Its All About Abandonment
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J. Ray Rice, M.S.W., A.C.S.W.




J. Ray Rice received his ABS-71’ and MSW-77’ from George Williams College, now at Aurora University. He is the author of Thank You for Loving Me! The Psychology of Abandonment, Healing and Loving and (volume 1 of 2) What I Must Give Myself...First! He is available to speak, lecture, and train international.

A member of the Academy of Certified Social Workers (ACSW) since 1979, he has worked, trained, and studied human interactions in 19-countries. He has been employed using his social work knowledge base in the following opportunities.

  • A youth worker in the streets of Chicago with gangs.
  • He has worked in a maximum-security state correction facility for youth.
  • He has worked in an emergency-room as a ER Social Worker.
  • He has trained at Elgin State Hospitals where he rotated and worked positions in all three-shifts.
  • He has been a therapist at the Aurora Mental Health Center.
  • He has directed residential treatment centers, and facilitated the establishment of over twenty new facilities around the country.
  • He has designed community-base programs for youth to transition from in-patient treatment to home and school.
  • He was one of the first social workers to provide home-bound therapy in the inner-city of Chicago's west side.
  • He has provided training on military bases for the Air Force and Navy in FL.
  • He has trained transatlantic on cruise-ships.
  • He has trained and lectured in high-schools.
  • He has trained law-enforcement in KY and FL.
  • He has been in private practice.
  • He has been a school social worker.
  • He has provided training at colleges and universities.
  • He has served in the YMCA World Service and assisted in establishing the first YMCA Camp in Bogotá.
  • He has been a camp director for a vocational exploration for youth in IL and MA.
  • He has been a foster-father.
  • He has been a delegate from IL to the White-House Conference on Children and the White-House Conference on Aging.
  • He has worked with gangs and lectured about them and cults.
  • He was the director for corporate training at one of the largest college in America, Miami-Dade College.
  • He has been a grant writer for social service program and state job development programs.
  • In 1977 the first Psycho-Social Rehabilitation Center for Adolescences was established in the country and he served as its' first coordinator at The Threshold in Chicago.
  • He was listed in Who’s Who in the World in 1987, as well as Who's Who of the Midwest, and Who's Who of Emerging Leaders.
  • He has been an exchange social worker to Sweden studying their delivery of health care with the International Council of Fellowship.
  • He was an invited presenter to the 5th International Conference on Conflict Resolve in St. Petersburg, Russia.
  • He has been a keynote speaker and workshop presenter in back-to-back conferences for IRACCA in IN.
  • His bldg its all about abandonment is viewed by readers from over 120 nations.
  • His 40+years of studying and writings on the effects of unresolved abandonment issues and the individuals he trained are his contributions to Social Work.







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