Dr. Conner is licensed psychologist who practices in clinical, family and medical psychology. Dr. Conner is an expert in crisis intervention, emergency psychiatric services, dangerous behavior, residential treatment and outdoor behavioral health. He provides professional training in ethics, crisis intervention, dangerousness, parenting and a variety of mental health topics.
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Dr. Conner has provided and supervised crisis intervention services for nearly two thousand parents and professionals. He has worked in hospital, residential, primary medical care and health education settings. At one point in his career he worked simultaneously in law enforcement, community crisis intervention and emergency room psychiatry. These unique experiences allow Dr. Conner to understand the needs of adults, parents, families, adolescents, professionals and organizations facing the most challenging problems. Dr. Conner currently has a private practice working primarily with adults and families. He provides consultation and training for law enforcement and major airlines in the Pacific Northwest. Dr. Conner consults with parents and mental health professionals nationally.
Dr. Conner began pioneering research in the use of computers in personality assessment and training in 1989. This included the development and operation of computer based test interpretation and the associated ethical issues. He later developed developed a computer based mental health screening tool for primary medical care. This system accurately evaluated and recommended medications based on the thought processes of psychiatrists. Other projects included internet based screening questionnaires for adolescents who were at risk. In 1999 Dr. Conner began researching and developing an extensive data base on boarding schools, wilderness and adventure programs for youth and young adults. He has promoted emotional growth boarding schools and wilderness therapy treatment and is actively involved in helping the public to understand the difference between emotional growth, therapeutic, residential, adventure and wilderness therapy programs and boot camps. This research has allowed Dr. Conner to appreciate professional and consumer needs for intervention, program safety, the importance of follow-up programs as well as the importance of recognizing market trends.
Dr. Conner publishes articles, handouts and consumer protection materials on the internet and in monthly newspaper columns. In 2001 he received an award for "Professional and Public Service" from the American Mental Health Alliance. His handout on "Coping with Violent Traumatic Events in Communities" was adopted by the major health care networks in New York City and distributed throughout the city health care systems. He was interviewed by the New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, Parents Magazine, and several other east and west coast newspapers. His articles and research has been quoted in Money Magazine, Cosmopolitan Magazine and Better Homes & Gardens. Dr. Conner was a three time guest expert and consultant on Boot Camps, Wilderness and Boarding School programs for the Montel Williams Show - a nationally syndicated television program.
In 2002 Dr. Conner founded Psychware with the explicit purpose of developing an on-line evaluation tool for parents of children who might have behavioral and mental health problems. The goal was to bring screening and evaluation tools to parents via the internet. The goal was to provide education, information and appropriate guidance to parents who could not afford or access mental health care services. This included parents and care-givers with low income and people who lived in remote areas of the United States. A comprehensive screening and information web site was developed and made operational in January 2004.