Mark holds certification in trauma sensitive care and has extensive experience applying his creative and strength-based approach to the treatment of individuals of all ages. In 2014, while working for the Diakon Specialized In-Home Treatment Program, he co-chaired the first of its kind Project A.W.E. event in collaboration with YWCA’s Violence Intervention Program. The community outreach and creative arts-themed event sought to raise Awareness, embrace Wellness, and promote Empathy by bridging the gap between juveniles who had caused harm and a community seeking to heal.
Mark’s work with youth with developmental delays inspired him to author his own line of poetic treatment tools called REACHable Teachables. The expanding catalogue utilizes creative elements like personification and metaphor, while incorporating rhythm, rhyme, and repetition to improve internalization of concepts.
While with the WellSpan Bridges to Health program, his varied and inclusive approach was used to support and empower patients with complex medical and social challenges. As part of this he conceptualized and facilitated The RISE Group therapeutic dynamic as an added component to the overall treatment equation. The group seeks to create meaning through connection while providing an opportunity for members to RISE up and overcome through its focus on Resiliency, Inspiration, Support, and Engagement.
Mark believes the best approach is the one specifically tailored to meet the unique goals and needs of each individual and situation. This starts by listening to you, and is sustained by being open with you. Mark’s commitment to compassion with every interaction is one element, however, that is included in each collaboration to enhance wellness. Years of having the opportunity to help facilitate change within a diverse group of individuals and families has shown Mark that there is no challenge so small it’s not worth addressing, and no challenge so great that it can’t be overcome by doing so.