Lisa J. Spera
Senior Trainer and Coach
Lisa is a national trainer and coach working primarily with implementation of the FOCUS (intermediate level care coordination) practice model. Her passions within her work at The Institute are; effective engagement through relationship-building, lifelong learning, advocacy for under-served youth and families, building & refining cultural competence, and children's behavioral health innovations. Lisa earned her Master of Science in Counseling at McDaniel College in MD, and is currently certified as an NCC/NCSC and LGPC. Lisa has 20 years of public school experience where she served children in a variety of roles including classroom teacher, school counselor, and alternative program intervention specialist. Outside of the school environment, her clinical experience includes counseling children and working with their families who were homeless. Lisa's children's advocacy work includes several years volunteering as a CASA (court appointed special advocate) in the state of Maryland. She did her undergraduate study at Bethany College in WV where she managed to double major in both Education and Psychology (behavior management minor).