Dr. José Wilson

Director of Facilitation and Organizational Learning, North Lawndale Employment Network

José M. Wilson is a psychotherapist who earned a master’s in Mental Health Counseling from Walden University and is a 19-year employee and Director of Facilitation and Organizational Learning for the North Lawndale Employment Network. As the director, José oversees NLEN’s reentry program, U-Turn Permitted. He ensures that the institution acquires the knowledge and competencies required to achieve the organization’s mission of reducing unemployment by 10% in the North Lawndale Community by 2027.

He is a chapter co-author in the book Cultural Awareness and Competency Development in Higher Education, titled “Multicultural Counseling Competencies: Why Is It Difficult to Apply What We Know…?” He is the publisher of a research article reporting the outcome of the initiative “Chicagoland Youth and Adult Training Center: Building Strong Relationships Between Faith-Based Organizations, Government and Corporations to Transform Low-Income Communities.”

He received numerous Community Service awards while working in Wichita, KS, Atlanta, GA, and Chicago, IL. He is a board member of Community-Based Organizations, I AM Able, and Park Manor Neighbors Associations. José serves as an active Elder with the Shiloh Seventh-day Adventist Church in Chicago, IL. He has been a guest lecturer at several universities, including the University of Illinois Chicago and the Adler School of Professional Psychology – Doctoral Program.

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