Title: Marriage and Family Therapist
Company: The Family Workshop
Location: Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Carl Johnson, Marriage and Family Therapist at the Family Workshop in Atlanta, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Health Care Professionals for dedication, achievements, and leadership in marriage and family therapy.
While at Northwestern University, Mr. Johnson started out as a pre-med student but soon realized he did not enjoy and did not do well in foundational pre-med courses like organic chemistry. He then began to experiment with different courses of study and stumbled into a social psychology course taught by a nationally known faculty member, Donald T. Campbell. Mr. Johnson was inspired by the course. He eventually did his undergraduate research under Professor Campbell and developed a fascination with the field of psychology. While in undergraduate school, he also held a part-time job as an orderly in a psychiatric ward, where he discovered his interest in clinical practice. Later, during his graduate degree program in clinical psychology 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. The Bridge worked on reuniting families by resolving the issues that caused adolescents to run away. After that experience, he knew he wanted to specialize in working with families. Mr. Johnson graduated from Northwestern University in 1969 with a BA in psychology, and in 1975 earned a MA in clinical psychology from Georgia State University.
In 1973, when Mr. Johnson began his career at the Bridge Family Center, they were the only therapists working with whole families in Georgia. Consequently, the Bridge became one of the first centers in the Southeast to provide training in family therapy. He stayed there until 1980 when he began his private practice with The Family Workshop, where he remains to this day. Mr. Johnson is most proud of his contributions to building the profession of marriage and family therapy. From 1980 to 1985, he worked with representatives of the fields of social work and counseling to draft and pass a law creating a composite licensing board in Georgia which became a model for similar laws nationwide. While serving on that Board he founded the Association of Marital and Family Therapy Licensing Boards and oversaw the development of the national licensing examination in marital and family therapy.
As a testament to Mr. Johnson’s achievements, he 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. 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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