LauraMaery (Gold) Post

4509 Talbot Rd S, #103

Renton, WA 98055

Phone: (425) 429-2230

E-mail: lauramaery@alliedfamilytherapy.com

 


 

SUMMARY

Certified Counselor, published author, and Marriage and Family Therapy candidate with extensive background in mediation, counseling, teaching, volunteer work, and management. Degrees in family counseling, personal finance, law.

 

RELATED SKILLS/QUALIFICATIONS

·     Credentialed as a Certified Counselor (Washington State Credential #CL60506066).

·     Certified Marriage Preparation/Enrichment Facilitator.

·     Master's candidate in marriage and family therapy.

·     Author or co-author of several published books on education, personal finance, religion, and technology.

·     Speaker, educator at numerous local, regional, and statewide conferences and programs.

·     Extensive multicultural background, including living, working, and raising my family overseas for thirteen years.

 

EDUCATION

Northcentral University. Prescott Valley, Arizona.

Master's of Marriage and Family Therapy (candidate). Earning advanced degree through COAMFTE-accredited graduate program. GPA: 4.0. Degree completion expected June, 2016.

 

University of Wolverhampton. Holborn College, Midlands, UK.

LLB (Hons. Track) - Certificate of Higher Education. Accredited two-year law course, qualifying for admission to English and Commonwealth bar examinations. Specialization in family law and mediation.

 

Brigham Young University. Provo, Utah.

Bachelor of Science. Major course of study: Family Counseling and Financial Planning (Combined degree program).

 

CONTINUING EDUCATION

Prepare/Enrich Facilitator. Certified as a facilitator for marriage preparation/marriage enrichment program for dating, engaged, and married couples. May, 2015.

 

Marriage Crucible: Treating Extra-Relational Affairs. Three-day clinical workshop with Dr. David Schnarch and Dr. Ruth Morehouse. Bellevue, Washington. May, 2015.

 

Gottman Theory – The 10 Principles of Effective Couples Therapy: What Science Tells Us and Beyond. Online clinical training with Drs. John and Julie Gottman. April, 2015.

 

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST). Administered by Seattle Crisis Clinic. December, 2014.

 

AIDS/HIV Education. Dept. of Health-required training for Certified Counselor credentialing. August, 2014.

 

The Art & Science of Love – Couples Workshop (John & Julie Gottman). Seattle, Washington. Two-day workshop on couples therapy taught by the Gottmans.

 

The American College. Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania.

Completed certification requirements for ChFC (Chartered Financial Consultant) designation.

 

COUNSELING AND TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Counselor. Allied Family Therapy. Renton, WA. Counsel with teens, couples, families, and individuals working through relationship struggles, financial problems, adult life skills issues, numerous other concerns.

 

Intern. Washington Recovery Help Line, The Crisis Clinic. Seattle, WA. Provide resources and counseling to Washington-State residents struggling with addictions, mental-health issues, and problem gambling.

 

Instructor.

Employment Specialist. Teach employment skills to members and non-members affiliated with local church congregations. Help under- and unemployed individuals develop and edit résumés and cover letters, locate employment opportunities, solicit mentorships, and build online and personal employment networks.

Instructor. Volunteer tutor for public-schooled and homeschooled students. Developed and teach extensive adult-life-skills program for teens. Teach science, math and writing classes to homeschool co-op groups. Volunteer teaching evening courses on writing family histories through local libraries.

Panelist. Participate as expert panelist for social media and video marketing programs sponsored by the Small Business Development Center at Green River Community College.

Speaker. Keynote and featured speaker at more than a dozen regional and local Chamber of Commerce and parent education conferences.

Instructor. Taught teacher-development courses, religion courses for local church auxiliaries.

 

YMCA Youth Programs, Auburn, Washington; Gig Harbor, Washington; Salt Lake City, Utah.

Advisor. Volunteer mentor for local Youth and Government delegation teaching research, bill writing, government processes, and state law, in preparation for week-long Olympia legislative experience.

Advisor. Youth Leadership Program. Organized and supervised delegation of at-risk youth from Salt Lake City area attending California-based training program teaching leadership skills and interpersonal interaction.

Counselor. Worked as youth camp counselor at YMCA Camp Seymour for summer programs and public-school-sponsored sixth-grade camp.

 

Family Homeschool Camp, Belfair, Washington.

Director, Instructor. Founding organizer and instructor for annual week-long camp for Washington State homeschooling families. Now in its sixth year, family camp instructs 20-plus students per year in outdoorsmanship, water safety, photography, construction, sports, music, crafts, and citizenship.

