Peta is originally from Canada and she holds a Bachelor's degree in Child Psychology/Sociology from Brock University. During her years studying, she worked as a Respite worker and Family Support Interventionist for many families in the Niagara area. She worked primarily with children with physical disabilities.
After graduating, she worked for the Western Quebec School Board in a behavioral unit as the Behavior technician. She wrote the behavioral programs for children within the classroom and collaboratively developed IEP/504 goals with the educational team in the district as well as the families. Her focus and passion shifted to working with children needing severe behavioral, sensory, social and communication support.
She then became certified to be an Autism Intervenor and an ABA (Applied Behavioral Analyst) therapist and worked in a variety of educational and clinical settings including the Children's Hosptial of Eastern Ontario and the Andrew Fleck Childcare center, in the Autism preschool. Peta obtained her post graduate certification through the Behavior Institute of Canada in Ontario in Intensive Behavior Intervention. She also furthered her education in Verbal behavior, PECS (Picture Exchange Communication System), Social skills training for children with Autism, Sign language as well as many additional trainings.
Throughout all of her work experiences and trainings, her love for working with families as a whole unit continued to grow.
Peta took some time off to create a family of her own and later moved to Ohio. She has 3 beautiful children of her own and is part of a blended family in which she is very proud of.
Peta started back into the workforce in a different role. While getting her feet wet, she started back slowly building an Adaptive Coordinator role at the local YMCA. She worked with families and the Y to adapt programming to provide an inclusive environment. She successfully integrated many swimmers onto the local YMCA swim team. She also created and trained staff members on working with individuals with exceptionalities and providing inclusivity.
At the same time, she started working as an Early Childhood Mental Health Specialist. She provided social and emotional support to many schools and families throughout the county she works in.
Quite quickly in this new role, she started taking referrals for Parent Coaching. From her first referral she successfully supported many families throughout Geauga, Lake and Cuyahoga Counties. She has been dedicating her career path and focus on bringing all of her previous experiences together.
She is certified as an Ohio Prevention Specialist Assistant with the Ohio Chemical Dependency Professionals board.
She has extensive training with the Supreme Court of Ohio as a Mediator (Domestic Violence, Family & Divorce, Child Protection) & Guardian ad Litem and has completed Parent Coordinator certification. Recently, Peta completed the Custody Evaluator training hosted by AFCC. Peta has worked with local child protection agencies and the courts for the past several years as "Parent Coach" and provides regular summaries as requested and required. Peta maintains Supervisor Level - Supervised Visitation Monitor training through Family & Children's Counselling Service.
Peta is a member of good standing with Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, The Ohio Mediation Association, Academy of Family Professional Mediators and Mediation Association of Northeast Ohio.
She recently completed a post graduate credentialing in Texas with the ATTACH organization. There she was credentialed in Attachment Trauma Focused Therapy (80 hour intensive).
She is also a Certified Trauma Practitioner-Clinical with Starr Commonwealth in March 2020.
After much research, Peta also completed the KIPS (Key Interactive Parenting Scale) assessment training and is certified to assess parents using this model.
Peta holds an Ohio Infant Family Practitioner (OIFP-II) credential which was just recently developed by the Governor of Ohio in March 2020.
As well as Peta's private practice, Passcode to Parenting, Peta is also a Master Trainer with PAXIS. She trains Human Service Professionals in PAX TOOLS for Human Services. "This training provides professionals with 11 evidence-based, trama-informed strategies that can be integrated into professional work with young people in the community settings outside of the classroom" (paxis.org).
She continues to work with families in an advocacy role. However the role has shifted to support families as a positive whole unit. Peta works closely with case workers, support staff, education staff, court staff, attorneys, GALs, foster and kinship families to better support the primary families. Her experiences working with families with a multitude of barriers such as substance abuse, mental health concerns, high conflict divorce, domestic violence, etc., has led her to support each family with a non-judgemental attitude. Peta supports each family uniquely and is respectful of cultural diversity. She collaborates as a team member and works as a strength-based focused professional. She continues to learn from each of these families that she works with and shares her personal life experiences to build relationships, teach, and grow.