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Dorothy Stroh Becvar

Dorothy Stroh Becvar, American family therapist. Licensed clinical social worker, Missouri. Recipient Outstanding Contributions to Missouri Children and Families award Missouri Children's Services Commission, 1987, Outstanding Service to the Profession Merit award Missouri Association Marriage and Family Therapy, 1987, 92.


  • Becvar, Dorothy Stroh was born on March 14, 1941 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. Daughter of Scott Muir and Dorothy Anne (Brecht) Stroh.

  • Education

    • Bachelor, Cornell University, 1963. Master of Social Work, St. Louis University, 1980. Doctor of Philosophy, St. Louis University, 1983.


    • Visiting assistant professor University Missouri, St. Louis, 1984-1985. Assistant professor St. Louis University, 1985-1987, Texas Technology University, Lubbock, 1987-1989. Clinician-in-residence Washington University, St. Louis, 1989-1992.

      Private practice family therapist St. Louis Family Institute, since 1978. Board directors Social Help and Rehabilitation Effort. Associate professor social work, director Master of Social Work program Radford (Virginia) University, since 1993.

    Major achievements

    • Licensed clinical social worker, Missouri.


    • Systems Theory and Family Therapy: A Primer
    • Systems Theory and Family Therapy describes the basic concepts of systems theory and its application in family therapy in a clear, understandable manner with many illustrations drawn from clinical practice.


    Committee member Missouri Status Offenders Program, Jefferson City, 1987, Missouri Family Week, Jefferson City, 1987. Member American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, National Association of Social Workers, American Association Marriage and Family Therapy (clinical member and approved supervisor, board directors), National Board Cer. Counselors, National Council Family Relations, Association Couple for Marriage Enrichment.



    Walking, swimming, reading, music.


    • Married John S. Reif, October 26, 1963 (divorced 1978). Children: John (deceased), Lynne. Married Raphael j. Becvar, August 5, 1978.
    • father: Scott Muir Stroh
    • mother: Dorothy Anne (Brecht) Stroh
    • spouses: John S. Reif
    • Raphael j. Becvar
    • children: John Becvar (deceased)
    • Lynne Becvar
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    • 1963
      Cornell University
    • 1980
      St. Louis University
    • 1983
      St. Louis University
    • 1978
      private practice, family therapist St. Louis Family Institute
    • 1984 - 1985
      Visiting assistant, professor University Missouri
    • 1985 - 1987
      assistant, professor St. Louis University
    • 1987 - 1989
      assistant, professor St. Louis University
      Lubbock, Texas, United States
    • 1989 - 1992
      clinician-in-residence Washington University