Board Certified (Diplomate) in Counseling
American Board of Professional Psychology
American Academy of Psychotherapists
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Dr. Steve K. D. Eichel received his B.A. from Columbia University, and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Pennsylvania. He has been a licensed psychologist since 1982. After completing a clinical psychology internship at the Devereux Foundation, he worked for six years as a child and family psychologist at the Irving Schwartz Institute for Children & Youth, followed by several years as the director of child and family services for a large urban mental health center in Camden, NJ. He was then appointed consulting forensic psychologist to the Family Court and juvenile justice systems of Camden County (NJ). Returning to Pennsylvania, Dr. Eichel served as Clinical Director of the St. Francis Homes for Boys from 1989-1994, and directed the well-regarded Widener University-affiliated clinical psychology internship there. He also worked as a training consultant to the University of Medicine & Dentistry of NJ and as a family therapist for Community Centered Treatment, a multisystemic family therapy program funded by the Montgomery County (PA) family court and juvenile justice system.
Dr. Eichel was associated with the Verree Psychology Group (formerly Dubrow-Eichel Psychological Associates) in Philadelphia from 1983 to the end of 2006.
In addition to his private practice, Dr. Eichel served on the faculty of Villanova University's drug & alcohol counseling program for 10 years and was an Adjunct Professor in the counseling psychology programs at Chestnut Hill College and Arcadia University, where he designed and taught courses on advanced trauma counseling. He is currently an adjunct Professor of Psychology at Philadelphia University. From 2004-06 he was a counselor educator/supervisor and Program Assistant for the CACREP-approved M.S. in Community Counseling program at Wilmington University in Delaware, and he served through 2006 as a Clinical Supervisor and Consulting Psychologist to St. Francis/St. Joseph's Homes for Boys. From 1998-2000, he was President of the Greater Philadelphia Society of Clinical Hypnosis (GPSCH). Dr. Eichel was the 2006-07 President of the American Academy of Counseling Psychology, one of the national academies of advanced practitioners (ABPP diplomates), and is a mentor to future ABPP candidates. He was the 2009-10 Chair of the Council of Presidents of Psychology Specialty Academies. He served on the Delaware Board of Examiners of Psychologists from 2008-12 (and was the Board's Vice President from 2010-12). He has chaired the Psychology & Law Committee of the Delaware Psychological Association since 2006. He was elected President of the Board of the International Cultic Studies Association in 2013. Dr. Eichel has written articles on child therapy, hypnosis, and cults, and has authored three book chapters; he has presented over 200 workshops, papers and panels to local, state, regional and national professional associations.
Dr. Eichel is licensed in the states of Pennsylvania and Delaware, is listed in the National Register of Health Service Psychologists (since 1991), and holds the Certificate of Professional Qualification in Psychology (CPQ) issued by the Association of State & Provincial Psychology Boards. In addition to his psychology practice in Newark, Delaware, he is associated with RETIRN in Newark, Lansdowne and Preston, England, U.K.
Dr. Eichel is President of the Board of the International Cultic Studies Association (formerly the American Family Foundation) and on the Editorial Board of the Cultic Studies Review.