M.S.W., Indiana University, 1970
B.A., Wheaton College, 1968
About Ronald Heilmann:
Ron Heilmann is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist working out of his private office in Syracuse since 1981. He is a Family and Divorce Mediator accredited by the New York State Council on Divorce Mediation and has been the Director of the Mediation Network of Syracuse, mediating divorces since 1983. Facilitating amicable divorces (more than 800) through his organization, Ron now brings his extensive experience assisting couples and collaborating lawyers as an allied professional of the CNY Collaborative Family Law Professionals. Ron has spent his entire professional career working with family members and their collateral professionals, negotiating the difficult transitions caused by parental separation and/or divorce. His focus has always been on preserving the integrity of the family.
Ron has been a founding member and Past President of the New York State Council on Divorce Mediation. He has been a Board Member of the Mental Health Association of Onondaga County for six years. He is the co-founder and Coordinator of the Children 1st Program, a parent education program for separating parents that has given vital information to more than 4,000 parents in the Central New York area on how to protect children from the detrimental effects of parental separation. For four years he ran a group for teenagers of the One Parent Family Council. For eleven years he facilitated the first support group for the separated and divorced in Syracuse, New York called “Courage To Be.” For nearly twenty five years he worked part time as the medical social worker for the Spinal Bifida Clinic at Crouse Hospital and Upstate Medical University Hospital.
He is a member of the National Association of Social Workers, the Academy of Clinical Social Worker, the Society for Clinical Social Work Psychotherapists, the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, The Association for Conflict Resolution, the NYS Council on Divorce Mediation and the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals.
Ron has been a guest lecturer at Syracuse University teaching a seminar on Divorce and Family Mediation and has given numerous presentations to this community on matters relating to healthy marriages and healthy divorces.
Ron has co-authored a book with Mary Ann Massey, Ed. D. of Williamsburg, Virginia: LOVEWORKS: Coming to Terms with Intimacy and Equality which looks at the struggles of contemporary men and women trying to negotiate and maintain a mutually rewarding intimate relationship.
He was published in the Family and Conciliation Courts Review, Volume 38, No. 4, in October 2000, pp 514-524, “A Community-Based Parent Education Program for Separating Parents”.