National Association of Social Workers, Wisconsin Chapter
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Jerry Rousseau to receive Lifetime Achievement Award from state social work association

National Association of Social Workers, Wisconsin Chapter to Present Jerry Rousseau, LCSW, MSSW with Lifetime Achievement Award

Jerry Rousseau. Photo courtesy of the National Association of Social Workers, Wisconsin Chapter.

Jerry Rousseau. Photo courtesy of the National Association of Social Workers, Wisconsin Chapter.

The National Association of Social Workers, Wisconsin Chapter (NASW WI) will present Emeritus Clinical Associate Professor Jerrold Rousseau with its 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award.

NASW WI selected Mr. Rousseau for this award based upon his lifetime work in mental health and social work education.  Mr. Rousseau will receive this award on Tuesday October 24th at the NASW WI 2017 annual conference luncheon awards ceremony at the Madison Marriot Hotel in Middleton, Wisconsin.

He has been a provider of mental health services since 1970 including twelve years of clinical experience with the inpatient psychiatric treatment programs at Madison General Hospital (1970 – 1976) and Methodist Hospital (1976 – 1982) both in Madison, Wisconsin.

Jerry has maintained a private psychotherapy practice in Milwaukee since 1982. He led a weekly postgraduate clinical supervision group at The Counseling Center of Milwaukee from 1984 – 1996.

He retired as an Emeritus Clinical Associate Professor with the UW-Milwaukee Helen Bader School of Social Welfare Social Work Field Education Program where he arranged graduate internships in mental health and substance abuse treatment settings from 2004 – 2016.  He received the Dean’s Award for Invaluable Contributions of Time and Talent to the Helen Bader School of Social Welfare in 2012.

Jerry has been a member of the Public Speakers Bureau with Mental Health America of Wisconsin since 1984 through which he makes presentations on mental health and substance abuse addiction issues to organizations in the Greater Milwaukee Area.  He received an Outstanding Volunteer of the Year Award from Mental Health America of Wisconsin in 2016.

During his 40 years of providing psychotherapy, Jerry treated clients that struggled to establish stability and owned and ran an outpatient mental health clinic. According to his nominator, Jeanne Wagner, Field Director at the Helen Bader School of Social Welfare.

For many of these clients, Jerry was the only stabilizing aspect of their life.  Jerry’s commitment to his clients was unwavering, and he provided the safety net for so many over the years, many who would have likely succumbed to their suicidal thoughts if Jerry had not been in their lives

Jerry has been a member of the NASW-WI Professional Standards and Regulation Committee since 2005.  In this role he has testified and legislative hearings in Madison and met with legislators on behalf of social work standards.

His clinical background includes extensive post-academic training and study in humanistic models of experiential psychotherapy including Gestalt Therapy, Self-Acceptance Training, Rational – Emotive Psychotherapy, Eidetic Imagery, Ericksonian Hypnotherapy, Process Oriented Psychology, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing.

Mr. Rousseau received his MSSW degree from the University of Wisconsin, Madison in 1981.

The Wisconsin Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers is the largest organization of professional social workers in Wisconsin. It represents over 1,700 social workers. NASW WI members are employed in a variety of settings, including public and private human service agencies, schools and colleges, mental health facilities, hospitals, nursing homes, industry and private practice.

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