Rick Shepherd joined the Wellness Center in the fall of 2011 and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. He received his undergraduate degree in Psychology from Illinois State University and his master's degree in social work from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Working several years in the area of crisis response, his focus on suicide prevention, anxiety and mood disorders and situational emergencies has shaped his career as a social worker. Rick believes in the importance of exploring the apparent and hidden strengths of individuals to guide them toward healthier ways of experiencing the world around them. In his free time, Rick enjoys creative expression through gardening and artwork.