There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside of you.

Maya Angelou

My Credentials

Julie D. Swope's Credentials

Professional Experience

  • Sole proprietor, Clinical Director and Psychotherapist at Yorktowne Psychological and Addiction Services, Licensed by the PA Department of Health 2004-present
  • Part owner, Clinical Director and Psychotherapist of Yorktowne Psychological Services 1983-2004
  • Licensed Psychologist in PA #PS004273-L 1983-present
  • Certified School Psychologist 1979-present
  • Nationally Certified School Psychologist 1981-present


  • Continuing education credits (ongoing 30 CEUs every two-years, 1983-date)
  • Clinical Psychology courses from JohnsHopkinsUniversity 1980-1986
  • School Psychologist Certification from MillersvilleUniversity 1979
  • Supervisory Elementary Certification from MillersvilleUniversity 1977
  • Master’s in Education degree from ShippensburgStateUniversity 1972
  • Bachelor of Arts Degree- from Pennsylvania State University 1970


  • Yorktowne Psychological and Addiction Services – 2004-present
  • Yorktowne Psychological Services – 1983-2004
  • School Psychologist –Lincoln Intermediate Unit #12, 1979-1987
  • Teacher of the gifted –Lincoln Intermediate Unit #12, 1975-1979
  • Gil’s Auto-body - three months 1975
  • Skip’s auto parts - truck driver six months 1975
  • Bon-Ton manager trainee program - 1974
  • Elementary School Teacher, West Perry School District 1971-1973
  • Dairy Queen server State College, PA 1968-1970
  • Penn StateMont Alto Campus, Library Aide, 1966

Community Service

  • President of the Board of School Directors of the City of York 1995-1999
  • YorkCountyHigh School Board of Directors 1995-1999
  • Lincoln Self-Insurance Trust Board 1995-1999
  • Lincoln Intermediate Unit #12 Board of Directors 1994-1995
  • Member of the State Legislative Council of the PA StateSchool Directors
  • Association 1995-1999
  • Vice-President of the Board of School Directors of the city of York 1993-1995
  • Elected to School Director of the School District of the City of York 1987-1999
  • As a school director I chaired the following committees: Athletics, Building and Grounds, Education, Cafeteria and Food Services, General Policies and Contract Negotiations
  • Member of the Pennsylvania Association of School Boards 1987-1999
  • YorkVocational-TechnicalSchool Board of Directors 1987-1990
  • National Congress of Parents and Teachers 1987-1988
  • President of Ferguson Elementary School PTA 1985-1987
  • Member of Ferguson Elementary School PTA 1979-1987
  • Lobbied on Capitol Hill for educational reform as part of the Pennsylvania School Board Association


  • Provide expert court testimony in cases involving child custody issues - Present
  • National Citizens Committee against Joint Operating Agreements 1990-1992
  • Weekly guest on a hour live radio broadcast of WSBA, giving advice on Child Psychology to callers 1992
  • Appeared numerous times on local TV station WGAL, regarding school board issues.
  • Appeared in a one hour live broadcast on The Pro and Cons of Teaching Pre-Schoolers to Read
  • Vice-President Press Association of Commonwealth Campuses 1965-1966

Professional Experience - Adoption

  • Presented workshops in neighboring counties and at the North American Council of Adoptable Children’s National Convention on the subject of “Adolescent Group Therapy for Children and Parents”
  • Featured in local paper daily for National Adoption Week 1983
  • Member of Parents and Adopted Children Organization 1981-1988 designed and marketed t-shirt and bumper sticker for the organization

Writing Experience

  • “Of Roots and Wings” 2012
  • Third place in “Penn Writer’s Poetry Contest” May 2009
  • Music and lyrics of several compositions 2003 present
  • Several “Op-Ed” pieces for local papers 1983-present
  • Published LEGEND OF THE BEAR – a tale for children who wait to be adopted 1983


Personal Passions

  • Harp lessons 2000-2007
  • Produced, directed, marketed, wrote and performed in “Presence of the Season,” a musical variety show of a dozen Harpers, harmonica, flute, penny whistle, violin, cello, keyboard and two vocalists at the Capitol Theatre in York, PA. 2007
  • York Dispatch newspaper video-“The Making of a Harp Orchestra.” 2007
  • Photography - created “Tale-Strings,” producing prints and note cards that sell nationally 2006-present
  • Produced and performed in “Angels In the Abbey” a Christmas performance of eight Harpists 2005
  • Professionally recorded a solo CD “Celtic Presence” 2004
  • Professionally recorded a solo CD “Christmas Presence” 2003
  • Harp performances including PA Renaissance Faire, Central PA Harp Orchestra, Faerie Festival, Holistic Fair, and numerous wedding and art galleries. (References available upon request) 2001- present
  • Produced and performed in  an instrumental CD "Presence of the Season" 2012