_DSC8395aaA licensed clinical social worker, Julie Caron Sims, ACSW, LCSW graduated from the University of Dayton and completed graduate and post-graduate studies at Loyola University of Chicago. In addition to her license in Clinical Social Work, Julie also holds an Illinois Professional Educator License for School Social Work. In 2014, Julie earned a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Association of Social Workers’ West Central District in Illinois.

Julie began her career at Central Psychiatric Clinic in Cincinnati. She joins NCA after eleven years in clinical practice in Peoria. She has worked in foster care/adoption, crisis mental health, school social work, and has provided counseling in outpatient hospital, domestic violence, family and youth service settings. She has provided mental health consultation in preschool settings. Julie was a fieldwork supervisor for graduate students at the University of Michigan, Eastern Michigan, and Spring Arbor Universities.

While raising her two sons, Julie was a foster parent and served on the board of the Mental Health Association of Tippecanoe County, IN. After experiencing such losses herself, she co-founded and led a mutual support group for parents who suffered from perinatal loss. She was awarded the Governor’s Award for Community Service.
Julie served for 14 years as a Volunteer for the American Red Cross as an Instructor and Disaster Mental Health Volunteer.

As a Clinical Social Worker, Julie’s primary interests are to help strengthen families, children and adults as they move through normal phases of development or life transitions. Julie is trained to help couples heal and strengthen their bonds. With her many years of experience in school social work and educational consultation, she is a strong advocate of parents and children’s needs in school settings.