Next 4-Week Course Starts Tuesday Nights May 4, 11, 18, 25 & June 1 @ 7pm
Robert Myers, PhD is a child psychologist with over 35 years of clinical experience. He is Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at the UC Irvine School of Medicine. Dr Myers also provides parent education through public speaking and media appearances. He is the founder of a popular website for parents, Child Development Institute at www.childdevelopmentinfo.com
He has been licensed in California since 1980. Dr. Myers earned his Ph.D. from the University of Southern California. His career activities include 20 years in private practice, staff psychologist at children’s hospital, and clinical director of inpatient and outpatient services at several psychiatric facilities. He currently is Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at UC Irvine School of Medicine. During his career as a child psychologist, Dr. Myers has devoted much of his time to providing Parent Education as a public speaker, radio talk show host, and guest expert on local and national radio and television shows. He is the author of Total Focus and The Well-Balanced Family.
Dr. Jolee Hibbard, PsyD, is a clinical psychologist specializing in working with families and individuals. She received her master’s and doctoral degrees in clinical psychology from Pepperdine University and Azusa Pacific University. Dr. Hibbard completed practicum experiences at Pacific Clinics Youth Intensive Outpatient program and University of California at Irvine Medical Center Child and Adolescent Outpatient Program; an APA-accredited internship at Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center, Psychiatry Department; and her post-doctoral fellowship with Healthpointe Medical Clinics.
Dr. Hibbard has experience utilizing cognitive, subjective, and academic assessment and evidence-based interventions, such as cognitive behavioral, family systems, and acceptance and commitment therapy to assist clients in reaching treatment goals. Additionally, she has provided parenting training, social skills, life skills, and therapy groups where youth have the opportunity to practice real-world skills that empower behavioral and emotional growth.
Debra is a Licensed Marriage Family Therapist with continued education taken at Harvard Medical School using research-based practices in Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Exposure Response Prevention (ERP), Mindfulness and Gottman Couples Therapy.
Debra leads by science and connects through compassion. Adult, children and families specializing in Anxiety, Depression, ADHD, OCD, women’s issues. Debra conducts benchmark assessments, delivers measurable goals and accelerates the process of success.
Debra bridges her clinical & professional experience in private practice and Fortune 500 companies. Debra is an invited guest speaker at medical, nursing conferences, author in Healthy Living magazines, experience in Animal Assisted Therapy and health coaching for mental health.
Michael Uram, MA, LMFT, LPCC is the Founder and CEO of Uram Family Therapy, a private practice psychotherapy office dedicated to helping their clients live their authentic lives by treating anxiety, depression, ADHD, Asperger’s, High-Functioning Autism, OCD and related conditions using Evidenced-Based techniques, such as, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Collaborative Problem Solving®(CPS), Exposure Response Prevention (ERP), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and more. Michael and his team innovated before and during the pandemic to incorporate online techniques and strategies to engage clients. They chat with clients online through HIPAA compliant SimplePractice while logged in playing Minecraft, Roblox and Fortnite with the kids that they help. It increases engagement and improves outcomes. They also use VR to treat anxiety and phobias through Exposure techniques. Michael offers premarital counseling utilizing the Prepare-Enrich assessment. He offers couples counseling facilitated by the Gottman Relationship Checkup. Uram Family Therapy is LGBTQ affirming and welcomes all clients as they are, without judgment.
Michael has a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology with an Emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy (2005) from Pepperdine’s Graduate School of Education and Psychology. He is one of a few dual licensed therapists in California. He is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (2008) and Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (2014). He has had over 25,000 hours of therapy sessions with his clients and is constantly adapting his techniques to improve client care. He previously taught over 60 graduate and undergraduate classes at the Southern California University of Phoenix campus.
Michael regularly presents on mental health topics and consults with corporations on mental health topics. He has been featured on CBS/KCAL9 news discussing how couples can adapt to differing political beliefs. He has written articles for ParentingOC, most recently, on the impact of the loss of Kobe Bryant and others in January 2020. He was recently interviewed on the Smart Social Podcast on helping teens on the Autism spectrum stay safe online. For more information, please visit https://uramfamilytherapy.com
Crystal Bejarano, Psy.D. - Licensed Educational Psychologist Diplomate, School Neuropsychology.
Crystal specializes in neuropsychological, psychoeducational, trauma-informed functional behavioral assessments, & educationally-related mental health evaluations and is the Owner of Connect4Kids Psychological Services.
Rodney Ziebol is passionate about providing life coaching and career coaching for ADHD and Asperger’s teens, college students and young adults. In fact, as an ADHD and Asperger’s Coach, Rodney only works with clients who have these conditions. He knows firsthand that the ADHD and Asperger’s brain works differently, and uses a coaching approach that specifically caters to these differences.
Rick holds a M.A. in Clinical Psychology and is a Certified Trainer in Collaborative Problem Solving (Think:Kids, Boston Mass General Hospital) and a K-12 licensed school administrator in the state of Oregon. He brings a broad background that includes leadership positions in the United States military, business, mental health and education.
Rick has functioned as a clinical consultant for mental health clinics and human service agencies, as well as large companies/organizations such as the National Corporation for Public Broadcasting and Alyeska Pipeline Corporation (made up of companies such as Exxon-Mobile and British Petroleum). Rick has also provided teaching and consultation internationally in countries such as Russia, Cuba, and Jamaica.
