Francis William Chiappa
Horizons Counseling Services, Inc.
5851 Pearl Road, Suite 305
Parma Heights, Ohio 44130
Born: December 24, 1949
1977 Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio
1973 M.A., Psychology, Case Western Reserve University
1971 B.A., Psychology, State University of New York at Buffalo
Licensure: Psychologist, State of Ohio (#2704)
1982-Present: President, Horizons Counseling Services, Inc., Parma Heights, Ohio: independent group psychological practice with nine professional staff; individual, marital, family and group therapy, divorce mediation.
Consulting Psychologist: case and program consultation, staff training with agencies serving families and the chronically mentally ill; expert testimony on child sexual abuse; evaluation research.
1985-2007: Adjunct Faculty, Psychology Department, Cleveland State University: graduate teaching: group and family interventions, community interventions; undergraduate teaching: abnormal psychology, child psychology, lifespan development.
1983-1984: Supervising Psychologist, Parmadale Family Treatment Program, Parma, Ohio: clinical supervision and treatment planning in intensive day treatment program for chemically dependent adolescents and their families.
1978-1980: Psychologist: Western Reserve Psychiatric Habilitation Center, Northfield, Ohio: individual, group, and family therapy with adult inpatients; therapeutic milieu development and administration; clinical supervision; coordinator of psychology internship program; psychological assessment; staff training; program consultation; research.
1977-1978: Psychology Assistant, Cambridge Mental Health and Mental Retardation Center, Cambridge, Ohio: development and administration of therapeutic milieu
for adult psychiatric inpatients; individual and group therapy; psychodrama; staff training; research; psychological assessment.
1975-1976: Intern in Community-Clinical Psychology, University of California, Davis, School of Medicine: individual and group therapy; community consultation; family
therapy; crisis intervention; assessment.
1974-1975: Halfway House Administrator, Hill House, Cleveland: director of 14-bed psychiatric halfway house; group facilitation; program administration and planning;
counseling; case management; crisis intervention.
Other Professional Activities:
1987- 2005: Medical Staff Affiliate, Southwest General Hospital, Middleburg Heights, Ohio.
1996-1997: Adjunct Professor, Union Institute Graduate School, Cincinnati, Ohio: psychology doctoral dissertation advisor.
1993-1997: Ad Hoc Reviewer, Dissociation: Progress in the Dissociative Disorders.
1993-1995: Consultant, Children’s Unity Project, Heights Community Congress, Cleveland Heights, Ohio: development and delivery of prejudice reduction programs.
1979-1980: Lecturer, Northeast Ohio Clergy Training Institute, Northfield, Ohio: humanistic and transpersonal personality theories.
1977-1978: Instructor, Muskingum Area Technical College, Zanesville, Ohio: group dynamics.
Chiappa, F. (1994). Effective management of family and individual interventions in dissociative disorders. Dissociation, 7 (3), 185-190.
Chiappa, F. (1994). Group process in psychological groups. The Independent Practitioner, 14 (3), 123-127.
Chiappa, F., and Wilson, S. (1981). Effect of a locked door on a psychiatric inpatient unit. Hospital and Community Psychiatry, 32 (11), 801-802.
Chiappa, F. (1977). Experiential focusing and the memory-monitoring process. Doctoral Dissertation, Department of Psychology, Case Western Reserve University.
Chiappa, F., and Stillman, S. (1972). Cohesiveness in open and closed groups. Hill House Program Evaluation Report Series, #5.
Papers, Presentations and Workshops:
Families caught in the system. (2001) , Continuing and Professional Education workshop at Cuyahoga Community College, Cleveland, Ohio.
Torn and frayed: triangulated children after divorce. (2001) , Continuing and Professional Education workshop at Cuyahoga Community College, Cleveland, Ohio. (with Randall Baenen)
Torn and frayed: triangulated children after divorce. (1999) Workshop at International Family Therapy Association XIth World Congress, Akron, Ohio. (with Randall Baenen)
Depression in childhood and adolescence – family aspects. (1998) , Continuing and Professional Education workshop at Cuyahoga Community College, Cleveland, Ohio. (with C.Young, D. Swift & L. Waldman)
The dynamics of abusive families and how helpers fit in. (1995) Workshop at YWCA Conference, Family Violence: No Next Generation, Cleveland, Ohio.
The role of the family in dissociative disorders: Implications for individual and family therapy. (1995) Workshop at the Tenth Regional Conference on Trauma, Dissociation, and Related Disorders, Akron, Ohio.
Dissociative client, family, therapist, and larger systems: Implications for treatment. (1994) Presented at the Eleventh International Conference on Dissociative States, Chicago, Illinois.
Family violence and “the system”: helping families or confusing them. (1994) Workshop at YWCA Conference, Family Violence: No Next Generation, Cleveland, Ohio.
Mapping the dissociative client’s family and interpersonal system: where should the therapist fit in- (1994) Presented at the Ninth Regional Conference on Trauma, Dissociation and Multiple Personality, Akron, Ohio.
Individual vs. family interventions in dissociative disorders: different pieces of the same puzzle. (1993) Presented at the Tenth International Conference on Multiple Personality and Dissociation, Chicago, Illinois, and the Eighth Regional Conference on Trauma, Dissociation and Multiple Personality, Akron, Ohio.
Group process in psychological practice groups. (1992) Presented at Ohio Psychological Association Spring Convention, Columbus, Ohio.
Child abuse, oppression and empowerment. (1990) Presented at Eighth International Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect, Hamburg, Germany.
From victim to survivor: oppression and empowerment in psychotherapy.(1980) Presented at Fifth Regional Conference on Multiple Personality and Dissociative States, Akron, Ohio.
Multiple personality disorder in the context of a violent society. (1989) Presented at Sixth International Conference, Chicago, Illinois and the Fourth Regional Conference on Multiple
Personality and Dissociative States, Akron, Ohio.
Interactional group therapy. (1980) Presentation at International Association of Psycho-social Rehabilitation Services Regional Conference, Cleveland, Ohio. (with R. Gonzalez & J. Mayer)
Individuation and institutionalization. (1979) Presentation at “Working Together in Mental Health” Conference, Columbus, Ohio. (with S. Anbar & K. Weiss)
American Psychological Association (Divisions: Family, Independent Practice)
Cleveland Psychological Association
Ohio Psychological Association
1996-Present: Cleveland Peace Action: Vice President, 1996-2002; President, 2002-2017.
1987-1988: President, SANE/FREEZE of Greater Cleveland: community organizing and education; organization development; coordinator of media program; lobbying.
1987-1996: Chair, Coalition for a Test Ban: northeast Ohio regional coalition of community groups and religious congregations working for a Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty.
1989: John Looney Peace Award for Grassroots Organizing in Ohio: awarded annually by SANE/FREEZE of Greater Cleveland