John Bodkins - President

About me

John Bodkins is an exceptional individual who holds the esteemed positions of President of Peers Empower Peers and Executive Director for Dads on Fire. With a passion for mental health, John has acquired multiple certifications as a trainer in this field. His unwavering commitment to education advocacy constantly drives him to explore new frontiers and share his wealth of knowledge.

John's journey in supporting children and families affected by mental health challenges began when he started working as a visit supervisor at Child Family Services. Through this experience, he gained valuable insights and used them to assist those in need. He collaborates closely with organizations such as Children Family Services, Children Protective Services, Court Appointed Special Advocates, and Guardian Enlightens, monitoring and documenting visitations between parents and children grappling with emotional and behavioral issues. His aim is to advocate for the safe return of children to their homes.

John's expertise extends to various areas, including Individualized Education Plans (IEPs), Parenting Skills, Anti-Bullying programs, Right Response De-escalation techniques, Collaborative Problem Solving based on "The Explosive Child" approach, Ending Isolation and Stigma initiatives, Parents Empowering Parents, Mental Health First Aid, Wraparound and High Fidelity Wraparound services, WRAP (Wellness Recovery Action Plan), Crisis Intervention Training for Law Enforcement and First Responders, as well as Peer-to-Peer counseling.

Furthermore, John's dedication to personal growth is exemplified by his pursuit of a Psychology Major at WSU. He is also certified in Group Facilitation and speaking, showcasing his ability to connect with and inspire others.

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