Jill Crawford is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker specializing in child, adolescent, and family issues. 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.
In addition to her private practice, based in Malvern, Pennsylvania, Jill enjoys participating in community education efforts. She is a regular facilitator of the Parenting Wisely program, a parent education workshop offered through local Communities That Care chapters. Jill is also a facilitator for the Girls Leadership Program, offered through the Women's Resource Center of Wayne. She is a frequent visitor to multiple school districts, providing mental health education to students, school faculty, and personnel at elementary, middle, and high school levels. Jill has also recently facilitated a monthly support group for teens with ADHD, sponsored by Chester County CHADD. The group provides a forum for adolescents to share the unique challenges and insights that accompany ADHD, practice social skills, and learn from each other's experiences. Jill is a regular contributor to the Chester County KIDS newspaper, where she shares her expertise through articles on a range of topics about relationships and family mental health.
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. Jill is a member in good standing of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) and the Pennsylvania Society for Clinical Social Work (PSCSW). She 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. She is a certified divorce mediator and parenting coordinator.
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.