Educational Therapist in Boulder, CO

Horizon Family Solutions, LLC

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Educational / Therapeutic Consultant
Clinical, Educational Placements & Wraparound Services
For more than 18 years Horizon Family Solutions has helped families in educational and therapeutic decisions that include:

Help for Troubled Teens and those At-Risk

Outdoor Wilderness Adventure Therapeutic Programs

Adopted Children and Children with Attachment Disorders

Alcohol and Drug Programs

Boarding Schools for Children with Learning Disabilities

Children and Teens with Sexual Behavior Problems

College Prep Boarding Schools

Transitional Living Programs for Young Adults

Eating Disorder Programs

Wraparound Servicee

You will receive the highest quality of service. We will keep you informed and we pride ourselves in being there for your family when you need us most. There is no matter too small; when it is important to you and we can help, we would be glad to be of service to you and your family. Anytime you are involved in an emotional process, you absolutely need an Advocate on YOUR side.

Practice Areas/Issues Treated
 Educational Therapy  Non-Verbal Learning Disorders
 Attention Deficit Disorder  Other Less Common Conditions
 Coronavirus/COVID-19 Issues  Reading and Writing Difficulties
 Dyslexia  School Placement and Retention
 Language Processing Problems  Special Education
 Learning Disabilities  Visual Processing Problems
 Low Academic Self-Esteem  Asperger's Syndrome
 Math Disabilities  Autism Spectrum Disorders
 Doctoral Degree (Ph.D.)
Pacific University, Oregon
Applied Human Development in Child and Family Development
Emphasis: Diverse Families
Minor: Child Advocacy

University of Phoenix, Belford University Campus, Clackamas, Oregon
Master of Arts in Child and Family Studies 2005
Minor: Child Psychology

Notre Dame de Namur University, Belmont, California
Bachelor of Arts in Fine Arts 1998
Areas of Concentration: Business Administration, Criminal Justice, Human Resource Management Minor: Criminal Psychology

San Jose State University, San Jose, California
Associate of Arts in Business Administration 1975
Areas of Concentration: Accounting, Marketing
Minor: Business Psychology

• Love & Logic – Partners 1 Training – Dallas, Texas – July 2009
• Drug & Alcohol Treatment Education / Coaching Parents of Challenging Teens – Or. – April 2009
• Adolescent Sexual Behavior Problems – Identification of risk factors – Oregon - November 2008
• Drug & Alcohol Treatment Education / Trauma & the Adolescent Client– Bend, Or., Feb. 2008
• Meth Action Coalition Training – April 2007
• Oregon Family Institute Training - 2007

• The Coaches Training Institute, San Rafael, California – 2003
• Wrap Around Full Training and Certification, Salinas, California – 2002 (Wraparound is a planning process that follows a series of steps to help children and their families)
• Resource Realizations Family Resource Coaching, Healdsburg, California – 2001

• Board Member, Within A Seed Foundation, 2009 – 2011
• Expert Advice Guest Columnist for Seventeen magazine, New York, New York, 2008
• Newsletter Research Manager and Publisher, Horizon Family Solutions, 2001 – Present•
Dore Frances is the Primary Educational / Therapeutic Consultant and owner of Horizon Family Solutions, LLC.

Dr. Frances handles all of the primary placements and is the initial point of contact for families and professionals.

She has worked as an advocate for students with learning disabilities and has been a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) in several states.

Her doctorate’s degree is in Applied Human Development with an emphasis in Diverse Families.

Her intention is to apply, generate and disseminate knowledge about human development across the lifespan, in the context of culture, family, and society.

The goal of Dr. Frances is to use this knowledge to help resolve societal and developmental challenges faced by children, families, and our aging population, and to promote optimal development for all.

Dr. Frances is engaged in research examining the development of basic human processes, like cognitive, emotional and social skills, in the contexts of cultures, families, schools, diversity, and other contexts, across the life span.

A driving force behind her work is her commitment to the application of research findings to programs and policies that enhance the lives of children, families and individuals.

A strength that Dr. Frances brings to her practice as an educational and therapeutic consultant is expertise in program evaluations.

Dr. Frances also has a Masters Degree in Child and Family Studies. Her focus in that area is on children, youth, and families.

Many social and public health problems of the 21st century – children with disabilities; effective parenting in the face of changing family structures; youth violence, substance abuse, and high-risk behavior; the “graying of society” – call for the involvement of specialists who have knowledge about the basic processes and contexts of human development, and how behavior can be modified to optimize long-term developmental outcomes.

The structure of the American family has never been so diverse: adoptive families, immigrant families, single parent households, blended families, families with stay at home fathers, families with grandparents as parents, and so on.

No matter what the structure of the family, it is still the bedrock of American society.

Dr. Frances has also served on the board of a number of non-profit organizations.
• Advocates for Children of Trauma
• COPAA, Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates
• NAPCSE, National Association of Parents with Children in Special Education
• The Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers
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Hours:M-F 8:30am - 5pm MTN
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4450 Arapahoe Avenue
BoulderCO 80303