Julia Wessel, MSW, LCSW, is a ZERO TO THREE Fellow. She is Assistant Director of Parent-Child Clinical Services Program and Child Placement Consultation Team Director at the Lourie Center for Children’s Social Emotional Wellness.
Ms. Julia Wessel, MSW, LCSW-C, is the Assistant Director of Parent-Child Clinical Services Program at the Lourie Center for Children’s Social Emotional Wellness in Rockville, Maryland. Ms. Wessel has been at the Lourie Center, a member of Adventist Health Care System, since 2014. In addition to administrative roles, she provides clinical services to children birth through age twelve and families with an attachment-based, trauma-informed orientation.
Ms. Wessel provides reflective supervision for clinical interns and staff. She is the Director of the Child Placement Consultation Team, a forensic evaluation team providing parent capacity and placement evaluations for Child Welfare Services and local courts. The Lourie Center strives to provide high quality early childhood mental health care and educational services to the most vulnerable children and families and believes the first years last a lifetime. The Center is one of a kind in its region with a mission to work with infants, toddlers, and younger children. These families often face intergenerational trauma, racism, and poverty, adding to their complex mental health and emotional needs.
After receiving her undergraduate degree in psychology from Kenyon College, Ms. Wessel worked as a research assistant on the Early Childhood team at Child Trends, a nonprofit research organization in Washington, DC. Ms. Wessel went on to pursue her Master of Social Work from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She was then selected for a clinical fellowship at the Yale Child Study Center where she honed skills in early childhood mental health. Ms. Wessel is a registered Circle of Security Parenting facilitator and is a rostered Child Parent Psychotherapy (CPP) provider.