Free Training in Small Group, Team & Family Leadership
Dick Wulf, MSW, LCSW
Dick came to know the Lord Jesus Christ personally in 1960 while a freshman at the University of California at Berkeley. His B.A. from Cal was in Social Welfare. He then went on to get his 1967 Masters Degree in Social Work from the Columbia University School of Social Work in New York City, where his major course of study was Group Work.
The model of working with groups Dick learned at Columbia School of Social Work has been very successful, but is, unfortunately, too little known. Dick gives credit for the model to Dr. William Schwartz with help from Professor Stanley Sterling. Dick gives credit for his mastery of the model to Alex Gitterman, who was his field instructor during his second year in graduate school.
Dick’s work with groups in the South Bronx was the one student example of group work presented to all the professional group work community of New York City in 1967. It was then published in the book The Practice of Group Work edited by William Schwartz, the originator of the small group work model Dick teaches.
Dick has used the group work skills he learned to break ground in many areas, including stopping homosexual rape completely for four years at the military prison at Leavenworth. He also used group work (therapy) at Leavenworth to help the angriest prisoners leave solitary confinement and become safe enough to return to the general prison population.
Dick Wulf moved to Colorado Springs in 1969 as a group therapist at the Pikes Peak Mental Health Center. He ran ten therapy groups a week and did his share of new client intakes. Eventually, Dick became the Program Director of the Pikes Peak Mental Health Center. Dick utilized his small group leadership skills in program design, supervision, and project management to help build the Center from one office to twenty-six.
While Dick was with Pikes Peak Mental Health, he was a field instructor for the Denver University School of Social Work. Every one of the second-year students in the Group Work Program assigned to him (he had no choice of students) won the University’s Best Group Worker Award. The one and only Administrative Sequence student supervised by Dick won the Most Outstanding Social Work Graduate Award.
While at the Pikes Peak Mental Health Center, Dick also served on many community councils, boards and governmental committees, usually as the chairperson.
Over the last 30 years, Dick has trained innumerable churches in small group leadership skills as well about Christian community. He has also conducted training regarding small group and team leadership for many parachurch organizations, including the Navigators, Campus Crusade for Christ, Youth for Christ, Prison Fellowship, and Covenant Seminary in St. Louis.
Twenty-eight years after leaving the Pikes Peak Mental Health Center, Dick returned halftime in 2007 to train clinicians in group work skills.
Dick has also consulted where team dysfunction threatened either survival of a company or huge lawsuits.
He is also the designer of the game DragonRaid, which is based on his training in role-playing in therapy groups.
Dick and Jean Wulf have been married for 47 years.
Copyright 2012 Dick Wulf, Colorado, USA