I have a Masters in a Social Science field. I have worked for academic institutions, government agencies, non-profits, social service agencies, and for-profit entities. My education, personal experiences, and years of creating trainings about a variety of topics has left me knowing a little bit about almost any topic. I am always excited to take on a new topic and learn more.
That said, there are a few areas about which I have a broad and deep knowledge base already. Those areas include (but are not limited to):
Social Services and Non Profits
Healthy communities are built out of healthy families. Sometimes families have extra challenges, and need extra help. My professional life has been devoted to helping build our communities by building up these families. I have worked with children’s mental health programs, residential programs, community based family preservation and reunification programs, child welfare agencies, domestic violence agencies, health organizations, wraparound programs, and family courts. Some of these have been non-profits, some have been government agencies, and some have been for profit enterprises.
After years of creating orientations, ongoing trainings, and eLearnings for these programs – both in house and as a consultant – I have developed a breadth and depth of understanding both in terms of best practices and how to teach them in a way that creates real practice shift. Engaging, skills based trainings (live and online) designed according to adult learning principles allow programs to actually implement new and existing best practices in daily client interactions. I am passionate about creating these tools to allow organizations to serve their families and communities better.
I have done a lot of work with social services, the child welfare system, mental and behavioral health, the healthcare system, and community based services. I can write classes about topics like Cultural Competency, Trauma Informed Care, The Strengths-Based Approach, HIPAA, and Safety Awareness without needing anything but your specific circumstances and special features.
More than that, I understand the way social service agencies operate (having worked for them in a variety of capacities), including issues of funding and billable hours, cultural factors, and the mentality that allows people to engage in such emotionally difficult work day after day. I value this work deeply, and am always looking for opportunities to be involved.
GEnder and Sexuality
My majors in college were Sociology & Anthropology, and Women’s Studies. I did my Master’s Thesis on Reproductive Decision Making. I have a rich background in issues like discrimination, intersectionality, and ethnocentrism.
Culture and cultures
By the time you have finished an MA in Anthropology, you know more than a little bit about the impacts of culture in general, and the various cultures of the world past and present. I have studied, written about, and taught everything from Japanese Cosplay to Ancient Mayan religious rituals. I spent significant amounts of time studying in the former Yugoslavia (mostly Croatia). I made a systematic research into the European Union. I know a lot about culture, and I know how to learn about new cultures quickly.
Adult Learning Principles
Of course, the thing I know the most about is how adults learn, and how to create trainings that take advantage of that process. I know how to balance various learning styles and media approaches to create a class that everyone can learn from, and that doesn’t feel too long. I know how to create activities that reinforce learning, taking it to the next level. In fact, you could say that this whole website (especially my blog) is about adult learning principles and training creation.