TJ Petri BSW
(Founder of DLMK)
My Social Work career began just a few months after college when I took a job with Father Flanagan’s Boys Town working in a runaway shelter with troubled teens.
I spent a year going to work there when I realized I was ready to move in a home and ended up living in a foster home for 5 years. I had about 35 different teens come and go during that time, some who still contact me today and have their own families now
I have also run day programs for severely developmentally disabled adults, managing and providing on going training for 60 adults with disabilities, and training my staff of about 20 on working with this population.
I then spent some years working as an outpatient therapist for a large company called Devereux Treatment Network, where I saw troubled teens and worked with their families on treatment programs. I worked closely with the psychiatrist, doing all the psychosocial assessments as well.
I was promoted and asked to create and run a mentoring program with a clinical flavor, which ended up being called the Therapeutic Friend program, and when I was done there I had 15-20 mentors hired and trained, and we were serving about 100 kids in the county.
In Brevard county Florida, I was hired by Ramsey youth services to start an alternative school for the most difficult expelled students in the county, ones who had not only been expelled from public school, but kicked out if the next level treatment center for expelled kids.
In about 1 year, I created, implemented, and maintained a student promotional program that resulted in about a 90% overall elimination of any negative type behaviors.
From 18 kids at the start, the school board saw the success and began to send all of the others to me, ending up with 88 kids in all, with about 75% achieving promotion on our program, and about 50% if the students were able to return to their zoned school after a year, as they had acquired the social skills needed to succeed in public setting.
I was nominated my first year for Brevard County School Administrator of the year in 2003, and the director and board members nicknamed my school “Stonehenge” as they could not figure out how the same kids who were throwing desks and hitting teachers were now giving tours and calling them sir, and ma’am!
I have been hired as a consultant and team builder for both staff and patients at hospitals, such as University Behavioral Center in Orlando Florida. I implemented a staff team building project to assist the doctors, nurses and support staff to communicate more effectively. I was also tasked with improving client behavior on the psychiatric unit, and created a program for them still in place today, years later.
Although I have been in management/training positions the last decade or so, I also taught school in a program for expelled kids, where I was promoted in a year to Dean of students. This led me to yet another task of implementing programs for all students, and deciding appropriate consequences for students, and staff that I supervised.
I have a mixture of clinical and non clinical experience. I have worked side by side with psychiatrists helping to rule out or make a diagnoses on a client.
In other roles on the administrative end of a school board system, and written many IEP ( Individual Education programs) for the population that needed it, and got to work on the non clinical side by focusing strictly on training staff of up to 60 at a time on issues such as physical restraint, verbal de-escalation and appropriate professional boundaries in the workplace.
More importantly I have worked on the front lines with all the populations I trained others on, which gave me my real experience.
Recognized by the Orlando Magic Foundation for work with youth, including a private meet and greet with Shaq for me and some of my foster kids..
Edit 4x Certified Family Teacher of the year while at Father Flanagan’s working as a live in Foster Parent.
Selected to be featured in Orlando ABC affiliate WFTV story on the role of a foster parent.
EditWrote and directed youth of Miami video for Lutheran Brotherhood youth group, shown nationally to all Lutheran Brotherhood volunteers.
Nominated for Brevard County School Administrator of the year for my work on the expelled youth project, won 2nd place.
EditHave been keynote speaker for many youth based and adult based training programs, including Orange County School employees, Respect Teen Volunteer group.
Leader of Train the Trainers in Orlando for people who are preparing to train school staff on working with families’ and children in at risk situations.
EditHired for consulting for both staff team building and creating different programs for teens in trouble to apply their talents to many projects. Hospitals, schools, non-profits, etc..
Named teacher of the year and employee of the year in my rookie year in teaching expelled students.
Increased daily attendance at County senior center in Florida by 100% and was featured in numerous senior publications and articles about getting seniors active and out in the community.
Have written and had many published articles on topics involving social work or mental health for all ages.
EditHave volunteered and counseled families in need on numerous occasions, worked in runaway shelters and fielded hundreds of crisis calls where immediate intervention was needed.
Was recognized for stopping an attempted suicide in the boys home while at Father Flanagan’s.
Have been speaker at numerous senior groups, youth conventions inner city initiatives to form school- to- work programs for those who were not planning on college.
