Special Merit Award, Byliners Texas-Wide Writing Contest, 1994
CPI, CPR, and First Aid Certifications, 1997
Licensed Foster Care Provider, New Mexico, 1995 - 1997
Licensed Treatment Foster Parent, State of New Mexico, 1997 - 1998
Academy of American Poets
Winner, San Miguel Writer's Literary Conference Contest, for Tortillas & PeanutButter: Confessions of an American Mom Turned Mexican Smuggler (book-lengthmemoir), 2007
Finalist, Multicultural Nonfiction, National Indie Excellence Award, Tortillas & Peanut Butter: Confessions of an American Mom Turned Mexican Smuggler, 2017
Writer. Author of creative non-fiction and self-help books, poems, essays, free-lance articles, and columns. 1988 - present.
Private Practice Psychologist.Individual, group, and family therapy; child, adolescent, and adult; psychological assessments (English/Spanish). Specialized in treatment of patients with borderline personality disorder and chronic mental illness. Consultations and staff development at community mental health centers, psychiatric hospitals, small businesses, and school districts. Continuing education for social workers, counselors, and psychologists. Dallas, TX, 1978 - 1995; Taos, NM, 1995 - 2005; San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. 2005 - present.
Writing Classes/Coaching. Dallas, TX; Taos, NM; San Miguel de Allende, Mexico; La Manzanilla, Mexico. 1994 - present.
Lecturer/Workshop Leader.Presentations on topics related to psychology, education, parenting, leadership, and writing. Dallas, TX; Ft. Worth, TX; Taos, NM; San Miguel de Allende. 1976 - present.
Professor of Counseling Psychology. Developing, teaching, and serving as core teacher for the online Multicultural Counseling and Master's Case Presentation courses for Yorkville University in Canada; evaluating master candidates’ clinical case presentations. Part time, 2005 - 2015.
Clinical Director. Supervising staff at the Dallas County Mental Health/Mental Retardation Therapeutic Nursery, Dallas, TX. 1990 - 1991.
Outpatient Psychologist. Individual, marital, family, and group therapy;psychological evaluations and assessments. Dallas County Mental Health/Mental Retardation, Child and Adolescent Services division, Dallas, TX. 1976 - 1979.
Administrator of Educational Research. Designing and implementing research projects; supervising instructors’ dissertation and thesis research. Dallas County Community College District, Dallas, TX. 1975 - 1976.
Secondary School Teacher. Teaching Spanish, French, and bilingual courses. Crete/Monee School District, Crete, IL. 1971 - 1973.
Multicultural Curriculum Consultant & Editor. Beyond Borders English as a second language textbooks, levels 2-6. Catalina Foundation.July 2014 – present.
Professor of Pastoral/Spiritual Counseling.Interfaith Academy, San Miguel deAllende, Mexico. 2012 – 2013.
Writing Instructor. Taos Education Center. January - December, 1996.
Language Instructor & Tutor. Spanish and English classes. Taos, NM, and San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. 2004 - 2009.
Mental Health Disaster Relief Professional. Crisis counseling of Red Cross staff and shelter residents following hurricanes Katrina and Rita in Slidell, LA; emergency child and adolescent intake assessments and crisis counseling of clinical staff at the Rosenblum Mental Health Clinic, Ponchatoula, LA. Westover Consulting, SAMHSA. October, 2005.
Course Developer. Thomson/Wadsworth Publishing. Content and graphics for introductory college psychology course’s online tutorial. Part time, 2003 - 2004.
Adjunct Professor. instructor of human development; introductory, child, and developmental psychology; and human services courses to community college students; instructor of personality, abnormal, family, developmental, educational, cross-cultural psychology, and child psychopathology to upper division and graduate students. Dallas County Community College District, Dallas, TX; University of New Mexico, Taos and Española, NM; Taos Education Center, Taos, NM. Various semesters, 1995 - 2003.
Board Facilitator. Facilitating Taos and Española Citizens Review Boards investigating children in state Custody; composing reports for area judges. Part time, 1999 -2002.
