Mental Health First Aid

As a certified Mental Health First Aid instructor, I offer day-long courses in Northern Colorado for adults seeking a better understanding of how to help in a mental health or substance abuse crisis. From their website:

Just as CPR helps you assist an individual having a heart attack, Mental Health First Aid helps you assist someone experiencing a mental health or substance use-related crisis. In the Mental Health First Aid course, you learn risk factors and warning signs for mental health and addiction concerns, strategies for how to help someone in both crisis and non-crisis situations, and where to turn for help.

You can get more information about Mental Health First Aid here. Have a group that wants to get certified? Contact me now to schedule.

Child and Family Investigations

If you’ve arrived here, I know you’ve been on a difficult path. There is little more challenging in life than raising kids, let alone trying to raise them with a previous partner that you struggle to get along with or disagree with on parenting approaches.

I know this is a difficult, sometimes confusing process. It is my goal to soften the blow a little by being consistent, clear with my expectations and process so you know what to expect. I’m here to be the neutral third party you’re looking for. Read more about my process and what to expect below:

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When you’re in the middle of parenting time or decision making struggles, it can be hard to see the forest for the trees. Since the judge is unable to really get out and gather all the information they need to make the best decision for the child(ren), they hire someone like me.

And that’s really what it’s all about: the kids.

With my background as a mental health, substance abuse, and play therapist, I have developed a keen skill in focusing on what is in the best interests of children. I have extensive training and experience in understanding child development, family systems, and engaging people in an honest way. I will not take your or the other parent’s side. I hold the belief that most parents are doing the best they can with what they know and what resources they have at the time. I am eternally on the side of your children and what will help them grow up to be as healthy, happy, and balanced as they can.

It’s my job to gather as much information as I am able to and present that in a clear, concise manner to the judge so they are able to make the best judgment they can. Though I do make recommendations based on my experience of gathering information, the judge is the ultimate decider. Sometimes a judge will order my recommendation as written, other times they’ll adjust it as they believe is necessary, and still other times they’ll order something completely different. It is up to them, I’m just here to collect and report information.

My process typically includes:

  • Individual Parent Interviews
  • In-Home Visit and Observation
  • Individual Interviews with Children
  • Collateral Interviews (family, friends, care providers, teachers, counselors, etc)
  • Records Review
  • Background checks
  • Review of any information provided by parents to support their position
    • Texts
    • Photos
    • Records
    • Logs
    • Videos

I typically spend about 30 hours collecting, interpreting and writing my CFI Reports. I am committed to timely, open communication and concise, easy to understand and read reports. It is my job to summarize what I’ve gathered according to the regulations by the State of Colorado, and not simply to repeat what was said to me. You can expect a report to be completed in about three months.

Please feel free to reach out with any questions or to inquire about availability. I do accept payment plans and sliding scales. Spaces are limited.