Counselor | Peace Advocate
I view myself as a teacher of peace, love, and nonviolence: I advocate for peace and nonviolent social change. My personal idols are John Lennon, Ghandi, and Martin Luther King. To see more about my work visit my business Abuse Counseling and Education, Inc. It is a 501(c)3 Not for Profit Public Charity.
My counseling career began more than 30 years ago as a Substance Abuse Counselor. At my first job I formed one of the first Intensive Outpatient Programs in the State of Indiana. I've held several other positions over the years including working at Fairbanks Hospital in Indianapolis and as a Substance Abuse Supervisor with the Indiana Department of Corrections. I've also started a couple of private outpatient addiction treatment agencies too.
I am a Past President of the Indiana Counselors Association on Alcohol and Drug Abuse (ICAADA). I am still a Licensed Clinical Addiction Counselor and I keep my agency certified to provide outpatient addiction services but don't currently provide addiction treatment services.
I started my first counseling business, Nonviolent Alternatives, in August 1991. I have specialized in counseling people who are violent and abusive since. As a leading expert on domestic abuse, I was interviewed on national TV and many times by local media. In 2003 I was featured in the nationally award winning documentary Journeys of Survival; Indianapolis Responds to Domestic Abuse. Local airing of this documentary resulted in the creation of WTHR's Shattering the Silence on Domestic Violence project which continues to this day.
I am also the creator and producer of the Cognitive Accountability Training (CAT) Model, an evidenced-based CBT curriculum for conducting psycho-educational classes to stop abusive behavior. A research project started in November 2009 provided empirical evidence of the model's effectiveness in changing "criminal thinking" (denial) to end violent and abusive behavior toward one's self and others.
I retired in the summer of 2016. I do still teach part-time, three classes per week in the Nonviolent Alternatives program. I decided to retire in order to be close to home in Indianapolis to care for my wife Kim when she developed some serious medical issues.
I live in a condominium on the Southwest side of Indianapolis in Perry township.
I don't smoke, drink, or do any drugs: I've been clean and sober for over three decades. Yeah, I'm a pretty boring guy.
I'm married to a very kind and wonderful woman named Kim. We have season tickets for the Indy Fuel hockey team, an affiliate of the Chicago Blackhawks. But to be honest, my NHL team is the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Thankfully Kim's medical situation has improved sufficiently for us to still attend games
. For her birthday I bought her a scooter so she no longer needs a wheelchair to get from the parking lot to our seats. Here she is with our team mascot Nitro and the team Captain, Zach Miskovic.
I grew up in Fort Wayne, and my family always had season tickets to see the Komets, so I've been a huge hockey fan since childhood. This is a picture of me with Bob Chase. Mr Chase has been the voice of the Komets on WOWO radio since 1953. That's before I was born! What an amazing guy. Sadly Bob passed on Thanksgiving morning 2016.
I am a veteran of the US Army and the US Navy, in which I served five years total. When I went to college, I was supported by the Vietnam-era GI Bill; I'm not sure I would have made it through college otherwise. In college, I studied a lot of Psychology, Sociology, Political Science, and Philosophy.
Below is a tribute to those who died while serving on my ship in the US Navy.