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Shawnda Young, LCSW, RPT-S (she/her)


Shawnda Young (she/her) is a dual Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in the Commonwealth of Virginia and (LISW-CP) in the state of South Carolina. She is also a Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor (RPT-S), a Certified Clinical Trauma Provider (CCTP) and from 2010-2020 served as a Virginia Certified Pre-screener in which she assessed individuals who are an imminent danger to self, others and/or lacked capacity to consent to treatment for acute psychiatric admission. Shawnda has a Master’s in Social Work from the University of South Carolina and a Bachelor’s in Journalism and Communication from Hampton University. Shawnda has successfully merged her passion for both journalism and social work to provide effective communication while delivering therapeutic social work services.

 For the past 10 years Shawnda practiced clinical social work services in the greater Richmond, VA area to children, adolescents, families, and adults, including the geriatric population. Shawnda has a vast experience working for local community mental health services boards, residential treatment facilities, schools and outpatient clinics.

Shawnda served as the Henrico County Developmental and Mental Health liaison to the Family Assessment Planning team for families seeking local county funding  for services.  Shawnda is no stranger to community outreach as she often interfaced with community stakeholders, individuals and families;  serving as an agency representative providing information regarding how to access mental health and substance abuse services.  It was in her role as an Emergency Services Crisis Clinician, with the Richmond Behavioral Health Authority that she volunteered to assist the R.E.S.E.T team (Rapid Engagement of Support in the Event of Trauma) with the Richmond Police Department, community faith leaders and other community providers to help with the goal of safety and overall well-being of city of Richmond residents cope with violent and or disturbing crimes.

It was also in her tenure at Richmond Behavioral Health Authority (RBHA) that Shawnda had the opportunity to co-present to school aged youth residing in (RRHA) the Richmond Redevelopment Housing Authority about suicide prevention and bullying.  

Utilizing a strengths-based approach to treatment, Shawnda believes individuals have the innate ability to heal.  Shawnda is presently employed full-time for the Veterans’ Affairs Medical Center as a Senior Mental Health Social Worker to the Emergency Department.

**Shawnda successfully completed telehealth for Mental Health Professionals: 2 Day Distance therapy Training with PESI**

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