Fara O. Criswell

Farra O. Criswell is a Licensed Professional Counselor-Supervisor in Mississippi. She has over twenty years of experience working at in-patient facilities, community mental health centers, schools, and private practice; she has worked with children, adolescents, and adults. She has two grown sons which has contributed to her desire to help boys and young men find […]

Robin Zorn

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Robin Zorn has been a school counselor in Gwinnett for nearly three decades and has previously been named Georgia Elementary School Counselor of the Year. In October 2014, she was named one of five finalists for the School Counselor of the Year award by the American School Counselor Association, which recognizes school counselors who devote […]

Tricia Murin

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Dr. Tricia Murin has been in the field of education for 29 years as an elementary/middle school teacher, elementary/middle school guidance counselor, elementary/high school principal, a curriculum director and is currently the Assistant Superintendent for the Central Cambria School District. Her publications include “If You’re Bothered and You Know It” published through YouthLight, Inc. This […]

Poppy Moon

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Dr. Moon is an accomplished author and illustrator of guidance-related games, books, and DVDs. Operation Breaking the Boy Code & Operation Breaking the Girl Code, Operation Breaking the Middle School Code, Kicky the Mean Chick, How to Be a Bully – NOT!, and Good Friends/Bad Friends & How to Know the Difference are just some […]

Ron Miles

Ron Miles, Ph.D. is an inspirational speaker and workshop leader who has presented motivational workshops for educators around the United States. Participants leave his workshops with an extensive collection of practical strategies and activities they can use with students. He is especially known for his work with alternative approaches for “cutting through” to difficult youth. […]

Sheila Garth

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Sheila Garth is the founder of Artroots Integration. She is passionate about the social/ emotional, creative, and academic growth of students Sheila holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Georgia and a master’s degree in education with a focus on school counseling from the University of West Alabama. Sheila has had the […]

Susan DeBell

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Susan DeBell is a Licensed Professional Counselor who has worked with both adults and children. She has also worked as an Art Teacher, School Nurse, and School Counselor. A few years ago, DeBell decided to give a lesson in empathy, but to her surprise found that there were few children’s books on the subject. DeBell […]

Kathy Cooper

Kathy Cooper, M.S.W. is known as an outstanding presenter with an extensive collection of creative and useful strategies for working with many different types of difficult students. People leave her workshops feeling “energized” and “full of many fresh ideas and strategies.” Kathy has worked with difficult youth as a social worker and school counselor where […]

Tonia Caselman

Tonia Caselman, PhD, LCSW, is an Associate Professor at the University of Oklahoma. She also maintains a private practice where she specializes in children and families. She is the author/co-author of several journal articles and books, including Impulse Control for Elementary Students, Impulse Control for Middle Schoolers, Boundaries, and Empathy: The Social Emotion. She is […]

Jennifer Carsey

Jennifer Carsey, MSW, currently works in Child Welfare as a Family Group Conferencing Facilitator. She has experience working with families and children in crisis particularly in the areas of addiction and trauma/abuse. She uses a systemic, solution-focused approach in her practice.

Stacey Burgess

Stacey Burgess, LCSW, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker currently providing mental health services in a public elementary school in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She specializes with at-risk children living in poverty, many of whom are children of incarcerated parents. Stacey has a background in Child Welfare, and currently provides training for foster and adoptive parents. She […]

Rebecca Bowen

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Rebecca Bowen, M.Ed. has worked for over 25 years in public schools as a special education teacher, school psychologist, and school counselor. She is deeply committed to developing emotional wellness in children and equipping educators and parents to support this growth.  With her own three children grown and married, she has launched The Emotional Wellness Project™ […]

Donna Strom

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Donna Strom is/has been a child advocate since 1988 serving as a school teacher, school counselor, District Director of Special Education and Student Services, District Assistant Superintendent, and Author/Co-Author of 6 books related to Character Education, Manners, and Child/Adolescent Anxiety and Depression. Mrs. Strom has been a faith-based counselor part-time since 1997 and a full-time […]

Susan Smith-Rex

Sue Smith-Rex, Ed.D. recently retired as a professor of Special Education from Winthrop University in Rock Hill, SC. after thirty years of teaching in both public schools and higher education, she is now doing consulting work involving “at risk” issues and is the owner of a small business. In addition to co-authoring eleven books, she […]

Joree Rose

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I’m Joree Rose and I am so happy that you are here to Journey Forward® to living your best life. There was a time in my life where I was stuck. I was living inside the thoughts in my head, believed all my “shoulds” and let fear of the unknown take over and rule much of […]

Carolyn Strong

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Carolyn is a motivational educator with an anti-bullying message of hope for children, families, and schools. An educator with more than 10 years of experience working with inner-city youth, she is currently Dean of Students in a high school serving more than 2,100 young people. In this role as disciplinarian, she witnesses and confronts bullying daily by creating and implementing prevention […]

