Dr. Heather Hale

Heather M. Hale, MA, PsyD

Dr. Heather Hale has her Masters and Doctorate in Clinical Psychology.  She is currently in the process of transitioning her licensing as a Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) and her certification as an Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor (CADC) from the state of IL to MO.  Heather currently serves as the Director of Clinical Services for Great Lakes Educational Consulting, LLC.  Heather previously worked as Great Lakes Educational Consulting’s Clinical Director from 2005-2010.  She took a leave of absence from educational consulting as CAFDC and CAFRC expanded in 2010 to include an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP).  When CAFRC’s original expansion was completed in 2013, Dr. Hale resumed her consulting and professional roles at Great Lakes.  

As referenced above, Heather is the co-founder and previous co-owner of The Child, Adolescent, and Family Development Center (CAFDC) and of The Child, Adolescent and Family Recovery Center (CAFRC), CAFRC-West, CAFRC-City and the Chicago Day School.  Heather is intensively trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and CAFRC’s are DBT Adherent programs recognized for excellence by Behavioral Tech, LLC and The Joint Commission.  

From 2006 through 2012, Heather served on LEAD-Lake Bluff/Lake Forest’s Board of Directors.  Heather served as the President of LEAD’s Board of Director’s from 2009-2012.  She continued to serve LEAD as the Chairman of LEAD’s Clinical Advisory Committee from 2012 to 2014 whereupon she moved to Kansas City.  LEAD is a non-profit organization dedicated to impacting the character, development and behavior of youth, families and communities.  Visit leadingefforts.org for speaker highlights, helpful links, articles, books, blogs and other positive resources to empower parents and other adults involved in shaping the future of children from preschool through the teen years.

Dr. Hale is a contributing author in the edited book, “Getting Better at Private Practice.”  Royalties of this book go to support the international health charity, Center for Global Initiatives (CGI).  Volunteers do all of CGI’s work and fundraising goes to provide food and medicine needed by project partner’s patients.

In November of 2012, her peers honored Dr. Hale with the “Hope Recognition Award” for professional dedication, commitment and outstanding contributions to the Chicago community in the area of mental health and substance abuse prevention and education.   Heather has also been recognized for the following: “Excellence in Education” by the Woodbury Foundation; The Starfish Award, by Libertyville High School for making a difference in young people’s lives (2006); and with the “Dedicated Service Award” by Rush Behavioral Health a subsidiary of Rush Medical University for bringing the gift of recovery to adolescents and their parents (2004).