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2016 Social Worker of the Year Stephanie Gillespie, LMSW

2016 Social Worker of the Year Stephanie Gillespie, LMSW

The Social Worker of the Year Award honors a member of NASW/Texas who exemplifies the best of the profession’s values and achievements. In honoring the Social Worker of the Year, NASW highlights superb accomplishments in the practice of social work. The Social Worker of the Year demonstrates outstanding leadership, advocates for clients, and takes risks to achieve outstanding results.

Stephanie Gillespie has an MA in Counseling and a Doctorate in Ministry, completing her dissertation on the Christian Response to Homelessness in America. She later received her MSW from University of Texas at Arlington, although many of her friends and colleagues identified her as a natural born social worker years before that.

Ms. Gillespie serves as the Community Services Manager for the Arlington Police Department. She has proven her dedication to connecting with and serving the homeless in Arlington, supervising the department’s Homeless Outreach Officer, co-authoring the City of Arlington’s 10 year Homelessness Plan, and creating an after school program for children living in extended-stay motels. Additionally, she has developed other community-based initiatives, coordinating proactive community policing strategies in schools that address truancy, gangs, re-entry, and neighborhood restoration issues.

She has volunteered with Mission Arlington for 16 years, and her passion is evident through her many other engagement volunteer organizations including Hope After Brain Injury, Helping Restore Ability, and Rescue Her.

Ms. Gillespie has been a member of Adult Protective Services Community Committee, American Association of Christian Counselors, Arlington Police Association, International Association of Chiefs of Police as a school safety consultant, Tarrant County Homeless Coalition, Tarrant County Re-Entry Council, and has been a respite foster parent.

She has been recognized as United Way’s Volunteer of the Year, Santa Fe Adolescent Youth Service’s Community Hero, Arlington Police North District Officer of the Year, and a Paul Harris Fellow. She has received the Texas Law Enforcement Achievement Award for Community Service, the North Texas US Attorney’s Public Service Award, the Girls Inc. BOLD Woman Award, the State Farm Good Neighbor Award, and is a Woman of Legacy for the Safe Haven of Tarrant County.

Ms. Gillespie’s commitment to ensuring safety and engagement within the community have made a lasting impact on the students, the homeless population, and the community of Arlington as a whole.

Nominated by the North Central Texas-Fort Worth Branch

This write up was originally posted on the NASW Website

Stephanie is a supervisee of Wales Counseling Center, PLLC

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Wales Counseling's Professional Profile Portraits!

Wales Counseling's Professional Profile Portraits!

If a picture is worth a thousand words, Tal Campbell has indeed managed to master the art of photographic language. He uses his artistic gift to bring out the best in his subjects with a simple click of the camera. Much like a master sculptor, skillfully crafting his creation with his hands, Mr. Campbell believes, with each of his photographs, that he is molding an exquisite work of art. His photos display an array of elegant and beautiful portraiture, events and models.

Basic Package $50 
  • Professional session with mobile headshot photographer Tal Campbell
  • Creative lighting
  • Posing Assistance
  • Professional Direction
  • Eight poses to select from
  • One high resolution edit / retouched file for printing and web usage
  • Photographed in your favorite outfit
Business Select $100
  • Professional session with mobile headshot photographer Tal Campbell
  • Creative lighting
  • Posing Assistance
  • Professional Direction
  • Thirty poses to select from
  • Two high resolution edit / retouched file for printing and web usage
  • Photographed in your favorite two outfits

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Become a Certified Life Coach!

Become a Certified Life Coach!

Not sure if Coaching is right for you? Join us to learn more about the profession!

Wales Life Coaching Institute is starting a new class on 01/09/16! Register Now at the link below!

Coaching Certification Program- Spring 2016

WLCI coach certification program is designed to inspire and teach you to be an exceptional Life or Business Coach. This certification is offered to Clinical and Non-Clinical professionals.

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Count Down to the Black Light Run 11/7/15

Count Down to the Black Light Run 11/7/15

Wales Counseling Center will be participating in the Black Light Run this coming Saturday as part of this year's Wales Wellness Event. The Blacklight Run™ is a unique night 5K fun run focused less on speed and more on UV Neon Glowing fun with friends and family. Glowing participants come from all different ages, shapes, sizes, and speeds; every participant will get Glowed™ and has the time of their life. Whether you are an avid runner or a walk around the park walker, the 3 miles of the Blacklight Run™ course will have you glowing and waiting for the next one! Read More

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Wales Counseling now has 3 locations to serve DFW

Wales Counseling now has 3 locations to serve DFW

Wales Counseling Center, PLLC has seen significant growth over the past 5 years. With locations in Arlington, Fort Worth and Cedar Hill Texas, Wales CC now now better positioned to serve the metropolitan are of DFW. The most recent location (Cedar Hill) opened in September 2015 and 30% of business that was being served in the Arlington location was able to transition to the new location. Shortening some client's commute by as much as 30 miles. Needless to say some customers of WCC are very thrilled with the opening of the new location.

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Certified Life Coach Graduates- Wales Life Coaching Institute

Certified Life Coach Graduates- Wales Life Coaching Institute

Congrats to our 2015 Life Coach Graduates!!!!!!

Consistent with the International Coach Federation definition of “coaching,” Wales Life Coaching Institute (WLCI) will teach students using a solution-focused coaching model with a strength-based approach to interacting with clients. The Certification is also designed to build proficiency in Motivational Interviewing for participants of the program. Read More

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What can I get from coaching that I can’t get from self-help books?

What can I get from coaching that I can’t get from self-help books?

People need guidance at different stages of their life. Many prefer to seek advice from their family members when they face any problem. But if the situation is too fragile and beyond their capacity, they consult either professionals like life coaches or read self help books. Read More

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