Sheldon Jacobs, PsyD, LMFT
Dr. Jacobs has been employed with the Clark County Department of Family Services-Family Clinical Services Division since October 10, 2016. His main role is providing clinical oversight for youth in custody that are placed in residential treatment centers (RTC’s) in different states. He also conducts mental health assessments on the parents of youth in DFS custody and makes recommendations on services and treatment to the court.
Dr. Jacobs was employed with the Clark County Department of Juvenile Justice Services-Clinical Services Division for close to seven years, from February 24, 2010, until October 7, 2016. Typical job duties entailed conducting court-ordered alcohol and drug evaluations, psychological evaluations, risk assessments and 62-C evaluations on juveniles detained in Juvenile Detention or on Probation. Whenever a juvenile within the jurisdiction of Clark County received a firearm charge, he was responsible for conducting a comprehensive evaluation and making recommendations to the court.
Dr. Jacobs has been a faculty member with the University of Phoenix for six years. He teaches Masters’ level courses in the Marriage and Family Therapy Program. As a faculty member, he has taken on many roles such as faculty advisor and clinical supervisor and has facilitated clinical trainings and presentations for students and faculty. He has been a Nevada state approved Secondary Clinical Supervisor since 2013.
Dr. Jacobs works as a contracted mental health clinician for two different behavioral health agencies. In this capacity, he provides individual, couples and family therapy to clients that struggle with an array of difficulties such as trauma, depression, and anxiety.
He has also worked as a crisis response consultant for the Crisis Care Network since April 2014. In this role, Dr. Jacobs provides crisis response services to employees in the corporate sector utilizing psychological first aid techniques. He utilizes individual and group modalities to assist employees in processing traumatic events. After the Oct 1 shooting, he was called upon to provide crisis clinical services to those impacted by the tragedy.
In regards to research, Dr. Jacobs has written multiple articles that have been published in national journals and magazines which have focused on clinical implications for gang members, evaluating risk in violent children, and social justice issues, along with the juvenile justice system.