Rick Burns, Part-Time Faculty in Psychology, joined the faculty of Mount St. Mary's College in 1990. He is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and holds the designation of being Board Certified in Clinical Social Work (BCD). He holds a Master of Divinity Degree (M Div) from the Franciscan School of Theology in the Graduate Theological Union at Berkeley, California. He also earned a Master of Social Work Degree (MSW) from the University of Southern California. Besides teaching in the Psychology Department he has taught courses in the Religious Studies and Sociology Departments. Apart from teaching at Mount St. Mary's College Rick Burns works full time for the Los Angeles Superior Court as a Mental Health Hearing Referee and carries a Private Practice offering Psychotherapy Services. In the past he has worked for the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health as a primary therapist on the inpatient psychiatric service at the Los Angeles County Jail, a Patients' Rights Advocate and a Clinical Program Reviewer. He has also worked at the San Francisco Youth Guidance Center (Juvenile Hall) and the Los Angeles County Eastlake Juvenile Hall. He has been involved with running church youth groups and a program for runaway youth in the Hollywood area. He also worked in the past for a Family Service Agency performing Individual, Family and Couple Therapy which is still offers in his private practice.
At the Mount, Professor Burns has taught classes qualifying students for a Certificate in Pastoral Counseling and a Master Degree in Counseling Psychology for practice as a Marriage and Family Therapist.
Rick teaches special topic classes for both the undergraduate and graduate student programs. Some of these topics include Forensic Psychology, Personality Disorders, Crisis Intervention, and Careers in Psychology.