Bev Bradburn-Stern, M.Ed., LPC

Background


Bev has been practicing in the Atlanta area since completing her counseling degree at the University of Florida in 1969. Her focus has primarily been in developmental counseling and preventive mental health services. Starting at the Galloway school — an alternative school launched in 1969 to offer children a more dynamic educational opportunity — her practice approach has always been from a systems perspective that involved all students, teachers and parents, not just those exhibiting problems.

For 23 years, she worked at Families First — a Family Service America agency. As the Director of Education and Training Services, her primary focus was on program development for workplace, schools, and community service centers as well as providing individual and family counseling. She directed the agency’s Employee Assistance Program, and served as chair of the Atlanta EAP Forum.

While at Families First, by request of the Cobb County Georgia Superior Court, she developed and implemented a program called "Children Cope with Divorce." Completion of this program became a mandated requirement for divorcing parents, and since 1988 continues to serve parents in Cobb County Georgia. The program received wide publicity, and was featured on CNN, 20/20, ABC News, CBS News, The Today Show on NBC, along with major national print publications including the New York Times and Parade Magazine. She traveled nationally to train other jurisdictions to implement this service, expanding it to 39 States across 180 jurisdictions and reaching well over one million parents throughout the United States.

Bev has also served as the Executive Director of DeKalb County Superior Court’s Multi-Door Dispute Resolution Center. The Center provides alternatives to traditional court services for a wide variety of cases. The Dispute Resolution Center's predominant service is to provide mediation services to divorcing families, or families coming back into the court for contempt or modification actions. She also implemented mediation services for both never married parents and children in need of permanent placement due to neglect or abuse.

In 2008 she opened her private practice, allowing her to combine her interests in counseling, divorce decisions consultation and mediation. She currently serves as a divorce coach and child specialist as part of collaborative divorce interdisciplinary teams.