Curriculum Vitae

Wendy Ellen Coughlin, Ph.D.

Psychotherapist - Private Practice

Largo, Florida
1987 – Present

Providing individual, couple and family counseling and consultation. Information and referral. Mental health and substance abuse assessment and evaluation. Specializing in: adult and adolescent psychotherapy; addictions; eating disorders; gifted issues; trauma; dissociative disorders; adjustment difficulties; and mood disorders.

Parenting Coordinator & Family Mediator - Private Practice

Largo, Florida
2009-Present

Florida State Supreme Court Certified Family Mediator and qualified Parent Coordinator. Providing services to families in conflict. Assistance in developing or implementing parenting plans. Divorce mediation.

Social/Parenting Plan Investigations

Largo, Florida
2010 – Present

Qualified Parenting Coordinator, individual and family therapist. Conducts court-ordered social investigations in order to make recommendations to the Court regarding Parenting Plan modifications.

Clinical Director - Spencer Recovery Center of Florida

St Petersburg Beach, Florida
2006 – 2008

Clinical oversight of outpatient addiction treatment program. Intake assessment and treatment planning. Clinical consultation to physician and counseling staff. Direct patient care for dual diagnosis clients.  Staff supervision and training.

Psychotherapist/Consultant - Community Diagnostic and Referral Services, Inc.

Clearwater, Florida
1985 – 1987

Individual and family counseling within licensed drug and alcohol treatment agency. Employee assistance and evaluations. Telephone outreach and crisis intervention. Assessments and referrals.

President - Citizens' Council on Women Alcohol and Drugs, Inc.

Baltimore, Maryland
1982 – 1984

Charter member citizens’ education and advocacy group. Developed organizational structure, operational guidelines and By-Laws.  Edited quarterly newsletter. Representative to state and local agencies.

Alcoholism Councilor - Wyman Park Health System, Inc.

Baltimore, Maryland
1984

Individual and family-group counseling in outpatient alcoholism treatment program. Developed and implemented DWI and Codependency group programs. Individual psychological and addiction assessment education.

Unit Supervisor - Good Shepherd Center

Baltimore, Maryland
1980 – 1983

Coordinated therapeutic program in residential unit for adolescent girls. Crisis intervention. Individual and group counseling. Assessments, treatment and discharge planning. Supervision and training.

Assistant Director - Mt Vernon Youth Center

Baltimore Maryland
1978 – 1979

Intake, assessment and discharge supervision within a structured shelter-care facility. Staff Training. Administrative and personnel responsibilities.

Instructor and Teaching Fellow in the Social Sciences Division of Special Studies - Hofstra University

Hempstead, New York
1974 – 1977

Designed and presented psychology courses. Team-taught interdisiplinary courses. Provided individual counseling and career advisement, psychological consultation and referral and academic advisement. Supervised peer-teachers.

Courses taught:

1. Introduction to Psychology
2. Seminar in Racism
3. Addictive Behavior
4. Nonverbal Interaction
5. Altered States of Consciousness
6. Testing Seminar

Team-taught units on education, contemporary ideologies, contemporary society, utopias, illusion, creativity, self-expression and development.

 

