BIOGRAPHY

I received a doctorate degree in clinical psychology (Psy.D.) from Argosy University-Seattle’s Washington School of Professional Psychology. I completed a two-year internship at University of Washington’s Harborview Medical Center’s Domestic Violence, Anger Management and Workplace Violence Program. I also completed two one-year practicums at the West Seattle Psychiatric Hospital’s inpatient psychiatric ward and the outpatient treatment unit for children, adolescents and families of the Highline-West Seattle Mental Health Center.

In addition to the doctoral degree, I have received masters' degrees in social work from the University of Washington and clinical psychology from Argosy University/Seattle. I have been associated with the University of Washington since 1992, most recently having served as a Mental Health Therapist, Trauma Resources Coordinator and Associate Director for Training & Development for the Mental Health Clinic of Hall Health Primary Care Center, School of Medicine. I have served as a clinical faculty member in academic programs at the University of Washington: Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences of the School of Medicine and School of Social Work. In addition I am a founding member of the editorial board of the Journal of Forensic Social Work.

I hold two clinical diplomates, the first being the Diplomate in Clinical Social Work (DCSW) from the National Association of Clinical Social Workers (NASW) and the other being the Board Certified Diplomate (BCD) from the American Board of Examiners in Clinical Social Work (ABE). In addition, I hold board certification in clinical supervision from the ABE. I am also certified in the field of traumatology through the Association of Traumatic Stress Specialists (ATSS). I have served as a consultant to a US congressional organization, the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC). In addition I have served as instructor and member of the advisory board for the University of Washington’s Certificate Program on Psychological Trauma: Effective Treatment and Practice. I also hold certifications in the following areas and sub-specialties:
  • Washington State Administrative Code (WAC)
  • Child Mental Health Specialist
  • Minority Mental Health Consultant
  • Mental Health Professional
  • Domestic Violence Perpetrator Treatment Provider
  • DOH Approved Clinical Supervisor
Additional certificates and partial list of trainings taken in recent years include (refer to links for detail):
  • ~ Critical Incident Stress Management Certificate (CISM) Justice Institute of British Columbia,
  •    - Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
  • ~ Children’s Mental Health Certificate Program School of Social Work, University of Washington – Seattle, WA
  • ~ Certificate of Completion, PTSD Clinical Training Program, the National Center for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder,
  •    Palo Alto VA Healthcare Systems - Palo Alto, CA
  • ~ Certificate of Completion; Cross Cultural Trainer.
  •    The Center for Cross Cultural Proficiency in Medical Education, (CCPriME)
  •    University of Washington, School of Medicine - Seattle, WA
In addition to my work within the university system, I have maintained a private practice since 1986 working with children/adolescents, couples and families. As one of the very few African-Americans attaining to the level of state certification as a Domestic Violence Perpetrator Treatment Program (Kane & Associates), I provide psycho-educational treatment for those involved in domestic violence behaviors. I also provide anger management workshops/trainings, psycho-social assessments and psychological evaluations. Certified in the field of traumatology, I offer critical incident debriefings and consultations/trainings regarding violence in the workplace. My clientele has included school districts, attorneys and corporations.

My specialties include domestic violence, anger management, depression, anxiety, grief and loss, sexual abuse (male & female) and trauma. I also have extensive experience in working with the LGBT community and issues impacting biracial and bicultural individuals. My research interests are focused on complex trauma and veterans of military service, as well as the integration of complex trauma and domestic violence and its impact with ethnic minority communities. My most recent publication “Our Blood Flows Red: African-American Men in Military Service, Clinical Implications For Working with African-American Veterans with Complex Trauma" (2010). I am currently working on a peer review journal article which focus is on historical and intergenerational trauma.