Faculty &


James D. Wares, M.S.W.

Assistant Professor, Department of Social Work
Faculty Advisor, Phi Alpha chapter, National Social Work Honor Society

Jim started his career in Toledo in 1973 as a clinical therapist at Family Services of Northwest Ohio. A couple years later, he became a supervisor and outpatient therapist at the East Center for Community Mental Health which many years later merged with the Ruth Ide Community Mental Health Center and became what is now Unison Behavioral Health Group. For almost thirty years, he gained experience as an individual and family therapist; a supervisor; a program, organization, and policy developer; a grant writer, and for the last seventeen years, a chief executive officer of a large behavioral health care private/non-profit agency. Besides his interest in educating and training new professionals for the field of social work, Jim likes spending time with his family, playing golf, biking, hiking, and traveling. He is an avid fan of University of Michigan athletics.


  • M.S.W., University of Michigan
  • B.A., University of Michigan

Areas of Expertise

  • Practice – individual, marriage and family, group psychotherapy
  • Non-profit management and administration
  • Supervision and ethics
  • Consultation
  • Organizational and systems development
  • Generalist social work practice
  • Behavioral health policy and issues, including diagnosis and treatment

Professional Licenses

  • Licensed Independent Social Worker, L.I.S.W.-S. (with Supervision endorsement)
  • Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, L.P.C.C.-S. (with Supervision endorsement)

Professional Affiliations

  • National Association of Social Workers (NASW)
  • American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT)
  • Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)

Recent Awards or Recognition

  • Nominated for the Teaching Excellence Award, Lourdes College 2009
  • National Social Work Honor Society

Presentations and Trainings

  • “Communication Skills and Organizational Issues,” Cherry Street Mission, Focus, Inc. 2010/11
  • “Assessment and Intake Processes for Residential Programs,” Catholic Social Services, 2010
  • “Managing Laws and Ethics,” Mercy College, 2009
  • “Reorganizational Planning,” Family Resource Centers, 2008
  • “Supervision in the Real World,” Unison Behavioral Health Group, 2007
  • “Supervision and Ethics,” NASW – Ohio, 2006

Service to the Community and the College

  • Board Member, Unison Behavioral Health Group (2003 – present)
  • President, Lourdes College Faculty Senate (2006/7 – 2007/8)
  • Lourdes College Committees – Assessment, Workload and Compensation, Program Review, Faculty Senate


Jim Wares
James Wares
Office: ASI 153
Phone: 419-824-3822