Education

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
Clinical Psychology

Union Institute
1995

Post-Masters
21 Semester Hours

Hofstra University
1974 – 1977

Master of Science in Education
Counseling Psychology

Hofstra University
October 1974

Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences
Psychology

New College of Hofstra
June 1973

Continuing Education

2017
  • FLORIDA COLLABORATIVE TRAINERS
    “Basic Introductory Interdisciplinary Collaborative Divorce Training” • 16 hr
  • USF ST. PETERSBURG
    “5th Annual Listening to Babies”  • 6.0 hr
  • HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY ANTI-DRUG ALLIANCE
    “Prevention Summit”  • 13.6 hr
  • CE4Less
    “Ethics & Boundary Issues” • 3.0 hr
  • CE4Less
    “Preventing Medical Errors: Best Practice for Mental Health Professionals” • 3.0 hr
  • FLORIDA BAR
    “ The Importance of the Communication Facilitator” • 1.0 hr
2016
  • FLORIDA BAR
    “Family Trivia Night” • 1.0 hr
  • FLORIDA BAR
    “Characteristics of Good Collaborative Teams” • 1.0 hr
  • AFCC
    “12th Symposium on Child Custody Evaluations: Abuse, Alienation, and Gatekeeping” • 17.2 hr
  • SIERRA TUCSON
    “Processes Modalities in Residential Treatment” • 9.25 hr
  • CANAKARIS
    “Marital and Family Law” • 1. hr
  • PRN & IPN
    “Addiction and Mental Health: Strategies for Healing and Recovery” • 7. hr
  • USF ST. PETERSBURG & 6TH CIRCUIT FAMILY LAW DIVISION
    “Adverse Childhood Experiences: Recognized and Addressed in Family Court • 7 . hr
  • 24TH ANNUAL ADR CONFERENCE
    “Keynote with the Honorable Scott Bernstein” • 2.1 hr
  • 24TH ANNUAL ADR CONFERENCE
    “Working with High Conflict Clients” • 1.5 hr
  • 24TH ANNUAL ADR CONFERENCE
    “Supervised Visitation” • 1.5 hr
  • 24TH ANNUAL ADR CONFERENCE
    “Improving Communication Practice” • 1.5 hr
  • FLAFCC & OSCA 13TH ANNUAL CONFERENCE
    “Exploring New Directions for Family Law Professionals” • 10.hr
  • CONTINUING EDUCATION IN PSYCHOLOGY (APA)
    “Protecting Patient Privacy When the Court Calls” • 1 hr
  • NEXT GENERATION DIVORCE
    “Advanced Collaborative Training” • 12 hr
  • CANAKARIS
    “Alimony-Proposed Amendment” • 1 hr
  • CANAKARIS
    “Role of Guardian ad Litem & Parent Coordinator” • 2 hr
2015
  • NEXT GENERATION DIVORCE
    “Building a Satisfying and Profitable Collaborative and/or Mediation Practice” • 16 hr
  • CANAKARIS
    “Overview of Criminal & Family Law” • 1 hr
  • CANAKARIS
    “Judicial Roundtable” • 1 hr
  • CANAKARIS
    “Tax Issues in Divorce” • 1 hr
  • TBAMFT
    “Transgender Families” • 3 hrs
  • FSCH
    “Mind-Body Healing, Pain Management, And the Healer’s Beliefs” • 12 hrs
  • AFCC & AAML
    “How to Try a Family Case without Destroying The Family”
  • AFCC & AAML
    “Advanced Issues in Psychological Testing in Custody Disputes” • 1.5 hr
  • AFCC & AAML
    “The DeFacto Parent in the Modern Family: A Status Report” • 1.5 hr
  • AFCC & AAML
    “Approaches to Interviews with Children” • 1.5 hr
  • AFCC & AAML
    “Alienation: Identification is Not Enough” • 1.5 hr
  • AFCC & AAML
    “Shared Parenting: Legal Changes and New Research Findings” • 1.5 hr
  • AFCC & AAML
    “Same Sex Marriage and Parenting • 1.5 hr
  • FMA & PRN
    “Co-occurring Disorders: Trauma and Addiction” • 9.0 hr
  • FDRC
    “Keynote with Homer LaRue” • 2.1 hr
  • FDRC
    “How Do You Deal With This?” • 1.5 hr
  • FDRC
    “What Do You Do” • 1.5 hr
  • FDRC
    “Mindfulness with Zena Zumenta • 1.5 hr
  • FDRC
    “Divorce Case Study” • 1.5 hr
  • FDRC
    “What Did I Do” • 1.5 hr
  • FDRC
    “Oops, I Meant to Say” • 1.5 hr
  • FDRC
    “Victim Advocacy in Digital Age” • 1.5 hr
  • FDRC
    “Mediator Ethics” • 1.5 hr
  • FLORIDA BAR
    “Mentoring & Mediation Preparation” • 1.0 hr
  • US JOURNAL TRAINING, INC.
    “Behavioral Health & Addictive Disorders” • 6.0 hrs
  • FLORIDA BAR
    “Mental Health for the Family Law Practitioner” • 1 hr
  • NAADAC
    “Comparing alcohol Use in the DSM-IV-TR, DSM-%, and ICD-10” • 1.5 hr
  • DACC0
    “2015 Drug Summit, Impacts of Marijuana” • 6.5 hr
  • FSAM & FMPG
    “Addiction Health Summit” • 12. hrs
  • DACCO
    “2015 Drug Summit, Impacts of Prescription Drugs” • 6.5 hr
  • CE4LESS.COM
    “Ethics and Boundary Issues” • 3.0 hr
2014
  • CANAKARIS
    “Domestic Violence” • 1 hr
  • CANAKARIS
    “Judicial Roundtable” • 1 hr
  • TAMPA DRUG SUMMIT
    “Impacts of Marijuana” • 6 hrs
  • TAMPA DRUG SUMMIT
    “Prescription Drugs” • 6 hr
  • FSAM – FMPG
    “FADAA Addiction Health Summit” • 9 hrs
  • CANAKARIS
    “Joint Meeting with Second DCA” • 1 hr
  • COLLABORATIVE DIVORCE INSTITUTE
    “Three Day Collaborative Divorce Institute Streamlined Protocols” • 20 hrs
  • FLORIDA SOCIETY OF CLINICAL HYPNOSIS
    “The Affect Regulation Toolbox” • 12 hrs
  • ADR CONFERENCE
    “The Challenge of Change” • 12.6 hrs
  • CENTER FOR HUMAN POTENTIAL
    “Litigating High Conflict Family Law Cases” • 6 hrs
  • USF
    “FL Adult Forensic Examiners Training” • 22.5 hrs
  • EARLY CHILDHOOD MENTAL HEALTH COMMITTEE OF PINELLAS COUNTY
    “Building Social-Emotional Competence in Young Children” • 12 hrs
  • NAADAC
    “The History of Marijuana Policy in America and Where We are Headed” • 1.5 hrs
2013

