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Professional Background

Brenda Lee Roberts, M. Ed., LPC

101 N. Pinetta Drive, #36685

N. Chesterfield, VA 23235

804-320-2369

Vitae

Education

2002                           Master of Education, University of North Texas

1994                           Bachelor of Sociology, University of Texas @ Arlington

Licensures

2004-current            Texas LPC License November 3, 2004, L# 19157

Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors

2012-current             Virginia LPC License July 31, 2012, L#0701005293

Virginia Board of Counseling

Professional Employment

06/2007-present                  Collaborative Consultant

01/2007-present                  Parent Coordinator / Facilitator Services

10/2002-present                  Disputed Custody / Adoption Social Studies

11/2004-present                   Private Practice Counseling Center

08/2009-11/2011                 Children in the Middle Classes-Dallas location

10/2002-01/2005                Lancaster Outreach Counseling Center

1/2001–10/2002                  AIDS Services of North Texas-Counseling Center

Clinical Experience

Collaborative Law Teams- MHP facilitator in collaborative divorce cases.  Work with Financial Planners, Attorneys and divorcing couples in the collaborative divorce process.  Have completed CLI-TX Basic & Interdisciplinary training, Advanced training, Day One, Day Two and Day Three Training for “The MHP Role in the Collaborative Process” with Linda Solomon. Number of cases to date- 70 as of 03/01/2013

 Parent Coordinator/Facilitator Services- client self-referral, attorney requested and court ordered parent coordination services.  Work in collaboration with courts and attorneys for high conflict cases to assist co-parents in developing co-parenting plans and/or adhering to plans created, assist parents in shifting to child focused parenting versus adversarial parenting.   Parent Coordination/Parent Facilitation training- All Texas statute requirements met- Number of cases to date- 28 as of 03/01/2013

 Disputed Custody & Adoption Home Studies- Social studies for Disputed Custody, Independent, Stepparent, and Relative Adoption cases, interstate compacts and international adoptions; Dallas, Tarrant, Denton, Grayson, Cooke, Collin, Rockwall, Kaufman, Ellis and Johnson Counties. Meet the most current state requirements.  Total number completed- 198 Adoption 87 Disputed Custody as of 03/01/2013

Private Practice Counseling Center- Private Practice counseling office. Individual, Couples, Families and groups regarding life issues involving Depression, Anxiety, Social Phobias, Parenting, Co-Parenting after the Divorce, Boundaries, Medication Management, Disabilities, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Chronic Pain, PTSD, Self- Esteem, Sexual Addictions, life threatening illnesses such as HIV/AIDS, STD’s, terminal diseases, dating, domestic violence, mood disorders, personality disorders, marital conflict, supervised visits, adoption issues, divorce issues, grief and loss issues.

Internship/Post Graduate Practicum- Lancaster Outreach Counseling Center– post graduate placement and post licensure- worked with individuals, couples, teens, children, families and groups.  Completed intakes and evaluations of clients.  Short Term/Long Term goal setting.  Counseling clients with mood and personality disorders, Bi-Polar I & II, Major Depressive Disorder, Anxiety, Depression, Self Esteem, victims of domestic violence, Court ordered counseling services, marital and co-parenting counseling, elementary age to high school age groups on leadership skills, teen pregnancy, anger management, grief recovery, Disabilities, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Sexual Addictions, Elderly Rape Victims, Chemical Dependency AIDS Services of North Texas internship & post graduate placement- “no pay” during internship.    Worked with Individuals who were HIV+ or had AIDS, their partners and families.  Counseled clients with Borderline Personality Disorder, Bi-Polar I & II, Major Depressive Disorder, Factitious Disorder, Somatoform Disorder, chemical dependency, anxiety, depression, self-esteem, Panic Disorder, social anxiety, Physical & Sexual abuse, marital counseling, co-parenting counseling, Worked with clients on Short Term/Long Term goal setting.  Administered and scored SASSI & BDI-II assessment tests.  Also worked with clients on end of life issues.

Professional Memberships

Collaborative Law Institute of Texas, International Academy of Collaborative Professionals, Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, Texas Counseling Association, American Counseling Association, Virginia Counseling Association, Virginia Collaborative Professionals

Presentations/Workshops

2011                Guest @ Television Station 58 Dallas, “Joy In Our Town”- Adoption

Guest @ Television Station 58 Dallas, “Children in the Middle” Co-Parenting Post Divorce

2011                Collin County Bench Bar “How Do You Know When You Are Working Harder Than Your  Client?”

2011                Basic Collaborative Law Training Pro Bono Lawyers- DVAP & CPS Collaborative Law Project- Trainer

2011                CPS Collaborative Law Pro Bono Project Training-Trainer- April 2011

2010                AFCC Houston-Presenter- Collaborative Law/CPS Case Conceptualization Oct 2010

2010                Guest Speaker American Academy of Adoption Attorneys July 2010

2010                Multiple Rotary Club Presentations on Collaborative Law

2008,2009     Guest Speaker CASA Volunteer Information Sessions

2008                Frisco Bar Association- “Parent Coordination/Facilitation”

2005-2006     “The Emotion Behind the Commotion-Organization in a New Light”

2003-2004      Anger Management, Leadership Skills, Teen Pregnancy & Grief Recovery all grades

