About Dawn

My Background:

My masters is in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of Dayton. I am trained in the SPACE (Supportive Parenting for Anxious Childhood Emotions) method, and Exposure Response Prevention for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. I have post-grad certification in Infant-Toddler Mental Health from Arcadia University, and completed the certification training for postpartum mood disorders through Postpartum Support International.

My work is further informed by my time as a parent educator for the Oregon State Extension Services and as an instructor in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies for the Ohio State University.

I have also worked as a preschool teacher, childcare site director, and family case manager. 

Personal Life:

My husband and I have two now grown children, one of whom has struggled with anxiety. They have informed and inspired my work in many, many ways and have generously given me permission to share my parenting stories (successes and failures) with you all!

Besides forcing my family to listen to show tunes with me, my favorite things to do are read, run (slowly but surely), and go see movies that pass the Bechdel test (and some that don’t).

My daughter and me while she was still in high school

Lectures and Workshops:

I’ve presented at the Postpartum Support International Annual Conference; the Columbus Society for Clinical Social Work; the 2011 Open Adoption Symposium in Richmond, VA; the American Adoption Congress annual conferences; the 2nd International Conference on Adoption and Culture; the Voices for Ohio’s Children Healthy Kids Conference; the Ohio Association for the Education of Young Children conference and several times for the All Ohio Counselors Conference and for the Central Ohio Counseling Association.

Publications and Features:

I have written for Salon.com, Utne, Ode, Brain Child, Huffington Post, Parenting, Yoga Journal, Wondertime, Adoptive Families, Bitch: A Feminist Response to Pop Culture, Kveller.com. Disney’s Family.com, Commonsense Media, Early Childhood NEWS and Greater Good among many others. I was interviewed on New Hampshire Public Radio’s Word of Mouth, on Q with Jian Ghomeshi, and on Dawn Davenport’s Creating a Family. I also consulted on a This American Life episode about open adoption.

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