Dr. Dana Ballewske, the Director of Training and Consultation at PSG, has worked in the mental health field for the past 25 years. She is a licensed clinical psychologist, who specializes in the treatment of trauma and attachment in children and adolescents. Dr. Ballewske and the team of PSG Consultants will work with you and your team to create an individualized approach and implement a specific plan for each organization, utilizing trauma sensitive approaches, collaborative problem solving, and restorative practices.
Dr. Danzer graduated from the Wisconsin School of Professional Psychology in 2023 and currently works as a psychologist and consultant with PSG. She has a strong interest in attachment, foster parents, and adoption, providing a strong framework from which she draws to promote trauma-resposive education practices, address problematic behaviors through classroom observations, and support staff in their own mental health and wellbeing.
Leah earned her Master’s Degree from the University of Denver in 2012 and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Substance Abuse Counselor. She has several years of experience working with children, adolescents and adults in various settings. Leah emphasizes the importance of developing a connection to both the mind and body to promote overall health and well-being. She began working as a consultant in 2021, helping school districts adopt trauma-informed education practices, providing classroom observations, and developing training programs for new therapists.
We believe that everyone (e.g., staff, students, leadership, etc.) is doing the best they can, even when they’re struggling or not doing particularly well. We recognize that behavior is language and misbehavior is often a desire for and attempt to gain connection and/or safety. Traditional interventions and responses to such behavior have been proven ineffective and require a different approach and understanding to facilitate connection and thus manage behavior more effectively. Our staff undergo extensive training and collaboration in trauma-responsive practices, attachment-based interventions, behavior management, mental health basics, and more. We use concepts such as interpersonal neurobiology, collaborative problem solving, and restorative practices to inform our approach, and we draw from many sources to help drive our understanding, stay up to date on current research, and develop innovative strategies to address issues as they arise.
- Consultation Services
- Book Studies
- Small Group Education
- Staff Support Groups
- Professional Development
- Classroom Observations
- Parent Trainings
- Crisis Response Teams
- Trauma-Sensitive Schools Training Curriculum
In addition to partnering with schools, our consultants have worked with various organizations to provide support and training for staff and leadership, including first responders, clergy, county government, medical professionals, and more. Trainings cover topics such as Basics of Mental Health, Understanding LGBTQ+ Individuals, Trauma-Sensitive Practices, and more. We are able to tailor our trainings to your organization’s needs and develop trainings or services to address whatever challenge you’re facing!
Parenting is one of the most challenging jobs there is, and we want to help adults view children’s behavior differently and learn new ways to develop a relationship built on safety and connection. We have developed several trainings for parents and guardians, including:
- Anxiety and Depression
- Self-Harm and Suicide
- Parenting Challenging Behaviors
- Sibling and Peer Relationships
- Addictive Behaviors
Mental health consulting involves providing expert guidance and support to individuals, schools, businesses, or organizations in addressing mental health challenges, behaviors, staff burnout, and more. It can help you create a healthier and more productive environment, enhance well-being, and improve overall performance.
Investing in mental health consulting can lead to increased employee well-being, reduced absenteeism, improved productivity, and a more positive workplace culture. It also helps you comply with legal and ethical obligations related to mental health in the workplace.
We tailor our consulting services to the unique needs and challenges of your organization. We start by conducting assessments and collaborating with you to develop a customized plan of action.
Our consultants are experienced mental health professionals with expertise in areas such as clinical psychology, counseling, organizational psychology, or related fields. They have a strong background in both individual and organizational mental health and are passionate about helping school and organizations use trauma-responsive practices to enhance well-being.
You can get started by contacting our team. We’ll discuss your specific needs and develop a plan to provide the consulting services that best align with your goals.
School districts utilize a range of funding sources to cover consulting costs. This may include ESSER funds, Getting Kids Ahead funds, community donations, general fund, Fund 80 dollars, etc.