Reneé brings years of experience in working with families to her position with the Alliance. Currently she is involved in developing and training curriculum for special trainings around effects of trauma, children and youth along with attachment and family. She works as part of the Strive team, where she trains Family Time Navigators in the Strive curriculum to help parents have productive family time with their children. Reneé coaches and mentors navigators helping them gain skills to use while working with families.
Attending the Advanced Standing MSW program at EWU, she did her practicum in the Adoptions unit of Child Welfare. She has always had a heart for families, but this experience deepened her desire to help people who have experienced trauma and her dedication to work in attachment. Becoming certified in Circle of Security and Trust Based Relational Intervention (TBRI) has impacted many people she has worked with. If you ask her what the answer is, she will tell you “relationship.”
Her journey began many years ago when she and her husband Tom became foster parents. Over the years she and her husband have adopted four children, which has given them many opportunities to work with the Child Welfare system. It has also given her insight into struggles parents go through while trying to parent when parenting skills have not been modeled for them and they have been affected by trauma.
Reneé feels fortunate to be able to work with such a great team at the Alliance since 2012.