WHY  -  I choose to work as a professional supervisor because when I was a child, I had family challenges that went unnoticed and undetected by anyone on the outside - friends, teachers, pastors, etc. So no one knew that I didn't have two healthy parents to raise me, or that I didn't even have one healthy mother to raise me. I want today's children who are born into challenging parental circumstances, to have someone who is advocating for THEM.

That two people had a change of attitude or mindset about each other after their child was born, was in no way the child's fault. As parents get "lost" in their negative feelings about one another, there is no one to prioritize advocating in the child's best interest. The child gets caught up in the negative energy that they can sense (even if they don't know what it all means), and they begin to lose the opportunity to innocently and freely develop into their own person in the completely healthy and supportive way that they should be able to. 

HOW  -  I approach each case and individual parent with respect, despite the circumstances. The adults in any case may have made mistakes in their lives - many are even using poor judgment at the moment - but they are not bad people. All involved have the right to be treated with understanding, compassion, and respect, even if it is sometimes applied with professional firmness.

Member of the California Association of Supervised Visitation Providers

In August 2015, I became a member of the California Association of Supervised Visitation Providers.

In November, 2013, I completed an intense course of education on California Family Code Section 3200.5 and the 5.20 Standards, which include new laws that took effect on January 1, 2013.

I received a two year education in a unique psychological paradigm known as The Three Principles. My instructors and facilitators were therapists, psychologists, Dr. Roger Mills, one of the pioneers in the development, testing and application of principle-based thinking, and of course the unforgettable philosophy author, Sydney Banks. 

I am consistently participating in continuing education to keep up-to-date on skills and information necessary for me to professionally offer my services.

I work with an associate, Mary Zito, another professional supervisor who has also been professionally trained on Family Code Section 3200.5 protocols, and who works in the North Bay, covering San Francisco, Marin and Napa County. Together, we can assure more clients that the dates of their supervised visitations can be met in the areas that work best for them.

 

Professional Experience and Continuing Education

ARCpoint Training      September 2018

  • Drugs, Alcohol, and DNA Testing

Mediate Your Life Professional Development  — Mar. 2014

 Part of Total Immersion Program  - 30 hrs.

California Family Code Section 3200.5 — Nov. 2013

Training: Understanding Uniform Standards of Practice for Professional Supervised Visitation

  • Safety & security procedures
  • Legal responsibilities/obligations of professional provider
  • Safety considerations - sexual/domestic violence cases
  • Confidentiality
  • Maintenance and disclosure of records
  • Temporary suspension/termination of visits

Beyond The Obvious: Threat Assessment in Domestic Cases — Apr 2013

A Multi-Disciplinary Training - Lt. Mark Wynn, Presenter (7 hrs)

Supervised Visitation Network Training — Jan 2013

Standards for Supervised Visitation Practice (16 hrs.)

  • Working with Law Enforcement
  • Intake Interview Process
  • Documentation
  • Intervention
  • Understanding Code of Ethics
  • Working With the Courts
  • Child Welfare Supervised Visitations
  • Parents With Special Needs

  

CASA Training

CASA Program Certification — Jun 2011

32 hours of training on Juvenile Court Process, Role of Attorneys, Cultural Diversity, Child Placement, Mandated Reporting, Educational Advocacy, Understanding Families, Role of Family Services. Worked 18 months on one case until case successfully concluded and family was no longer in the Family Court Services System.

 

 

California Association of Supervised Visitation Providers

California Family Code Section 3200.5 and the 5.20 Standards.

  • Member of the California Association of Supervised Visitation Providers (CASVSP)  and have received intense training  through that organization on Family Code Section 3200.5, which amended the 5.20 Standards that all professional family supervisors are required to follow.
  • Affiliated with the Family Law Section of the California State Bar Association, frequently attending seminars, workshops, and trainings.
  • Listed in Contra Costa, Alameda, and San Francisco County Family Court Services as a preferred Professional Family Supervisor. 

What does supervised visitation do for the children?

It allows children to maintain contact with the non-custodial parent, an important factor in the positive adjustment to family dissolution. They can anticipate visits without the stress of worrying about what is going to happen. They can enjoy visits in a safe, comfortable environment without having to be put in the middle of their parents' conflict and/or other problems.

 

Supervised Visitation Family Court Orders/Declarations
>>  Court order forms as provided by the California Association of Supervised Visitation Service Providers

 
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