“To me, education is leading out of what is already there in the pupil’s soul.” Muriel Spark
This quote exemplifies one of the core components of my teaching philosophy. I believe each student brings something unique to the learning environment. This uniqueness results from a combination of life experiences, relationships, personality, and worldview. My job as a teacher is to assist this person in more fully developing the capabilities with which she entered her clinical training and to recognize and accentuate the way those capabilities enhance the learning of those around her. Teaching is ultimately a balancing act. The core of this balancing act is creating an atmosphere of safety and challenge. In order to flourish and develop to the height of his abilities, a student must feel safe enough to access all parts of him, while also feeling challenged to reach and grow further.
After completing my clinical and research training at Texas Tech University, I had the great pleasure to join the faculty of Saint Louis University where I trained Couple and Family Therapists and Medical Family Therapists for seven years before transitioning to teach at Regis University. I am a clinical fellow with the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, an AAMFT Approved Supervisor, a site visitor for the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education and served as the Ethics Chair for the Missouri Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. I have specialized training as a Filial Therapist and Instructor. In addition to my teaching responsibilities, I believe staying clinically active, both as a therapist and supervisor enhances my effectiveness as a trainer in my field. My practice focuses on work with adoptive families, infertility, and families encountering difficult life transition. Finally, I enjoy supervising professionals working toward their AAMFT Approved Supervisor designation.