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Biography

Dr. Donna Conwell is a Postdoctoral Fellow in Clinical Psychology at Newtown Therapy and Wellness Center. She earned her PsyD from Chestnut Hill College in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (2014). She also holds an MCAT in Creative Arts in Therapy with a specialization in Dance/Movement and nonverbal communication from Hahnemann University (now Drexel University) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (1991).

Dr. Conwell completed an APPIC accredited Predoctoral Internship at Life Counseling, Rehab After Work, and Rehab After School programs in Exton, Pennsylvania where she worked with children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families. Additionally, Dr. Conwell held Predoctoral practicum APPIC and APA placements at Springfield Psychological Center and The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia within the ADHD Clinic. Dr. Conwell has over 20 years of both clinical and administrative experience including multiple supervisory positions at various community based and private mental health settings throughout the Philadelphia and suburban areas.

Education

Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology
Chestnut Hill College – Psy.D
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Conferred May, 2014

Masters of Arts in Creative Arts in Therapy – Dance/Movement Therapy
Hahnemann University – Currently Drexel University
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Conferred December 1991

Bachelors of Science in Special Education
West Chester State University
West Chester, Pennsylvania
Conferred May 1983

Work Experience

Newtown Therapy and Wellness Center, Newtown, PA – August, 2016 – Present
Post-Doctoral Fellow

  • Provide individual, couples and family sessions
  • Co-lead support groups with women with ED
  • Provide documentation and interface with insurance companies as needed
  • Conduct Psychoeducational Assessments
  • Conduct Assessments for depression, anxiety, and crisis
  • Accountable for finances and billing related to sessions

Completion of Doctoral Dissertation and Oral Defense – February 2014 – June – 2014.
“Nonverbal Communication in Distressed Couples: A Theoretical Monograph Integrating Communication, Diversity, and Assessment, With Consideration of a Training Curriculum for Graduate Student Trainees”.


Private Practice and Advocacy, Wayne, PA – September 2014 – Present

  • Provided Therapy services to adults with disabilities
  • Provided Advocacy for families with children with special needs including foreign adoptions

National Alliance for Mental Illness, Main Line Chapter- September 2013 – Present Board Member
Education, Support, and General Outreach Committee

  • Forum events, workshops, and other outreach to educate the public and professionals on mental illness
  • Outreach to churches, Family-2-Family, Basics, and support groups.

Advocacy

  • Advocating with government officials and encouraging others to advocate
  • Financing for advocacy related issues

Fund Raising

  • Raising funds and awareness of our affiliate and our activities
  • Membership

School and University Outreach

  • Outreach to school-age children and their parents
  • Outreach to school staff: Nursing, Social Work, Psychology, Education, and other related programs

Renfrew Center, Radnor, PA – October 2013 – January 2014
Director Partial Hospitalization Program/Intensive Outpatient Program

  • Oversight of Clinical Operations, Administrative and Revenue Management
  • Supervision of Clinical Coordinators, Psychologists, and Psychiatrist
  • Provide ongoing communication to stakeholders, schools, managed care organizations, and alternative levels of care as needed
  • Responsible for program goal development and growth
  • Track Performance Improvement and data related to goal outcomes including monthly/annual fiscal goals
  • Complete annual Performance Evaluations

Wordsworth, Philadelphia, PA – September 2009 – June 2013
Director BHRS/STS Programs

  • Oversight of Clinical Operations, Administrative and Revenue Management
  • Supervision of Clinical Coordinators and Psychologists
  • Provide ongoing communication to stakeholders, schools, managed care organizations, and alternative levels of care as needed
  • Responsible for program goal development and growth
  • Track Performance Improvement and data related to goal outcomes
  • Provide BSC Licensure advisement
  • Provide training in the “Sanctuary Model” to current and new staff during a two year period

Independent Contractor, Rosemont, PA – September 2007 – 2011
LPC Supervisor Provide clinical and administrative supervision to LPC candidates

  • Review and assist LPC candidates in completing PA State Licensure Board applications including weekly supervision, NCC Exam preparation, and preparing necessary documentation for consideration of LPC licensure.

Life Counseling, Rehab After Work, Light Program, Exton, PA – September 2008 – August 2009
Predoctoral APPIC Internship

  • Co-facilitate Rehab After Work and Rehab After School IOP and Light Program IOP
  • Provide individual, couples and family sessions
  • Provide documentation and interface with insurance companies
  • Conduct Assessments for depression, anxiety, and crisis
  • Accountable for finances and billing related to sessions
  • Responsible for marketing all programs in Chester County

Child Guidance Resource Centers, Havertown, PA – September 2003 – August 2008
Program Coordinator Family First Program

Northwestern Human Services Inc., Philadelphia, PA – July 2001 – May 2003
Clinical Coordinator Behavioral Health Rehabilitation Services

Center for Autistic Children, Philadelphia, PA – August 1999 – June 2001
Clinical Coordinator of Enhanced Mental Health Services

Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA – September 1995 – September 2009
Adjunct Faculty/Clinical Supervisor – Department of Dance/Movement Therapy, Graduate School program

Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Philadelphia, PA – December 1992 – June 1996
Creative Arts Therapist – Lead Clinician

Success Rehabilitation, Inc., Bucks County, PA – December 1995 – April 1996
Creative Arts Therapy Consultant

Northwest Center, Philadelphia, PA – August 1992 – April 1994
Coordinator – Adjunctive therapies Department

Eagleville Hospital, Eagleville, PA – August 1990 – July 1992
Creative Arts/Adjunctive Therapist

Licenses

  • American Dance Therapist Registered – BC –DMT
  • LPC – inactive
  • NBCC – inactive

Research

  • Doctoral Dissertation: Nonverbal Communication in Distressed Couples:
  • A Theoretical Monograph Integrating Communication, Attachment, Diversity, and Assessment, With Consideration of a Training Curriculum for Graduate Trainees
  • Unpublished Master’s Thesis: Reintegration of Body Image in Individuals with Traumatic Brain Injury

Organizations

  • American Psychological Association
  • Pennsylvania Psychologists Association
  • American Dance Therapy Association
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