Julia Swartz, LICSW, CEIS

Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker

Certified Early Intervention Specialist

Personal Information

I have been married for 17 years and am the proud parent of Maximilian who is 14 years old and Reilly who is 12 and prefers to be addressed as “Princess Reilly Snow”.

Professional Experience

Clinical Director of Compass Medical  Behavioral Health

Duties include:

Coordinating all intakes and urgent care needs.  Provide training and support to Primary Care and Family Practice physicians in reference to psycho-social issues and concerns. Oversee all areas of budgeting and the day-to-day function of the department and provide direct psychotherapy treatment to young children, families, couples and adults. Clinical supervision is facilitated for four LICSW’s.

I am very interested in, and personally and professionally committed to, the integration of mental health in medicine.  There have been challenges to this marriage; however, I have observed many of the medical providers becoming increasingly sensitive to psycho-social issues, more comfortable making mental health referrals and open to the educative process of expanding their professional skill base.

Past Course Facilitator, Harvard Medical School

Patient Doctor III

Facilitated tutorial group of twelve third year medial students in communication and relational skills as well as “Giving Bad News” assignment.

BCBS Provider Advisory Counsel

Member of a mental health advisory counsel with the mission of integrating mental health and medical services.

NASW Managed Care Commission

Nominated: Attorney General Health Care Reform Task Force

Private Practice

Collaborations in Clinical Care, LLP

While in private practice my specialty was in treating young children and families.  Parent effectives and spirituality were some of the psycho-educational trainings I facilitated.  At that time I offered my skills in forensic social work, specifically as a Guardian ad Litem, parent monitor, visitation supervisor and expert witness for the Probate Court System.  Although I no longer provide these services, I do train and supervise other clinical social workers in these areas.

Early Intervention

FIRST Program

Family Service Coordinator

As many of you know, Early Intervention (EI) serves children from birth to age three, who either have a developmental disabilities or are a risk, and their families.  I was a member of multi-disciplinary teams including: developmental educators, physical occupational and speech therapists and an infant development specialist (who was trained by T. Berry Brazelton).  In addition to coordinating developmental assessments and services, I provided psychotherapy to couples and siblings.  A large part of this work was grief and loss oriented.  I began to treat siblings, privately and offer parent effectiveness trainings, this was the start of my private practice.

The exposure to other areas of specialty prepared me in ways I could not have imagined for private practice.  Often times, parents were referring their children for psychotherapy when the issue was in fact developmental in nature.  I have been able to identify issues such as sensory integration, pervasive developmental disorder, speech and language delays, and auditory processing difficulties and refer children and families to the appropriate treatment and resources.  My EI experience expanded my clinical training in bio-psycho-social assessments and allowed for the integration of these two models of treatment.

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I would like to thank the following for their generous support, without whom this web site and training program would not exist: The Sidney R. Baer, Jr. Foundation, The Alden Trust, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Mental Health, Project INTERFACE (Newton Public Schools and the U.S. Department of Education), the Locke Educational Fund at Newton- Wellesley Hospital, Aetna Health Plan, the Kenneth B. Schwartz Center,  and the families of my medical practice. 

I hope you find this site useful and encourage any comments.

- Dr. Howard King, M.D.