This web page chronicles my healing training, education, relationships, and practices for youth, families, and non-human mammals since the 1970s.
Met a social worker named Brenda Strong Nixon, the longtime former executive director of Associates for Renewal in Education, Inc. (A.R.E.) and one of the founders of the Consortium for Youth Services and Consortium for Child Welfare who would later become one of my foremost mentors.
Met Samuel H. Wilson, Jr. and Anna Hall (who were married at the time), two theater professionals and youth outreach workers who would later become two of my foremost mentors.
Completed a Youth Fellowship at the U.S. Institute for Peace & District of Columbia Arts Center in the summer of 1986.
Began studying Contact Improvisation with Cathy Paine & Mixed Media in 1986.
First worked as a facilitator in 1987 for the DC Urban League & SMYAL (for LGBTQ youth) in 1987, beginning a lifelong practice as a fieldworker for neighborhood violence prevention.
Trained at the Wilkins Family Child Care Center under Rosyln Wilkins in 1987.
Took a summer course in trauma informed care with Dr. Amos N. Wilson at Providence Hospital's Adult Education Program in 1988.
Took coursework in 1989 with Dr. Amos N. Wilson in anti-racist social psychology at Medgar Evers Community College in Brooklyn, NYC.
Took first vows as an Ordained Buddhist Upāsikā (with advanced mindfulness training) in 1988 at Wat Phra Dhammakaya in Thailand under Maechi Chandra Khonnokyoong.
Began working with Samuel H. Wilson, Jr. at the Arena Players in 1988 in Baltimore, MD.
Began studying herbology and African holistic health in 1988 with Dr. Llalia Afrika, Donatella Egwu & Maria Sabina at the Banneker Recreation Center in Washington, D.C.. DCAC (Summers).
Offered (with Deborah Roffman, a pioneer in the field) sexuality education workshops at the Park School and other locales in Baltimore, MD and Washington, D.C. in 1986, 87, and 89.
Began working in 1988 as a night nurse at DC General, Maryland General, and Providence Hospitals.
First became a Licensed Nurse (LPN) in 1988 after studying at the Capital Health Institute School of Practical Nursing & Providence Hospital in Washington, D.C.
Took the boards test (NCLEX) and became an RN.
Took workshops with Lee Donald Stern to learn the Alternatives to Violence Project methods. Mr. Stern then asked me to lead a support group for young "offenders" at the Lorton Reformatory prison outside of Washington, D.C. in Virginia.
Began studying deep pressure therapy at MidAtlantic Holistic for humans and non-human animals, and, in 1989, began working semi-annually at the Maryland State Fair to offer mindfulness combined with deep pressure therapy for agitated farm animals and domesticated pets (such as dogs and cats).
Began studying Indigenous approaches in 1990 for restorative justice practices and talk circles with Ruth Revels, a Lumbee tribeswoman, elder, and teacher.
Began working with Brenda Strong Nixon in youth services as well as organizing with the Consortium for Youth Services and Consortium for Child Welfare.
Became an RNP via SNB-RNP in 1991.
Earned a Certificate in 1991 in trauma informed care & harm reduction from the Armstrong School & A.R.E.
Became a Licensed Social Worker (LSW) in 1992 after passing the ASWB at the Clinical Social Work Institute in Washington, D.C.
Completed practitioner training in 1992 with Augusto Boal at the ATHE Conference in Atlanta, GA.
Took another stage of perpetual Upāsikā vows with the AI fellowship in Philadelphia in 1993 (AI was a small, private humanistic, American Buddhist peace fellowship founded by my dear friend Nizah Morris).
Completed practitioner training in 1995 in Conflict Studies with the Peace Troupe & Gary Wood in Fort Royal, VA.
Earned Certificates in 1996 from the Midwest Holistic School of Massage (Columbus, OH) plus Yoga for Children & Wat Po Healing at the Suai School (Thailand).
Studied at the David P. Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality in 1996.
Earned a Certificate (Level I) in 1996 in Tuina & Qigong Healing from the Guangzhou University of Chinese Medicine in the Guangdong Province in Southern China.
Worked intermittently as a part-time night nurse at the Walter P. Carter Mental Health Hospital in Baltimore from 1991 to 1995.
Worked as a part-time night nurse at the Ohio Hospital for Psychiatry in 1995 and 1996.
Worked as as a part-time night nurse at Hahnemann Hospital and St. Joseph's Hospital from 1997 to 1999.
Completed practitioner training in mindful movement, oral history, and community research between 1995 and 1998:
Earned a Certificate in Conflict Studies at the Center for Conflict Resolution in Chicago, IL.
Audited advanced coursework in Negotiations & Conflict Management at University of Baltimore in 1999.
Studied healing circles (hocokah), talk circles and medicine wheels with Anne Keller, Lakota elder and teacher, in 2000 in Lincoln, Nebraska.
Worked as a part-time night nurse at FutureCare,
Studied with Barbara Kaiser on children's behavioral health.
Roots to Branches
From these roots, I branched out as a healer in the following ways.
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