Dr. Conner is a 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 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 community 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 the safety of Boot Camps, Wilderness and Boarding School programs for the Montel Williams Show - a nationally syndicated television program.
In 2002 Dr. Conner founded Psychware, LLC 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 and teens via the internet. This project, called StepOne Online, provides education, information and appropriate guidance to parents who can not access mental health screening and crisis intervention services. This included parents low income and people who lived in remote areas of the United States. This resources is provided at not cost through Mentor Research Institute - a 501c3 located in Bend and Portland Oregon. A comprehensive screening and information web site was developed and made operational in January 2004. In 2006 Dr. Conner published "Crisis Intervention with Adolescent: A Guide for Parents and Professionals". This book is the first comprehensive book ever written for parents and professional. Future projects by Dr. Conner include an online system that will assess and allow parents, adults and children identify their core strengths and virtues. Specific advice and suggestions will be provided using a strengths-based approach that will help individuals make a difference in their life and the lives of others.