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Director of GU Counseling Center named to USCCB’s National Review Board

the Inland Register

(From the April 18, 2013 edition of the Inland Register)

Dr. Fernando Ortiz (IR photo courtesy of Dr. Ortiz)

Fernando Ortiz Ph.D., director of the Counseling Center at Gonzaga University, has been named a member of the U.S. bishops’ National Review Board (NRB), it was announced this month.

The NRB advises the bishops’ Secretariat for Child and Youth Protection and was established by the Charter for Protection of Children and Young People, which the bishops adopted in 2002.

Dr. Ortiz is fully bilingual Spanish and English. In addition to his work at Gonzaga University, Dr. Ortiz is a consultant with the Saint John Vianney Center in Downingtown, Pa., and provides religious workshops, consultations and assessments through the Consultation, Education and Research Department Outreach Services.

Dr. Ortiz received his PhD in counseling psychology from Washington State University. His undergraduate degree is in philosophy from Saint John’s Seminary College. He also obtained a master’s degree in psychology at Santa Clara University and a master’s degree in Religious Studies at Gonzaga University.

After his PhD education and psychological training, he completed a postdoctoral specialization in counseling with multicultural populations at the University of California at Santa Barbara.

A licensed psychologist in Washington State, he is also certified by the Council for the National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology and is board certified by the American Board of Professional Psychology.

He is assistant faculty at the Department of Medicine, Psychiatry, at the University of Washington, and since 2000, he has been a faculty and senior research assistant for the Personality and Culture Project, a research endeavor through Washington State University that comprises personality researchers from the United States, Mexico, the Philippines, Australia, Japan, and Malaysia investigating personality from a cross-cultural perspective.

He works closely with Catholic dioceses and seminary personnel, providing consultation and training on the psychological treatment and screening of candidates to the priesthood, especially in regards to multicultural seminary and religious students and clergy. As a clinician, he has extensive experience working directly with people in service ministry and in the helping professions. He has a particular interest in promoting self-care, stress management, and resilience in people who serve in these important roles within the Church community.

Francesco C. Cesareo, Ph.D., president of Assumption College, Worcester, Massachusetts, has been named the next chair of the NRB by Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). Dr. Cesareo succeeds Al Notzon III, who concludes his term as chair after the June 2013 meeting of the USCCB.

Cardinal Dolan thanked Cesareo, who joined the NRB in 2012, for accepting this leadership position.

“The board and its chair provide valuable feedback to the U.S bishops and we rely on their expertise and recommendations,” Cardinal Dolan said. “Mr. Notzon has continued the proud tradition of stellar leadership.”

Cesareo holds a doctorate in Late Medieval/Early Modern European History from Fordham University. He also was a Fulbright Scholar and studied at the University of Rome and Gregorian University in Rome.

In addition to Dr. Ortiz, new NRB members include another psychologist, Michael de Arellano, Ph.D., associate professor and a licensed clinical psychologist at the National Crime Victims Research and Treatment Center (NCVC) of the Department of Psychiatry at the Medical University of South Carolina.

Other new members include Laura Rogers, a former prosecutor who served as the Deputy Director of the Criminal Division of the Navy’s Judge Advocate General, and earlier as Director of the Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering, and Tracking (SMART) at the U.S. Department of Justice implementing the Adam Walsh Child Protection Safety Act; and Scott Wasserman, a Kansas City, Kansas attorney who focuses on legal issues involving children, especially abused children and children with special needs.

Details regarding the National Review Board, its functions and other members can be found at. http://www.usccb.org/about/child-and-youth-protection/the-national-review-board.cfm


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