Holly Harmon, MSW

Robert Morris University - USA

Holly Harmon is the founding Director of the Robert Morris University Counseling Center and a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW). Ms. Harmon has over 17 years of experience working with adolescents and young adults in varied clinical settings, which facilitated a seamless transition into her current role. Ms. Harmon has expertise providing individual, family, and group therapy specializing in the areas of depression, anxiety, and suicide prevention.  Her mission has been to find ways to address and treat suicidal behavior and thinking in young adults.

During her tenure at RMU, Ms. Harmon has implemented numerous positive initiatives regarding the mental health care of the student body. She has worked faithfully to establish a reputation of caring and support from the newly formed counseling center and to build bridges to the RMU student community. She is the chair of the Crisis Assessment and Risk Evaluation (CARE) Team, which works collaboratively with faculty and staff to identify, track, and respond to reports of concerning, disruptive, or potentially threatening behavior within RMU’s student population. Ms. Harmon also helped create the THRIVE Program, a peer education initiative in which trained student leaders provide mental health awareness and education to the campus community using a public health approach. Ms. Harmon has formed valuable community connections with Pittsburgh Action Against Rape, The Emily Program, and Greenbriar Treatment Center to better serve the needs of students. She is a member of the RMU Title IX Readiness and Response Committee, as well as the Athletic Drug and Alcohol Policy Committee and the President’s Council on Inclusion. Additionally, she is an active member of the Association for University and College Counseling Center Directors (AUCCCD) and the National Association of Social Workers (NASW). She presents regionally and nationally on topics that address clinical work with young adults.

Prior to joining RMU, Ms. Harmon was employed at Western Pennsylvania Institute and Clinic (WPIC) and the Services for Teens at Risk (STAR) Clinic where she specialized in treating children and adolescents with depression and anxiety. While at STAR, she was trained and certified in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy at the Cleveland Center for Cognitive Therapy.  In addition to her clinical duties at WPIC, she also trained Doctoral and Masters level interns in psychotherapy and suicide assessment and treatment. Additionally, Ms. Harmon was a yearly presenter at the STAR annual conferences from 2003-2011 covering topics ranging from therapeutic techniques with adolescents to addressing suicidal behavior in practice. She served as a therapist on several National Institute of Mental Health funded studies examining treatments for anxiety, depression and developing therapeutic interventions for suicide attempters. Ms. Harmon completed her undergraduate degree in Psychology at the University of Pittsburgh, and her Master’s degree in Social Work with a specialization in Direct Practice at the University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work.

 

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