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Robert Silverman graduated from Centennial High School in Champaign, Illinois, 1969. He earned a bachelor's degree in Product Design, emphasizing equipment for disabled children, and a master's degree in Rehabilitation Counseling, both from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. He later earned a Master of Fine Art's degree (M.F.A.) in Creative Writing, Bowling Green State University, Ohio, 1987.


An Illinois Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) and a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC), Mr. Silverman has worked in the field of behavioral health for multiple decades.

Mr. Silverman completed his graduate school internship in the winter semester of 1979-80 with psychiatrist Raymond Robertson, M.D., in Westmont, Illinois. Dr. Robertson (1922-2007) served as Director of the Institute for Juvenile Research in Chicago, as special assistant to the Director of the Illinois Department of Mental Health, and then on the medical staff at Riveredge Hospital in Forest Park and Hinsdale Hospitals. Dr. Robertson was also the clinical director of the Riveredge Adolescent Unit from 1979 to 1990 at a time when intensive therapeutic work was still done with individuals and families. Ray (as he liked to be called) was also a Gestalt therapist (Gestalt2) with a private practice assisting clients develop what psychologist Abraham Maslow termed "Self-Actualization". Dr. Robertson was a master therapist. Having been a student of Frederick (Fritz) Perls (Perls2) he utilized the self-awareness methods of Gestalt therapy not only with individual clients, but especially in his multiple, weekly therapy groups and group therapeutic weekends. After completing his graduate school internship with Dr, Robertson, Mr. Silverman received further training in the self-awareness methods of Gestalt Therapy and today uses these, along with cognitive-behavioral therapeutic methods, in his own counseling practice.

Mr. Silverman earned a Master of Fine Art's degree (M.F.A.) in Creative Writing, Bowling Green State University, Ohio, 1987. He was one of thirteen writers in the first year of the Arad Arts Project, Israel, 1992-93. In 1995, he trained for and became an interviewer for the oral history project: USC Shoah Foundation's Visual History Archive. This nonprofit organization was established in 1994 to collect and preserve the testimonies of Holocaust survivors. He interviewed survivors in Central and Southern Illinois and in Indiana and was a speaker for the Holocaust Education committee of the Champaign-Urbana Jewish Federation. Another important Holocaust education project with which he had involvement was the Wings of Witness, a sculpture developed by New York artist Jeffrey Schrier, utilizing the 11.5 million pop tabs collected by students at the Mahomet-Seymour Middle school, Mahomet, Illinois.

From 2003-2006, Mr. Silverman was a member of the Board of Directors of The Whirlwind Project with its mission to gather "people of many faiths and traditions to explore sacred stories through music, dialogue and the arts, fostering mutual respect and understanding in our community." Each year a different theme was picked to explore, beginning with the Book of Job.

In 2005, Mr. Silverman was recruited to become a Military Family Life Counselor (MFLC). His first assignment was at a "Purple Camp," for children and teens whose parents had been deployed. During the next four years he worked many weekends with National Guard and Reserve units across Illinois, as well as other Midwestern states at their pre-deployment and reintegration events, marriage enrichment retreats, and Yellow Ribbon events. In 2009, he closed his counseling practice and, until October 2012, worked numerous 60-90 day assignments on multiple Army, Air Force and Marine installations around the world. These assignments were in Germany, Belgium, Mainland Japan, Okinawa Japan, Greenland, England, Turkey, as well as in Virginia, North Dakota, South Dakota, Kansas, Hawaii and Alaska. The MFLC program is currently managed by MHNGS and Magellan.

Behavioral health counseling is about the development and integration of self-awareness. With professional degrees in counseling, creative writing and design, Robert Silverman integrates multiple therapeutic modalities and creative self-expression skills into his counseling practice.


 

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