sterling hawkins, MSW, LICSW, LCSW-C
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR & OWNER
Board Certified Diplomate #27753 (American Board of Examiners in Clinical Social Work)
Academy of Certified Social Workers #884159344
MD License #08720 | DC License #LC302367
Sterling Hawkins is a Master’s level licensed Clinical Social Worker who has been a practitioner since 1989 and in part-time private practice since 2011. He holds licenses in the District of Columbia and Maryland. His underlying philosophy and orientation come from working with seniors and their families as a social work case manager in hospital acute care and home health care settings by providing functional assessments, identifying federal, state and community resources and performing individual, family, and group therapy for those who suffer with mild cognitive impairment and adjustment issues related to transition and loss, Sterling creates a supportive environment of empathy, trust, confidence and success when working with his clients.
Certificate in The Care of Older Adults, George Washington University, District of Columbia, 2016
M.S.W. (Master of Social Work), Florida State University 1989
B.A. in Sociology, Trinity International University, Deerfield, IL 1986
Certificate in Intercultural Ministries, Moody Bible Institute, Chicago, IL 1983
Sterling regularly attends workshops, seminars and conferences to stay current with research, theories and therapeutic techniques.
Greater Washington Society For Clinical Social Work (GWSCSW)
National Association of Social Workers (NASW)
VOLUNTEER BOARD AND PARTICIPANT EXPERIENCE
So Others Might Eat- (SOME) Volunteer 2016- Present
DC VA Medical Center Executive Committee Board- 2009 - 2011
Veterans Administration VISN 5 Social Work Professional Standards Board- 2009 - 2010
Greater Washington Society for Clinical Social Work Referral Panel- 2001- 2005
Pro-Bono Counseling Project Participant– 2003 - 2004
Capital Association of Diabetes Educators Board Member- 2002 - 2006
CVS Health Connection – Advisory Board Member -2001 - 2002
Since 1989 Sterling has worked in a variety of settings. His primary experience was established in Acute Care Medicine and Home Based Primary Care at the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Washington, DC where he has worked with aging veterans and their families to educate and provide behavioral health services. Preceding his work with the VA, he worked in private-sector Home Health; Inpatient Mental Health; and in the recent past as a Behavioral Consultant for the Maryland Department of Social Services Medicaid Waiver Program for at-risk seniors. In addition to his full-time work he maintains a part-time practice Thoughtprint Consulting, LLC. Sterling has worked with hundreds of individuals and families in the Greater Washington Area, by helping them obtain in-home care, identify alternative housing, resolve caregiver- burden, address: health management concerns, depression, anxiety, work-life balance, grief and past trauma.
THERAPEUTIC TECHNIQUES USED
Sterling uses an eclectic mix of therapeutic techniques depending on the situation or problem with which the client, couple or family presents. These techniques include psychodynamic approaches, cognitive-behavioral therapy, narrative therapy, emotionally-focused couples therapy, journaling, photo-therapy, relaxation and mindfulness techniques. These methods work well together to help clients establish stability, develop healthy relationships, and manage difficult emotions.