Training and Experience
I received my doctorate in psychology from the University of Colorado, Boulder, in 1973 having specialized in social psychology, conflict resolution, and decision modeling. Prior to receiving my Ph.D. I worked as researcher and counselor in a military prison and in a state mental hospital. After completion of doctoral studies my work was as a technical assistance provider to youth services programs in four states through the University of Colorado and as a researcher in conflict resolution at the Institute of Behavioral Science. I have taught social psychology and creative thinking at the University of Colorado and family therapy for the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology.
During the eighties and nineties part of my time was as a consultant to businesses and public agencies, including Denver General Hospital Psychiatric Division and the Western Interstate Commission on Higher Education, doing research, planning and system design projects. Now I consult with organizations only regarding conflict resolution, mediation, and cognitive modeling.
I first entered the mediation field after having become a single parent and experiencing the positive results of mediation. I have two sons, one grown and the other entering university. I directed single parent programs as a member of the Board of Directors and as a volunteer for the Parenting Place (formerly the Community Parenting Center) working with divorcing, divorced and never-married parents since 1988.
Certified in mediation by CDR Associates in 1991, I did further study of communication and negotiation techniques by becoming a certified practitioner of Neuro Linguistic Programming in 1992 and Master Practitioner in 1998. I am currently developing programs in the expert use of metaphor in mediation.
My affiliations include:
Guidelines Member, Colorado Council of Mediators and Mediation Organizations (CCMO).
Advanced Practitioner Member, Association For Conflict Resolution -- ACR -- (formerly Academy of Family Mediators -- AFM).
Formerly a Coach, Colorado School Mediation Project.
Once a Team member, City of Boulder Community Mediation Service.