 

Turner and Olson, CPAs. Kent, Washington.

Financial Counselor, Planner. Developed in-depth financial planning program for new and existing clients, teaching investing, budgeting, and tax, retirement and estate planning. Taught small-group financial counseling seminars for low-income individuals and college students as part of community outreach program.

 

Counseling Center, College of Family, Home and Social Sciences, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah.

Client Counselor, Family Financial Planning Program. Worked with clients seeking assistance with budgeting, retirement planning, employee benefits decisions, debt relief, insurance, employment decisions, taxes, and related aspects of financial planning and counseling.

 

English Language Schools International, Taipei, Taiwan, ROC.

Language Instructor. Taught English speaking and writing courses to high school and university students.

Curriculum Developer. Wrote four-level syllabus and coordinate student handbooks focusing on various points of English grammar and usage, including units on news writing, feature writing, and writing press releases.

 

Better Business Bureau, Salt Lake City, Utah.

Arbitrator. Assisted small businesses and their disaffected customers mediate business disputes.

 

Community Action Agency, Provo, Utah

Intake Counselor. Interviewed clients for assistance with housing, utilities, food, and service provider referrals.

 

PUBLISHING HISTORY

Writerspost.com Writing and Editing Services, Kent, WA.

Author. Author of several non-fiction books on education, religion, investing, technology, and personal finance. Titles include:

·        JK Lasser's Invest Online (two editions)

·        Boot Your Broker

·        The Complete Idiot's Guide to Microsoft Excel (multiple editions)

·        Homeschool Your Child for Free (two editions)

·        Homeschooling Step by Step

·        Mormons on the Internet (two editions)

Editor. Edit book-length manuscripts for publication. Among non-fiction titles I've edited: From Defiance to Cooperation, Your First Year as a High School Teacher, Your First Year as a an Elementary School Teacher.

Writer. Columnist and feature writer for various publications and technology businesses.

 

Nikkei Business Press. Tokyo, Japan; San Jose, California; New York Bureau Office.

Online Business Editor. Edited and wrote international financial, technology and business stories for international audience.

 

New Directions for News. Columbia, Missouri.

Director of Research. Directed research and publications for journalism think-tank associated with the University of Missouri. Supervised staff of six, including researchers, web developer, and interns. Produced research projects regarding the future of newspaper journalism for publications such as the Los Angeles Times and the Salt Lake Tribune.

 

IDG Communications (HK) Ltd., Hong Kong.

Managing Editor, PCWorld Hong Kong, PCWorld Singapore, PCWorld Malaysia. Responsible for all editorial and production, from editorial direction to final product. Proposed, obtained funding for, and started up all three publications. Hired and managed editorial and production team of eight full-time staff and five contributors in three countries.

Member, IDG editorial board. Represented Asia and Pacific publications on international board to improve editorial resource sharing among 165 International Data Group publications worldwide.

Lecturer. Represented IDG at various speaking engagements discussing the Asian technology industry.

 

The Federation of Hong Kong Industries, Hong Kong.

Director, Industry Affairs, Research and Communications

·     Edited monthly journal, The Industrialist, for trade association members. Oversaw complete re-launch of publication with updated editorial focus, layout, design, and editorial departments.

·     Managed public communications division. Improved profile of Federation by liaising with print and broadcast journalists and arranging interviews with Federation members on controversial business and trade issues. Oversaw economic and industrial research, returning division to profitability by creating markets for research reports.

·     Wrote speeches for Federation chairman and vice-chairmen.

·     Managed staff of 31 in three divisions of Federation.

 

The Daily Herald, Provo, Utah.

Religion Writer. Managed, edited and wrote for weekly religion section in daily newspaper with county-wide circulation.

Business Editor. Edited and wrote for biweekly business section.


AWARDS

·     Biggest Loser. Vision Quest Sport and Fitness, Kent, WA. Won local fitness and weight loss competition.

·     Volunteer of the Year. Auburn Valley YMCA. 2003. For work with youth programs.

·     Earl Phillips Award. Seattle Metro YMCA, Seattle, Washington, USA. Financial scholarship awarded for achievement in community service, based on volunteer activities in developing and producing a newsletter, working as a youth camp counselor, and advising the Youth Legislature program for a Seattle-area YMCA.

 

RELATED SKILLS

Computing Background: Thorough knowledge of most PC hardware, software and peripherals, on-line services, apps. Proficient at social media marketing, web design, video editing, and software user training. Certifications in Web Design, CSS, HTML, Audacity, Premiere Pro, Google Apps, more.

Languages: English, Mandarin Chinese, some French