Illinois Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) and a
Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC), Mr. Silverman has worked over thirty years in
the field of behavioral health.
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. He was 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
with a private practice
assisting clients develop what psychologist
Abraham Maslow termed
Robertson was a master therapist. Having been a student of
Frederick (Fritz) Perls
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
Writing, Bowling Green State University, Ohio, 1987. He was one of thirteen
artists 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: Survivors
of the Shoah: Visual History Foundation. 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 is 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 whose mission was 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:
2006: The Art of Being Neighbors
In 2005, Mr. Silverman was recruited to become a Military Family Life Consultant (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
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.