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Ferguson, Esq., Hugh

Chair and faculty, mental health licensure programs
Senior Instructor
New England School of Law
School Affiliation

Cambridge College School of Psychology & Counseling

Community Involvement
  • Department of Social Services Area Advisory Board, Member 2004 to 2006
  • Disabled American Veterans (DAV) – Life Member
  • American Legion – Bunker Hill Post 26, Charlestown, MA
  • Pro-Bono representation of veterans before the Court of Appeals for Veteran’s Claims
  • Lawyers Helping Warriors Mental Health Network
Courses Taught
  • Psychopathology
  • Clinical Interventions for Combat Stress and Trauma
  • Career Counseling
  • Counselor in the Forensic Environment
  • Ethics & Professional Issues for School Counselors & Mental Health Practitioners
  • Clinical Supervision (Internship)
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Laws, University of London 2009
  • Juris Doctor, New England School of Law 2002
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Pastoral Psychology, Life Christian University 1995
  • Master of Education, Counseling, Boston University, 1989
  • Bachelor of Arts, History/Psychology, Methodist College, 1976


  • Commonwealth of Massachusetts Board of Bar Overseers MA
  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces
  • United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims
  • Licensed Mental Health Counselor MA
  • Licensed Social Worker Associate MA
  • Licensed Mental Health Counselor FL
  • National Certified Counselor and Master Addictions Counselor
  • Approved Clinical Supervisor – CCE Global
  • Distance Credentialed Counselor – CCE Global
  • Committee for Public Counsel Services: Children and Family Law Certification
Professional Experience


  • Of Counsel, Fields and Dennis, LLP, providing legal services in a variety of family related areas including divorce, estate planning, guardianship, and elder law.  Extensive court appointed and private representation of children and parents in Child Requiring Assistance (CRA) and Care and Protection (C&P) petitions.  Perform Guardian ad Litem investigations and evaluations in the Suffolk Probate and Family Court and serve as Guardian ad Litem and court investigator in the Boston and Norfolk Juvenile Courts.  Serve as a mentor to new attorneys in child welfare cases. 

Previous Experience:

  • Adjunct lecturer in psychology and counseling
  • Assessment Supervisor, Department of Social Services
  • Family Stabilization Team member providing in-home supportive services to families in crisis
  • Assistant director of trauma & crisis services
  • Massachusetts Correctional Institution - Norfolk:  Instructor/Counselor
  • Director of clinical services
  • Outpatient therapist/care manager
  • Director, Treatment Alternatives to Street Crime (TASC) responsible for a multi-faceted program serving pre and post sentenced felony clients
  • Diagnosis and Evaluation Coordinator for the Juvenile Treatment Alternatives to Street Crime program
  • Criminal justice counselor/probation officer
  • United States Army (Retired)
Awards & Recognitions
  • CALI Excellence for the Future Award – Law Practice Management, Fall 2000
Research & Publications
  • Editor of Family Matters, the periodic newsletter of the Center for Problem Resolution, Inc.
  • Co-author "Family Team Decision Making", Family Mediation Quarterly, Fall 2005
Professional Memberships & Affiliations

Association of Family and Conciliation Courts