Peta is originally from Canada and she holds a Bachelor's degree in Child Psychology/Sociology from Brock University.
After graduating, she worked for the Western Quebec School Board in a behavioral unit as the Behavior technician. She wrote the behavioral programs for children within the classroom and collaboratively developed IEP/504 goals with the educational team in the district as well as the families. Her focus and passion shifted to working with children needing severe behavioral, sensory, social and communication support.
She then became certified to be an Autism Intervenor and an ABA (Applied Behavioral Analyst) therapist and worked in a variety of educational and clinical settings including the Children's Hosptial of Eastern Ontario and the Andrew Fleck Childcare center, in the Autism preschool. Peta obtained her post graduate certification through the Behavior Institute of Canada in Ontario in Intensive Behavior Intervention. She also furthered her education in Verbal behavior, PECS (Picture Exchange Communication System), Social skills training for children with Autism, Sign language as well as many additional trainings.
Throughout all of her work experiences and trainings, her love for working with families as a whole unit continued to grow.
Peta took some time off to create a family of her own and later moved to Ohio. She has 3 beautiful children of her own and is part of a blended family in which she is very proud of.
After taking time off to raise her own children, Peta started working as an Early Childhood Mental Health Specialist. She provided social and emotional support to many schools and families throughout the county she works in.
Quite quickly in this new role, she started taking referrals for Parent Coaching. From her first referral she successfully supported many families throughout Geauga, Lake and Cuyahoga Counties. She has been dedicating her career path and focus on bringing all of her previous experiences together.
Peta is also an active Parent Coordinator and helps to support families with conflict resolution. Peta is licensed to coach high conflict parents with the New Ways for Families - court approved course.
As well as Peta's private practice, Passcode to Parenting, Peta is also a National Master Trainer with PAXIS. She trains Human Service Professionals in PAX TOOLS for Human Services and Community Educators (evidence based & trauma informed).
Peta works closely with case workers, support staff, education staff, court staff, attorneys, GALs, foster and kinship families to better support the primary families. Her experiences working with families with a multitude of barriers such as substance abuse, mental health concerns, high conflict divorce, domestic violence, etc., has led her to support each family with a non-judgemental attitude. Peta supports each family uniquely and is respectful of cultural diversity. She collaborates as a team member and works as a strength-based focused professional. She continues to learn from each of these families that she works with and shares her personal life experiences to build relationships, teach, and grow.
Credentials and Education
Bachelor of Child Psychology/Sociology
Intensive Behavior Intervention
Attachment Focused Trauma Therapy
Ohio Prevention Specialist Assistant - Ohio Chemical Dependency Professionals board
Ohio Infant Family Practitioner (OIFP-II) - Ohio Mental Health and Addiction Services
Supreme Court of Ohio Certifications:
Mediator in: Domestic Violence, Family & Divorce, Child Protection, and School Attendance
Guardian ad Litem
High Conflict Institute:
Dealing with High Conflict People in Family Law Cases: Managing high conflict people in litigation, Narcissists, Borderline Personalities, Sociopaths
NewWays for Families Coach - court approved high conflict resolution
Custody Evaluator training
Family & Children's Counselling Service:
Supervisor Level - Supervised Visitation Monitor
Clinical - Trauma Practitioner
International Coaching Federation (ICF)
Foundations of Coaching
Coaching as a Dispute Resolution Process
Welcome Maple to Passcode to Parenting! She is my almost 3 year old Labradoodle who is certified by Therapy Dog International.