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PSN Teacher Certification Program

Our Certified Teachers have gone through a set of structured trainings, using the curricula, exercises, and other PSN materials. We've trained and vetted them, and we certify that they have received a Certificate of Completion of the Coursework originally developed by PSN. To set up a PSN training for your organization or community, please feel free to contact any of our Certified Teachers directly.

Ben Kaufman served as Managing Director for Personal Safety Nets® for 7 years. During this time he facilitated more than 200 PSN seminars for organizations, businesses and individuals. Most recently he presented PSN seminars at eight King County Libraries. Ben was a high school history and English teacher, and later held a position as both a Principal and Superintendent. Ben has a Master's degree in Counseling and Student Personnel Administration and a BA in American Studies. He is available to teach PSN to any group within Washington, Oregon or nationwide. Fees are based on the size of the group and organization, and are negotiable. You can reach Ben at nukaufman@comcast.net.

Michele Anciaux Aoki, Ph.D., retired from Seattle Public Schools in 2019 as International Education Administrator, supporting Seattle's ten International Schools and World Language and Global Education programs throughout the district. Following in the footsteps of her parents, Kathy and Bill Sellars, who were pioneers as parent advocates for the education of children with developmental disabilities, Michele has devoted herself to developing and expanding the non-profit organization that Kathy helped cofound in 2000, Lifetime Secure Personal Assistance Network (LifeSPAN). Through her work with families with loved ones with a disability and her own experience with breast cancer in 2007, Michele has come to understand the importance for everyone of developing and nurturing a Personal Safety Net. She is pleased to offer workshops on Personal Safety Nets through LifeSPAN (www.lifespan-wa.org). She can be reached directly as well, www.lifespan-wa.org/topics/psn-michele, and you may follow her blog anciauxinternational.com/disability-and-aging. All speaking and training fees will benefit LifeSPAN. If you are interested, please contact her at michele@lifespan-wa.org.

Sue Mackey is internationally known for her work in skill standards, hard and soft skill core competencies. She lectures and teaches on soft skills, life and work ready. Founder of The Mackey Group, Seattle based firm, she was a business columnist for twenty years and she has authored ten books, all soft skill related. They include: Living Well, Working Smart: Soft skills for Success, Women Navigating Adversity: The Courage They Didn't Know They Had, Oh, Yes, You Can! A How to Guide for Rebuilding Confidence and Achieving Success and Kids Navigating Life Workbooks. If you are interested, please contact her at slmackey@mackeygroup.com.

Denise Malm is the Wallingford Community Senior Center Social Worker. She has over 25 years of working with communities, groups and individuals of all ages. Her experience ranges from non-profit management to program development for organizations and individuals. She uses the framework of identifying strengths, time, talent and treasure. Denise is a trained intergroup dialogue facilitator, licensed social worker and geriatric mental health specialist. Currently, she co-facilitates a Death café, teaches Powerful Tools for Caregivers and presents Personal Safety Nets workshops throughout the Northwest. When she is not working one on one with elders, her time is spent educating city, county and state policy makers on the unrecognized experiences of older adults. She can be reached at dmalm@wallingfordseniors.org.

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