Richard completed his Bachelor of Science and Master of Social Work degrees at the
University of Utah and is currently finishing his Master of Business Administration
degree at Weber State University. During his academic career at the University of
Utah, Richard was involved in several research projects including the Consumer
Perceptions Study, the Young Parenthood Program, Intimate Partner Violence, and
Teen Dating Violence Prevention. He also worked with the Rape Recovery Center
as a community outreach educator and taught junior high and high school students
dating violence curriculum.
During his graduate program, Richard completed specific training in the areas of
domestic violence, substance abuse, and trauma and gained experience working
with both victims and perpetrators of domestic violence. Richard worked with
city and county court systems in assessing, diagnosing, and providing court-
mandated individuals with domestic violence and substance abuse treatment within
individual, partner, and group settings. He has also spent time in northeastern
Wyoming working with rural populations including adolescents in residential
treatment, individuals with developmental disabilities, and children.
Richard has worked for more than 6 years in residential treatment centers and has
extensive experience working with adolescents exhibiting behavioral and emotional
discrepancies including anxiety, depression, sexual abuse, ADHD, addiction, self-
esteem issues, and other mood disorders. Together with the adolescents and their
families, he worked to build communication skills, establish healthy boundaries, and
facilitate mutual understanding.
Richard has experience working with individuals with severe and persistent mental
illness. He is currently a crisis therapist for a regional network of hospitals and
completes assessments for individuals with acute psychiatric, mood, and addiction
Richard is very passionate about the financial markets. He is a licensed securities
broker and financial advisor. His hobbies include trading futures and commodities,
spending quality time with his family, traveling, running, golf, and relaxing on the
northern California coast where he was raised.