Family: I have a daughter and son that keep me very busy! (The pictures were taken when they were little.)
Pets: We have a chocolate Labradoodle, named Belle, who loves to play frisbee.
Favorite Activities: Spending time with my family, gardening, playing the flute, Zumba, and Kickboxing.
Something About Me: * I went skydiving with two of my crazy friends. (BK- Before KIDS!) * I recently purchased a red guitar- hoping my dad can teach me a few chords. My dad plays in a classic rock band. (I have a very cool dad!) *My mom performed for years in a local volunteer theater group who performs plays for kids. (I also have an awesome mom!)
A Little About Me
My journey to help children began in 1998 after receiving a Master’s Degree in Elementary School Counseling from the Pennsylvania State University. I worked as an elementary school counselor in Maryland and Pennsylvania.
In 2004, I trained to become a grief volunteer facilitator for the Safe Harbor Program at Abington-Jefferson Health Hospital in Willow Grove, Pennsylvania. Safe Harbor is a center that facilitates support groups for children/teens who are grieving a significant loss. The center has a volcano room, art rooms, sand table, and a stuffed animal room for opening circle. I am currently a facilitator for the 6-to-7 age group. Safe Harboroffers a week long camp in the summercalledCamp Charlie.
Last year, I began taking courses on Trauma Awareness- how the brain is affected by trauma, types of trauma, and ways to treat individuals impacted by trauma. This summer I will begin my third course called Applying Trauma Principles. After the completion of all three courses, I will receive a certification as a Trauma-Competent Professional.
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