Following discharge from the military and active duty in Viet Nam in 1972, graduated from the University of Minnesota with a BA in Psychology in 1977, then graduated with a Masters Degree in Social Work from Louisiana State University in 1987. With over 38 years experience in Addictions and Mental Health Counseling, the past 25 years have included both clinical and administrative management of hospital and community based mental health programs. In addition, acted as community liaison with other social service agencies, county jail programs, the courts, probation and law enforcement agencies. While working in S.W. Colorado within the past 11 years, was recognized as a state approved trainer in addictions and mental health counseling, providing training to entry level therapists, Crisis Intervention Training for law enforcement personnel, and other social service agency personnel. Currently holds good standing licenses in the State of Colorado as a “Licensed Clinical Social Worker” and as a “Licensed Addictions Counselor”.