• Michigan State University
    M.A. in Urban Counseling, 1978 — 2 year program with mental health specialization and clinical placement.. B.A. Psychology, 1975  
  • Strategic Therapy Apprenticeship
    Supervised by Jay Haley and Cloe Madanes at the Family Therapy Institute of Washington, D.C.
    128 hours of training both didactic and live supervision.  
  • Strategic Therapy Summer Practicum and Intensive Trainings
    Additional 112 hours of live supervision training supervised by Jay Haley and Cloe Madanes at FTI of DC.

Licensure and Certification

  • Licensed Masters Social Worker – State of Michigan
  • Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist – State of Michigan
  • Approved Supervisor – American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy


Wayne County Community College
Adjunct Professor of Psychology – 2007 to present

Michigan Family Institute
Director and Founder
1983 to present
Private free-standing institute providing consultation, training in brief directive therapy, and outpatient counseling. Consult for mental health centers, psychiatric hospital outpatient programs, family service agencies, court-related programs, and management consultation.

Family Therapy Institute of Washington, D.C.
Faculty Member
1993 to closing of the Institute
Provide annual intensive live supervision training program sponsored by FTI of DC. Collaborate with Jay Haley and Cloe Madanes on materials and curriculum.

Family and Neighborhood Services
Senior Therapist/Clinical Supervisor
1983 to 1986

Sandhills Center for Mental Health
Rockingham, N.C.
Social Worker II
1981 to 1983

Cornerstone Counseling Services
Clinical Social Worker
Sept. 1980 to April 198

Children’s Aid Society
Family Therapist
Special Family Problems Unit (Sexual abuse treatment team)
Feb.1980 to June 1980 (laid off due to budget reductions)

N. Central Mich. Comm. Mental Health
Mental Health Therapist
Aug. 1978 to Feb. 1980
Consultation and Training

Over 50 workshops and trainings throughout the U.S., Canada and Europe from 1996 to present. Including:

  • Tough Teens – Tough Therapy, Auckland, Wellington, New Zealand, May 2005.
  • Tough Teens, Regina, Saskatchewan, March 20, 2004.  
  • Creating Change in Difficult Situations Southfield Holiday Inn Ð Southfield, MI March 4-5, 2004.  
  • Treating Aggressive Adolescents and Their Families, Syracuse, New York, November 2003.  
  • Treating High Conflict Divorce, Dalhousie University Continuing Education Course, Halifax, Nova Scotia, October 16, 17, 2003.  
  • The Right to Be the Grownup: Working with Difficult Teens and Difficult Parents, Nebraska Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, May 2, 2003.  
  • Tough Therapy, Tough Kids and Resolving High Conflict Divorces, Psychotherapy Networker Symposium Omni Shoreham Hotel, Washington D.C., March 2003.  
  • Caught in the Crossfire: Treating Families of High Conflict Divorce, Hincks Dellcrest Center, Toronto, Ontario, February 27- 28, 2003.  
  • Psychotherapy Networker Symposium–Psychotherapy Networker Symposium, Washington D.C.  
  • Teaching Parents to Take Charge of Difficult and Abusive Teenagers–Dalhousie University Dept. of Social Work Continuing Education Series, Halifax, Nova Scotia, 2003.  
  • Keynote and workshops–Alberta Mental Health Board Conference, Red Deer, Alberta.  
  • Brief therapy with difficult clients, Charter Health Services, Chapel Hill, N.C., May 1996.  
  • Tough kids; tough therapy, Family Therapy Network Symposium, Washington D.C., 1996.  
  • Working with difficult adolescents and families, Livingston County CMH, 1994 and 1996.  
  • Treating difficult adolescents, AAMFT National Conference, Baltimore, 1995.  
  • Advances in strategic therapy with difficult cases, AAMFT National Conference, Institute co-presenter with Cloe Madanes and faculty, Baltimore, 1995.  
  • Treating aggressive adolescents and their families, Michigan Home-Based Family Service Association Conference, Detroit, 1994.  
  • Ongoing consultation and training, Judson Center In-Home Program, 1994-1995.  
  • Ongoing consultation and training, Midland/Gladwin CMH, 1992-1993.
  • The therapy of aggressive adolescents, University of Pittsburgh, Western Psychiatric, 1993.  
  • Short-term directive therapy with aggressive adolescents and abused parents, West Virginia University, Dept. of Behavioral Medicine, October, 1993.  
  • Strategic mediation in custody and divorce, Miami, AAMFT National Conference, 1992.  
  • Strategic humanism, institute co-presenter with J. Haley and C. Madanes, AAMFT National Conference, 1992.  
  • Compassionate divorce, Washington, D.C., Family Therapy Network Symposium, 1992.  
  • Strategies for treating aggressive adolescents, Family Therapy Network Symposium, 1991.  
  • Ongoing training to child and family staff, Southwest Detroit CMH, 1988-1989.  

Additional Professional Activities

  • Director at Large, Michigan Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, 1993-1996.
  • National Licensing Exam for Marriage and Family Therapists, Item Writing Committee.
  • Editorial Board Member Emeritus, Journal of Systemic Therapies, ongoing since 1985.
  • Approved Supervisor: American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.