John earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology at the Franciscan University of Steubenville, OH in 1985 and a Master of Science in clinical psychology at Eastern Michigan University in 1988. He has practiced psychology as both a direct services provider and as manager of mental health programs in the Michigan prison system for close to 30 years. He has worked with men and women providing a wide range of individual and group therapeutic interventions. He has developed and conducted a variety of therapy modules in areas of anger management, stress management, trauma recovery, grief and loss, existential / life-purpose therapy, addiction recovery, cognitive skills development and managing emotions—such as those associated with anxiety disorder and depression.
In addition to his clinical work, John has provided professional training seminars in areas of managing disruptive behaviors, maintaining professional boundaries, cultural diversity, crisis management, and trauma recovery. He has also assisted with weekend seminars in marriage enrichment and growth in the spiritual life.