Originally Aired: June 18, 2022

Guest: Dr. Margaret B. Wright

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About: Margaret Wright, PhD

Dr. Margaret B. Wright, President/CEO of Collaborative Educational Supportive Services, LLC (CESS, LLC) in Pueblo, is an author, an education advocate/consultant/; a Formational Prayer Counselor; a Colorado Certified Addiction Specialist; a Competency Restoration Education Provider; an ordained minister of the gospel; and a professional performing artist. She holds a PhD in educational research and policy analysis with a concentration in curriculum and instruction; a MSA in School Administration and a BA and MFA in Theatre Arts. She is a graduate of the certificate program in formational prayer (Terry Wardle’s) from Ashland Theological Seminary in Ashland, Ohio and the certificate program in theology from the Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta, Georgia. She currently serves as the CEO of CESS, LLC; Exec. Dir/Consultant with Pueblo Empowerment Community Development Corporation; and co-founder/apostle of Pueblo Center of Worship and Empowerment.

Education: As an educator (credited with over 40 years) and an enthusiast for the arts as a conduit for learning, she has served in a myriad of roles: college and community college instructor; education director/principal; teacher (high, middle and elementary schools) and as an education consultant. She has provided professional development for teachers, paraprofessionals and school administrators. During her tenure as a school administrator, she served in several alternative educational settings: three juvenile prisons, a mental health hospital, medical hospital and a specialized Children’s Hospital for students with multiple disabilities. She was trained as an AdvancED (SACS CASI) Chair-National Certification as an AdvancED Quality Assurance Review Chair: certified chair for the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Council on Accreditation and School Improvement; trained to lead a quality assurance review team visit into any SACS CASI / AdvancED-member school. Dr. Margaret B. Wright has been advocating for the educational rights of children for decades and in Pueblo since she moved there in 2013.

Counseling: Her approach in counseling is founded in her earlier work while serving as a rehabilitation therapist in a music therapy program in a residential mental health hospital in NC. She created and implemented a drama and dance therapeutic approach to treatment of patients with mental health and intellectual disabilities. As a result of her patients' responses to treatment, she was invited to present her techniques at their psychiatrists and medical doctors’ staff meeting, the North Carolina State Music Therapy Association conference, the South East Regional Music Therapy Association conference, and the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction’s “Very Special Arts Festival.”

Ministry: She provides training for Christian faith-based ministries, nationally and internationally, in using the arts for ministerial outreach and education, assisting numerous churches in establishing creative arts ministries and evangelistic outreach using dance, theatre, puppetry, Spoken Word, etc.

Books:

I Receive Your Love: A chronicle of her healing journey

I Receive Your Love: Healing of Trauma through Drama (Theatre) Leaders Guide and Participant Workbook (releasing ©2022)

Dancing In His Presence: A Guide to Establishing and Maintaining a Dance Ministry©2015, ©1999

Dancing In His Presence: A Guide to Establishing a Maintaining a Dance Ministry Instructor’s Manual and Student Workbook ©2019

What Does It Mean to Know God? ©2017

What Does It Mean to Know God? Teaching Guide and Workbook (releasing ©2022)

How to Say No and Feel Good About It (releasing © 2022

 

About the Business: Collaborative Educational Supportive Services, LLC “A Holistic Approach to Education and Healing Through the Arts” Website: drmargaretbwright.com

Dr. Margaret B. Wright, an education consultant, formational prayer counselor and a Colorado Certified Addiction Specialist, uses an integrative therapeutic approach in educational consultancy and counseling that uses the arts (inclusive of dance and drama) experientials to promote a holistic approach to advance the health and wellbeing of the client.

Services:

1) offers arts-based seminars for children and adults using dance and theater to stimulate emotional intelligence: self-awareness, self-regulation, motivation, empathy, social skills.

2) Provides transitional services, testing, educational advocacy and supportive services for students struggling in educational settings; provides educational support and seminars for families teaching skills to support child/ren in school.

3) Provides individual counseling and small group sessions for adults and children using Formational Prayer Counseling to clients requesting this venue.

4) Designs, develops and evaluates arts-based programs and/or curriculum and professional development for educational programs, school systems, governmental, agencies, community, and faith-based organizations serving children and youth.

5) Provides Competency Restoration Educational Services to clients referred by the Office of Behavioral Health.

 

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