Roland Jennings is passionate about helping people. His professional counseling approach from, a clinical/Christian perspective, has proven very successful in helping his clients. Roland is a Certified Clinical Social Worker holding licenses in both Maryland (LCSW-C) and in Delaware (LCSW). Roland has been in the behavioral health field since 2010 after having graduated from Salisbury University with his BA in Psychology. He began his career at the Worcester County Health Department as a drug and alcohol counselor (AOD-Provisional) specializing in providing brief assessment and case management services with teens and their families. This often developed into counseling parents and walking them through marital issues affecting their children. Roland was eventually promoted to Coordinator of Special Programs and began working with the Sandcastles Runaway and Homeless Youth program.
While working full time at the Worcester County Health Department, Roland continued his education and obtained his Master’s of Social Work (MSW) from Salisbury University in 2012. As an MSW student, he was required to fulfill two separate internships. One was providing case management services to individuals with severe mental illness and the other was providing school-based therapy to children and their families, as well as individual counseling with adults and married couples. After becoming a licensed clinician, he was offered a full time position as a mental health therapist and began working with various populations in the capacity of individual, family, group and marital counseling.
It wasn’t until 2013 that Roland found his niche. He attended a six month Core Clinical Training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy and instantly felt compelled to help others with this updated treatment model. Roland began to see his clients get better sooner than with earlier treatments. Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is an evidence-based model of treatment focused on teaching skills such as mindfulness, being able to tolerate distress, regulating your emotions, and interpersonal success. DBT was created primarily for highly suicidal, self-injurious individuals who wanted to improve their lives, though, DBT has also been shown to be effective with treating focus/concentration, depression, anxiety, eating disorders, PTSD, substance abuse, etc. DBT is also useful in assisting marital couples navigate through challenging issues. Ultimately, DBT focuses on helping individuals refocus their lives to create a life worth living, while simultaneously balancing acceptance and change.
In addition to Roland’s clinical experience, he is also an intense Jesus lover. He attends St. John’s United Methodist Church in Fruitland, MD. He is active in his church, primarily working alongside their youth pastor to assist with the spiritual growth and fulfillment of their youth group. Roland is also a firm believer that if there were a “manual for life,” without a doubt, it is the Bible. This is why he is dedicated to the integration of both clinical and biblical understanding to help individuals along their journey.
Roland and his wife, Chelsea live in Salisbury, MD.