Kim has 40 years of experience working with youth in Quebec, Canada. When ART® was introduced at Batshaw Youth and Family Centres, Quebec, Canada, Kim began facilitating their first Family TIES groups, was instrumental in expanding the program to include the PREPARE® Curriculum, provided support through facilitation and training, and helped collect evaluation data. She has co-authored implementation guides for Family TIES and Problem Solving Training. She and Robert Calame train these programs together internationally and are co-founders of WOLF (Working On Life and Family) Social Competencies Inc.
phone: +1 450 226 5805
KELLI DILLINGHAM PARCHERVICE PRESIDENT
Kelli Dillingham Parcher is a youth Detention Manager. Kelli has a background history with 26 years of rehabilitative work with incarcerated adults and youth. She has 18 years of operating a Washington States Detention Center for juvenile offenders. In 2010 Kelli became a certified Master Trainer in Washington State Aggression Replacement Training and annually facilitates youth groups. As well, she has a Master Trainer in PEACE-ART/ We Teach Peace with Dr. Sara Salmon. (www.wecanco.org) In 2017 she became part of the University of Washington program development team and is a certified Master Trainer for GOAL. Kelli’s expertise is in providing social emotional learning for moderate and high risk youth. Kelli is team member of Paz Consultz which has the main focus of training the trainers in leading groups in Empathy, Anger Control, Moral Reasoning, Social Skills, Character Education and Parent Empowerment.
Our Valuable Board Members
SIGRÍÐUR ÞORSTEINSDÓTTIRBOARD MEMBER
Sigridur is a teacher and a paramedic. She has worked in general and psychiatric children‘s wards in Sweden, finished her teacher‘s certificate in 2007 and has been working as an ART trainer with the South Iceland ART project since 2007. As well, Sigridur has been instrumental in creating a 130 member social network organization named IS-ART. The role of this organization is to be a forum for Icelandic ART trainers, providing an opportunity to share their knowledge and experiences with each other.
CECYLIA BIEGANOWSKA TREASURER
Cecylia Bieganowska is an Aggression Replacement Training trainer since 2011, working with children, youth and adults. In a team with Master Trainer of ART she is also performing trainings for future ART trainers in Poland. In her work she also uses Rational Behavior Theraphy RBT and coaching tools as since 2015 she is an Associate Certified Coach by International Coach Federation. She works with educators, parents, families who need knowledge and social skills on a daily basis.
She is a member and vice President of “Lecznica Dusz”- a non-governmental organization for psychotherapeutic aid, development and mental health prevention. “We do our best to bring social skills, anger management and moral development skills to polish schools and kindergartens to prevent the aggression. We’ve also created a cyberbullying prevention program, which has become a supplement to our previous work”.
phone: 0048 506 977 177
Johan Björkehed has a Masters degree in Community Safety Management and a Bachelor of Science in Education from the University in Karlstad. He became an ART-instructor in 2005 and ART-master trainer in 2008. He is also a CBT therapist. Since 2003 he has been working for the National Board of Institutional Care (NBIC) in Klarälvsgården, a special residential home for young people age 15-21 with psychosocial problems, substance abuse and criminal behaviour.
JOHANNES FINNE BOARD MEMBER
Johannes Nilsson Finne (b. 1974) lives in Stavanger, Norway and is a PhD-candidate at the Research Centre of the VID Pedagogical University, Oslo/ Sandnes Norway. Currently he is doing a PhD-project evaluating Social Perception Training (SPT) in a whole class setting, in primary and secondary schools. Research of interest include social and emotional competence, and in particular the role of individual and collective moral agency.
Finne has several years practical experience from treating violent and aggressive youth and families using ART and Family ART (Family TIES), both as therapist, implementer, leader and supervisor. For several years, he worked at the Social Competence Centre at Diakonhjemmet University College as lecturer, supervisor and leader. He has also presented at several national and international conferences, and has teached and supervised professionals in different settings in several countries. In addition, he is the co-author of the new Scandinavian version of Aggression Replacement Training named AART (adapted ART). He has adapted and implemented the original version of Family ART in several countries and wrote his master thesis about this program.
Books and chapters:
Ellenbogen, S., Calame, R., Parker, K., Finne, J. & Tromè, N. (2014). Treating youth
aggression and related problems in a social service agency. In Taylor, M., Pooley, J.A.
& Merrick, J. (ed): Adolescence. Places and spaces. New York: Nova Publishers.
Finne, J (2014). Social Competence in Norwegian schools. In C. Clouder and B. Hayes
(Eds.) Social and Emotional Education: An International Analysis 2013 (pp. 153
-196), Santander, Spain: Botin Foundation.
Finne, J. (2011). Family ART in a systemic-constructivist perspective; which mechanisms
have importance to families’ promotion of prosocial behavior? (Master thesis).
University of Stavanger, Norway.
Gundersen, K., Olsen, T.M., Finne, J., Strømgren, B. & Daleflod, B. (2015). AART – En metode
for trening av sosial kompetanse. Oslo: Universitetsforlaget.
Gundersen, K., Finne, J. og Olsen, T. M. (2005): ART – En metode for trening av sosial
kompetanse. Trenermanual. Nærbø: Rogaland Høgskole.
Ellenbogen, S., Calame, R., Parker, K., Finne, J. & Tromè, N. (2014). Description and
preliminary investigation of Family TIES (Training In Essential Skills), a strategy for
treating youth aggression and related problems in a social services agency.
International Journal of Child and Adolescence Health.
Finne, J. & Svartdal, F. (2017). Social Perception Training (SPT): Improving social
competence by reducing cognitive distortions. International Journal of Emotional
NIELS HJELM VEIRUPBOARD MEMBER
Niels Hjelm Veirup is a professional social worker with a substantial career in youth care. He has spent most of his working career participating in development and implementation projects at the Centre for Children, Youth and Families (and all its ‘predecessors´) in the Municipality of Herning, Denmark. Besides a degree in social work he also holds a master degree in organisational learning and since graduating with a master’s degree in social educational learning from Diakonhjemmets Højskole in Sandnes, Norway. He has experience from work with a number of groups doing A.R.T., Social Perception Training, Family TIES and has been part in the development of training with young people in the so-called Junior A.R.T. – model. His foundation and inspiration is coming from great experiences with A.R.T. and from his earlier work as European Secretary of the International Federation of Social Workers. Having qualified as a Lead Auditor in the ISO standard 9001 he is also focussed on the development of quality assurance initiatives within PREPSEC International.