Resume for James Robert Smith, MSW, LISW

Summary of qualifications
Over 18 years of experience providing counseling and therapy to children, youth and families. L.I.S.W. since January 2000.


Professional experience

March 2007 to present, Wolfleg Counseling, Iowa City, IA
§ Provide private counseling and therapy to families and individuals.
§ Emphasize Mindfulness-Cognitive-Behavioral therapy approach in conjunction with Motivational Interviewing techniques

October 2005- March 2007, Mid-Eastern Council on Chemical Abuse, Iowa City, IA
§ Employee Assistance Program and Behavioral Health therapy services
§ Provide substance abuse evaluations and treatment services
July 2002-October 2005, Wolfleg Company, Inc., Iowa City, IA
Director and Therapist
§ Founded family-centered services agency
§ Provided therapy, skill building and psychological assessment services to children, youth and families
§ Directed, trained and supervised therapy staff of five
August 1996-June 2002, Youth Homes, Inc., Iowa City, IA
§ Provided therapy and skill development for children, youth and families
§ 1996-97 social work practicum student
October 1996-May 1997, School of Social Work, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA
Research Assistant
§ Evaluated success of Iowa’s Juvenile Crime Prevention Programs
§ Conducted data analysis using statistical software SPSS
January 1996-May 1996, Mayor’s Youth Program, Iowa City, IA
Social Work Practicum
§ Taught practical skills to youth with behavioral challenges
May 1994-May 1997, Sylvan Learning Center, Iowa City, IA
§ Assisted clients to develop math and reading skills
§ Also worked for University of Iowa tutoring services (math, chemistry) and operated math tutoring internet site
May 1988-April 1994, Chance Program, Graceland University, Lamoni, IA
§ Built successful new program to provide assistance to learning disabled college students
§ Provided subject-matter tutoring, clinical therapy and academic counseling services
§ Supervised and trained staff of four counselors/tutors
May 1983-April 1988, Graceland University, Lamoni, IA
Adjunct Art Professor
§ Taught Ceramics, Design 3-D, Drawing and Sculpture
May 1977-April 1983, Native American Cultural Unit, Independence, MO
Regional Coordinator
§ Directed the Planning and Strategy Unit
§ Coordinated development plans and the Native American Cultural Appreciation Team administrative unit
May 1969-April 1975, Northern Natural Gas Co., Omaha, NE
Research and Development Engineer
§ Designed and built research pilot plant for production of ethylene glycol from ethylene oxide
§ Patents awarded for fuel extraction device and emissions control device
1996 University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA
Master of Social Work
§ Phi Alpha Honor Society
1988 Lindamood-Bell Learning Processes, San Luis Obispo, CA
Certified Reading Specialist
§ Certified clinician to teach Verbalizing and Visualizing for Reading Comprehension and Auditory Discrimination in Depth for Reading Pronunciation
1977 Graceland University, Lamoni, IA
Bachelor of Arts, Secondary Education with emphasis in Art
§ With Teaching Certification in math, physics, chemistry and art
1969 Iowa State University, Ames, IA
Bachelor of Science, Chemical Engineering
Professional Memberships

volunteer experience

§ Youth camp counselor/director
§ Salvation Army – food preparation and service
§ Facilitated psychological adjustment for Native Americans newly released from prison
§ Promoted cultural exchanges between Native Americans and non-natives
§ Fund raising activities for the Free Medical Clinic


Wolfleg Counseling has been providing psychotherapy and mindfulness based cognitive therapy to clients for more than twenty years in the Iowa City, Coralville and surrounding area. We have helped many people who suffer from depression, anxiety and stress. We believe all people can learn to calm themselves to the degree that they can hear a deeper, clearer voice of knowing within themselves that will lead them to solutions for and insights into their own challenges. We see our job as supporting and encouraging this self discovery.