The best teachers have shown me

that things have to be done bit by bit. Nothing that means anything happens quickly. -- Joseph Bruchac


Thalia Ferenc, LMSW, DCSW

6127 Bay Shore West Drive, Charlevoix MI 49720

(231) 838-2322





Good News Community, Inc. Grand Rapids, MI, 1989 - 2001

Created and led successive series of “Kids Koping with Divorce”,

an eight week program serving children and their parents. 


Child & Family Services of Western Michigan, Inc.         
            Holland  MI, 1993 –1997

Coordinator of Jenison Office Clinical Services.  Coordinator of Child Abuse Treatment Team.  Multi-modal clinical therapy with abuse/neglect, substance abuse and general cases.


Family Service Association (now Life Guidance Services), 
            Grand Rapids MI, 1988 – 93

Developed and coordinated rural outreach program.  Outpatient therapy with varied caseload of individuals, marital couples, families, groups.  Community speaking.  Employee Assistance Program services. Child custody evaluations.


Halcyon Respite, Grand Rapids, MI, 1988 –1989

Executive Director of non-profit agency providing respite for families with emotionally disturbed children.  Duties included grant writing, budgeting, program planning, supervision of component coordinators.  51 – 63 employees.


Kent Educational Center-Mayfield, Grand Rapids MI,
           1987 -- 1988

Counseled severely emotionally impaired adolescents, provided liaison with families and community agencies.  Established volunteer program.  Graduate internship. 


Parents and Children Together, Grand Rapids, MI, 1987

Advisory Center for Teens Program.  Counseled families, individuals in abuse and neglect cases.  Graduate internship.


Michigan Trails Girl Scout Council, Grand Rapids, MI, 1987

Designed and led summer program for migrant workers’ children, which included development of problem solving, self-esteem, life skills.

Previous experience available upon request.

Experience with Therapy

Private Practice

at The Serenity Center, Charlevoix MI, 2009 - present and at The Octagon House, Grand Rapids MI, 2001 – 2009          
General outpatient caseload, including substance issues, adults, children, couples, family treatment.  Subspecialty in divorce/separation.


Life Guidance Services, Grand Rapids, MI, 2002 – 2005

Part time outpatient therapist, general caseload.


Catholic Social Services, Grand Rapids, MI, 1997 –2001

Outpatient therapist, general caseload.  Developed and led children’s programming.  Educational presentations. Also outreach office in Ionia.

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