Jim has been a Handle With Care Instructor since 1994 and a Master Instructor since 1999. He has a BS in Therapeutic Recreation with a minor in Social Work, and an MBA in Health Administration. Jim holds national certifications as a Healthcare Safety Professional (CHSP), and as a retired Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS). Jim has worked in the behavioral health field since 1984. He has held a variety of staff and management positions such as director of an acute psychiatric program for adolescents, director of a large Therapeutic Recreation department, and director of an Experiential Therapy program. Jim spent several years as a Risk Manager and Safety Officer for a large psychiatric and residential facility. Additionally Jim has worked for hospital management companies with his focus on safety and therapeutic training in the milieu. Jim has served on several State committees relating to the management of aggressive behavior of at-risk youth. Additionally, he independently consults and speaks about crisis intervention, behavior management, teambuilding, milieu development, and environment of care safety. As an avid outdoors-person with a very active lifestyle Jim and his wife enjoy hiking, camping, running, mountain biking, canoeing, and backpacking.