Jan Bidwell, MSW, LCSW, is a mental health professional and a licensed clinical social worker in the State of New Jersey. For over 40 years Jan has been working with people in many walks of life, helping them attain their goals.
Jan is has been a daily meditator for 30 years. She is a mediation teacher, having worked with individuals, led workshops, and a weekly mediation group. She is certified in medical mediation.
She graduated magna cum laude from Michigan State University with a bachelor’s degree in communication. She holds a Masters of Social Work from New York University, and has an additional seven years of institute training. She is a graduate of the Gestalt Therapy Training Institute in Washington, DC.
Jan has been a community activist and a tireless advocate for women’s and children’s issues. Recognized by New Jersey for her expertise in children’s needs and development, Jan was an appointee to the New Jersey State Task Force on Child Abuse and Neglect. She also served on the New Jersey State Division of Prevention and Community Partnership’s Advisory Board.
Jan was named to the Governor’s transition team that created policy recommendations to prevent child abuse. The New Jersey State Department of Human Services appointed her to a panel that restructured the Division of Youth and Family Services.
A founding member and president of three Bergen County non-profit groups, Jan spearheaded organizations to protect abused and neglected children, to combat poverty, and to assist Upper Ringwood families who struggle with Superfund site contamination.
In private practice, Jan Bidwell has helped vulnerable families, women, children and people with disabilities that face life’s toughest challenges. This provided Jan with a distinctive perspective on the issues and concerns that confront many families.
Jan was struck with Chronic Fatigue and Fibromyalgia in 1996 and was diagnosed in 1997. She has found ways to manage her illness, function, and be an active part of her community. She is also a cancer survivor, and has learned to navigate both treatment and recovery.