Dr. Shultz was first exposed to Bowen Theory concepts experientially through mentoring she received as a teenager. It was not until nearly four decades later that she fully understood that the principles she had learned at age fifteen were in fact, Bowen Theory.

After earning a BS degree in Organizational Management in 1988 and an MSW with specialization in school social work in 2001, Robin worked as a school social worker in a district in the western suburbs of Chicago, Illinois. She remained in this role from 2001 until 2022 working with high school, middle school, and elementary school students and their families during her career in public education. Robin also had the privilege of supervising many school social work interns over the years and during the 2022 school year, serving as a Virtual Instructional Coach for the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) for new school social workers in Illinois.

Robin became licensed as a clinical social worker (LCSW) in 2004, and as a marriage and family therapist (LMFT) in 2012. She worked for two private practices in the western suburbs of Chicago from 2005 until 2015 and in June 2015, Robin opened her own practice, New Legends Counseling, Coaching & Consulting, LLC in Geneva, Illinois. Robin continues to practice at New Legends working primarily with individuals, couples, and parents.

Having been exposed informally to Bowen Theory as an adolescent, Dr. Shultz chose to continue her study of the theory in 2014 by completing the Postgraduate Training Program at the Center for Family Consultation in Evanston, Illinois. Robin graduated from the training program in 2016 and from Aurora University with her Doctoral degree in Clinical Social Work in 2018. Robin’s research, dissertation, and ongoing areas of clinical interest include family anxiety, the child focus process, and the potential impact of adult interaction patterns on student functioning, particularly in schools.

Dr. Shultz is a Clinical Fellow with the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy and has taught clinical classes as an adjunct faculty member at Aurora University in both the masters and doctoral social work programs. Robin has authored two articles related to Bowen Theory and student functioning in schools and a doctoral level textbook chapter presenting a clinical case in which Bowen Theory was used in a private practice setting.

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