Educational and Mental Health Consultant, Young Adult/Adult Specialist Member, IECA, HECA, NATSAP, GYA*
Sarah Persha, MA, educational consultant and mental health specialist, long-term mental health and educational case manager works with teens, young adults and their families by providing educational options and guidance through the educational years and life transitions. Sarah assists teens and young adults as they explore the educational paths leading to a motivated and purposeful adulthood and provides ongoing Parent Education for all of the stages of development, including the delays in maturity and executive functioning skills often accompanying sub-optimum zones in late teen and young adulthood. As a young adult transition specialist, Sarah supports both young adults and their families in successfully navigating the task of healthy independence in the launching years (high school completion, college and career development), and develops educational plans and placement options for younger children, through middle school, high school and college, as well as pre-college choices, fifth and Gap year opportunities, internships, and study abroad.
Educational and Mental Health Case Management services are provided to clients who need assessment and planning as well as continued mental wellness care, academic skill building support for learning disabilities or exceptional intellect or have undiagnosed or complex learning challenges. Sarah provides sustainable plans for clients in meeting objectives while increasing their executive thinking and organizational skills. She also serves as consultant to schools seeking to create socially strong communities and personal growth curriculum as well as parent education components. Sarah has nine years of college with graduate studies at the Leadership Institute of Seattle at Bastyr University, with her master’s degree in psychotherapy in family systems theory. Yearly continuing education with IECA, AFCC, GYA, NATSAP, AACAP, USPC, OPA. Sarah also serves the non-profit Gap Year Association, headquartered in Portland, Oregon, as Clinical Advisor, interfacing with experiential education programs worldwide and educating teams of global education leaders in current issues and trends relating to emerging young adults. Sarah is in an advisory role to young adult transition programs and will disclose at time of engagement any current project. She is an accomplished artist (jewelry designer and textile arts) and outdoor enthusiast.
Aspen Education Group, 1988-1999, included roles as teacher, counselor, mentor, intervention specialist, parent educator, and Director of Admission in private therapeutic schools. Special needs and mental health consultant, 1999-current to several national organizations serving teens and young adults, both non-profit and for-profit. From 2005, in private practice serving families nationally and internationally with main offices in Portland and Bend. As well, from 2005, affiliate of Dean Doering Associates, with educational consultant team offices in Seattle, Boise, Palm Springs, Bend, and Portland. From 2015-2019, Pacia Life Educational and Mental Health Consultant and founder of PARC, Pacia Academic Resources Continuum.
IECA, Independent Educational Consultants Association
HECA, Higher Education Consultants Association
NATSAP, National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs
GYA, Gap Year Association