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The Healthcare Training Institute (HTI) has offered quality education since 1979. You get timely information from experts in their field! Course contributors and reviewers have backgrounds in Psychology, Social Work, Marriage & Family Therapy, and Mental Health Counseling.

Coordinating Instructor responsible for all course content on this website:

Tracy Appleton LCSW MEdTracy Catherine Appleton, LCSW, MEd, CE Program Administrator, Course Development Coordinator, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and holds a Masters Degree in Education. Ms. Appleton has had experience in developing, providing, and presenting adult education programs since 1979.

Contributors and Reviewers:

Lisa Dawson LCSWALisa Dawson, LCSWA, Graduated in 2011 from East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina. Graduated Magnum Cum Laude; RHA Health Services Inc. New Bern, NC developed group psychotherapy programming for outpatient; A Better Place Behavioral Health, PLLC provided supportive psyhchotherapy from a relational, CBT and DBT approach; Horizon Health at Carolina East Medical Center facilitated group therapy sessions for patients with various Axis I & II diagnoses
Dr. Christopher Thurber, Ph.D. PsychologistDr. Christopher Thurber, BA Harvard, Ph.D. UCLA, Exeter, New Hampshire, currently works as a psychologist for Phillips Exeter Academy School. Treating anxiety, depression, substance abuse, and rehabilitation issues.
Deborah Dunn LMFT MSDeborah Dunn, LMFT, MS. Marriage and Family Therapy, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, 1988; Certified Cliniical Incident Stress Specialist, Trauma, Stress, Grief and loss, Womens' Issues, marital conflic, disaster education and community crisis also clinical experience in Mental Health Agencies, Onsite Coporate EAP, and intensive in-home family therapy; regularly providing both corporate and business CISM services.
Mary Lou Frank, Ph.D. PsychologistMary Lou Frank, Ph.D., Southern Women's History Center, Chief Operating Officer. Formerly , Middle Georgia College Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs and College Dean. Gainsville State College, Academic Affairs; expertise in eating disorders, counseling psychotherapy, research and test construction, addictions, couples, cultural diversity, group counseling, codependence, sexual harassment, physical and emotional health, anxiety, diversity and family systems; author or co-author of 14 books & 7 articles, and given over 60  presentations.
Jennifer K. Howell, Psy.D. Psychologist Jennifer K. Howell, Psy.D., Program Diector Tykes and Teens. Inc.a comprehensive Adolescent Substance Abuse Program designed to prevent and eliminate substance use through individual, family, and group treatment that supports the entire family system. Management of Adolescent Substance Abuse Program (ASAP) services and supervision of ASAP therapists.  Assessment and individual, group, and family therapy with children and adolescents in the Adolescent Substance Abuse Program.

Dr. June Parnell, Ph.D. LPCDr. June Parnell, LPC, Licensed Professional Counselor, Ph.D., Psychotherapy in Private Practice Counseling, adoption studies, Clinical Counselor for the University of Wyoming at the Counseling and Career Development Center.

Mary Rankin, JDMary Rankin, JD, BA- University of Northern Iowa - Cedar Falls, IA BA Health Promotion in 2004; JD/MBA - Drake University - Des Moines, IA JD/MBA in 2007. Merit Resources, INC., Des Moines, IA; Contract Specialist (November 2013 – Present) Review, revise, and negotiate contracts with vendors. Blalock Walters, P.A., Bradenton, FL; Healthcare and Corporate Law Associate (November 2007 – June 2009) Researched complex Florida and federal regulations in order to draft clear and concise opinion letters, newsletters, legal publications, and transactional agreements.

