Masters of Art in Counseling Psychology; 10 years professional experience with providing education, support, advocacy and shelter services for survivors of domestic violence, their children, and spouses/partners. Completed Batterer’s Intervention Program Training through Duluth. For three years served as a faculty member of the Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Action Alliance Training Institute for the state coalition. Four years providing program direction, administration, and guidance for a Domestic Violence Program. Currently providing substance prevention programs for youth.
"I believe that individuals are responsible for their actions and that through education, support, practicing new skills, and the desire for change, anything is possible. My hope is that each person is open to change. A change that will benefit them in all their relationships and give them a feeling of competence and capability."
Bachelors of Science in Psychology and a Masters of Science in Marriage, Family and Child Counseling from California State University, Northridge (1989, 1995); certified in Ericksonian Hypnotherapy; completed Batterer's Intervention Training in The Duluth Model: Creating and Process of change for Men Who Batter; Trained in: Promoting Batterer Accountability, Intimate Partner Violence and Its Impact on Children, Sexual Assault Companion Training, Sexual Violence and Substance Abuse, Cross-Cultural Perspectives in Domestic Violence, Self-Esteem, Mediation, Crisis intervention, Facilitation, A Catalyst for Change- Coordinating Risk Assessment, Family Violence Laws and Legislation, Facilitator’s Role and Group Empowerment, Family Violence Suicide Prevention, Issues with Anger, and Parenting. I provide trainings on: Dealing with Batterers in a group setting, Collusion, Sexual Violence, and many others. I am on the committee for Certification of Batterers Intervention Programs and a member of the Board of Virginia Standards for Batterer Intervention Programs (VABIP) and of the Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Action Alliance. I have been an intensive in-Home Therapist, working with families in crisis for the last 9 years.
Jessica Kooyoomjian-Dunn has been employed in the human services and social work field since 2005. Jessica has her Bachelor’s Degree in Education and is a Qualified Mental Health Professional. She is a Co-Founder and Family Intervention Specialist with Change In Action, Inc., a 501c3 nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting individuals and families through the process of change by teaching skills, education and modeling accountability.
Jessica is a Certified Anger Resolution Facilitator and she facilitates behavioral and anger management groups for teens and youth. She is also a facilitator for Alternatives to Violence/Batterer’s Intervention Program, and a certified educator for the National Fatherhood Initiative. This latter program serves to educate and assist local fathers with the unique parenting tasks that only fathers share. Jessica is also the program developer and facilitator of “Real Talk, Real Teens, Real Life,” the teen program through Change In Action, Inc. This program focuses on healthy relationships, healthy love, life skills, anger management, bullying, stress reduction techniques, consequences of sexting and texting, and the daily struggles of teen life.
Jessica was previously employed as a home based counselor for a private mental health agency in Northern Virginia. She has experience providing mental health services encompassing intensive individual and family counseling, life skills, crisis intervention, behavior management and case management. Jessica has also been employed part-time as a Department of Defense contract employee since 1999, working in the Military Health Care system.
Jessica is a mother, wife, sister and daughter. She believes that every individual is capable of change, and she strives to support those willing to work towards making change in action, thought, and belief.
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