Carl Johnson

Carl Johnson

Title: Marriage and Family Therapist
Company: The Family Workshop
Location: Decatur, Georgia, United States

Carl Johnson, Marriage and Family Therapist at The Family Workshop, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Health Care Professionals for dedication, achievements, and leadership in child and adolescent families.

While at Northwestern University, Mr. Johnson started out as a pre-med student until he realized he was not very good at basic courses like organic chemistry. He then began to experiment with different basic medically related courses and stumbled into a social psychology course from a nationally known faculty member, Donald C. Campbell. Mr. Johnson was inspired by the course. He eventually ended up doing his undergraduate research under Professor Campbell and realized how much he enjoyed psychology. During this time, he also received a part-time job as an orderly at a psychiatric ward. While in a graduate school PhD program at Georgia State University, Mr. Johnson did a practicum placement at the Bridge Family Center working with runaways at the height of the hippie era. He helped work on reuniting families by resolving the issues that caused the subjects to run away. From that experience, Mr. Johnson knew he wanted to specialize in working with families. In 1969, Mr. Johnson graduated from Northwestern University with a BA in psychology and in 1975, he earned an MA in clinical psychology from Georgia State University.

Mr. Johnson is most proud of developing the national licensing exam for family and marriage therapy. He was credited as one of the pioneers responsible for developing the foundations of the profession. After three years of sitting down with the representatives of the social workers and counselors and meeting once a month to draft a model of how to create a composite licensing board, he worked on a bill to create the licensing exam. The Georgia State Senate passed the bill and eventually the bill passed in the national government, which assisted in the creation of the foundation of the profession today. Mr. Johnson started his career at the Bridge Family Center in Atlanta as a family therapist in 1972. He remained there until 1980, when he moved on to become a marriage and family therapist at The Family Workshop, where he remains to this day.

As a testament to Mr. Johnson’s successful career, he has received a Divisional Contribution Award in 1993 and an Outstanding Contribution to Marriage and Family Therapy Award in 2001 from the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. He is also the recipient of a Lifetime Achievement/Distinguished Service Award in 1996 and multiple Outstanding Contribution Awards from the Georgia Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. Mr. Johnson has also been inducted as a fellow of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, the Association of Marital and Family Therapy Regulatory Boards and the Georgia Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. He is included in multiple editions of Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in Medicine and Healthcare, Who’s Who in the South and Southwest, and Who’s Who in the World.

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