2005                Guest Speaker-Richland Community College- “The Mental Health Professional”

2002                Assertiveness/Boundaries Workshop- AIDS Services of North Texas

2002                ROPES staff retreat for AIDS Services of North Texas

2002                ROPES retreat for Denton area church Young Adult group

2002                Guest Speaker @ Denton County Bereavement Group

2002                Guest Speaker @ An Uncommon Legacy “Extra Mile Award” Dinner

Training/Seminars

National Coalition Institute Diversity Training, Self Esteem, Learned Helplessness, Borderline Personality Disorder, Helping Kids Cope With Divorce, Emotional Unavailability, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Helping Kids Cope with Stress, Divorce Mediation: Theory and Practice, Anger Control, Eight hours of Domestic Violence, Assessing Children’s Allegations of Abuse: a Scientific Approach, Parent Coordination, Basic Mediation, Effective Courtroom Testimony, Institute of Texas- Interdisciplinary Collaborative Law, Collaborative Law Institute of Texas- Basic Collaborative Law 2007, Interdisciplinary Collaborative Law- 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, The Role of the MHP in Collaborative Law Cases-Day One, The Role of the MHP in Collaborative Law Cases- Day Two, The Role of the MHP in Collaborative Law Cases- Day Three (all three taught by Linda Solomon), Defusing the High Conflict Divorce, Custody Evaluations- The Essentials, Deconstructing the Evaluation Process, Pieces of the Evaluation Puzzle, The Child Custody Consultant, Assessing Children’s Perceptions of Family Relationships, Evaluating Evaluations- Doing Reviews and Being Reviewed, Testimonial and Non-Testimonial Roles in Child Custody Cases, Writing the Report- Putting the Pieces Together for the Family and the Court, The Parent Facilitator, Differential Diagnosis of Parental Alienation and Related Phenomena, Creative and Comprehensive Parenting Planning: A Practical Step by Step Process from Development to Drafting, The Developmental Needs of Children in Divorce- Current Research in Temperament, The Developmental Needs of Children in Divorce- Love Attachments, Terror Attachments and Overnights for Young Children, Maintaining Equilibrium With High Conflict Couples, Reaching Out to High Conflict Clients, Special Needs Children in Collaborative Divorce Practice, Navigating Impasse: Getting Past Stuck- Preventions and Interventions, From Polarization to Collaboration: Working Effectively With High Conflict Couples, Non-Defensive Communication, Thriving CP Groups, Collaborative Negotiations, Roadblocks to Resolution, Taking the War Out of Words, Taking the Power Struggle Out of Parenting, Must We Say We Did Not Love- Divorce Rituals, Working with Resistant and Burned Out Parents, Attachment and Emotional Regulation- Brain Based Interventions Across the Lifespan, The Maltreated Child, Ethical Challenges in Social Work and Counseling, Sensory Integration Disorder, Pauline Tessler Advanced Collaborative Law Training, Divorce Mediation Training, Cli-Tx Spring Conferences 2008, 2009, 2010 & 2011, Advanced Family Law 2008 & 2009, AFCC Conferences Regional or National 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, ACA & TCA Annual Conferences 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009,2010, 2011, Dialectical Behavior Therapy Training, Advanced Collaborative Law Training May 2011-Cli-Tx, Motivational Interviewing-Overcoming Client Resistance to Change, Virginia Collaborative Professionals Annual Conference 2012, Collaborative Conversations on Support; A Model Between Fear and Fairness, Intractable Issues in Child Custody Evaluations 2012, Military Cultural Competence, PTSD Then and Now There and Here, The Impact of Deployment and Combat Stress on Families and Children; Families and Deployment Part 1, The Impact of Deployment and Combat Stress on Families and Children; Enhancing Resilience Part 2

Honors & Awards

2008               AFCC Scholarship Recipient

2003               John Thomas Scholarship Recipient

2001, 2002   Outstanding Community Service Award- AIDS Services of North Texas-2 times

2001, 2002   Outreach Ministries Building up the Church Award- Harvest MCC

2001               National Scholarship Recipient- An Uncommon Legacy Foundation Inc.

1996               K & N/Scott AC Employee of the Year out of 300 employees

1994               Alpha Kappa Delta Omicron Chapter Academic Excellence Award

1990               Dean’s List SWAGC Waxahachie Texas

1987, 1988   Baylor Medical Center Five Star Spirit Award Winner- 3 times

Community & Board Service

2013–Present          International Academy of Collaborative Professionals- Access to Collaboration Task Force

2012- Present          Virginia Collaborative Professionals Member at Large Committee

2012- Present          Collaborative Professionals of Richmond Marketing Chair

2012- Present          Collaborative Professionals of Richmond Low-Bono Chair

2010-2011                 CPS Collaborative Law Pro Bono Project

2009-2010                International Academy of Collaborative Professionals Civil Committee

2007-2010                C.A.S.A (Court Appointed Special Advocate) Volunteer

2006                          Alan Ross Freedom Parade Steering Committee

2004/2005               Stewardship Chair-First Christian Church Lancaster

Employee Review Board- First Christian Church Lancaster

2004/2005               Created & managed Thanksgiving & Christmas food basket drives for over

200 families in Lancaster ISD-2 years

2001-2004               An Uncommon Legacy Foundation, Inc

Co-Chair Extra Mile Award Dinner, Co-Chair An Uncommon Golf Tournament

2000-2003              AIDS Services of North Texas

2000-2003              Denton County Friends of the Family Emergency Shelter for Domestic Violence

2001                          Board of Directors-Harvest Metropolitan Community Church