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Staff Bios > Dr. Jim VanDenBerg

 
John VanDenBerg Dr. John VanDenBerg
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Dr. John VanDenBerg managed the first statewide demonstration of the wraparound process (Alaska), wrote the first professional article on the process, and did the first systematic training on wraparound, in 1986. John managed the first demonstration of cross-agency statewide wraparound process, the Alaska Youth Initiative. He has been a pioneer in development and improvement of the wraparound process, which now reaches over a half million families worldwide.

Dr. John VanDenBerg managed the first statewide demonstration of the wraparound process (Alaska), wrote the first professional article on the process, and did the first systematic training on wraparound, in 1986. John managed the first demonstration of cross-agency statewide wraparound process, the Alaska Youth Initiative. He has been a pioneer in development and improvement of the wraparound process, which now reaches over a half million families worldwide. He has led a number of innovative efforts to establish integrated systems of care in the U.S. and Canada. He has delivered over 3,000 on-site training and consultation days in communities across North America. He has been honored with many national and international awards and recognitions for his groundbreaking work to improve the field of human services.

Dr. VanDenBerg has consulted with the federal government, state and local departments of child welfare, juvenile justice, mental health, education, including special education, and developmental disabilities, as well as with private foundations and private agencies around the U.S. and Canada. He is internationally recognized as a leading authority on innovative services applications, and on the integrated system of care and wraparound process development for persons with complex needs and their families.

Associations and Awards

Dr. VanDenBerg is past adjunct professor at the University of Vermont. He was a past national vice chairperson of the Colorado State Mental Health Representatives for Children and Youth; was the 1992 National Chairperson of the Alliance for the Mentally Ill Child and Adolescent Network. He was recently honored for his work with tribes in a special ceremony at the first Native American Wraparound Conference.

Special Areas of Focus

Dr. VanDenBerg is focused on the gradual worldwide reform of human services for children and their families. In particular, he is interested in assessing the quality and integrity of the high fidelity wraparound process and in assisting communities to develop and to use more informal resources and strengths-based planning methodologies when developing integrated individualized service and support plans. He is also involved with efforts to mesh the wraparound process with the faith community and to use the wraparound process to reduce recidivism in adult prisons.

Dr. VanDenBerg lives on a beautiful mesa outside Paonia, Colo. He is married to the artist and printmaker Janene Parks VanDenBerg, and has three adult children: Rain, Will and Maggie. When not in an airplane, he is a writer, an organic gardener, a halibut and salmon fisherman, and a woodworker.


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