“Seeking the very best in ourselves means actively caring for the welfare of other human beings.” Epictetus
In May 2013 I left the comforts of my job, life, hometown, and country. After 16 years working with and being inspired by at-risk youth, it was time to put my professional experience, personal experience, and education to the EPIC test. The EPIC Model–Explore, Play, Inspire, and Connect–is a naturally occurring learning process that young people instinctively use to navigate childhood, adolescence, and young adult years. It is a model that continues to be helpful into adulthood and can even help organizations deal with challenges and growth opportunities.
I began my clinical training in 1996 at an outpatient mental health clinic and college counseling center before beginning a long career in the juvenile justice system. Starting in 1997 as a therapist providing individual, group, and family counseling, I was promoted in 1999 to a oversee counseling services in a hardware secure detention facility for the Commonwealth’s most challenging offenders. From 2001 to 2013 I led and managed a residential treatment program in Massachusetts, leading staff and providing rehabilitative and reintegration services that received statewide recognition and replication. For several years I also volunteered on the board of an international non profit youth organization, speaking and presenting to international audiences on the topics of at-risk youth, education, and the rehabilitation and re-entry of youth in conflict with the law.
As a leader in the field, I assisted both my organization’s youth programming division and the state’s juvenile justice agency in formulating policies and practices to best meet the changing needs of youth and families. Additionally, I have continued with my professional development in the following areas: Non-violent Crisis Intervention, Conflict Transformation Across Cultures, Negotiation, Mediation, and learning Art of Hosting techniques.
In 2014, I published a teen inspired parenting and self help book, What You Can Learn From Your Teenager: Lessons in Parenting and Personal Growth. The book takes a novel approach to parenting, presenting the teenager as someone from whom parents can learn to not only improve their parenting skills, but also grow individually in reaching their true potential. The natural and strength-based EPIC Model described within can also be used to maximize the human potential in any organization. It was the catalyst for establishing EPIConsulting.
I enjoy holding space and facilitating processes that help improve individual and group performance. Whether it is to improve processes, overcome challenges, or look ahead to new opportunities, I bring two decades worth of leadership and group facilitation experience. There is nothing more enjoyable than seeing teams resonate at a higher level, elevating personal job satisfaction and organizational performance. I look forward to partnering with you!
B.A. International Business, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA, USA
M.Ed. Counseling and Human Services, Lehigh University