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Carew, John

John Carew
Core Faculty
Boston College
School Affiliation

School of Psychology & Counseling

1977 to date: core faculty member

1977 to 2005: Primary advisor, research instructor, research project supervisor and advisory group leader for 20 adult graduate students. Graduate workshops instructor. Program coordinator of several master's programs: designed, documented, and communicated with regulatory authorities and college personnel re: new and revised master's degree programs; liaison to several regulatory and professional organizations.

Academic Focus

Counseling skills, multicultural competencies, assessment and intervention with children, adolescents, parents and families, activity, expressive and play therapies, clinical supervision, systems approaches to working with children, adolescents, parents and families, credentialing, student options for further study and training.

Community Involvement


  • Board of the Loving Conspiracy, an informal charitable organization which has raised tens of thousands of dollars for musicians’ families in need, as well as major donations to The Healing Garden (Harvard MA) and The Children’s Room (Arlington MA)
  • Cambridge College Union (AFT) member


  • Cambridge College Union (AFT): promotions committee, president, bargaining team, representative testifying for the union at the Boston Office of the National Labor Relations Board
  • Executive board and working group leader on 3 continents and New Zealand for the International Association for Counselling
  • Coordinator of the Hennigan School (Boston Public Schools)/ Cambridge College Multicultural Program, Jamaica Plain, MA
  • Site visitor/evaluator: CACREP, The Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs, Alexandria VA
  • President: Massachusetts Counseling Association
  • Orlando Project – American Mental Health Counselors Association
  • Berklee College faculty union (AFT).
  • Chair: American Counseling Association AIDS/ HIV action committee
  • American Counseling Association Public Policy and Legislation Committee, and Human Rights Committee
  • Liaison to the DMH Area Board and Chairperson of the Space Needs Committee, Clinic Evaluation Committee, : Eastern Middlesex Mental Health Clinic, Melrose and Wakefield MA. Board, MA DMH Eastern Middlesex Area Board
  • Massachusetts Department of Drug Rehabilitation visiting evaluation team
Courses Taught
  • Professional Issues in Mental Health Counseling
  • Multicultural Counseling Children and Adolescents in Context
  • Basic Counseling Skills - Rogerian Therapy
  • Personality and Counseling Theory
  • Counseling Practicum, Internship and Advanced Internship

Ph.D. - Boston College - Counseling Psychology
M.Ed. - Tufts University - Counseling and Guidance
B.A. - Clark University - Psychology

Clinical License and Registrations

  • Massachusetts Psychologist Health Provider
  • Massachusetts Mental Health Counselor (LMHC)
  • National Health Provider (NPI)

I believe that we as counselors need to focus first on the needs of our clients and students.

Professional Experience
  • Doctoral and Post-Doctoral Intern Psychologist at the Boston Veterans Administration Outpatient Clinics (during a sabbatical)
  • Independent researcher in Ireland, the UK and Turkey concerning the activities of professional counselors
  • Home/School and Family Counselor, Play and Activity Therapist, Parent Group Leader and Coordinator
  • Intern counselor
  • Youth Counselor Supervisor
  • Psychology aide
  • Instructional aide
Awards & Recognitions
  • Lifetime Achievement Award - Massachusetts Mental Health Counselors Association
  • Counselor Educator of the year - Massachusetts Mental Health Counselors Association
  • Citation for community service from the Massachusetts Department of Drug Rehabilitation and the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health.
  • Citation for having taught a professional development class in Arts and Expressive Therapies for clinicians visiting the Boston Veterans Administration Outpatient Clinic
  • Certificates of Appreciation from the American Counseling Association, the Massachusetts Mental Health Counseling Association, and CACREP
  • Exploring graduate education beyond the master's degree.
Research & Publications

Carew, John (2016): About Time ℗©, musical recording: compact disc, and downloadable sound files. Scottish and Irish song and traditional tunes, and American popular songs. John Carew is the producer, vocalist, guitarist, and business manager for this project.  Side musicians play button accordion, concertina, fiddle, low whistle, bouzouki, and bodhran.  Recorded, mixed and mastered by Jim Prendergast at Mill Pond Music Studios, Portsmouth NH. Packaging, coordination, embedded content, and additional business services by Crooked Cove, Eiot ME.

Carew, J. (2000). “Solution focused counseling”, a component of the Irish/ EU Guidance Counselor Handbook. Dublin: Fedora.
Parsons, J., Carew, J. et al. (1998).The role of the Massachusetts professional school counselor.Newton MA: Multi-Association School Counseling Task Force.
Parsons, J., Martin, M., Carew, J., et al. (1998). School practicum placement policy: A MSCA/MARIACES agreement. Newton MA: MSCA/MARIACES.
Carew, J. (1997). Changing times for counselors: Exploring the mental health counseling license.  Counselor’s Notebook, February 1997. Boston: Massachusetts School Counseling Association.
Carew, J. (1995).  Review of Black families in therapy, by Nancy Boyd Franklin. In Reviews, December 1989, New York:  American Orthopsychological Association
Carew, J. (n.d.). Obituary for Semiha Atikan. Journal of the International Roundtable for the Advancement of Counseling. London: IRTAC.
Carew, J. L. (1990). Commentary: Frank M. Datillio’s views on fraudulent degrees.  Journal of Mental Health Counseling, 12:1, 5-7.
Carew, J. (1978).  Early childhood autism: A review of concepts and resources. FamilyInvolvement, 10:5, 29-45.

Selected Presentations
  • Current issues in in adolescent mental health.YMCA Training symposium, Lexington MA.
  • Adult learners in counselor education programs  - Their strategies and needs. Annual meeting of the American Counseling Association, Boston MA.
  • Some thoughts on American and European counseling approaches in an International Context.  International Roundtable for the Advancement of Counselling, Annual meeting, Calgary, Alberta.
  • Folklore, friendship, flexibility, and professionalism.  Explorations in professional identity and professional culture in the Human Service Professions.
  • Numerous presentations on art, play and activity group therapy in family therapy and counseling
Professional Memberships & Affiliations
  • American Counseling Association
  • American Mental Health Counseling Association
  • Association for Counselor Education and Supervision
  • Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development
  • Association for Counseling and the Arts
  • American Play Therapy Association
  • American Psychological Association
  • National Register for Psychology Health Providers