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Barbara Roberts

Ms. Roberts is an experiencd ESL teacher and a licensed professional counselor with expertise in multi-cultural issues. As an Interview Techniques instructor, she considers it a priviledge to work with international students at Atlanta English Institute and welcomes the opportunity to meet with students to assist them in meeting their academic goals.

At AEI, Barbara Roberts brings more than forty years of experience as an English as a Second Language educator, trainer and Licensed Professional Therapist (LPC). Her combined knowledge allows her to address cultural adjustment issues and ESL program management in order to best serve students.

She began her career teaching ESL in New Jersey where her professional work included ESL curriculum development and instruction for multi-level classes. She conducted programs for corporate and multi-lingual senior citizen communities. Barbara taught test preparation courses for college students taking the TOEFL test. She developed and conducted ESL teacher training programs for the Parsippany Board of Education in New Jersey. Additionally, she developed curriculum and supervised teachers for Amnesty International. Her ESL work includes private tutoring.

Barbaras work in the field of psychotherapy spans community outreach to private practice, with a focus on adult individual, couple, and family therapy. She has expertise in counseling multi-cultural clients, and group therapy. She has conducted seminars for various communities on child abuse awareness and prevention and various other topics. She has been a supervisor for therapists preparing for the licensing exam. Barbara has been a Fellow of the American Psychotherapy Association (APA) and a member of the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC) since 1991.

Barbara served as Assistant Director to the Office of Family Concerns, at the Catholic Archdiocese of Atlanta. There she recruited and managed teams of volunteers and professionals. She developed, implemented, and supervised programs for marriage preparation and enrichment. Barbara offered psycho-educational workshops, for pastors and deacons, covering a variety of mental health issues. Additionally she facilitated administration and interpretation of bi-lingual, personality assessment tools.

She received her ESL teaching certification while doing post-graduate work in linguistics and holds an MS in Counseling/Psychology.

Experience, Education, and Training

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