Outpatient Therapist.Taos/Colfax Community Services.Individual, family, and grouppsychotherapy; supervising psychosocial rehabilitation counselors in the day treatment program for patients with chronic mental illness. Part time, August, 1999 - March, 2000.
Dissertation Advisor. Dissertation and thesis design and support for master's and doctoralcandidates. Part time, January, 1996 - June, 1998.
ESL Instructor. Teaching English to Chinese children,adolescents, and adults; beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels. Teaching English as a second language to Ecuadorian children and adolescents; teaching English literature and creative writing to Ecuadorian adults. Future School, Dalian, China; Instituto de Estudios Interoamericanos, Cuenca, Ecuador. Summer and fall semesters, 1998.
Website Reviewer. EyeOnTheWeb.Com. April - June, 1998.
Director. The Taos Writer's Connection. Taos, NM. Teaching creative writing; free-lance, and technical writing; editing; organizing and presenting workshops. Taos, NM. Part time, June, 1995 - June, 2005.
Computer Consultant. PC configuration, web design. Taos, NM, 1995 - 1999; San Miguel de Allende, 2010 - present.
Treatment Foster Care Provider.Raindancer Youth Services. Taos, NM, 1997.
Columnist. Talk Back Views, Taos, NM. Part time, August 1996-1997.
Foster Care Provider. Children, Youth, & Family Services, Taos, NM, February,1995 – 1997.
Substitute Teacher. Taos Municipal Schools. September, 1995 - May, 1996.
Adjunct Instructor. Introductory Psychology, Human Development,Personality, Human Sexuality, and Interpersonal Relations courses at Eastfield, Mountain View, Richland, Northlake, and El Centro Colleges, Dallas County Community College District. Various semesters, 1975 - 1995.
ESL Teacher. Teaching English to bilingual secretarialstudents. Instituto Norteamericano de Estudios Bilingues, Irapuato, Gto., Mexico. Summers, 1968 - 1970.
Jimmy’s Answer to Cancer/Jaime Lucha Contra el Cancer. Children’s rhyming picture book. (To be released in 2019.)
The Wannabe Unicorn. Literary Fiction/Gift Book. (To be released in 2019.)
Tortillas & Peanut Butter: True Confessions of an American Mom Turned Mexican Smuggler. Humorous memoir, ShelfStealers Publishers, 2016. Multicultural Nonfiction Finalist, National Indie Excellence Awards; Amazon Top-10 Bestseller; BookLife Prize.
Earthships: A New Mecca Poetry Collection, Zachary Kluckman, Editor.(Anthologized Poems) "Bury the Why" and "The Prophetess." (Horse and Tiger Press, 2007)
Mommy Rescue Guide: Potty Training: Lifesaving Techniques and Advice for an Easy Transition. (Adams Media, 2007)
Mommy Rescue Guide: Toddler Meals: Lifesaving Recipes and Advice for Making Fun, Nutritious Food (Adams Media, 2007) Chapters from the Everything Toddler Book reprinted.
Parent's Guide to Raising Siblings. (F + W Publications, Littleton, MA, 2006)
Early-Start Potty Training. (McGraw Hill, New York, 2005)
The Parent's Guide to Attention Deficit Disorder. (F + W Publications, Littleton, MA,2005)
The Everything Parenting a Teenager Book. (F + W Publications, Littleton MA.,2004)
A Cup of Comfort for Inspiration. Contributor to anthology. (Adams Media, 2003)
The Everything Tween Book: A parent's guide to surviving the turbulent pre-teen years. (Adams Media, Littleton, MA. May, 2003)
The Everything Potty Training Book: Professional, reassuring advice to help you and your child through this challenging time. (Adams Media, Littleton, MA, 2002)
The Everything Toddler Book: From tantrums to potty training, practical advice to get you and your toddler through the formative years. (Adams Media, Littleton,MA, 2002)
The Homework Solution: Getting kids to do their homework. (WilliamsonPublishers, VT, 1990)
The Homework Plan: A parent's guide to helping kids excel. (Berkley PublishingGroup, New York, 1994)
"Homework Help for Harried Parents", PTA Today, 1992.
