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Bill Heusler

Antioch University Seattle

Received Doctorate in clinical psychology in 2007 from Argosy University Seattle. Dr. Heusler’s past research interests included gender differences in response to traumatic events in first responders and trauma proximity predicting trauma symptoms in law enforcement personnel. Dr. Heusler’s current interests include identifying what works in psychotherapy from the client’s perspective and what contributes to facilitating useful change in clients as well as refining culturally competent aspects of psychotherapy.

Dr. Heusler began working in the mental health field in 1974 as a psychiatric technician, activity therapist, and recreational therapist. Dr. Heusler began a career with the juvenile justice system in 1978 and then in direct law enforcement in 1981. Dr. Heusler served as a police academy instructor specializing in facilitating instruction in human behavior, juvenile procedures, press relations and media management for the field officer, as well as teaching procedures in handling crisis situations and domestic violence.

Dr. Heusler left law enforcement in 1983 and embarked on a career in marketing, public relations, and advertising ultimately starting an advertising agency for the next fifteen years. Dr. Heusler decided to return to school in 1998 and become a mental health counselor and eventually a licensed psychologist in 2007.

Educational History

  • PsyD Clinical Psychology, Argosy University Seattle, Seattle WA
  • MA Clinical Psychology, Argosy University Seattle, Seattle, WA
  • MA Professional Counseling, Lindenwood University, St. Charles, MO
  • BS Psychology/Education, Lindenwood College, St. Charles, MO

Teaching Statement

I have been involved as an adjunct professor at Antioch University Seattle since October of 2009 and expanding my role into a teaching faculty position and now as core faculty in the PsyD program. I very much enjoy the culture, approach to learning, faculty, the evolving program, collaborative spirit of the students, as well as the dedication students have to their professional aspirations and work ethic. I feel the core values associated with the social justice stance at Antioch are what makes it an institution that develops the future leaders and change agents that are critical to the health of our society and the planet. I very much enjoy and am honored to be a small part of that enterprise. My goal as an instructor of graduate students is to not only assist in gaining knowledge and critical skill sets for professional psychology practice, but to also assist and instill a sense of urgency around the notion that social justice is a form of healing for people traumatized by interpersonal violence and the cultural violence that appears pervasive in our current sociopolitical milieu.

My past research interests have included gender differences in response to traumatic events in firstresponders and trauma proximity predicting trauma symptoms in law enforcement personnel. My current interests include identifying what works in psychotherapy from the client’s perspective and what contributes to facilitating useful change in clients as well as refining culturally competent aspects of psychotherapy. Additionally I have a keen interest in incorporating social justice into the overall curriculum of the PsyD program

  • American Counseling Association Certificate of Appreciation, “In recognition of dedication to the counseling profession through participation in the ACA Northern Illinois University Pro-Bono Counseling Initiative.”
  • American Counseling Association Certificate of Appreciation, “In recognition of dedication to the counseling profession through participation in the ACA Virginia Tech Pro-Bono Counseling Initiative.”
  • American Psychological Association Science Directorate Dissertation Research Award, recipient of a $1,000.00 cash award for expenses associated with doctoral dissertation.
  • Lindenwood University’s Professional Counseling Award, presented for outstanding academic performance, community service, and emotional growth.
  • Graduate Assistantship at Lindenwood University that included a full tuition scholarship and monthly stipend.

Dr. Heusler received the following grants and awards for his service and achievements in the field of counseling and psychology:

  • American Counseling Association Certificate of Appreciation, “In recognition of dedication to the counseling profession through participation in the ACA Northern Illinois University Pro-Bono Counseling Initiative.”
    American Counseling Association Certificate of Appreciation, “In recognition of dedication to the counseling profession through participation in the ACA Virginia Tech Pro-Bono Counseling Initiative.”
  • American Psychological Association Science Directorate Dissertation Research Award, recipient of a $1,000.00 cash award for expenses associated with doctoral dissertation.
  • Lindenwood University’s Professional Counseling Award, presented for outstanding academic performance, community service, and emotional growth.
  • Graduate Assistantship at Lindenwood University that included a full tuition scholarship and monthly stipend.
  • Trauma Interest Group
  • 2008-Present – Member, Trauma Psychology, Division 56 of the American Psychological Association.
  • 2008-Present – Member, American Psychological Association.
  • 2004-Present – Member, National Board of Certified Counselors.
  • 2009-2011 – Advertising Advisory Editor, Trauma Psychology Newsletter, Division 56 of the American Psychological Association.
  • 2002-2010 – Member, International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies.
  • 1998-2010 – Member, American Counseling Association.
  • 2006-2009 – Member, International Association of Marriage and Family Counselors.

Core Faculty, PsyD Program,

School of Applied Psychology, Counseling and Family Therapy

CONTACT INFORMATION

Courses Taught

I began working in the mental health field in 1974 as a psychiatric technician, activity therapist, and recreational therapist. I then began a career with the juvenile justice system in 1978 and moved into a direct law enforcement position in police administration in 1981. I have served as a police academy instructor specializing in facilitating instruction in human behavior, juvenile procedures, press relations, and media management for the field police officer, as well as teaching procedures in handling crisis situations and domestic violence. I left law enforcement in 1983 and embarked on a career in marketing, public relations, and advertising ultimately starting an advertising agency in the Midwest. I decided to return to school in 1998 and become a mental health counselor and eventually a licensed psychologist in 2009.

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