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. 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 Masters 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 (LSCW-C), 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 comprehensive 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 emotions, and interpersonal success. DBT focuses on helping individuals refocus their lives to create a life worth living, while simultaneously balancing acceptance and change.
Roland also has training in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) which is an evidenced-based therapeutic intervention that focuses on helping children overcome stress responses to trauma. In addition, Roland has been trained in Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP), which is a Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) approach to reducing anxiety-based disorders such as Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD), Panic Disorder, and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD).
Though, Roland’s primary therapy/counseling technique focuses on using a clinical/research-based approach, he is also attuned to incorporating spirituality into his clinical practice. Roland focuses on meeting the person where they are as an equal, collaborating as a team, and helping them to get to where they want to be in life based on their own individual values.
Healing today. Hope for tomorrow.