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Professional Development

Conferences Attended

Independent Educational Consultant Association

Seattle 2001, St. Louis 2002, Washington D.C 2002, Phoenix 2003, Philadelphia 2005, Chicago 2006, California 2007, Minneapolis 2008, Baltimore 2008, Charlotte 2009, Toronto 2010, Cincinnati 2010, Dallas Nov. 2011, Boston 2012, Atlanta 2012, Chicago 2013, Indianapolis 2014, Orlando 2014, Baltimore 2015, Arizona 2015, Boston 2016,  Louisiana 2016, Washington DC 2017, Denver 2017, Austin 2018, Los Angeles 2018
Diverse specialty boarding placements, from wilderness to college prep boarding schools.
Attended presentations on assessments and interventions for adolescents and families with diverse challenges including:
  • Addiction Trends
  • Boarding School admissions
  • Eating disorders
  • Executive functioning problems
  • Bipolar
  • Medication and neurology
  • Addiction and rehabilitation
  • Asperger Syndrome
  • Divorce and Complicated families
  • Adoption
  • Attachment and treatment
  • Adolescent brain development
  • Borderline Personality Disorder
National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs
Calif. 2003, Tucson 2005, Florida 2006, California 2007, Georgia 2008, Texas 2009, California 2009, Arizona 2011, California 2012, Orlando 2012, California 2013, Las Vegas 2014, Nashville 2015, La Jolla, CA 2016, Tucson 2017, Tampa 2018, Florida 2018 *presented, San Antonio 2019.
Therapeutic boarding placements from wilderness to emotional growth boarding schools.
Attended presentations on:
  • Computer Addiction
  • Eating Disorders
  • Adoptees search for truth
  • Wilderness/Residential treatment continuum
  • LGBT issues in therapy
  • Video Game Addiction
  • Therapeutic schools and psychological immaturity
  • Adolescent schizophrenia
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  • Assessment and treatment
  • Addiction in families
  • Divorce
  • Families and sibling role in therapy
  • Addiction and disease
  • Attachment and brain development
  • Equine Therapy
Midwest National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs
St. Louis 2013
Fontana 2016
Southwest Regional NATSAP Conference
St. George, Utah 2015
La Jolla, Febuary 2016
Small Boarding School Association 
New York 2006, Georgia 2007, Connecticut 2008, Florida 2009 , North Carolina 2011, Ohio 2012, Virginia 2018
Small, independent boarding schools
Presentations attended:
  • Teaching Decision Making
  • Schools and divorce
  • Transitions from therapeutic to boarding schools
  • MySpace and safety
  • Discipline in the boarding school environment
  • Consultants and boarding schools
American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry 
San Diego, CA 2014
New York, NY  October 2016

San Antonio, 2015

Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
Chicago 2006
Presentations Attended:
  • Update on medications for ADHD
  • AD/HD and links to substance abuse
  • AD/HD and comorbidity with Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Neuropsychology of AD/HD
  • Assessment of adolescents and Adults with AD/HD
  • AD/HD and Bipolar Disorder

Conference on Trauma and Attachment – 2015

Foundations Association/ Moments of Change
West Palm Beach, FL 2014
Gender Education Demystification Symposium
Asheville, January 2016
Atlanta,  2017
Utah, 2018
Georgia, 2018
  • Transgender and effectiveness of hormone therapy
  • Gender fluidity
  • Co-occurring complexities in Trans individuals
Illinois School Psychologists Association Ill. 2003
Attended presentations on:
  • Executive Functioning and Assessment
  • WISC III, IV and PI
Learning Disabilities Association
Chicago 2003, Chicago 2008, Chicago 2012
Attended presentations on:
  • Social Skills and Learning Disabilities
  • Dyslexia and Remediation
  • Standardized Testing accommodations
  • Woodcock-Johnson Battery
  • Post-Secondary learning disabilities accommodations
  • Limitations of Accommodations
National Association of School Psychologists
Chicago 2006, Chicago 2010, Chicago 2018, Illinois Advanced Neuropsychology 2018

School and Clinical Psychologists

Presentations Attended:

  • Autism spectrum
  • WISC evaluation
  • Tier 3 RTI
  • Depression treatment modalities/ CBT training
  • Self-harm, identification and treatment
  • Medications for children and adolescents- an overview
  • Neuropsychology of math disabilities
  • Advanced Neuropsychology
National Association of Therapeutic Wilderness Camps
Nashville Sept. 2011, Nashville 2010
Attended sessions on:
  • Neuropsychiatric Assessment in the Wilderness
  • Trauma Informed Care in the Field
  • Art Therapy

Nonverbal Learning Disability Association
California 2000, Chicago 2001, Chicago 2002
Assessment, intervention, Neuropsychology, support and resources

Northest Regional NATSAP
Kennebunkport, ME 2016

Psychiatry Update
Chicago 2013
Southwest Regional NATSAP
St.George 2017
Summer Training Institute-
Pennsylvania 2018 *taught
TABS Conference
Washington, DC  2016
Trauma and Addiction Conference
Chicago, IL 2015
US Journal Annual Conference on Adolescences and Young Adults
Las Vegas 2012
US Psychiatric and Mental Health Congress
Las Vegas 2013
Wilderness Symposium 
Park City 2014, Park City 2016, Boulder 2009, Asheville, 2017, Asheville 2018
Presentations Attended:
  • Parenting styles
  • Adolescent Brain Development
  • Storytelling as Narrative therapy
  • Autism Symposium
  • Diversity Training
  • Trauma in the Wilderness
YATA Conference
Boulder, CO 2014
Idaho, 2018


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