Western Michigan University
1000 Oakland Dr
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5361 USA
- Certified Family Life Educator, 2011
Denise has a Masters of Arts degree in Family Life Education and is a certified family life educator. Currently, she holds dual roles at CTAC. She is a co-principal investigator for Project PERK (Partnering to Effectively Reduce the Impact of Violence in Kalamazoo), a Safe Start grant funded through the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. 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. Denise also holds the position of training coordinator for CTAC, coordinating training for numerous federal grants and state contracts.
Ms. Wheatley has presented locally and statewide on complex trauma, Resource Parent Curriculum, fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (certified University of Wisconsin Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder trainer), suicide prevention, human trafficking, and domestic violence.
She is a member of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network’s national committee on community violence. She is a member of Kalamazoo’s Anti-Human Trafficking Coalition. Denise has had training in T.A.R.G.E.T. , Psychological First Aid and keepin’ it REAL (a substance abuse prevention program intended for middle school students).