• Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, University of Detroit, 1987
  • M.A. in Clinical Psychology, University of Detroit, 1981
  • B.A. in Psychology, University of Florida, 1979

Professional Affiliations

  • American Psychological Association
  • Michigan Psychological Association


  • 6/80-9/81 Introductory Psychology, University of Detroit

Work History

11/93-Present Associate Director, Michigan Family Institute

Family and Marital therapy, supervision, consultation and training Specializing in problems with acting out children, school problems, family conflict and issues of divorce (including COPE program)

1/92-10/92 Consulting Psychologist, Macomb County Youth Interim Care Facility

Supervision of testing and therapy, live family therapy supervision and training

10/88-3/99 Staff Psychologist, Orchard’s Children’s Services

Child and Family therapy, psychological testing, therapy supervision, group home consultation

12/86-10/88 Staff Psychologist, Wyandotte General Hospital

Group, individual and family therapy with adolescents, psychological testing, therapy supervision

8/82-12/86 Therapist I, Macomb County Youth Interim Care Facility

Child and family therapy, supervision of child care staff

8/81-9/82 Psychology Intern, Oakland University Counseling Center

Adult and Child therapy

9/81-9/82 Psychology Intern, Wyandotte General Hospital

Inpatient and outpatient child/adolescent and adult therapy

6/80-6/81 Diagnostic Practicum, Sinai Hospital of Detroit

Neuropsych and Personality testing

Teaching/Training/ Teaching Experience

  • 2000- Working with Difficult Adolescents: A three day workshop for professionals dealing with out-of-control adolescents and their families- Presented in Traverse City, Michigan Family Institute
  • 2000-present Speaker at Oakland County Court SMILE program
  • 1999 Child in the Family (graduate class), University of Detroit Storytelling in Therapy/ Alternative Treatment of the ADHD Child in Foster Care, ASFA Permanency Planning in Foster Care, Spaulding for Children Parent Education for Parents of Out-of-Control Adolescents, Oak Park Youth Assistance
  • 1998 ADHD Workshop, Michigan Family Institute
  • 1997 Therapeutic Storytelling With Children, Children’s Center of Detroit
  • 1991-present Live family therapy supervision and training, Working with Resistant Families, Anger Management, Orchard’s Children’s Services
  • 1990 Utilizing Families in Residential Treatment, Michigan Alliance of Child

Available Workshops and Talks

  • Parenting Skills Training for parents of difficult adolescents. This is appropriate for parents whose children are involved with the juvenile court system, have been or may be hospitalized or are have significant behavioral problems in school. It is 3-5 sessions of 2-2 1/2 hours each. Parents will learn how to organize themselves and support systems and develop a clear and simple plan or intervening with their child.
  • Systemic Foster Care training. This is a one day training that focuses on organizing the system to work more efficiently and more quickly harness the strengths of parents and various workers in the system. Also emphasizes how to organize the system to decrease behavioral symptoms in the children. Can be tailored to specific needs of a program.
  • Storytelling as an aid to healing. This 1/2 or full day workshop focuses on how to use stories with children, adults or families to aid in healing or re-creating their life path. Participants will not be expected to tell or create a story of their own but they will hear stories created for specific clients and discuss folktales that touch on areas of grief and loss, being different, foster care and other significant issues. Lists of healing stories and movies will be provided. How to create your own stories or create them with a client will be clearly outlined.
  • Warning Signs: Youth Anti-Violence Initiative. A 45 min-1 1/2 hour program that includes a very powerful video and follow-up discussion aimed at adolescents and/or their parents on teen violence in schools, churches, PTA meetings or other youth/parent venues. It is free of charge. Visit the Southern Poverty Law Center for information on teaching tolerence.
  • Other talks include: Anger management, Looking at ADHD in a positive framework, child management, sexual abuse issues, and parenting through divorce.