Dr. Richard J. Stride, Trainer, & Forensic Mental Health Expert Connie Stride Office Manager & Training Coordinator
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I hold a doctoral and master’s degree in Psychology from California Southern University and California Coast university, a Graduate Certificate in Executive Healthcare Leadership from Cornell University, and an MBA in Health Care Management from California Coast University. In my community behavioral health career, I have been a Clinician, a Clinical Director, an Operations Director, and am currently a Chief Executive Officer. My behavioral health experience has been in community mental health centers, as well as private practice mental health.
I have maintained a forensic mental health practice for over 23 years. I have helped attorneys with many different cases over the years, e.g., competency, professional standards of practice in mental health, mental health ethics, child abuse, Intellectual Disabilities, wrongful death, custody, and many more.
I have taught college level courses as an Adjunct Professor at a Community College. As an Adjunct Professor I taught Introduction to Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Abnormal Psychology, Introduction to Philosophy, and Introduction to Sociology courses. I have also taught workshops for the last 15 years on topics such as ethics, leadership, forensic mental health and, school shootings.
As a passionate advocate for behavioral health and those who suffer from it, I love my getting involved n my local community and in State legislative affairs concerning behavioral health. I am an active member of Rotary, as well as various volunteer events promoting good mental health. I serve on several community Boards, including the Centralia Providence Hospital Board, the Housing Resource Center Board, and the Lewis County United Way Board, among others. On a State level, I serve as a Board member for the Washington Council for Behavioral Health (WCBH). In addition, I Chair, or am a member of, several committees for WCBH. I was a featured presenter at the 2017 Washington State Behavioral Health Conference. My workshop was entitled “Lessons in Leadership from the battle of Gettysburg”. I hold a Licensed Mental Health Counselor credential in Washington State, and am a Geriatric Specialists, and a Developmental Disabilities Specialists, and a Child Specialists for consultation purposes with Medicaid individuals. I also hold a Licensed Professional Counselor credential in Colorado. I am an Approved Clinical Supervisor by National Board for Certified Counselors Center for Credentialing and Education.
On a personal note; while working in Colorado at Aurora Mental Health as a Crisis Services Clinician I had the privilege, and honor of working with the teachers, students, and families following the Columbine tragedy in April of 1999. I often describe my experience, when I am asked, working in and with individuals at Columbine High School this way:
The experience affected my personnel, and professional life in dramatic, and very profound ways. I will never forget the bravery and selfless sacrifice I witnessed by, the law enforcement officers, the mental health professionals, the teachers, the students, and the families who I had the honor and privileged to help, and assist at Columbine. The people I met, the individuals I helped, and the things I witnessed, have forever shaped my behavioral health career, my understanding of the world, and my strong steadfast belief in the resiliency of the human spirit.