Certifications, Education & Memberships

Education

  • University of Michigan Master of Social Work (MSW) Certificate (15-credit university-issued Master’s Certificate and career credential; In Process; 2020-2021; 4.0 GPA)
  • University of Michigan Graduate Course Certificate; Social Work Practice: Advocating Social Justice and Change – Graduate-level Certificate (2020)
  • University of Michigan Graduate Course; Engaging Social Justice, Diversity and Oppression in Social Work (2021)
  • University of Michigan Graduate School of Social Work: Essentials of Community and Organizational Practice (2021)
  • University of Michigan Graduate School of Social Work: Essentials of Interpersonal Practice (2021)
  • University of Nevada Las Vegas Lee Business School Degree (B.S. Business Administration; Business Management Emphasis; 2003)
  • Biola University’s Graduate School – Master’s Certificate in Christian Apologetics, Theology, Philosophy (2018)
  • University of Geneva Graduate Course Certificate; Humanitarian Communication: Addressing Key Challenges (2020-2021)
  • Yale University’s Department of Psychology Course Certificate; Brooks and Suzanne Ragen Professor of Psychology Dr. Paul Bloom (Psychology, cognitive science, memory, etc.; 2020)
  • Johns Hopkins University Graduate Course Certificate; Psychological First Aid Crisis Response taught by George Everly Jr., Ph.D. (2020)
  • Loyola University Chicago School of Social Work – M.A. Public Service Leadership Social Work (Upcoming)

Coaching/Counseling Certifications & Memberships

  • Health & Wellness Coaching Certification (MLCHW) for Health Coaching (Nutrition, weight management, stress management, etc.; June 1, 2021 – Present)
  • Board Certified Mental Health Coach First Responder Certification (2020 – Present; AACC; IBCC)
  • Board Certified Marriage and Family Coach Certification (2017 – Present; IBCC; Light University)
  • Board Certified Life Coach Certification (2017 – Present; PLC – Professional Life Coach; AACC; IBCC)
  • Mental & Behavioral Health Disorders Certification (Light University; August 4, 2020 – Present)
  • Mental Health Coaching Skills Certification (July 24, 2020)
  • Foundations of Mental Health Coaching Certification (July 2, 2020)
  • Dr. Dobson Marriage and Family Specialist Certification (2017 – Present; IBCC; Light University)
  • Certificate in Grief and Loss Coaching (AACC; IBCC; 2018)
  • Board Certified Pastoral Counselor (In Process; 2020-21)

  • Member – International Board of Christian Care (IBCC)
  • Presidential Member – American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC)
  • Member – Christian Care Connect
  • Member – World Christianship Ministries
  • Charter Member – International Christian Coaching Association (ICCA)

Writing Background

  • Author of two educational/investigative non-fiction books on cult abuse; helping cult victims and their families (2019; Pseudonym)*
  • Author of a non-fiction book about spiritual abuse recovery (2016 – Present; In process)
  • Researcher and team member (writer) for a non-fiction book exposing an international cult (2018-2019)
  • Contributor at The Christian Post Blog (2012-2016)
  • Writer at The Examiner (2009-2016)
  • Contributor and cover designer of a sold-out small book, co-authored with Pocket Testament League
  • Co-founder of a Bible-based pastoral/evangelistic outreach in Kisii, Kenya (2012-2016)
  • Creator of a support group for cult victims and their families to empower them and give them a platform for their voices (2013 – Present)
  • Volunteer Spiritual Abuse Recovery Coach and victim’s advocate for cult victims and their families (2010 – Present)
  • Author and Creator (volunteer work) of numerous research, discernment and apologetics articles, websites, educational videos and other publications including a large research publication which exposed an international destructive cult (2012 – Present; Pseudonym)

Additional Training & Education

  • Trauma:
  • Treating Trauma Master Series by National Institute for the Clinical Application of Behavioral Medicine (NICABM) taught by Ruth M. Buczynski, PhD and Bessel van der Kolk, MD (Neurobiology of trauma, attachment, traumatic memory, nervous system dysregulation, hypoarousal, limbic system, trauma response; 2021)
  • Interpersonal Neuroscience 12 Credits (2020-21; In Process)
  • Military Care and Counsel 3 Credits (2020-21; In Process)
  • Grief, Loss and Complicated Grief Classes 3 Credits (AACC; 2017)
  • GLC 12 Credits: Experiential Techniques for Grief Coaching (2018)
  • University at Buffalo Trauma-informed Certificate (upcoming)
  • Relationships:
  • Certificate in Marriage Mentoring and Couples Coaching (AACC; 2018)
  • Caring For Seniors 24 Credits (2020-21)
  • Caring For Teens 30 Credits (2020-21; In Process)
  • Affairs and Sexual Betrayal 6 Credits (2020-21)
  • Sexual Addictions and Modern Sexual Distortions Classes (AACC; 2017)
  • Healthy Sexuality: A Biblical and Developmental Framework (AACC; 2017)
  • Children and Adolescents: Issues and Strategies (AACC; 2017)
  • Coaching Couples in the Five Love Languages Course (2018)
  • MMCC Marriage: Keeping Love Alive Course (2018)
  • Social Psychology Graduate Coursework (Social psych. coursework at Walden University)
  • Wellness:
  • Physical Fitness: Helping Individuals Create a Maintainable Plan (AACC; 2021)
  • The Psychology of Weight Management (AACC; 2021)
  • Eating Disorders 15 Credits (AACC; 2021; In Process)
  • The Stress Epidemic: Battling the Enemy of Wellness (AACC; 2021)
  • Sleep: A Foundation for Good Health (AACC; 2021)
  • Brain Health: Wellness for One of Your Most Important Vital Organs (AACC; 2021)
  • Pain: Helping Clients Manage Chronic Pain Conditions (AACC; 2021)
  • Men’s Health: Working Toward Wellness in Men (AACC; 2021)
  • Women’s Health: Working Toward Wellness in Women (AACC; 2021)
  • Writing:
  • Writing program Pixels to Platform taught by MFA Graduate and Author Gabriela Pereira (2019)
  • MFA courses taught by MFA Graduate and Author Gabriela Pereira (2017)
  • Other:
  • Ordained Christian minister (Ordained by two ministries; Religious license in good standing)
  • Theology and Spiritual Gifts Course (Jacksonville Theological Seminary)
  • Biblical Counseling 12 Credits (AACC; 2021; In Process)
  • Church plant team member (Henderson, Nevada)

I have been thankful for the opportunity to learn from many theologians, psychiatrists, psychologists and licensed therapists. I am especially inspired by the work of Sherri Keffer, Ph.D., Paul Bloom (Yale University), Jennifer Cisney Ellers, M.A. and Dr. Paul Meier (Meier Clinics).

In striving for excellence and to help benefit those I support, I am constantly investing time and resources in increasing my knowledge and effectiveness through networking with professionals and pursuing further education. I enjoy staying current on scientific research and health and wellness news. I am also part of a local, professional network of health experts. This gives me the ability to help connect you with licensed health experts (M.D.’s, licensed psychologists, etc.) in Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.A. (please read my disclaimer on top of this page as it relates to this).

I love hearing from you! If you have anything of interest you would like to share with me, please feel free to contact me or leave a comment.

*I wrote two counter-cult investigative books about mind control and cult abuse. I wrote under a pen name, but please let me know if you are interested in it. The book also comforts and educates parents worldwide who have lost their sons and daughters to cults in order to reduce their suffering. In these books, I included my participant observations, non-anecdotal evidence, case studies and other research designs. I also write about the respect for and importance of diversity (such as religious diversity).