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Jo A. Henry
MA, Intern
Registered Marriage and Family Therapist Intern IMF 73203

Phone: 619-858-3105 x 124

Change involves bringing the hidden into the light, allowing better understanding of the problem, and more insight into the needs of the heart. When we look at the past to understand the present we find opportunity to change the future as problems are brought into the here and now. I believe God opens our minds to understand, spurs our hearts toward peace and reconciliation, and provides strength of character needed for change.

God graciously uses my passion for His reconciling work as He provides opportunities for me to come alongside those experiencing crisis, trauma, abuse, addiction, loss and grief. Many of these people find themselves in fractured relationships, with broken hearts, a damaged view of self, and many times a distorted view of God. I enjoy helping them explore their need for God’s love and forgiveness that will transform their individual lives and restore their relationships. 

I value my experiences working for over ten years with elementary school children struggling with ADD/ADHD, learning difficulties and emotional reactiveness. I value my experiences counseling for ten years at a crisis pregnancy center. And I value my experiences working over three years with those struggling with homelessness, addiction, and mental illnesses. These experiences encourage my resolve to facilitate change for broken families believing they are irreparable; for children believing they are worthless, and for a society believing there are throw away populations. I am committed to helping families discover the belief system that supports the problems in their lives so they can exchange their faulty belief system for a belief in God’s powerful reconciling grace. When adults treat children with value; when hurting people realize God’s purpose and plan for them; and when people believe the message there are no unnecessary throw away members in God’s family, then children will experience wholeness, God’s purpose will determine the value of each life, and “throw away” populations will cease to exist.

EDUCATION AND TRAINING

  • M.A. Degree    Marriage & Family Therapy; Alliant International University
  • B.A. Degree    Psychology; Biola University; Summa Cum Laude 
  • A.A. Degree     Psych & Social Services; Palomar College
  • A.A. Degree     Alcohol & Other Drug Studies; Palomar College


PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

  • MFT Trainee-MHS, North Inland Mental Health Center, Dual Recovery Specialist-MHS, North Star A.C.T., Addiction Counselor-MHS, Options For Recovery, Volunteer Addiction Counselor-Green Oak Ranch, Residential Treatment
    • Provided individual, group, couple, and family therapy; facilitated DBT, psycho-education, and dual recovery groups 
    • Provided case management, treatment planning; referrals, discharge planning
    • Experienced in Motivational Interviewing
    • Administered Behavioral Health Assessment, Marriage Satisfaction Inventory, etc.
    • Experience working with severe persistent mental illness and dual diagnosis 
    • Administered Behavioral Health Assessment, Marriage Satisfaction Inventory, etc.
  • Church Small Group Coordinator, Crossroads Christian Reformed Church
    • Wrote and taught curriculum for leadership training manual
  • Special Ed. Teaching Assistant; Palmer Elementary School and Calvin Christian Elementary School
    • Experience working with ADD/ADHD, Downs Syndrome, Autism, Learning Disabilities, Emotional Disabilities, etc.
    • Helped compile crisis team manual for elementary school staff
    • Designed four phase process for special education; referrals to I.E.P
  • Volunteer Crisis Counselor, New Hope Family Services
    • Wrote and taught curriculum for volunteer counselor training manual
    • Wrote and taught Bible study curriculum
    • Public Speaker across New York State


SPECIAL AREAS OF TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE:
Gottman Clinic Method; Motivational Interview/Stages of Change; Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT); Special Training for treatment of Trauma, PTSD, Self-harm, Crisis, Grief & Loss; Trauma Informed Care; SYMBIS Certified

HONORS

  • Alpha Sigma Lambda National Honor Society, December, 2007 
  • National Deans List, 2005, 2006, 2007
  • Selected “Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges”, 2008
  • Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society 2005, 2006, 2007

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS:

  • American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT)
  • California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT)
  • California Alcohol & Drug Abuse Counselors - CADC II Certification - CAADAC
  • Comprehensive Continuous Integrative System of Care –CCISC; CADRE VII – Change Agent
  • California Board of Behavioral Sciences, Registered Marriage and Family Therapist Intern, #IMF 73203
  • Supervised by Donald W. Welch, Ph.D., MFT #MFC 50129

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