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My Professional Journey

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"I have had the privilege of getting to watch Courtney's poise and professionalism at work both in the US and internationally. Courtney is knowledgeable, genuine, hard-working and sincerely cares about the students and colleagues around her.  She joined our team of specialists as we provided training for members of the Ministerio de Educación in Lima, Peru.  Her expertise in the field of autism and behavior management is unquestionable, but it's Courtney's ability to connect with those she's training that truly makes her special."

-Linda Martin, MME, MT-BC

Founder, Miracle 139 International


Courtney began giving professional presentations in 2006, most often surrounding autism, narrative practices and mental health. From 2008 to 2019, Courtney provided many workshops and trainings to staff, administrators and teachers in Cajon Valley Union School District. In 2010, Courtney presented on working with autism at the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) conference in Atlanta, Georgia. Courtney has also been an invited speaker for San Diego Center for Children, North County Lifeline, Autism Society of America- San Diego Chapter, National Autism Foundation for Research (NFAR), Catholic Charities, Aurora Behavioral Health, and San Diego Youth Services, She has also given presentations internationally through Reauthoring Teaching (virtually reaching participants real time in Australia, Canada, the U.S. and New Zealand) and in person in Lima, Peru, Mumbai, India, and Calgary, Canada. 

In 2011, Courtney lectured for the Alliant International University Clinical Psychology doctoral program on Marriage and Family Therapy theories. She had the opportunity as an adjunct professor this time for the San Diego State University in 2013 through the Marriage and Family Therapy Masters Program lecturing for one semester on child and adolescent therapy and again in 2021 through the School Psychology and School Counseling programs lecturing for one semester and overseeing lab for Cross Cultural Communication Skills CSP 600 & 600L

In 2017, Courtney had the amazing experience of being part of a collaborative team of educators and therapists providing 10-days of intensive support to educators in a rural area outside of Lima, Peru. She also spoke alongside Jahanzeb Baldiwala at the Narrative Gathering in Coronado in 2018, which was then the catalyst for an invitation to Mumbai, India in early 2020 where Courtney had the fortune to present at the Weaving our Voices Conference and a post-conference two day workshop on autism and neurodiversity. And most recently in 2022, Courtney was a Key Note Speaker at the Innovations in Autism Symposium at the University of Calgary. 

Lecture, Speaking & Workshop Experience

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“I had the opportunity to co facilitate with Courtney  a postconference workshop at the international narrative therapy conference in Mumbai in February 2020. Courtney was superbly organised, prompt in her communication, and it was a pleasure to plan and conduct the workshop with her. The workshop had rich content and Courtney drew upon her vast professional experience to make it accessible to participants from different cultural and professional contexts. The participants ranged from teachers to therapists and paediatricians from all over India, and the feedback was overwhelmingly enthusiastic. They found the workshop relevant to their practice, and noted how  participative and interactive it was." 

-Vibha Krishnamurthy 

Founder and Executive Director 

Ummeed Child Development Center.

Mumbai, India

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