Sigríður Þorsteinsdóttir (BOARD MEMBER)

Sigridur is a teacher and a paramedic.  She has worked in general and psychiatric children‘s wards in Sweden, finished her teacher‘s certificate in 2007 and has been working as an ART trainer with the South Iceland ART project since 2007.  As well, Sigridur has been instrumental in creating a 130 member social network organization named IS-ART.  The role of this organization is to be a forum for Icelandic ART trainers, providing an opportunity to share their knowledge and experiences with each other.

Kelli Parcher (VICE PRESIDENT)

Kelli Parcher is a youth Detention Manager. Kelli has a background history with 22 years of rehabilitative work with incarcerated adults and youth. She has 14 years of operating a Washington States Alternative Detention Center for juvenile offenders. In 2002 Kelli became a certified trainer in Washington State Aggression Replacement Training and annually facilitates youth groups. As well, she has a level three certification in Peace4kids/ We Teach Peace with Dr. Sara Salmon. Her expertise is in providing social emotional learning for moderate and high risk youth. Kelli is team member of Paz Consultz which has the main focus of training the trainers in leading groups in Moral Reasoning, Social Skills, Anger Control, Empathy and Character Education.                                                                                                                                                                                               

Kim Parker (President)

Kim Parker is the current Prepare Curriculum® Programming Specialist at Batshaw Youth and Family Centres in Quebec, Canada. Kim has worked for over 30 years as a child and youth care professional with adolescents and their families. As cofounder of WOLF Social Competencies, she and Robert Calame provide support to others through consultation, training and development of Family TIES and Prepare Curriculum progamming. Kim is coauthor, with Robert Calame of articles, chapters and the book Family TIES as well as having collaborated on Problem Solving Training in the new Prepare Curriculim series.

Cecylia Bieganowska (Treasurer)

Cecylia Bieganowska  is an Aggression Replacement Training trainer since 2011, working with children, youth and adults. In a team with Master Trainer of ART she is  also performing trainings for future ART trainers in Poland. In her work she also uses Rational Behavior Theraphy RBT and coaching tools as since 2015 she is an Associate Certified Coach by International Coach Federation. She works with educators, parents, families who need knowledge and social skills on a daily basis. She is a member and vice President of “Lecznica Dusz”- a non-governmental organization for psychotherapeutic aid, development and mental health prevention. “We do our best to bring social skills, anger management and moral development skills to polish schools and kindergartens to prevent the aggression. We’ve also created a cyberbullying prevention program, which has become a supplement to our previous work”.

Johann Björkehed ( Secretary)

Johan Björkehed has a Masters degree in Community Safety Management and a Bachelor of Science in Education from the University in Karlstad. He became an ART-instructor in 2005 and ART-master trainer in 2008. He is also a CBT therapist.  Since 2003 he has been working for the National Board of Institutional Care (NBIC) in Klarälvsgården, a special residential home for young people age 15-21 with psychosocial problems, substance abuse and criminal behaviour.

Johannes Finne (Board member)

Johannes Finne is a PhD-candidate at the Research Centre of the VID Pedagogical University, Oslo/ Sandnes Norway. Currently he is doing a PhD-project evaluating Social Perception Training (SPT) in a whole class setting, in primary and secondary schools. In addition he is working at the national Centre for Learning Environment at the University in Stavanger. He has several years practical experience from treating violent and aggressive youth and families using ART and Family ART (Family TIES), both as therapist, implementer, leader and supervisor. For several years, he worked at the Social Competence Centre at Diakonhjemmet University College as lecturer, supervisor and leader.  In addition, he is the co-author of the new Scandinavian version of Aggression Replacement Training named AART (adapted ART). He has adapted and implemented the original version of Family ART in several countries and wrote his master thesis about this program.

Niels Hjelm Veirup (Board member)

Niels Hjelm Veirup is a professional social worker with a substantial career in youth care. He has spent most of his working career participating in development and implementation projects at the Centre for Children, Youth and Families (and all its ‘predecessors´) in the Municipality of Herning, Denmark. Besides a degree in social work he also holds a master degree in organisational learning and since graduating with a master’s degree in  social educational learning from Diakonhjemmets Højskole in Sandnes, Norway. He has experience from work with a number of groups doing A.R.T., Social Perception Training, Family TIES and has been part in the development of training with young people in the so-called Junior A.R.T. – model. His foundation and inspiration is coming from great experiences with A.R.T. and from his earlier work as European Secretary of the International Federation of Social Workers. Having qualified as a Lead Auditor in the ISO standard 9001 he is also focussed on the development of quality assurance initiatives within PREPSEC International.