Director of Training and Consultation
Chris received his BS in Education in 1988 and taught in the public school system. He went on to work in the banking industry as a national training manager for a major banking firm. Much of his curriculum development and training related to human relations as well as quality and productivity within the work setting. Chris specialized in developing learning centered curriculum, geared to maximize learning transfer for adults.
About 10 years ago, Chris transitioned into the field of behavioral health with a key focus on recovery education for adults. He earned his Masters in Education and Education Counseling in 2004. His curriculum development and training has been oriented for adults who receive behavioral health services as well as for those who provide those services, including clinical staff. Chris has developed and designed a recovery culture transformation program called Keeping the Recovery Skills Alive which is being used by behavioral health organizations throughout the United States and in the United Kingdom, including New Zealand.
He developed a comprehensive workshop called Home Is Where the HEART Is to support people in getting and keeping a wellness-centered home. Chris also continues to facilitate Recovery Innovations’ internationally recognized Peer Employment Training Program as well as Advanced Peer Practices all over the United States, including the United Kingdom and New Zealand.
Chris’s passion for recovery education also relates to his own recovery experience. He is both a family member and himself a person who has received services. His maternal grandmother was diagnosed with a mental illness in early 1930’s and spent two years in the Jacksonville State Hospital in Illinois. His mother was diagnosed with schizophrenia paranoia when she was 20 years old. Throughout his childhood, he witnessed his mother’s almost annual involuntary commitments to the state hospital; he first witnessed the use of a strait jacket used on his mom when he was only 4 years old. His biological father spent most of his adult life in prison, and he was addicted to alcohol and died of alcohol related diseases. His stepfather also had a deep addiction to alcohol and subsequently died from that addiction. He grew up in a home that was chaotic and characterized with emotional and physical abuse, specifically from his stepfather. The first time he received psychiatric services was when he was 17 years old. He was diagnosed with and treated for mental illness. He does not consider himself as having an illness but rather as a person recovering into wellness.