Dr. Robert G. Urie, Ph.D. PsychologistDr. Robert G. Urie, Ph.D. North Kansas City, Missouri, Psychology Licenses in Missouri and Kansas, Postdoctoral training Menninger Foundation Family Therapy Training, Experience in private practice, Mental Health Center, Coordinator of Youth Services and Outpatient Psychologist for a hospital. Co-dependence and male issues.
Nadine Nehis, Ph.D.Nadine Nehls, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin; expertise in mental health problems, severe and persistent mental illness, physical and/or sexual abuse, substance abuse, borderline personality disorder, joint custody of children, and trauma.
Carol Fitzer  LCSWCarol Fizer, LCSW, Weston, Massachusetts, worked with rescue workers at the World Trade Center following the September 11th attacks. She is an Independent Clinical Social Worker in the greater Boston area. Carol trained with the International Critical Incident Stress foundation and Smith College School for Social Work.
Dr. James E. Galezewski, Ph.D. Psychologist MFTDr. James E. Galezewski, Ph.D., MFT, Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Doctor of Psychology, Post-Master's Program in Marriage and Family Therapy, Genesis Therapy Center, Training in objective, projective, and neuropsychological assessment and diagnosis, psychological research, professional ethics, and risk management. Ethnic and cultural awareness, human life span and cognitive, behavioral, systems, physiological and psychoanalytic theory and technique. Administered clinical interviews and intelligence/personality test batteries to children, adolescents, and adults. Provided outpatient and group therapy.
David Hope David Hope, Graduated in 2005 from University of Illinois in Springfield, Illinois with a MA in Human Services, awarded certificate of achievement for academic excellence. Graduated 2001 from University of Illinois in Springfield, Illinois with a BA in Psychology. Graduated Magnum Cum Laude. Triangle Center, Springfield, IL, substance abuse counselor conducting group and one-on-one meetings with residents; Volunteer at Sangamon County Jail, monitored 12-step discussion meetings for inmates; Author of A Spirit Deceived, then Truth.
Dianna M. Hubay, LMFT, CPDianna M. Hubay, LMFT, CP, Graduated in 1988 from University of Connecticut in Storrs, Connecticut. Certified in Psychodrama, Group Psychotherapy and Sociometry. Areas of Specialty: Group Psychotherapy and Psychodrama, PTSD, Parent Education/Child Management, Training and Supervision, Stress Management, Depression/Anxiety. 
Lana Briker Grodzitsky, Psy.D.Lana Briker Grodzitsky, Psy.D., Licensed Psychologist, PY 8735. Graduated in 2011 from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida in Clinical Psychology. Positive Solutions Psychological Services, PLLC, Plantation, FL, Postdoctoral Psychology Resident, Provided outpatient cognitive behavioral therapy to children, adolescents and adults suffering from emotional and behavioral problems; Nova Southeastern University, Weston, FL, South Florida Consortium Internship, Provided neuropsychological and educational assessments and individual and group therapy to children and adolescents with developmental delays and/or social, behavioral, and emotional challenges.
Cristen Sweet LICSWCristen Sweet, LICSW, Licensed in New Hampshire and Massachusetts, University of New Hampshire in Durham, New Hampshire. Graduated in 2000 with a MSW Lahey Health Behavioral Sciences, Emergency Services Clinician; Seven Hills Clinical Director of Chelmsford site and Behavioral Health Therapist for adults, adolescents, couples, and families in an outpatient setting; PTSD, Bipolar, Depression, Anxiety, Personality Disorders, psychosis and substance abuse; Psychiatric Management and Counseling, Inc; Hamstead Hospital; Baldpate Hospital Social worker for inpatient psychiatric and substance abuse facility.
Susan Wilson M.S. Ed. LCPC CAADCSusan Wilson, M.S. Ed., LCPC, CAADC, Western Illinois University, December, 1998 M.S. Ed., in Counseling; Midwest Youth Services Inc. Jacksonville, IL Executive Director; CMHC of Fulton & McDonough Counties, Macomb, IL Clinical Supervisor, Addictions; Brown County Mental Health Center, Mt. Sterling, IL, Coordinator, Special Programs, Addictions & Mental Health Therapist; Illinois Collaboration on Youth Policy Board; Morgan County Task Force on Homelessness.
Kay Casey LCSW MSWKay Casey, LCSW, MSW Degree received 1986 Tulane University in New Orleans, LA. worked as a medical social worker at Mercy Hospital in New Orleans for 13 years. The main focus was discharge planning with the elderly and a focus on grief work. Ms. Casey also worked at children's hospital in New Orleans in the Oncology and Hematology department for 12 years. She worked closely with families and patients throughout their treatment.
Rosemarie Gallegos LCSWRosemarie Gallegos, LCSW, Highlands University, Las Vegas, NM, MSW 198; Child Protective Services for 8 years and the rest of Rosemarie's 30 years of work has been as a Mental Health Therapist with various agencies to include the following: Peanut Butter and Jelly, Valencia Counseling Services, La Buena Vida, Valle Del Sol and with the correction system -jail and prison
Jeff Sandoz Ph. D. LPC  LMHC CAPCharles Jeffrey Sandoz,Ph. D.,LPC, LMHC, CAP;Adjunct Faculty of Counselor Education – Florida Gulf Coast University. Fort Myers, Florida; Books Published: Alcoholic Iliad/Recovery Odyssey: Utilizing Myth as Metaphor in Family Therapy with Addictions, Exploring the Spiritual Experience in the 12 Step Program of Alcoholics Anonymous: Spiritus Contra Spiritum, Addiction & Recovery: Substance Abuse History, Addiction & Recovery: Codependency?, Addiction & Recovery: Internet Addiction, Addiction & Recovery: Elderly Substance Abuse, Addiction & Recovery: Resentment & Gratitude, Addiction & Recovery: Fear and Recovery, Addiction & Recovery: Recovery through the 12 Step Program Articles Published: Narcissistic Organization, Herculean Task of Recovery: Twelve Steps --Twelve Labors, The Horror of Addiction, Neuro-Spirituality, Ego Strength, Spirituality and Recovery in Alcoholics Anonymous, Internet Connection: Acquiring Drugs on the Information Super "High" Way, The Interaction Effects of Gender with Recovering ACOA Alcoholics and Non-ACOA Alcoholics,
Diane Brusema LMSW ACSW CAACDiane Brusema, LMSW, ACSW, CAAC Expertise in Judicial system, sexual abuse trauma with adults and children, PTDS, also addresseed issues of ADHD, Addictions, adjustment issues, anger management, autism, depression, divorce
Nancy Pavelek MSM RN CNENancy Pavelek, MSM, RN, CNE Full-time faculty member in the Health Careers Department Nursing Program, Kirtland Community College, which is a laddered nursing program; primary assignment is psychiatric-mental health nursing courses for both the LPN and RN progarm. Member of the Board of Directors and Chairperson of the Board for River House, inc. domestic violence shelter

