Jonathan Vanderbeck

Assistant Director of Training
Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker
Coordinator of Clergy Wellness Assessment Team

The Rev. Jonathan Vanderbeck, MDiv, DSW, LICSW is a licensed independent clinical social worker, the Assistant Director of Training, and the Coordinator of the Clergy-in-Crisis Assessment Program at the Danielsen Institute. He completed his Doctor of Social Work degree (DSW) in advanced clinical practice from the University of Kentucky, where his clinical research focused on the application of Bowen Family Systems Theory when working with individuals and families experiencing high degrees of religiously rooted reactivity. He completed his Master of Social Work (MSW) degree from the University of Michigan, his Master of Divinity (MDiv) degree from Western Theological Seminary, and is an ordained Minister of the Word and Sacrament in the Presbyterian Church (USA).

Dr. Vanderbeck’s interest in Bowen Family Systems Theory goes beyond his academic pursuits; he obtained a clinical certificate in Bowen Family Systems Theory from Rutgers University and completed additional training in Bowen Theory from the Samaritan Counseling Center of the Capital Region, the Vermont Center for Family Studies and the LGBTQ Institute for Family Therapy (LIFT) in New York City. In his clinical practice, he works with individuals and families from a systemic frame, focusing on how all elements of a client’s life impact themselves and their relationships. Additionally, as an ordained minister, Dr. Vanderbeck has experience working with issues of faith and spirituality from a systemic perspective. He has served as a parish pastor, interim pastor, and judicatory executive in Presbyterian, Reformed, and Lutheran traditions.

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