Mr. Jeffrey Guenzel has been the CEO of the Interdisciplinary Council on Development and Learning (ICDL) since 2013. Mr. Guenzel also provides counseling, therapy, and consultant services with his wife, Dr. Amy Guenzel, at their JAG Therapy & Consulting office in Rockaway, NJ.
Before joining ICDL, Mr. Guenzel held key leadership positions in state government and served as an executive director of a very successful not-for-profit. Mr. Guenzel is a professional counselor that has dedicated his career to serving children and families.
In his most recent appointments prior to joining ICDL, Mr. Guenzel was the Deputy Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Children and Families and previously served as the Director of the New Jersey Division of Child Behavioral Health. In these positions, he led many innovative initiatives including restructuring the service delivery system for children with developmental and intellectual disabilities.
Prior to his appointments with the State of New Jersey, Mr. Guenzel was the inaugural Executive Director of the Partnership for Children of Essex, a not-for-profit agency providing Wraparound care management services for children with complex behavioral health challenges. Under his leadership, the agency became one of the largest Wraparound agencies in the nation gaining him national recognition.
Mr. Guenzel has presented on mental health and autism all around the world. He has presented at regional and national conferences in the United States, Hong Kong, China, Thailand, Canada, and Great Britain. In addition, Mr. Guenzel has presented to many more groups around the world through live online courses he has led.
As a Professional Counselor, Mr. Guenzel has specialized in children and adolescents. He has worked as a counselor at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (now Rutgers University), the Mental Health Clinic of Passaic, and in private practice. Mr. Guenzel earned his B.A. degree in psychology and his M.A. degree in Counseling from Montclair State University.
Mr. Guenzel has a valuable combination of clinical knowledge and skills coupled with a proven track record of successful leadership. Underpinning these skills is a life-long commitment to serving children and advocating for positive interventions that make a difference in the lives of children and their families.
On a personal note, Mr. Guenzel has been married since 1993 to his high school sweetheart, Amy (Dr. Amy Guenzel). They have 3 beautiful children and have lived in the same home in northwest New Jersey since 1994. Mr. Guenzel enjoys anything handyman related, cooking, the outdoors, and spending time with his kids and family.
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