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–I worked as a counselor / adult educator at Prince of Peace Catholic Church in nearby Taylors, SC and have performed the work of a pastoral counselor throughout my professional career.
While living/working in Greenville-Spartanburg SC from 1989 to 1996 I laid the foundation for several areas of specialization:
–Worked in Addictions and Schizophrenia Units of Patrick Harris Psychiatric Hospital that also admitted young people that in some cases required treatment for Addictions and Schizophrenia. I also treated at risk youth diagnosed with various disorders placed in Chestnut Hill Psychiatric Hospital and for a time in a state run youth shelter for juvenile offenders.
–Over the years in various contexts I have provided a substantial amount of addictions counseling to the present day. In addition, I have occasionally treated patients in Schizoprhenia spectrum as well as phobias, eating and personality disorders.
–I had a private practice where I saw patients in various categories but a subspecialty consisted of serving a number of patients suffering from multiple personality and related dissociative disorders. In order to learn as well as confirm or modify my approaches I attended a national conference on Dissociative Disorders in Washington, DC. I found that the clinical experience of nationally recognized providers strongly correlated with my own successful orientation. At one point I considered the possibility of working with a Dissociative Disorders Unit in Asheville, NC about 2 hours north of Simpsonville, SC where I lived in the later part of this period.
Since Gerontology was my main specialization at the LSU school of social work and my resume notes a number of jobs in this venue, including nursing home, home health, transitional care unit and Hospice, I need not explain further.
–DEPRESSION & ANXIETY–
This has been a staple feature of most of my clinical work from the earliest periods to present.
–ADD / ADHD–
Having personally struggled all my life with the “gift” or “trait” of ADD, I am in a very good position to help others successfully navigate this condition. EFFECTIVE COUNSELING COMBINED WITH STRATEGIC PLANNING, COACHING, ONGOING EDUCATION AND WISELY INVESTING EFFORT TO FOSTER INSIGHT INTO SELF, OTHERS, SYSTEMS AND COMPATIBLE ALIGNMENTS WITH WORK AND SOCIETY IS THE WAY TO GO! Careful management of medication, diet and health is also very important!!! Much more to say!
Richard attended Spring Hill College (founded in 1830) in Mobile, AL. It is the oldest Catholic College in the South and the 5th oldest in the United States. As an upperclassman, Richard taught a study skills and orientation course for freshman for college credit and pay, served as a peer counselor, freshman orientation leader, and logic tutor. As a member of the Knights of Columbus and independently, he worked with displaced youth in a couple of shelters in the city. He graduated in 1983 with a BA in Theology.
Mr. Waguespack attended the LSU School of Social Work between 1986-88 and graduated with an MSW with a specialty in Gerontology. He then lived in NC and SC for a number of years before relocating to AL and shortly after to TX. The LCSW was initiated in SC in 1992 and has been validated in AL, TX and OK. He has been authorized as a CE provider since 1998 by the TX State Board of Social Worker Examiners.
For additional credentials and other information check out Richard’s LinkedIn Profile.
As a very young person (11-16), I owned and operated a little bird farm (hatching, raising and selling pheasants, quail, ducks and chickens) as well as helped my father with sheep, cattle, crops and overall farm maintenance (he had two farms in additional to our suburban residence in Covington on the north shore of New Orleans. I also worked in a number of restaurants 14-18. In college I followed my father’s progress in retail foods and in graduate school experimented with food sales.
I took economics and real estate at SHC and another course from Donaldson’s Real Estate School in New Orleans. Near the time of graduation I was a licensed realtor who sold commercial, residential, rental, acreage and farm real estate. In addition, I was involved in recruiting and managing agents. For a time contemplating an expanded role in the industry, I spearheaded a separate company to produce a subdivision directory of Western Saint Tammany Parish.
Worth adding to earlier mentioned experience are stress management workshops I provided for a group of mid range employees through Right Associates (SC) and private prison employees through a Howard College (TX) grant (decades ago). From early on, I have often supplemented mental health and family counseling with career coaching, health education and related services. I have long demonstrated a proclivity to serve in capacities matching those required by the EAP industry and should be considered a primary contact. Though I have not earned an EAP designation, I am open to referrals and related opportunities to help optimize employee mental health and to facilitate optimal retention and other agendas to improve work, family and social life.