Meet the Therapeutic Options, Inc. Team

Michael Partie, Director of Therapeutic Options, Inc., did his undergraduate work in psychology at the University of South Florida and his graduate work in psychoanalytic studies at the University of Sheffield. Michael has served as a behavior analyst serving young people and adults with autism and other developmental disabilities, and adults with serious and persistent mental illness. Michael also served as a psychiatric social worker in a mobile psychiatric crisis service. From 1995 until 2001 Michael was chief patient abuse and neglect investigator and administrator for a state system serving individuals with developmental disabilities. It was during this time that he founded Therapeutic Options, Inc. and began teaching the Therapeutic Options curriculum throughout North America and the Pacific Rim.

In 2003 Michael developed the Positive Behavior Intervention Certificate Program for the University of Delaware Center for Disabilities Studies. In 2005 TASH awarded Michael its Positive Approaches award in recognition of his exemplary training and technical assistance for professionals from the mental health, developmental disabilities, education, rehabilitation, and early intervention communities.

Michael holds multiple black belts, including a fifth degree black belt in hapkido, and has nearly twenty years of formal training in aikido, which has been called the "martial art of reconciliation" because of its ethical commitment to neutralizing violence without escalating conflict. This background, combined with his varied experiences in human services, provided a unique perspective in developing the Therapeutic Options™ curriculum.

Michael teaches and provides on-site technical assistance in Therapeutic Options™ and Positive Behavior Support

Mark Bernstein is a Therapeutic Options™ Master Instructor. Mark has been involved in the field of disabilities for nearly 30 years, as a direct support professional, administrator, consultant and trainer. For many years, Mark served as the senior trainer for the community education unit at the University of Delaware Center for Disabilities.

Mark has a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from the State University of New York College at Cortland and a Master's Degree in Experimental Psychology from the State University of New York College at Oswego.

Mark teaches and provides on-site technical assistance in Therapeutic Options™, Positive Behavior Support, Self-Determination and various staff development topics.

Rich Carpenter is a Therapeutic Options Master Instructor. He is a self-described Humanistic Existential Behaviorist. Along with being a Board Certified Behavior Analyst, Rich holds a Bachelor's Degree in Anthropology from Johnson State College as well as a Master's in Education from the University of Vermont. He has worked on behalf of those with intellectual disabilities for 28 years. During this time, Rich has served in many capacities including providing case management, on-call crisis supports, senior level administration, and most recently providing oversight of clinical services for a large organization in Vermont.

Rich has provided Positive Behavior Support Training and Consultation in Vermont for the past twenty-two years. His current professional passion is continuing to develop his understanding and expertise of the emotional and behavioral impact of trauma throughout the lifespan.

Sheila Krein is a Therapeutic Options Master Instructor, and a certified instructor for Community Protection, a course designed to balance power and control with choice and safety for people who require "line-of-sight" support. Sheila has a Bachelor’s of Science in Education and a Minor in Applied Psychology from Eastern Washington University, and was a classroom teacher for young people before becoming an adult educator.

Sheila worked as a staff training coordinator, creating and delivering training for a social services corporation serving people with physical, intellectual, and psychiatric disabilities across six states. In 2014, Sheila coauthored and created materials for the 40-hour Washington State Residential Services Curriculum, which is now required for all Supported Living, and Long Term and Aging programs operating within the state.

"Playfully responsible" is both her work and life motto. Sheila continues to manage balance and fluidity on SUP boards across multiple lakes in the Pacific Northwest.

Sheila teaches and provides on-site technical assistance in Therapeutic Options™.

Tracy Mann, PhD directs and oversees communications and outreach for Therapeutic Options, Inc., including the website, marketing materials, and outreach programs. Tracy has been working in the disabilities field for over twelve years in a variety of roles, including directing the Communication and Advocacy for a University-based research center and a fellow at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Tracy holds a PhD in Urban Affairs and Public Policy from the University of Delaware. She is currently writing a book highlighting her research about parent experiences of their child's diagnosis with autism spectrum disorders. She serves as Vice President of the Board of Directors for Delaware Family Voices, Inc. and provides consultation and technical assistance to local and state nonprofits organizations.