Rick has been employed in positions such as Clinical Psychologist, Program Director, Community College Professor, Assistant Principal, Alternative School Director, Student Services Director, and Assistant Executive Director of a non-profit organization providing educational services to students with the most severe behavioral and emotional challenges.
Doris holds a M.S. in Education/Special Education, is a Certified Trainer in Collaborative Problem Solving (Think:Kids, Boston Mass General Hospital), a pre-K – 12 licensed school administrator, and a PCI Certified Parent Coach®. She’s taught, trained, coached and volunteered with organizations in Cuba, Jamaica and Guatemala. Doris spent a decade as a private business owner of a commercial fishing business in Alaska, and has since run programs for children and youth with chronic significantly challenging behavior, as well as those with a variety of mental health diagnoses.
Doris currently works as a Behavior Consultant, Trainer and Coach in the areas of CPS, Behavior Intervention, and Trauma Sensitive Schools. In addition to taking the model of CPS into organizations that serve children and youth, Doris is interested in seeing corporations and agencies benefit from it’s use in collegial and managerial interactions. She’s interested in promoting it’s integration with Appreciative Inquiry model for organizational change to transform systems in ways that exceed traditional expectations and generate unprecedented results.
A recent accomplishment for Doris was to co-author the second in a series of children’s books with her daughter, Maritsa, entitled Going to School is Easy Now, which followed the first in the series, Going to Bed is Easy Now, available in English and Spanish. The EASY NOW Series™ is designed to meet the needs of typically developing children, as well as those with ADD/ADHD, autism spectrum disorder and other disabilities. Future books in the Easy Now Series™ will address tangible challenges such as Sharing with Friends is Easy Now, and not-so-tangible challenges such as Solving Problems is Easy Now and Changing Plans is Easy Now. (www.easynowbooks.com)
Nina Frankman has worked for non-public schools for 20 years as a therapist, supervisor, and administrator.
Nina came to Olive Crest in 1996, joining the Olive Crest Academy team. Since then, she has served as a therapist, clinical program supervisor, assistant clinical director, clinical director, director of therapeutic services, and is now the Director of Educational Services. Prior to coming to Olive Crest, she had a private practice in Marriage and Family therapy for ten years and has been a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist since 1986.
Mrs. Frankman earned a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from Pepperdine University where she was named Valedictorian of her graduating class. She also has a Masters of Arts Degree in Marriage and Family Counseling from Fuller Theological Seminary. Mrs. Frankman has received training by the Orange County Department of Education as a Behavior Intervention Case Manager (BICM) and she brings expertise in behavior management and modification to our schools. She also has extensive training in trauma-informed care, and Collaborative Problem Solving®(CPS), which are the foundational elements of the approach to student education and care.
Nina has been trained as a Behavior Intervention Case Manager and provides expertise in the development and implementation of Behavior Intervention Plans and Behavior Support Plans for the students at the schools.
Nina has been a champion of Collaborative Problem Solving in her organization and her community for over 5 years and is considered a thought leader and change-maker in her profession.
For over 40 years Ingrid worked with children, adults and families as a volunteer, preschool teacher, Early Childhood Mentor Teacher, preschool director and Early Childhood consultant. As an adjunct college professor of Early Childhood Education at Saddleback and Irvine Valley Colleges, she taught Child Guidance, Creative Activities (art and music) and the class for Mentor Teachers.
While Director of St. Margaret’s Preschool in San Juan Capistrano, she led the preschool through two successful NAEYC accreditation cycles and helped the preschool win recognition as a Demonstration Site for the Outdoor Classroom Project. Ingrid presented workshops for parents and teachers locally, across the country and internationally and was a validator for NAEYC accreditation. She currently serves on the LA Episcopal Diocese’ Commission on Schools.
Ingrid holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Drama from Mary Baldwin College, Staunton, VA, a Master’s Degree in Human Development with an Early Childhood Specialization from Pacific Oaks College, Pasadena, CA. and a certificate in Gifted and Talented Education from UCI.
While pursuing her career, Ingrid continued her education by taking additional classes, belonging to professional organizations, attending conferences and workshops on learning disabilities, ADHD, Sensory Processing Disorder, learning and the brain, music and movement with young children, technology and young children, media literacy, diversity, creativity, parenting education, Reggio Emilia theories, early childhood curriculum and outdoor classrooms.
Ingrid grew up in Virginia, Southern California and Utah and has lived in Dana Point for 45 years where she and her husband Rick raised two sons.
Kristen Marie Pankratz writes grant proposals and performs outreach for HBCC. She has a Master of Social Work Degree from the University of Southern California. In 1995, she earned her Multiple Subject Teaching Credential from Cal State Long Beach. She taught regular education, special education, and worked in a substance abuse program for adolescents. She also advises and trains police officers who are learning about Crisis Intervention Training at Golden West College.
She was recently appointed by the Orange County Board of Supervisors to the County of Orange, Health Care Agency, Mental Health Board. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Depression & Bipolar Support Alliance – Orange County. Other volunteer work includes the Justice and Peace Ministry at St. Bonaventure Catholic Parish and the County of Orange, Health Care Agency Spirituality Committee. She participates on the CalOptima Community Forum Advisory Committee. She has been married since 1999 and lives in Huntington Beach.