UK Family Center Director/Lecturer
Master of Social Work
Western Michigan University
Master of Divinity
Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary
Early Childhood Education
Tracey has always enjoyed children and the wonder and excitement that they bring to life. She started her career in early childhood education thinking that she would be a teacher or daycare center director.
Life paths took her away from the school environment and towards working with individuals and families. She became interested in Family Therapy during her seminary years and after graduation worked in a local mental health agency. There she expected to work with couples and families but found herself with a caseload of children. At a workshop about therapy and children she rediscovered her passion for working with children again. Since then she has studied with Drs. Byron and Carol Norton, learning their model of Experiential Play Therapy, for treating children and families dealing with abuse. She is constantly amazed at the strength and desire for healing that children and adults have within themselves.
Tracey has worked in several mental health agencies and in private practice as a therapist working with children and families since 1990.
As a clinician, Tracey saw the importance of research for best practices in therapy. She is excited to be working in a research and teaching environment and wants to help facilitate research on families and children through the UK Family Center.
- FAM 252: Introduction to Family Sciences
- FAM 254: Life Course Human Development
- FAM 787: Supervised Experience in the Practice of Marriage and Family Therapy
- FAM 687: Marriage and Family Therapy Procedures - Pre-Practicum
I have trained with Drs. Byron and Carol Norton, founders of Experiential Play Therapy and love working with families and children using play as the modality.