About the Professionals Intensive Instructors

Each weekly instructional section is led by one of the following Instructors:

Maya Coleman, Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, M.A. in Special Education/Learning Disabilities

Clinical Psychologist in private practice in Washington, D.C. since 2012. Her emphasis is in using Hand in Hand Parenting in these areas: parent-child relationship therapy for children birth to 6 years; support for parents of children with developmental and behavioral challenges; attachment-focused, trauma-informed services for adoptive and foster families; and professional development trainings in trauma-sensitive classroom practices for preschool programs. Maya currently leads a research project on training Early Childhood Educators in the use of Hand in Hand Parenting as a trauma-informed practice in Head Start and other preschool communities. Instructor/Trainer in Hand in Hand Parenting since 2013.

Shelley Macy, M.A. in Human Development

Preschool teacher 1975 to 1990. Lead Instructor and curriculum developer, Early Childhood Education Faculty, Northwest Indian College, 1989 – 2015. Her expertise is in using Hand in Hand Parenting in under-served communities in these areas: training and mentoring Early Childhood Educators; working with parents and children in the preschool and Community College setting. Shelley has published research from a multi-year project employing the Hand in Hand Parenting approach in Early Childhood Education in a Native American community in Bellingham, WA. Instructor/Trainer in Hand in Hand Parenting since 2009.

Pamela J. Oatis, MD, FAAP. Pediatrician; Medical Director of Ethics at Mercy Hospital, Toledo OH; Medical Director of Pediatric Palliative Care at Mercy Hospital

Her expertise includes using Hand in Hand Parenting in these areas: treating children of families challenged by poverty in an urban setting; and building a multidisciplinary, hospital-based team to work with families whose children require palliative care. Pamela has conducted a multi-year statewide research project in Ohio to train Public Health nurses in one aspect of Hand in Hand Parenting. Instructor/Trainer in Hand in Hand Parenting since 2009.

Robin Setchko, LMFT, M.A. in Counseling

In private practice since 1991. Robin co-owned and directed a summer camp for 50 young people ages 8 to 14, training and supervising all counselors and staff for 8 years. Her expertise includes using Hand in Hand Parenting in these areas: her work as a therapist with parents; bringing the approach to preschool staff, parent, and community groups in Sonoma County, CA; and in using Hand in Hand Parenting with older young people, adolescents, and parents of adolescents. Instructor/Trainer in Hand in Hand Parenting since 2010.

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