Master Presenters

Dorothy Becvar, Ph.D.

Dorothy S. Becvar, Ph.D., M.S.W, Professor Emerita at Saint Louis University, is a Licensed Marital and Family Therapist and a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in private practice in St. Louis, Missouri and is President and CEO of The Haelan Centers®, a not-for-profit corporation dedicated to promoting growth and wholeness in body, mind and spirit. Dr. Becvar has published extensively and in addition to many journal articles and book chapters is the author of the books  including Families that Flourish, Facilitating Resilience in Clinical Practice (W. W. Norton, 2007), In the Presence of Grief:  Helping Family Members Resolve Death, Dying and Bereavement Issues (Guilford Press, 2001),  and Soul Healing:  A Spiritual Orientation in Counseling and Therapy(Basic Books, 1997) as well as the editor of the books Handbook of Family Resilience (Springer, 2013) and The Family, Spirituality and Social Work (Haworth, 1997).

With her husband, Raphael J. Becvar, Dorothy has co-authored four books:  Family Therapy: A Systemic Integration (Allyn & Bacon, 1988, 1992, 1996, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2009, 2013),  Pragmatics of Human Relationships (Geist & Russell, 1998), Hot Chocolate for a Cold Winter's Night:  Essays for Relationship Development (Love Publishing, 1994), and Systems Theory and Family Therapy:  A Primer (University Press of America, 1982, 1999, 2018).  

Dorothy is co-editor, with William Nichols, Mary Anne Pace-Nichols and Augustus Napier, of the Handbook of Family Development and Intervention (Wiley, 2000).   She is also a well-respected teacher and trainer who has been a member of the faculties of the University of Missouri-St. Louis, St. Louis University, Texas Tech University, Washington University and Radford University and has presented workshops and taught courses, both nationally and internationally, on a wide variety of topics.

William Northey, Ph.D.

William Northey, Ph.D. William F. Northey, Jr., Ph.D., is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in Delaware with almost 30 years of clinical experience working with children and families; an American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) Clinical Fellow and Approved Supervisor.

Dr. Northey has almost 3 decades of experience as a family therapist, educator, author, and supervisor worldwide. In addition to numerous faculty appointments, Dr. Northey has provided family therapy training internationally and served as the director of research for the AAMFT from 1999 to 2005. where he was instrumental in creating professional development programs for the field, spearheaded the MFT Core Competencies development, co-authored the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment’s TIP 39: Substance Abuse Treatment and Family Therapy, and authored numerous articles in the Journal of Marital and Family Therapy and Family Therapy Magazine.

Dr. Northey has extensive experience in the development of effective strategies for training and supervising MFTs in various clinical contexts. Dr. Northey has trained masters’ and doctoral level Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) students in several COAMFTE programs, including teaching a doctoral course in MFT supervision.

Currently Dr. Northey is the co-Founder and Clinical Director of the Delaware Centers for Children and Families and Chief of Clinical Innovation for Connections Community Support Programs, Inc.­ where he provides clinical direction, supervision, and directs staff development for an organization with over 1600 employees and serves 40,000 clients a year. 

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