Marriage and Family Counseling Adds New Resident Print
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Written by William J. Hiebert   
Friday, 07 September 2012 12:38
Rock Island, IL, September 4, 2012 -- Mr. Jacob Johnson has joined the staff of Marriage and Family Counseling Service. He joins Dr. William Hiebert, Executive Director, and Dr. Derek Ball, Director of the Hiebert Institute, as the full-time resident staff member at Marriage and Family Counseling Service.

Mr. Johnson completes his doctoral degree in marriage and family therapy at Virginia Polytechnic Institute in Blacksburg, VA in 2013. Following his master's degree in marriage and family therapy in 2010 from Northwestern University (Evanston), he worked as a therapist in several settings including Evanston, and in the Logan Square neighborhood of Chicago. During the last two years at Virginia Polytechnic Institute, Mr. Johnson has been a Research Assistant and a therapist at the Family Therapy Center in Blacksburg. He is the author of 7 professional articles of which five have been based on research related to grandparenting of WIC-enrolled grandchildren.

Licensed as an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist, Mr. Johnson is fluent in Spanish and will be working with couples and families in the agency’s Spanish Family Therapy Program, partly funded by Bob and Patti Lane, the Amy Helpenstell Foundation, the Doris and Victor Day Foundation, and United Way.

Robert Donohoo, the departing resident, completed his 15-month residency in March of 2012. During his residency, Donohoo passed the national marriage and family therapy examination and became licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapist in Illinois. Mr. Donohoo remained in the community and is employed as a family therapist with the Veterans Administration in their Moline office working with returning veterans and their various personal and relationship issues that service abroad in Irag and Afghanistan have brought about.

The residency program was established in 1980 for the purpose of providing specialized training in marital and family therapy for a twelve-month period. During his internship, Mr. Johnson will receive supervision by the senior staff of Marriage and Family Counseling Service and will provide over 700 hours of clinical experience working with a variety of presenting issues. Following the completion of the one year internship at Marriage and Family CounselingService, residents will have completed the basic requirement for becoming a full clinical member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy and a licensed marriage and family therapist in Illinois.

Marriage and Family Counseling Service is a community sponsored counseling and education program sponsored by the United Way of the Quad City area, fee income and gifts. The agency has served the Quad City Area for 37 years, offering high quality therapy to individuals, couples and families from Rock Island and Scott Counties and the surrounding areas. Therapy services are offered on a "sliding scale" which means that fees are based on the clients' income. Many types of insurance coverage are also accepted.

Marriage and Family Counseling Service is located at 1800 Third Avenue, Suite 512, Rock Island, with services available to all residents of the Quad City area.