Randall O'Toole


  • National Catholic School of Social Service
  • Expertise

  • Clinical social work with children and adolescents
  • Clinical social work with families with emphasis on grief; separation; and loss issues
  • Psychodynamically informed practice to include attachment theory and attachment-based interventions
  • Cognitive behavioral theory and interventions with children; adolescents; and families
  • Child welfare and treatment foster care
  • Bio

    Mr. O’Toole joined the faculty as a full-time Clinical Assistant Professor in 2015. Prior to joining the faculty full-time, Mr. O’Toole was an Adjunct Professor for two years, teaching advanced year clinical courses. Prior to joining NCSSS, Mr. O’Toole was an Adjunct Professor and a Clinical Liaison in George Mason’s MSW program where he developed and taught courses in psychopathology as well as the advanced year clinical field seminar. Mr. O’Toole currently teaches primarily in the MSW program, both on-site and online, with an emphasis on advanced-year clinical practice and theory classes. Mr. O’Toole develops and teaches classes on psychodynamic theory, cognitive behavioral theory, and family systems theory in clinical social work practice. Mr. O’Toole also teaches a clinical practice class focused on working with adolescents and young adults in addition to a class on assessment, diagnosis and treatment in clinical social work practice. In addition, Mr. O’Toole teaches a class on Attachment Theory and Neurobiology.

    In addition to his teaching responsibilities at NCSSS, Mr. O’Toole is currently a faculty member in 2 post-degree training programs at the Washington School of Psychiatry. Mr. O’Toole is an active faculty member of WSP’s Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy Training Program where he teaches professional students psychodynamically-informed practice with children and adolescents. Mr. O’Toole is also a faculty member of WSP’s Clinical Program where he develops and teaches psychodynamically-informed treatment of trauma.

    Mr. O’Toole’s teaching roles are informed by over 20 years of direct clinical practice he currently maintains an active private practice, focused on working with children, adolescents, and families. He has a great deal of experience working with adoption, foster care, and other issues related to family trauma and disruption. Mr. O’Toole was previously the Director of Clinical Services and Training at the Adolescent and Family Growth Center for over 10 years, a treatment foster care agency, where he focused on developing and implementing effective interventions for children and families as well as actively training staff. Mr. O’Toole is an active clinical supervisor, supervising therapists in the field toward clinical licensure.