Richard M. Winters, M.S.W., LCSW-C

Mr. Winters is a graduate of the University of Maryland School of Social Work, where he received his Master's Degree in Social Work in May, 1979. He has practiced in a broad variety of public and private agencies and volunteered on numerous community boards in the Southern Maryland Community over the past 40+ years. He was a founding partner of Southern Maryland Associates Practice in 1982, and is the principal partner. He provides treatment to adults, adolescents and children through individual, couples and/or and family therapy. His treatment modality ranges from short term behavioral intervention to more long term insight oriented work.

Mr. Winters has consulted at a wide variety of public and private agencies over the years concurrent to maintaining the practice. His graduate internship was at the Springfield Hospital Center in Sykesville Maryland, which, at the time the largest State run Psychiatric Hospital in the state of Maryland. While a student, he was employed as a live-in counselor at several residential programs for developmentally disabled individuals in Anne Arundel and Charles Counties. His first Social Work position upon graduation was with Child Protective Services in Charles County where he was promoted to Child Welfare Supervisor, responsible for the Child Protection, Foster Care and Adoption Program. During his tenure, he co-founded and served as chairperson to the Charles County Child Abuse Task Force which coordinated the work of various human service agencies and law enforcement involved in child protection. In 1981 he was hired as Director or Social Work Services at Calvert Memorial Hospital and had the primary responsibility for the Mental Health Services provided in the hospital and at the emergency room. He was instrumental in establishment of the Psychiatric Services there which has evolved into the inpatient unit which still serves the community. During this time, he was appointed to board of the Calvert County Mental Health Advisory Committee, on which he served as chairperson, and to the Calvert county Drug and Alcohol Abuse Advisory Committee.

In 1983, Mr. Winters left Calvert Hospital to focus on the Private Practice but continued to work at various human service programs and volunteer on community service boards. He was a founding member of the Charles County Sexual Assault Board, which established the grant funded Crises Center still serving women and children in Charles County. He was a founding member of the Tri-County Group Home Board of Directors which established the first group home for adolescents in Calvert County and was precursor to the current Triad Residential Program serving all of Southern Maryland. In 1985, Mr. Winters was contracted to develop a program to work with perpetrators of domestic violence for the newly established Women's Shelter programs in both Charles and Calvert Counties. He researched and established the group treatment regimen for anger management and spouse abuse and served in this capacity for several years in what is now the Calvert County Abused persons program and Charles County Crises Center. Mr. Winters has Consulted for Charles County HARC Residential Program (serving individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities) and has served on various volunteer committees at HARC.

Futher, Mr. Winters has worked at Civista Hospital in LaPlata doing emergency psychiatric evaluations, Consulted at a nursing home (St Mary's)and adult Day Care Program (Charles) and provided individual and group therapy to developmentally disabled persons at the Charles County Mental Health Clinic. He was the Coordinator for the University of Maryland School of Social Work's graduate program in Waldorf for the 3 years the school offered the off site program locally, and served as a liasion for field instruction for student internships. Mr. Winters has also been a Sociology course Instuctor for the College of Southern Maryland. Mr. Winters has provided Mental Health Services to inmates incarcerated at the Calvert County Detention Center through The Calvert County Mental Health Clinic funded by a state grant. Mr. Winters Has also Served as a Board Member of The Calvert County Mental Health Association and The Charles County Mental Health Association. He has served as an appointed Board Member of Calvert County Core Service Agency. He is currently consulting at Calvert County Behavioral Health in Prince Frederick providing psychotherapy services.