Western Michigan University
1000 Oakland Dr
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5361 USA
Denise Wheatley has a Masters of Arts degree in family life education and is a certified University of Wisconsin Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder trainer. She is a family life educator with provisional certification. In the past she has held the position of training coordinator for the Children's Trauma Assessment Center at Western Michigan University, working on many different grants. Currently, she is coordinating, developing, and implementing Project Partnering to Effectively Reduce the Impact of Violence in Kalamazoo, a Safe Start grant funded through the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, on which she is a co-principal investigator. The focus of this grant is to identify children in Kalamazoo exposed to violence and then implement services to help reduce the impact of that violence exposure.
Wheatley has presented locally and statewide on complex trauma, Resource Parent Curriculum, fetal alcohol spectrum disorders, suicide prevention and domestic violence. She has had training in Trauma Affect Regulation: Guide for Education and Therapy, Psychological First Aid and Keepin' it REAL—a substance abuse prevention program intended for middle school students. She is a member of the national committee on Community violence via the National Child Traumatic Stress Network and Kalamazoo's Anti-Human Trafficking Coalition.