Education and Credentials



Master of Social Work: Grand Valley State University, 1988, 3.96  / 4.0 grade point average
Master of Arts: Michigan State University,  1973,  in Art History, 3.97 / 4.0 grade point average. 

 (Some overlap with undergraduate program due to dual enrollment.)
Bachelor of Arts: Michigan State University,  1973,  Art History major, summa cum laude
Workshops, Trainings, ConferencesAdditional post-graduate educational experiences in adults' and children's counseling or psychological treatment totaling hundreds of hours

Additional Training

Children's Treatment 

Thalia has completed formal training in children's and adolescents' issues with hundreds of contact hours beyond her degrees . 

 Topics include:
mood disorders,  family violence,  toddlers and preschoolers, divorce,  behavior modification,  adolescent substance abuse, sexually transmitted disease,  trauma, art therapy,  family reunification,  children who molest,  attention deficit disorder,  sexual abuse,  physical and  emotional abuse and neglect,  oppositional behavior,  anger, anxiety,  play therapy (including directive,  nondirective,  cognitive behavioral,  developmentally sensitive,  sand tray and other methods), family counseling, and many more.

Adults' Treatment 
Thalia has completed formal training in adults' issues with hundreds of contact hours beyond her degrees,  including these:
family therapy,  brief and solution oriented therapy,  adult attention deficit disorder,  depression,  survivor of childhood abuse,  adult child of alcoholic family system,  domestic violence, codependency,  art therapy,  integrative therapy,  premarital, marital/couple counseling,  strategic therapy,  cognitive behavioral treatment,  anxiety disorders,  divorce and many,  many others.

Substance Abuse Treatment  

Substance abuse specific classwork: 173 contact hours
Supervised (on the job) training hours: 272
Successful completion of the International Certification  Reciprocity Consortium/Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse exam (1996)
Successful completion of the Specific Populations exam (1995)
Hours of providing supervised treatment to substance abuse clients: 2505 when Thalia stopped counting in 1997.



Master of Social Work degree
Master of Arts degree
Michigan Licensed Master's Social Worker
Diplomate of Clinical Forensic Counseling  (American College of Certified Forensic Counselors)
Diplomate in Clinical Social Work  (National Association of Social Workers)
Member Association for Play Therapy

.Thalia was recognized as the 2014 Michigan Social Worker of the Year by the state chapter of The National Association of Social Workers. Michigan NASW has over 6000 members

Education is for improving

the lives of others

and for leaving your community and world

better than you found it.

-- Marian Wright Edelman

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