"Color Blindness Is A Handicap," op editorial, The Dallas Morning News, 1992.
"Denny's Mothers," Dallas Child, July, 1992.
"Unraveling Our Stereotypes--One Person At A Time," The Houston Chronicle, 1992.
"Sensitive People Break Stereotypes One By One," Fort Worth Star Telegram, 1992.
"Multicultural Sensitivity," The Cleveland Plain Dealer, 1992.
"College Credit Courses by Open-Circuit Television," Instructional Television: Statusand Directions, Ackerman & Lipsitz, Ed., with Theodore Pohrte, 1977.
"A Rationale for Human Investment," Developing the Nation's Workforce, Merle Strong, Editor. With Rupert N. Evans co-author, 1975.
Self-Syndicated Columnist. "Homework Wizardry or"EduCaring" monthly column and/or individual articles were published in Positive Parenting Magazine, The Family Journal, DenverParent Newsmagazine, Dallas Child, Gwinnett Family Reader, Long Island Parenting News, Parentguide Magazine, San Diego Family Press, Suburban Parent, Vermont Parent & Child, The Kidzette, North Dallas Addresses, Bent Trail Avoir, Today's Publications, The Lakewood Spirit, Jackson Parent & Child, and The Dallas Morning News:
"New School Year Resolutions"
"Parents, Have You Done Your Homework?"
"Bringing Homework Out Of The Bedroom"
"What The Kids Say"
"Teaching Time Management"
"Summer Time Management for Kids"
"Goal Setting for Kids"
"Kids Who Lose Their Cool"
"Mom's Reading Method"
"Straight Talk About Retention"
"Holidays & Homework"
"The Carrot And The Stick"
“Homework: The Job Kids Love To Hate"
"Just Say 'No' To TV"
"Overcoming Student Burn-out"
"The Case Of The Disappearing Homework Papers"
"Homework Survival Strategies"
"Helping A Budding Author to Blossom"
"Sit Still & Concentrate!"
"Helping a Troubled Child"
"A Case of Puppy Love"
"An Educational Bon Voyage"
"Homework Do's and Don'ts"
"Pre-School Homework Readiness"
"College Homework Solutions"
"Wanda for President"
"Gourmet Academics," Dallas Child, 1989.
"The Talented and Gifted Child," Dallas Child, 1989.
"Play Therapy: What's It All About," (in an edited book of readings), 1989.
"Homework Phobia," Dallas Child, October, 1988.
"Testing A Child's IQ," Dallas Child, September, 1988.
"Drug Abuse: A Second Look," Law Enforcement Review, 1985.
"Testing the Talented and Gifted Child," RAGT Newsletter, 1981.
"The High Cost of Giving Up," Scene Magazine, Dallas Morning News. July 5, 1981.
Author Chat. San Miguel de Allende, Mexico City, Ajijic, La Manzanilla, 2015-2016.
Senate Vice Chair. Yorkville University Faculty Senate. June 2009 - 2015.
Webinar Presentation. "Multicultural Counselling Strategies" Yorkville University Faculty of Behavioral Sciences, Yorkville University. August 24, 2015.
Webinar Presentation. "From WEIRD to Worldwide: Using Multicultural Counseling Strategies to Enhance Treatment of Mainstream Clients." Yorkville University Faculty of Behavioral Sciences, Yorkville University. April 29, 2015.
Workshop Presentation. "Teaching English to Mexican Students with the Beyond Borders Book: The Natural Approach." Sponsored by the Catalina Foundation. Nayarit, Mexico. December 23, 2014.
Instructor. "Interventions with Mentally Ill Citizens." San Miguel de Allende Police Academy, San Miguel de Allende, Gto., Mexico. March, 2013.
State Police Instructor. "Avoiding Human Rights Abuses During Interactions with Mentally Handicapped Citizens." For Guanajuato state police officers, San Miguel de Allende Police Academy, San Miguel de Allende, Gto., Mexico. May, 2013.