I have been the Clinical and Doctoral Training Director of APHS for over seven years, a full service outpatient mental health treatment center operating for nearly thirty years, specializing at treating individuals and supporting a patients right not to use psychotropic drugs as a way to manage their severe suffering, often labeled or diagnosed as: Schizophrenia, Bipolar, Major Depressive Disorder, ADHD, etc… I am a licensed clinical psychologist in WI.
I am the past International Executive Director of ISEPP (International Society for Ethical Psychology and Psychiatry), a professional 501-C non profit research and educational organization created over 40 years ago and comprised of hundreds of psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, professors and teachers, researchers, attorneys and lay individuals who inform about the dangers of mental health theories, policy and psychiatric interventions. I am also currently the Chief Supervising Psychologist for the State of Wisconsin, Department of Corrections-KMCI.
I have supervised psychologists, social workers, interns, externs and master level therapists for years, and I have been a consultant to psychiatrists, pediatricians, psychologists, and legislators through several professional organizations and other treatment centers across the globe.
I have testified as a psychological expert both on behalf for the government, as well as defendants, often being the lone voice highlighting the problems with using psychotropic medications and medicalizing psychological suffering, and being the sole person to over turn and stop forced medication commitments or orders to treat.
I earned my Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, Psy.D., at Alliant University in Fresno, CA, and was specifically trained and focused my expertise upon the abundance of research produced by the more Ph.D. academic minded researchers, and how I could integrate and apply that research into the clinical practice for real people. Thus, my formal training and expertise is in understanding peer reviewed research and developmental data, then translating and applying that research with someone suffering.
I have completed the following specialized research and practice orientated training; acknowledgjng this is only a limited account of training:
a. Two years of clinical training at Sequoia Psychotherapy Center, formally San Joaquin Psychotherapy Center, in Fresno CA, a non medical model Day Treatment Milieu, specializing in medication free treatment.
b. One year of Clinical Psychology Internship, One year of Post-Doctoral Clinical Training, and a third year of treating patients while under supervision at Allendale Association-Bradley Counseling Center, in Lake Villa, IL, again working with patients often diagnosed with Schizophrenia, Bipolar and severely depressed,
c. Individualized Continuing Education training and daily consultation through the International Society for Ethical Psychology and Psychiatry (ISEPP), for approximately nine years, and six consecutive years at the International Society for the Psychological Treatments of Schizophrenia and other Psychosis (ISPS).
d. No less than 15 hours per year of accredited Continuing Educational Seminars, which have specifically focused upon the areas of treatment indicated above. I have lectured at professional conferences upon the four false pillars of the biological model of mental illness (e.g. Genetic Studies, Chemical Imbalance Studies, Family Twin and Adoption Studies, and Functional and Structural Brain Scan Studies), upon outcome data related to psychotropic medication interventions, and the lack of data to support the use of forced orders to treat. I have presented Continuing Legal Educational Units at the American University Washington Collage of Law in Washington, D.C. in conjunction with ISEPP (formerly ICSPP), specifically upon the research and outcome data used in Involuntary Forced Medication Commitments. I am also a professional Member or supporter of National Alliance of Professional Psychologist Providers (NAPPP), International Study for Psychological and Social Approaches to Psychosis (ISPS), Alliance for Human Research Protection (AHRP), MindFreedom International, and I am listed with the National Register of Psychologists.
A person suffering from psychological or behavioral problems has been emotionally wounded or violated, and or not provided the unique sensitivity required for their particular emotional and or educational antenna. For every individual struggling with attention, behavioral inappropriateness, anxiety, sadness or poor thought control, there is a unique and meaningful explanation that needs to be explored.
True healing comes from restoring and renewing the things that define and reflect our humanity, such as intimacy, community, art, music, patience, spirituality and play. Often adults need to recognize sensitivities and “skill set lapses” that need to be reinforced, praised and conditioned. More often in our society, we need to be patient and allow the growth and change to happen on a natural time table.
I offer a community-based psychological treatment program offering a broad range of psychological services including: Individual Treatment, Couples Counseling, Family Therapy, Domestic Violence Groups, Anger Management Groups, Consultations, A Full Range of Psychological Testing and Expert Court Testimony.
I offer services to children, adolescents and adults, and recognize the treatment facility is one of only a few of its kind in the United States that specializes in and supports a patient’s wish and right to be treated without the use and reliance upon psychiatric drugs. For this reason, we often find great working relationships with patients often labeled “treatment resistant” and “non-compliant”. We welcome clients finding psychotropic medications useful, and hold no religious or other forced aversion to a patient’s wish to use such interventions. Drugs can be very successful for controlling thoughts, feelings and movement (behaviors); however, we specialize in fundamental long lasting psychological healing and change.