Daniel J. Kill
DAMEN AWARD - SCHOOL OF SOCIAL WORK
Daniel J. Kill (MSW ’74) is a licensed clinical social worker with over 40 years of experience. He works with adults and youth in individual, family, and couples therapy, specializing in the evaluation and treatment of depression, anxiety, domestic violence, and psychotic disorders. These disorders include schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and other serious emotional or psychological conditions.
Kill is a 1974 graduate of Loyola’s School of Social Work and served as president and CEO of the formerly named Family Service & Mental Health Center of Oak Park & River Forest, now called Thrive Counseling Center, from 1996 to 2011. The center provides comprehensive psychiatric rehabilitation and recovery services, youth and family services, and counseling and wellness services. He had been involved with this organization for 37 years and has also run a private practice for the past 35 years.
As a proud alumnus who exemplifies many Jesuit values, Kill has been involved with the School of Social Work in many ways. He was on the alumni board from 1978 to 1987, serving as its president for seven years and promoting legislative advocacy to support people who are disadvantaged. He was chair of the School of Social Work Alumni Fund in 1980 and served on the Advisory Council from 2005 to 2008. In 1994, he received the School of Social Work’s Alumnus of the Year Award.
Kill has also participated in many committees and coalitions, including the Coalition for Licensure of Social Work Practice, where he served as a legislative advocate for the proper training and credentialing of people providing services in the social work field. He was influential in establishing the Oak Park Chapter of the Alliance for the Mentally Ill.
In April 2009, Kill was awarded the Siedenburg Distinguished Alumni Award by the School of Social Work. Before that in 1998, he received the Rita Johnson Humanitarian Award from the Family Service & Mental Health Center of Oak Park & River Forest—the agency’s highest honor—celebrating community activists and exceptional individuals who are dedicated to advocacy for community mental health.
Kill has embraced the field of social work to both honor the profession and to advocate for mental health services, fulfilling a lifelong mission to help people with serious and persistent mental illness.