Richard McDonnell has served as the Executive Director of the Family Guidance Center since 2006. He is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Rutgers University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from Seton Hall University. Mr. McDonnell has been working in the human services field since 1975, specifically in the community behavioral health care system since 1981. He has worked as a clinician, clinical supervisor, Director and Executive Director in both residential and community mental health center settings.
“To listen, to respect, to engage, to support, to empower; these are the essential elements in helping people to chart their recovery from mental health or substance use disorders. Helping people to understand and gain insight into their problems, helping them to realize and utilize their innate strengths and abilities to achieve their goals in life; that is the essence of successful treatment.”