Bill Knecht '65, LCSW, BACS

Alumni Spotlight

Bill KnechtDegree(s): 
BA Psychology UMass 1965
MSW Tulane University School of Social Work 1973

Current Position Title and Affiliation: Private Practice Therapist, Social Work Supervisor; Self-employed

Summary of Position:
Private practice therapist (Couples and Sexual issues). Award-winning social work supervisor...clinical and management. Workshop presenter of advanced clinical practice. Volunteer mentor for current UMass students and recent alumni who seek career in social work or clinical practice. Taught class in Management and Leadership for MSW students at Tulane. Just published first book: Accidental Therapist by Bill Knecht, LCSW, BACS.

What do you love most about this career path?
Being able to help people who are upset with their lives and giving them the tools to help themselves.

Future Goals:
Share what I have learned about being a therapist with experienced and novice therapists alike.

How did UMass and/or Psychological and Brain Sciences help prepare you?
I didn't discover my career until after UMass but it was there that my broad liberal arts curriculum gave me the personal foundation of my lifelong education.

Tips for Current Students:
Take advantage of UMASS's vast curriculum to expose yourself to as much variety as possible.