While in college, trained and completed acting courses with James Best, of the Dukes of Hazard as my coach. Featured in several movies, commercials and print work as well as walk on extra work for a television series filmed at Universal Orlando. Later used those experiences to write several scripts and videos promoting the need for rehabilitation for people with addictions, serious mental health issues left untreated, etc.
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If I had the chance, I would sit down with you, make you a cup of tea and spill my mistakes in marriage. In essence, I would share my story with you. I wouldn’t stop there though. I know that it’s only because of God’s mercy that I have a thriving marriage and family today.
Bill and I have been married for twenty four years and we honestly look forward to loving each other for as long as God gives us. It wasn’t always this way though. Four years into our marriage Bill told me in a phone call that he wanted a divorce. I had received salvation just a few months before this and he felt I was changing to much for his liking. He didn’t enjoy me any more and was no longer happy in our relationship. I hung up the phone and went straight to God with it. In that pivotal moment of my life, God asked me a powerful question,
“Will you run or will you stay and fight?”
Run is what I always did when things got to hard emotionally for me. I ran to music and hid in it for hours. Or I would run away literally -ending the relationship that was being impacted. But this time was different. This time God was asking me if I would stay. I wanted to stay. I wanted to fight, but I didn’t know how. I had failed so many times before. My past includes a divorce and 3 children that were hurt by my failures. God promised me that He would teach me how to fight but it would have to be His way and not my own. I said yes and He started me on the journey that I have called Boot Camp for so long.
That day started a fight I had never walked through before. During my own personal boot camp my heart was shattered. My faith was tested. My identity was ripped to pieces. It seemed that nothing was safe. Even then, I still chose to stay in the fight because God had given me a vision of what my marriage could look like at the end of my journey. Bill fought against me with everything he had within him. He yelled at me more than he talked to me. He made me feel like I was worth nothing and my life had no value with him. He attacked every area of me including how I was raising our children and the type of wife I was becoming. One day in a fit of anger he threw his wedding ring out the door and told me, “My life ended the day I married you!”
These were days I just wanted to stop figthing and run away. My heart could not take any more. Giving him what he wanted had to be easier than what I was enduring. It was on one of these days that God said the following words to me,
“Be still and know that I am God.”
Those words turned into thousands instantly as the Holy Spirit began to teach me what they meant. This happened many times over the course of my fight for my marriage. What I learned is so valuable that my marriage was saved!!
Can you relate to me on some level? Have you been through something like this in your own marriage? Have you thought about giving up and giving in? I want to encourage you to stay in just a little longer. The ending of your marriage doesn’t have to happen. If you are willing to give God a season of your life, I am willing to counsel you on how to stand strong and fight the way God has designed us to. Today, Bill and I are strong and our life is full as God has used my season of Boot Camp to teach me many more lessons since then.
My background ~
I knows what it’s like to be an imperfect wife and I’m well aware that my past would have been my future if it had not been for God’s intervention in my life and my obedience to follow His voice. I wasn’t always obedient. I resisted God in the beginning because He was asking me to change first. I felt enough change was happening in me and Bill was the one God needed to concentrate on. What I didn’t know then is God wasn’t just teaching me how to fight for my marriage -He was getting me ready to fight for marriages all over the world. My mission is to challenge you to take a stand for your marriage and then teach you how God has designed us to love our husbands during the challenges we all face in marriage. My marriage is a living testimony of God’s “Grace Grace” (Zechariah 4). Your marriage can be turned around and restored as well. But you have to be willing to listen to voice of the Holy Spirit and change as He directs you to. He will ask you to do some hard things (I have a long list myself). Change is good, especially when God uses it to draw us closer to Him.
No matter where your marriage stands, I want to encourage you that God is big enough to not just help you stay married but to also teach you how to enjoy a blessed marriage for a lifetime. I know that I have to be very candid in sharing everything I have learned through trial, error, and prayer to turn my strained and struggling marriage around. I can help you through it. You just have to willing to try. I have been counseling wives for more than 10 years now and have witness God redeem and restore many marriages. Their fight wasn’t easy but they stood firm in their faith and God and
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So, what is your story? Would you like to learn how to fight for your marriage? Or grow deeper in your walk with the Lord? Maybe break free from your past and strongholds? I would be honored to work with you. I am certified biblical counselor and certified Biblical Life Coach. I’ve been counseling and training women for more than 10 years and have witnessed God redeem and restore many marriages. I would be honored to work with you. Click HERE to check out my session rates and more.