Tracy L. Hartig Psy. D.
Services available: competency, sanity, mitigation and Miranda Rights evaluations, personality evaluations, intellectual assessment, disability evaluations, parenting evaluations and guardianship evaluations. Specialized training in treatment and evaluation of sex offenders and victims of domestic violence. Services provided to adults and children with emotional, behavioral and thought disorders. Services provided to the Courts in Polk, Highlands, and Hardee Counties, Child Protection Team, Department of Children and Families, and Office of Disability Determinations. Qualified as an expert and provided testimony in Broward, Palm Beach, Highlands, Hardee and Polk counties. Qualified as an expert and provided testimony in Federal Court, Middle District of Florida.
Nancy Feldman, MSW, LSW, CSW, ASChip, 1995 Graduated from Loyola University, Chicago, IL with a MSW degree
Margaret Hrvatin, Licensed Independent Social Worker (LISW). Master of Social Work, MSW, New Mexico Highlands University, May, 1994
Sheela Stevens, CSW, University of Louisville, KY Master of Science of Social Work 1985
Sharon Calvert, Ph.D., Fort Huachuca, Arizona; Clinical Psychologist; Dr. Calvert has clinical experience with the following:  psychotherapy services to outpatient behavioral health clients to include, but not limited to acute/posttraumatic stress disorders, psychological and risk assessments, mood and anxiety disorders, depressive disorders, borderline personality disorders, adjustment disorders, schizophrenia, bipolar, partner relational problems, anger management, and treatment plans for sexual offenders.
Sharon Chandler, LMFT, LCSW, RN, served as educational coordinator for registered nurses in a variety of hospital settings. Ms. Chandler is a clinical member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists.
Karen Lindhurst, the author of "Ethics and The Manipulation Boundary: When is it Healthy and When is it Pathological?," has experience in community mental health to include a substance abuse residential treatment facility. The following are my thoughts on the pros and cons in using manipulation in a therapy session.
Catherine King, RNC-E, MSN, NNP, Dean of Nursing and Health Technology, ER, Community Health, Associate with Staff, PA & Nurse Practicioner.
Wendy Hillman, MSN, RN, served as Critical Care nurse, clincial instructor for Level II Med-Surg with nursing students during acute care clinical rotation.
Danielle J. Balletto. A licensed professional counselor (LPC) and a licensed behavioral practitioner (LBP) in the State of Oklahoma. A graduate of The University of Tulsa. Graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelors' in 1996 and graduated with a Masters' in Clinical Psychology in 1998. Batterer's counselor working with offenders and severely mentally ill for eleven years. Miss Balletto is currently working on a Doctorate in Criminal Justice through Capella University.
Janel Jean Brush, LISW, Jefferson, Iowa, with experience in domestic violence, Licensed Independent Social Worker currently working at an area education agency as a school social worker, work history as youth counselor for shelters and group homes, department of human service worker, and psychiatric technician.
Jill Daniels, LSCSW, Salina, Kansas, Jill has experince in residential youth care, community mental health, special education, general public education, and a group worker in a wilderness treatment program.
Dr. Winfred Scott, MA, Ph.D, St. Paul, Minnesota, Major Area of Study - Clinical Psychology, Minor Area of Study - Learning Disabilities. Treatment of disorders of childhood including autism, child abuse, and learning difficulties.
Danita Kay Hilliard, LCSW, Indianapolis, Indiana
Christine Urie, LCSW, North Kansas City, Missouri
Pamela Calvano, MS LMFT, Nile, Michigan

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The Healthcare training Institute was started in 1979 by Tracy Appleton. At that time Ms. Appleton started to provide seminars nationally. As technology advanced the seminar business expanded into courses offered via online.

The Healthcare Training Institute has offered quality education since 1979. You get timely information from experts in their field! Course contributors and reviewers have backgrounds in Psychology, Social Work, Marriage & Family Therapy, and Mental Health Counseling.

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