LACSW Legislative Committee Chair
Leon C. Winters, MSW, LCSW-BACS
Leon is a native of Baton Rouge, Louisiana where he attended Belaire High School. Mr. Winters moved to Lafayette, Louisiana in 2000 to attend the University of Louisiana at Lafayette where he obtained a Bachelor of Science in Psychology with a minor in Criminal Justice. After graduation, Mr. Winters worked in various settings such as: Mental Health Rehabilitation, Child Services and Investigations, Education and numerous grant funded programs.
In 2010, Mr. Winters enrolled at Louisiana State University (LSU) where he obtained a Masters In Social Work (MSW) with an emphasis in High Risk Youth and Co-Occuring Disorders in May 2012. Mr. Winters was previously employed as a Community Liaison in the Child Welfare and Attendance Department with the Lafayette Parish School System.
Currently, Mr. Winters is the CEO and Lead Therapist for Leon C. Winters, LCSW LLC DBA Winters Mental Health and Consulting. The company's focus is assisting children and families through the toughest transitions in life. Mr. Winters has gained extensive knowledge providing services to families in times of crisis, bridging the gap between school and community, assisting children with behavioral disorders, navigating cumbersome state and federal laws regarding special education/504 students, educational disciplinary procedures regarding all students, truancy and discipline management within the school system. Mr. Winters has received extensive training regarding behavior modification in adults and children, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and Trauma informed care of children and families. Mr. Winters has received specialized training through the National Child Traumatic Stress Network regarding Childhood Trauma and Trauma Informed Care for Youth through Tulane University in New Orleans, LA. In the future, Mr. Winters plans to obtain his PhD focusing on Trauma Informed Care for children in the Educational System.
Leon Winters is a Husband, Father, Mentor, Motivational Speaker, Christian and Religious Musical Director for a church in Lafayette, LA. In his spare time he enjoys spending times with his family, golfing, reading, stimulating conversations, and most of all music of all kinds. For Mr. Winters, music (playing and listening) has kept him grounded in many areas of his life. Mr. Winters attended college on a music scholarship, has toured with bands, performed with many artists, had his own band and uses his musical platform to give back to the community, especially reaching youth.
Mr. Winters' passion is helping youth be their best even when no one is looking. Transitioning from poverty was a great challenge for Mr. Winters and his experiences are used as a great platform to reach youth who may share these same experiences. Mr. Winters is currently writing a book that describes the plight from poverty to prosperity.