Pre-Marital and Marital Trainings

  • 80 hours + in Mediation training (for working to decide to save the relationship or divorce. I help in the communication skills needed to have a more amicable way)
  • Years with Sacramento Collaborative Practice Group (Divorcing a better way to cut down on collateral damage to the children)
  • Co-Parenting and Shared Parenting Training (helping parents parent together after or during a divorce)
  • Parent-Teen Trainings (Transitioning between child to adult can be difficult for parents and teens to manage without some help)
  • Parent Project Trainer (Parenting a teen exhibiting destructive behaviors)
  • Training in Child trauma due to separation and divorce (often a child will cling to one and alienate the other parent - helping a child to understand how they can love both is a key to a children's mental and emotional health.)


  • Licensed Marriage Family Therapist 2009
  • MS in Marriage, Family Child Counseling (MFCC), California State University, Sacramento
  • BA in Psychology, graduated Cum Laude from the California State University, Sacramento: Psi Chi Honor Society
  • AA in Human Services, Cosumnes River College: Phi Theta Kappa Society
  • Attended Bethany College, Santa Cruz: Major in Bible & Music

Continuing Education


  • Problem & Pathological Gambling Phase II yearly training, Cal Gets April 19, 2016.


  • Internet Addiction, Robert Pellerin, MFT, PhD, September 19, 2015
  • Fundamentals if EAGALA Model Practice Part II: Lynn Thomas Placerville, CA 2nd time as required for Advanced Certification Total 80 hours of training June 11-13 2015
  • Two-day Basic Interdisciplinary Collaborative Training Refresher by Sacramento Collaborative Practice Group February 20 - 21 2015


  • "What Does the Law Expect of Me?" Part IV (Law & Ethics) David Jensen, CAMFT
  • Healthy Family Systems in Family Law: How Do We Get There from Here? Oct 2014
  • EAGALA Certified Therapist June 2014
  • "Divorce Restructuring the Family" Bartholomew & Wasznicky LLP, June 2014
  • Military Culture 2013 May 2014
  • Fundamentals of Eagala Model Practice II, April 2014
  • Association of Family and Conciliation Courts of California presented: Cyberbullying, Sexting & Sextortion: Effects of Minors & in the Context of Domestic Violence
  • Working with Complex Collaborative Family Law Cases
  • Parenting Plans for Children
  • Intervention with Children Who Resist or Refuse Post Separation Contact with a Parent
  • Split: Children Speak About Divorce
  • Domestic Violence
  • Problem & Pathological Gambling Phase II


  • Scared Stiff: Fast Drug Free Treatment for Anxiety Disorders, David Burns, MD
  • Fundamentals of Eagala Model Practice I, December 2013
  • Codependency, Shield Walker
  • What Does the Law Expect of Me Part III (Law & Ethics) David Jensen, CAMFT
  • Introduction to Problem Gambling
  • Counseling the Pathological Gambler
  • 40-hour Divorce Mediation Training, Sharon Kaplan
  • The Essentials of a Family Law Case
  • Noxious People: Living and Working with High Conflict Individuals


  • Video Games: Fun Compulsion or Addiction, Bill Wright CAMFT
  • Treatment of Severe Trauma & Dissociative Disorders, Benjamin Keys, PhD
  • How to Build Your Mediation Practice from the Inside Out, Sharon Kaplan
  • Overview of Mediation Process, Sharon Kaplan
  • Taking the War Out of Words: Powerful Use of Non-Defensive Communication, Sharon Strand Ellison


  • Prepare/Enrich
  • Developing Treatment Plan for the Eating Disordered Patients, Summit
  • Problem Gambling Cultural Competency
  • Calif. Problem Gambling: Treatment Services Program Training, Beit T Shuvah
  • TMS - An Innovative treatment for Depression, Richard Bermudes, MD
  • Impasse Breaking Techniques for Mediators, Sharon Kaplan
  • Common Mistakes Mediators Make, Sharon Kaplan


  • Practical Tools to Improve the Collaborative Process, Sacramento Collaborative Practice Group
  • Screening, Brief Intervention & Referrals to Treatment Training for Trauma, Emergency Dept and Primary are Personnel, UCLA Integrated Substance Abuse Programs
  • 40-hour Mediation Intensive Training Program, The Center for Understanding in Conflict/Center for Mediation in Law, Marin County, CA.
  • Faith in Crisis Academy, Law Enforcement Chaplaincy-Sacramento, CA
  • Shared Parenting Support Program, Carol Greenfield, MFT
  • Critical Incident Stress Management: Group Crisis Intervention, David Williams


  • Two-Day Basic Interdisciplinary Collaborative Training, Sacramento Collaborative Practice Group
  • A Cultural Perspective: Working with Military and Their Families, CAMFT


  • 80- hours of Crisis Mental Health Training with El Dorado County Mental Health. Began working as on-call Crisis Mental Health Clinician when I was relieved of position due to budget cuts in Dec 2008.
  • Effective Outpatient Treatment for Adolescents & Young Adults Experiencing Substance Abuse and Addiction, Jon Daily, LCSW & David Gust, NCAC II, CDAC II,
  • Functional Family Therapy Clinical Training (FFT), James Alexander, Ph.D., January 2007 - 2009
  • Parent Project Senior Facilitator Training "Changing Destructive Adolescent Behavior", October 2006
  • Affect Management Skills Training: John Omaha, PhD Tools for Emotion Regulation and Affect Centered Therapy, June/September 2006
  • Personality Development in Children with Disrupted Attachment: Risks & Repair, Vivienne Roseby, PhD, January 2006
  • Healing Attachment Trauma From Theory to Therapy: Mary Main, PhD, Erik Hesse, PhD, Robert Neborsky, MD, R.Cassidy Seminars October 2005
  • 65-hour State Certification for Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, Women Escaping A Violent Environment (W.E.A.V.E.), Sacramento, CA 2002. Continue to hold certification through 2014