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Education and Experience

Professional Experience

1995-present

Private Practice-Counseling and Consulting Services, Parenting Coordination, Mediation and Consultation: Co-Parenting Counseling, Custody and Family Mediation, Case Management, Custody Coaching.

Independent Contractor, Superior Court of the District of Columbia, Multi Door Dispute Resolution Division, “PAC” Program Consultant, Trainer and Facilitator. Parenting Education Program in Family Court, Washington, DC.

2006-2009

Consultant to the American Psychological Association, Hired to create and implement the “PAC” Program for the DC Superior Court, Court Related Programs and Families in Custody Disputes, Washington, D.C.

1997-2005

Coordinator of Adult and Child Education for Mandatory Custody Education Program and author of copyrighted Curriculum- “Generations-For our Children’s Children,” Currently mandated in Allegheny County and use pending in the Adult and Children Program of the State of Pennsylvania, Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas, PA.

Principal Custody Mediator, Allegheny County Family Court, Pittsburgh, Pa.

1996-1999

Consultant for Adult and Child Education Program, Lighthouse- adult program,
Sandcastles-Children’s Program, Allegheny County Family Court of Common Pleas, Pittsburgh, Pa. Family Services of Western Pennsylvania.

1994-1995

Legal Therapist, Burrows Attorneys at Law, Pittsburgh, PA

1991-1994

Mental Health Counselor/Therapist, Shadyside Psychotherapy Associates, Pittsburgh PA
St. Francis Center for Chemical Dependency, Pittsburgh, PA

1992-1983

Counselor/Educator, University of Pittsburgh Student Health Education.

Educational Experience

Argosy University, Washington, D.C
The American School of Professional Psychology
Doctoral Program, Counseling Psychology, 2006-2009

University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
Master of Education, 1993
Counseling/Education and Psychology

Boston University, Boston Conservatory of Music, Boston, MA
Bachelor of Music, 1969
Applied Voice/Drama

Professional Affiliations

Association for Conflict Resolution, Advanced Practitioner Member
The International Academy of Collaborative Professionals
Association of Family Conciliation and Courts
American Counseling Association
DC Association of Collaborative Professionals (DCACP)

Workshops and Presentations

Montgomery County Bar Association, “Parenting Coordination- An overview of the PC Process for Attorneys,” Rockville, Md., February 2009.

America Psychological Association, DC Bar, Family Law Section, “Multi Jurisdictional Conference on Parenting Coordination,” Washington, D.C. June 2009.

American Psychological Association, Annual Conference, “Parenting Coordination for Psychologists,” all day workshop, Toronto, Canada, August 2009.

American Psychological Association, Annual Conference, “Collaborative Models for the Provision of Court Connected Parenting Coordination and Parent Education Programs,” San Francisco,
August, 2007.

American Psychological Association State Leadership Conference, “Collaborative Models for the Provision of Court Connected Parenting Coordination and Parent Education Programs,” Washington, D.C., April 2007.

Family Law Section of the DC Bar, “Program for the Agreement of Contested Custody Disputes – the PAC Program,” Washington, D.C., April 2007.

Family and Divorce Conflicts: Basic Mediation Training, (40-hour course) Pittsburgh, 2004, 2005, Greensburg, Pa. 2006.

Association for Family Conciliation and Courts Annual Conference, “Who’s Ready for Mediation? Assessment and Intervention for Client Readiness,” Tampa Bay, Florida, May 2006

Association for Conflict Resolution Family Section Annual Conference, Savannah Georgia, “Broadening the Construct of Family: A Diversity Approach to Mediation,” June, 2002

Gateway Rehabilitation Center, Aliquippa, PA Continuing Education Course for Mental Health Practitioners, “Break on Through to the Other Side: Managing Conflict in Mediation,” February, 2001.

Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, Fourth International Symposium on Child Custody Evaluation, “Custody in the 21st Century: Meeting the Needs of Diverse Clientele in Court-Mandated Mediation/Parent Education Programs,” May, 2000.

Academy of Family Mediators, Annual Conference, Chicago “Who’s Ready for Mediation? Assessment and Intervention for Client Readiness,” 1999.

Allegheny County Bar Association and the Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny County Family Division, “This Is It – The Custody Program,” Pittsburgh 1997.

Allegheny Mental Health Associates “Parenting Beyond Divorce”, in conjunction with Dr. Susan Berman, 1994-96.