James Rex

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Dr. Jim Rex recently retired as president of Columbia College in Columbia, South Carolina. Prior to that he was the Vice President for Institutional Advancement at the University of South Carolina, the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at Coastal Carolina University, and the Dean of Education at Winthrop University and at Coastal Carolina University. Jim […]

Donna Forrest

Donna B. Forrest is a Certified School Counselor and a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the states of South Carolina and Georgia. She is also a National Board Certified Counselor (NCC). Ms. Forrest has worked at Merriwether Elementary School in North Augusta, South Carolina for the last 14 years as both a teacher and school […]

Stephanie Lerner

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Stephanie Lerner is a Johns Hopkins University-trained school counselor. She holds a BS in elementary education and an MS in counseling. With more than 20 years in both public and private education, she has Texas certifications in school counseling and bilingual/Spanish education. After traveling the world and teaching ESL/EFL in such far-off places as Mozambique […]

Erika Shearin Karres

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Dr. Erika Shearin Karres is an award-winning educator, motivational speaker, and author. She has won numerous “Teacher of Excellence” awards and was honored by the Governors of North Carolina and Kentucky. “Dr. Erika” is the author of the bestseller Mean Chicks, Cliques & Dirty Tricks: A Real Girl’s Guide to Getting Through it All, now in an […]

Kim Johancen

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Kim Johancen, M.A., LPC is a Denver-based author and therapist who has developed specialties that include working with people at risk of suicide, survivors of suicide loss, and individuals struggling with self-injury. She has worked extensively with both adolescent and adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse. Her ability to work with people who have experienced […]

Keisha Howard

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Lakeiser Lacole Howard aka Keisha was born and raised in Norfolk, Virginia, mainly in the Berkley/Campostella area, two of the roughest neighborhoods in Norfolk. She has overcome a lot of misfortune in her life and has witnessed or has been a part of a lot of things. She is thirty years old and the mother […]

Devorah Heitner

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Devorah Heitner, Ph.D., is the authority parents turn to for empowering advice on raising resilient and kind kids in our always-connected world. Her previous book, Screenwise: Helping Kids Thrive (and Survive) in Their Digital World, was an Amazon bestseller and widely praised. She is a featured speaker at conferences and independent and public schools in […]

Kim Edmister

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Kim Edmister has spent 22 years as a school counselor writing curriculum to creatively and proactively meet the unique needs in each building. She obtained a BA in Psychology from Southern Methodist University, an MS Ed in Counseling from Alfred University and an MA in Marriage and Family Therapy from Syracuse University.

Lori Ann Copeland

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Lori Copeland was born on 12 June 1941. She had a relatively late start in writing, breaking into publishing in 1982 when she was already forty years old. Over the next dozen years, her romance novels achieved much success, as was evidenced by her winning the Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice Award, The Holt Medallion, and […]

Eric Cooper

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Eric Cooper is an elementary school counselor in northern Utah and the author of Image-Based Life Lessons. Cooper strives to create very engaging, visual, and animated lessons to teach essential concepts to kids.

Brad Chapin

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Brad Chapin is a Masters Level Psychologist with a passion for helping others learn the skills necessary for success and happiness. He is a Best-Selling author and Nationally Recognized Speaker in the area of Self-Regulation. Brad created the Self-Regulation Training System from a practical, research-based foundation. His strategies have helped thousands of people develop real-world skills […]

Tom Carr

Tom is a school counselor and in private practice. He is also a much sought-after consultant who has conducted over 150 “high energy,” workshops that have been described as entertaining and impelling. His workshop topics cover self-esteem, difficult children, reality therapy, classroom management, communication, parenting and school issues.

Joshua Cantwell

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Josh Cantwell serves as Chief Operating Officer at Grand Lake Mental Health Center, Inc. (GLMHC). During his more than a decade of service, he has held many clinical and administrative roles. He has been instrumental in the development and oversite of multiple innovative programs, including Grand Lake Mental Health Center’s 24/7 treatment model. This model […]

Susan Bowman

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Susan has worked as a social worker, and school counselor at the elementary, middle and high school levels. She has also worked as a counselor for incarcerated youth and started a non-profit, faith-based organization (Youth Hope Foundation) to help these young people. In 2005, the GED Testing Service awarded Susan with its highest honor, the […]

Robert Bowman

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Dr. Bowman started his career as a school teacher and school counselor. Since that time, he taught in the Department of Educational Psychology at the University of South Carolina for more than 20 years and is currently an Emeritus Professor. He has authored numerous articles in professional journals and has written more than 24 books […]

Aaron Wiemeier

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Aaron started his journey as a pre-med major in college, and then quickly became fascinated with the underpinnings of human behavior and process, in particular environmental psychology. With an interest in brain physiology, he received his masters degree in Counseling Psychology in 1997, and promptly started working at the brain injury center he was interning […]

Allyson Bowen

Allyson is a nationally renowned author, speaker and consultant on relational aggression, cyber-bullying and electronic aggression, peer abuse and relationships. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in clinical private practice and is co-owner and director of Turning Point Counseling in West Columbia, SC. Allyson is also co-author of Mean Girls: 101 1/2 Creative Strategies […]

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