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Swen Helge, PhD (1975-2010)
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Swen Helge, Ph.D.
Director Emeritus

Swen Helge, Ph.D. began his work in psychology at the Counseling-Psychological Services Center at the University of Texas at Austin.  He served there from 1968 to 1969.  In 1969, he became the Assistant Director of the Jester Center at UT.  He held that position until moving to Fort Worth in 1971.  

From 1971 to 1976, Dr. Helge provided psychological instruction and services at Texas Christian University.  He served as an Assistant Professor of psychology (1971-1976), a psychologist at the Center of Counseling and Psychological Services (1971-1973), and the Director of the Center of Counseling and Psychological Services (1973-1975).  During his service to TCU, he developed and directed the Community Psychology program; supervised research theses; conducted individual research projects regarding stress, substance abuse, the university influence on the urban community, and effective therapeutic models for university students.  

In 1973, Dr. Helge began private practice, naming his business the Fort Worth Psychological Center.  The FWPC became a full-time center in 1976.  During his 36-year tenure as the Director of the FWPC, Dr. Helge developed a cutting-edge clinical and forensic practice and enjoyed the camaraderie of the 11 psychologists who also practiced at FWPC over the years.  He performed numerous roles as a psychological consultant, board member, presenter, doctoral-level intern supervisor, and reviewer for journal publication, in addition to his daily roles as a psychologist, psychological evaluator, and psychological expert.  The FWPC remains the longest active psychological center in Fort Worth.  

Always seeking more knowledge to better assist his clients, Dr. Helge garnered multiple titles of specialization. He was the first Diplomate in Forensic Psychology in the state of Texas.  The Diplomate has been recognized by the American Board of Forensic Psychology (1972-2009), the American Board of Professional Psychology (1986-2009), and the American Board of Psychological Specialties, American College of Forensic Examiners (1997-2004).  He was listed in the National Health Registry.  He earned a board certification as a Diplomate-Fellow by the International College of Prescribing Psychologists and was a member of the Prescribing Psychologists’ Register (1999-2009).     

Dr. Helge loved the practice of psychology.  He loved the collegial relationships formed within the fields of psychology, law, medicine, civil service, and education that were cultivated across the more than three decades of his practice.  He enjoyed learning from mentors and colleagues, mentoring others, and watching those he mentored succeed in the field.  

In early 2010, Dr. Helge made the difficult decision to retire due to significant health problems.  While he may no longer be practicing psychology, the legacy and impact he leaves on the clinical and forensic fields of psychology, particularly in the DFW metroplex, will continue.  The FWPC will remain strong and cutting-edge, thanks to his unwavering dedication to ethical practice, desire for up-to-date and empirically verified methods, and sensitivity to the needs of his clients.