Professional History


Jill Hicks Biography

Jill Hicks grew up in North Idaho and attended both undergraduate and graduate school at the University of Idaho.  She began her career in secondary education and child development at an alternative high school working with teen moms and their babies teaching parenting and child development classes.  Jill worked in partnership with the Department of Health & Welfare and the local school district with impoverished families to gain resources.  She worked with families and children within the local school district, who had IEP’s to learn healthier ways to engage, interact and care for one another.  

Jill then joined North Idaho Community Mental Health where she has worked with children and families for 19 years.  She currently serves as the Clinical Director oversees 9 clinicians and various programs with her agency of 40 employees.  She saw the need within her rural community grow and developed a passion for trauma informed care.  She has worked as an on-call clinician for Child Protective Services for 10 years and currently serves on the executive board of Kinderhaven (a group home for children in crisis).  Jill is certified in EMDR and serves as a consultant for colleagues gaining the EMDR Level II trainings and is in the process of completing her Trauma Focused-CBT certification.  Jill has expertise in sandplay therapy, narrative therapy and attachment theory.   

Jill enjoys educating professionals to bring hands on skills to their practice and/or classrooms.  Jill has conducted various for profit and non-profit live seminars to professionals, school teachers and employees, court advocates and various other professionals working with traumatized and mental ill children and families. 

 Jill enjoys serving her rural community and is developing Professional Leap as a resource for spreading quality education to professionals to bring to their community and serve their population with current and up to date education.

Certifications

Idaho Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor

Idaho Licensed Clinical Registered Supervisor

EMDR Level I & II Certification

Idaho teaching certification: Health and Community Education & Family Consumer Science

Washington teaching certification:  Health and Community Education & Family Consumer Science

Experience

Clinical Supervisor: Overseeing seven therapists at North Idaho Children’s Mental Health

LCPC registered supervisor for the State of Idaho:  Providing ongoing supervision for therapists’ who desire their advanced licensure

Consultant: EMDRIA approved consultant for colleagues completing their EMDR certification

Professional Development Educator: for counselors, social workers, and teachers providing professional education credits approved by the State of Idaho on various mental health topics

Child and Adolescent Needs Assessment Instructor: and CANS certified

Kinderhaven (Children’s group home): board member

Counselor: children (2-18 years), adults, couples and families

Northwoods Residential Center therapist: for boys 14 to 18 years of age 2007-2009

Child Protection on-call worker: for the State of  Idaho Health & Welfare 2001-2010

Parenting group instructor: for parents who have children with mental health needs  

Supervision: Community Based Rehabilitation Specialists’, Developmental delayed program, and Clinical staff at North Idaho Children’s Mental Health

Techniques for therapy:  EMDR level I & II certified, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy-Trauma Focused, Attachment based therapy working with foster/adoptive families, couple therapy with John Gottman certification level one, Narrative therapy, Play therapy, Sandtray therapy, Trauma work, Small groups, Grief and loss issues

Education

University of Idaho, Moscow, Idaho

Masters of Education (Community and School Counseling)

Bachelor of Science in Health and Community Education

Bachelor of Science in Child Development and Family Relations