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Rhonda Carlson

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I am a grandmother with three grown children, three grandsons, and one granddaughter. I am… by no means… a traditional grandma.  I am a Baby Boomer, a product of the ‘60’s, and have been riding Harleys for over 30 years. In my younger years, I spent my summers working security at motorcycle events, did tons of custom leatherwork, and lots of writing for motorcycle magazines. Now in my retirement years, I am getting back to the riding, the writing and the artwork that I love.  

Professionally, I have over twenty years of experience working in the fields of special education, high school campus security, juvenile justice, youth and family services, and residential treatment.  I have worked with Title I students, SED youth, foster youth, special needs students, and juvenile offenders. After twenty years in government jobs, at public school sites and juvenile court schools, I retired from my government job, and went to work in the private sector, first as a counselor, and later as a supervisor at a residential treatment facility for troubled and at-risk youth.  They were all very challenging, very demanding, sometimes frustrating, and frequently stressful jobs. I can’t imagine doing anything else. For me, there is nothing more rewarding than helping these kids find their way.  

I grew up in Orange County, California, and moved to the Sacramento area 17 years ago.  I returned to Southern California recently when my mom lost her house in the San Diego wildfires.  I’m very happy to be back home. I raised a bi-polar daughter to adulthood with my own sanity intact.  She was in three Level 14 facilities, and two out-of-state placements, always on a parent placement.  I was always a hands-on part of her treatment team.  Those experiences gave me the added insight of parent issues and challenges, and have made me a strong advocate for children and parents dealing with similar difficulties. 

As a result of both my personal and professional experiences, my exposure to so many at-risk youth, and my experiences in dealing with these kinds of difficulties, that I have such a strong desire to devote much of my future writing to the issues surrounding foster youth, at-risk youth, and their families.

On a personal note… my greatest loves in life are my four grandchildren, my art and my books, and riding Harleys. I rode a little flathead metermaid trike for years in my younger days, and would love nothing more than getting another bike now. I really miss having my own bike, almost as much as I miss my two grandsons up in Northern California. I love you & miss you bunches, Joshua & Justin! I am looking forward to the time they are old enough to fly alone. I also enjoy the time I spend with my other two grandchildren living here in Southern California. I love you, Mikey & Brooke! I absolutely love being a grandma, ‘cause I get to spoil them & then send them home!!!

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    The Difference Between Conduct Disorder and ADHD

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    Conduct Disorder and ADHD There are some similarities, but many differences between Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Conduct Disorder. Both are located on Axis I of the DSM-IV, as both are usually...

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    The Medieval Effect on the Foundations of Psychology

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    The Medieval Effect on the Foundations of Psychology Modern Psychology has its beginnings in the early teachings of ancient Greek and Roman Philosophers. When the world fell into the Dark Ages after the fall of the...

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    The Making of Bob Dylan

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    The Making of Bob Dylan Bob Dylan has been one of the most influential and controversial figures in contemporary American culture. In 1999, he was included in Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential People of the Century....

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    Effective Team Project Planning

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    In whatever project we attempt, effective planning profoundly increases the likelihood of successful completion of that project. This holds true for professional or school environments. It is a major factor in both...

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