionist, psychiatrist, or other important providers to yield the best outcomes possible.

In addition to her private practice, based in Malvern, Pennsylvania, Jill enjoys participating in community education efforts. She is a regular facilitator of the Girls Leadership Program, offered through the Women's Resource Center, created to help foster self-esteem and instill leadership skills in teenage girls. She is a frequent visitor to local school districts, providing mental health education to students and faculty at elementary, middle, and high school levels. Jill enjoys attending high school career days to speak on the fields of psychology and social work, and has been invited to facilitate parent support groups on specific mental health topics around the community. Jill is also an Adjunct Professor at Widener University's Center for Social Work Education, where she teaches graduate students who are about to embark on their careers as clinical social workers.

Jill is available to provide clinical supervision to new social workers seeking their clinical license.

Jill received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Clinical Psychology from Tufts University, and her Masters of Social Work from Boston College Graduate School of Social Work. She is a member in good standing of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) and the Pennsylvania Society for Clinical Social Work (PSCSW). Jill is licensed by the Pennsylvania State Board of Social Workers, and she holds her Diplomate in Clinical Social Work (DCSW), the highest national distinction bestowed on clinical social workers.

Last but not least, Jill has extensive life experience as a daughter, sister, and mother, all of which she draws on in her work with children, adolescents, and parents as she sensitively guides them through the unique and personal challenges they bring with them to treatment.

What does LCSW stand for?

LCSW stands for Licensed Clinical Social Worker, and is the highest level of social work licensure attainable in the state of Pennsylvania. A clinical social worker with the LCSW has met stringent educational and clinical experience requirements, and must receive regular continuing education to maintain active license status. You can learn more about the LCSW and Pennsylvania's licensing laws at www.dos.state.pa.us/social.

What is Clinical Social Work?

Clinical Social Work is defined by the NASW as "the goal of enhancement and maintenance of psychosocial functioning of individuals, families, and small groups...Clinical social work services consist of assessment; diagnosis; treatment, including psychotherapy and counseling; client-centered advocacy; consultation; and evaluation." More information about social work practice, values, ethics, and credentials can be found at the NASW website www.socialworkers.org.

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