US JOURNAL TRAINING • 21 hrs

  • “Kids in Chaos”
  • “Entitlement & Learned Helplessness”
  • “Recognition & Prevention of Medical Errors”
  • “Drug Use Today – Legal Highs”
  • “The Purpose of Worry & How to
  • Manage It”
  • “The Brain Fix: Using Neuroscience As a Metaphor for Recovery”
  • “Believable Hope: Overcoming Addictions”
  • “The Healing Process from Addictions”

FLAFCC • 38.5 hrs

  • Model Family Courts in FL
  • Dilemma of Human Trafficking For Our Children and Our Country
  • Assessing & Differentiating Parental Gate-keeping & Alienation in Parenting Time Recommendations
  • Who Represents the Child
  • Visitation: Why It’s Worth All the Effort”
  • “Children & Adolescents in Peril: Judicial Interventions & Options”
  • “Co-Parenting Interventions for Fragile Families: What Do We Know & When Do We Need to Go”
  • “Be the Best You can Be, Part Two: Taking It to the Next Frontier”
  • “Visioning the Future”

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE CONF.• 8 hrs

  • “Office on Violence Against Women & Pinellas
  • County Domestic Violence Task Force”

FSAM FMPG CONFERENCE • 7 hrs

  • “Understanding Addiction”

TAMPA BAY PSYCHOANALYTIC SOCIETY • 3 hrs

  • “Duty to Warn-What Would You Do-What If You’re Wrong”

SUNCOAST MENTAL HEALTH COUNCIL • 3 hrs

  • “Changes With DSM IV”

GAL OFFICE • 8 hrs

  • Guardian ad Litem Training for Mental Health Professionals

CANAKARIS • 1 hr

  • Dependency Court Overview

Presentations

  • Chutes & Ladders: A Timesharing
    FLAFCC & FSAM • 09/2016
  • Plan for Parents with a Substance
    FLAFCC & FSAM • 09/2016
  • Abuse History                                     
    FLAFCC & FSAM • 09/2016
  • 12 Steps, the Sequel
    Florida School of Addictions Studies • 10/2014         
  • 12 Steps, the Sequel
    Florida Medical Professionals Group • 03/2014
  • Tri-annual 2 hour webinar:  Children in Divorce
    Certified Divorce Coach • 2010-14
  • 12 Steps, the Sequel
    Florida School of Addictions Studies • 07/2013
  • Family Law Panel
    Bench and Bar • 11/2013
  • 12 Steps, the Sequel workshop
    AA Weekend Workshop • 08/2013
  • 12 Steps, the Sequel
    IDAA • 08/2012
  • Parenting Coordination and Parenting Plan
    St. Petersburg & Clearwater Bar • 09/2012
  • Psychological Terrorism
    Delray Recovery Center • 12/2012
  • Mental Health Evaluations
    Beach and Bar • 05/2011
  • 12 Steps, the Sequel
    Florida Medical Professionals Group • 06/2011
  • Parenting Plan 101
    Family Resources Center • 11/2011

Credentials

  • Licensed Mental Health Counselor, #MH 1919, State of Florida
    Licensed: 12/1988
  • Qualified Mental Health Counselor Supervisor, Florida Department of Health
    Training completed: 5/1999
  • Certified Master’s Level Addiction Professional, #600, CBAPF, Florida State
    Certified: 3/1988
  • Master Addiction Counselor, #501192, NAADAC
    Certified: 3/31/1999
  • Forensic Evaluation and Juvenile Justice, Louis de la Parte Florida Mental Health Institute
    Certified 10/29/2000
  • Intervention Project for Nurses/Professionals Recovery Network (IPN/PRN)
    Evaluator. Credentialed: 12/2007
  • Certified Family Mediator, #2328F, Florida Supreme Court
    Certified: 3/27/2009
  • Qualified Parent Coordinator 6th, 12th, 13th Judicial Circuits under FS 61.125
    Training completed: 8/29/2009
  • Certified Trauma Specialist, #1094-1163, American Society Trauma Specialists
    Certified: 1/1/2000
  • Certified Guardian ad Litem, 2012
  • Next Generation Divorce, The Collaborative Solution advanced
    Training completed 3/2016
  • International Academy of Collaborative Professionals
    Member 3/2016

Professional Associations

  • American Psychological Association, Member
  • Association of Family and Conciliation Courts
  • Florida Association of Family and Conciliation Courts
  • National Association of Drug and Alcohol Counselors
  • National Alliance on Mental Illness
  • Suncoast Mental Health Counselors Association
  • Florida Medical Professionals Group, Inc., President
  • International Academy of Collaborative Professionals