Training Specialties

What are Ward Halverson's specialties?

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.

A list of Ward's particular specialties and emphases with children follows:

  • Refuses to Follow Rules
  • Difficulty Focusing
  • Unable to Manage Anger
  • Overexcited or Hyperactive
  • Disrespectful
  • School Problems
  • Constant Arguing or Badgering
  • Suicidal or Homicidal Threats
  • Fighting with Siblings or Peers
  • Refuses to Listen
  • DSS Involvement
  • Child Protective Service Reports
  • Divorce or Separation
  • Inappropriate Sexual Behavior
  • Illegal Acts or Police Involvement

A list of Ward's other specialties and interests follows:

  • Couples seeking practical relationship solutions, communication techniques, and negotiation strategies
  • Individuals trying to cope with sadness, fear, past trauma, insomnia, stress, major life changes, or mental illness
  • Assertiveness, self-esteem, and self-confidence
  • Anger management for adults
  • All mental health issues involving military veterans
  • Employee assistance
  • Step-down services from residential and psychiatric facilities
  • Mothers with Borderline Personality challenges
  • Smoking cessation through hypnotherapy, sexual offender maintenance and treatment
  • Myers-Briggs-based professional consulting and temperament assessment
  • School, agency, and workplace public speaking

What can Ward not do?

Ward is not a medical doctor, and for that reason 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:


NYS Licensed Clinical Social Worker #071284 ("R" number pending)
CT Licensed Clinical Social Worker #005073
NYS Public High School Teacher Certification, September 1995 # 537687995 (NY)


Masters in Social Work (With Distinction), May 2000: Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY
Masters in Education, May 1995: The College of Saint Rose, Albany, NY
Bachelor of Arts (Cum Laude), December 1992: Hamilton College, Clinton, NY


Child and Family Therapist
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.

Child and Family Therapist
Family Ties, The Neighborhood Center, Utica, NY, June 2003 - Present
Director and lead clinician of intensive in-home treatment program through Herkimer County Mental Health and Probation departments. Assess, diagnose, and treat wide variety of individual and family system dysfunctions using behavioral, solution-focused, strength-based treatments, or other methods as indicated. Excellent success rates.

Army Medical Officer
United States Army Reserve/Active Duty, December 2000 - July 2006
Captain with 865th combat support hospital in Utica, NY; Director of Mental Health for Detainee Operations, Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan and pre-combat training, Fort Benning, GA December 2004 - February 2006

Clinical Social Worker (promoted)
St. Francis Home for Children, New Haven, CT, July 2001 - January 2003
All responsibilities below, plus: promoted to Intern Supervisor and Yale Mentor Program Coordinator; responsible for management of agency undergraduate trainees and program administration; including clinical supervision, documentation, and oversight.

Clinical Social Worker
St. Francis Home for Children, New Haven, CT, July 2000 - January 2003
Directed long-term caseload of adolescents and children with severe emotional disabilities and psychiatric illnesses in a restricted residential setting. Responsible for intensive case management, clinical assessment/diagnoses, treatment coordination with milieu staff, and close communication with medical, legal, and community providers. Focus on research-backed interventions and family-based therapy; initiated a variety of clinical-focused community-oriented programs.

Clinical Social Worker
Human Resource Directions, Utica, NY, August 1999 - July 2000
Provided professional-level counseling and therapeutic interventions for individuals, children, and families in a regional employee-assistance program; managed extensive client caseload, created and implemented corporate training courses; responsible for marketing and sales, contract maintenance, publications.

Social Worker
Folts Home, Inc., Herkimer, NY, December, 1998 - July, 1999
Advocated for 12-patient case file, designed assessment/treatment approaches, counseled residents from interventions to termination; close work with Ph.D. psychologist, team approach, founded/expanded successful veterans group. COMMUNITY SERVICE:

Dolgeville Riverside Community CAFE, Dolgeville, NY, June 2006 - Present
Took over fiscal and community leadership of struggling, teenage-driven community organization and non-profit, reorganized and began year of intense fundraising and activities leading to June 2007 reopening; raised $9,000 as of March 2007. Worked closely student board members, other adults, and small village community resources.

New Horizons of the Mohawk Valley, Utica, NY, June 1996 - August 1999
Advocated for adolescent girls in long-term residential treatment program, provided ongoing counseling and therapeutic interventions, organized age-based activities. Initiated and expanded host home program, engaged follow-up critical incident evaluative practices, consulted with mental health professionals and government resources, engaged in marketing and program promotion.

Emergency Medical Technician, Captain (EMT)
Dolgeville Volunteer Ambulance Corp., Dolgeville, NY, June 1993 - June 2000
Stabilized and transported numerous patients in medical crisis via community organization; NYS certified/trained. Extensive anatomy/physiology background with emergency care assessment, diagnosis, and treatment. Engaged in more than 500 rapid-reaction responses as either crew chief or supervisor, provided CISM debriefing and defusing, initiated and completed state credentialing; extensive use of teamwork, investigation, group processing.

Runaway Youth Home Host
Catholic Family Charities of Herkimer County, Ilion, NY, 1996 - Present
Maintain on-call status for 1 -14 night stays; older adolescents in emotional or family system distress. Provide informal counseling and support, referrals.


U.S. Army Meritorious Service Medal: Operation Enduring Freedom, Afghanistan Special Recognition: Catholic Family Charities of Herkimer County Certificate of Appreciation: The Neighborhood Center of Utica, 2006 Sister Helen Margaret Gormally Certificate of Appreciation: St. Francis Home, 2001 Deans List / Presidential List: Syracuse University, 1998-2000 (3.9 GPA) Captain, Board of Directors: Dolgeville Ambulance Corps, 1994 - 2000


Captain, United States Army Reserve, 865th Combat Support Hospital, Utica National Association of Social Workers (May 2000 - Present) Employee Assistance Professionals Association (May 2000 - Present)


MBTI-based counseling, critical incident stress management (debriefing/defusing), grant writing, computer applications and efficiency, blue water sailing, Ultimate Frisbee, gardening, community, advocating for children's needs