Jennifer Wilke-Deaton, M.A., L.P.A., is a licensed behavioral health therapist working in a private practice setting in Richmond, KY. Jen has more than 21 years of experience working with crisis management, psychological testing, inpatient/outpatient treatment, groups, families, and the court system. A tireless and passionate advocate for children and families, she developed a parent training program recognized by the Governor’s Commission for the Treatment of Children & Families and Kentucky’s Child Protective Services. Jen helped create a regional children’s crisis stabilization unit, children’s advocacy center, and an intensive after-school program for behaviorally-challenged youth. She has published numerous books and media products, including Parenting Better Children: an 8 Week Skills Training Guide to Reach, Teach & Empower (PESI, 2014), Awareness in Focus: Modern Guided Imagery Techniques for Immediate Practice (CD Baby, 2016), Awareness in Focus By Kids For Kids: Modern Guided Imagery Activities for Immediate Practice, (CD Baby, 2013), and The Mandala Workbook: Activities Across the Lifespan (Media Integrated Applied Psychology, 2013).
In addition to delivering her nationally recognized training programs for PESI and keynote presentations, Jen regularly speaks on mental health issues and child abuse for Morehead State University, Eastern Kentucky University, and National Public Radio; as well as psychological evaluations for the Department of Disability Determinations and the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation. Jennifer consults regularly for private/state foster care organizations, social services, schools, psychiatric hospitals, Head Start programs, in-home therapy programs, disability determinations, and case management services. Her specialties are in the areas of child abuse, PTSD, DBT, behavioral disorders, anxiety, autistic spectrum, and attachment. Jen shares time-tested, real approaches from the trenches, using humor, energy and passion for an engaging and effortless day of practical learning.