James Wogan, MFT, LCSW, PPSC is a dedicated school administrator in Berkeley, CA. He has trained hundreds of school employees in Trauma-Informed Practices, School Wellness Centers, School Coordinated Care Teams / Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS); the system used for the delivery of support services in school settings.
James lived in Tokyo, Japan where he was a researcher with the Tokyo Institute of Psychiatry and a highly recognized child and family therapist. James has responded to disasters such as floods, and earthquakes, as well as terrorist attacks and other traumatic events. He has received awards and recognition from the US Congress, Contra Costa County ILSP, the NASW, and from Comcast / Bay Area News Group for being a “Hometown Hero.”
James developed and administered all aspects of the highly successful and state-recognized Foster Youth Services program in Mt. Diablo Unified, the Homeless Outreach Program for Education (Mt. Diablo HOPE), Elementary Mental Health Counseling and Play for Education (CAPE), the WIOA Workforce Readiness Program, and field placement supervision social work twenty (20) social work (MSW) and interns.
James spent several years in a wheelchair as the result of a car accident when he was young; this shaped his work in public education and serving children with unique educational needs. His career in family therapy, social work and public education has included program development, publications and workshops on systems change at the leadership level, child and adolescent mental health, social and emotional learning (SEL), suicide prevention, parenting children with special needs, family relocation, interagency collaboration, family therapy, LGBTQ youth, and trauma-informed practices. James wrote “Parent Engagement Through the Lens of Equity,” and “Kindness in a 3rd Grade Classroom,” and other articles that can be found on his Flipboard Magazines.
James brings stakeholders from diverse backgrounds to the table and engages openly in conversations about race and privilege. His work has earned recognition from the United States Congress, California Senate and Assembly, and awards from the Council of California PTAs, the NASW, and the Teacher’s Union in the Mt. Diablo Unified School District. James is an active and vocal advocate, bringing youth, parent, and caregiver voice to local and state government. James is an Executive Advisory Board member with Breaking Barriers CA www.breakingbarriersca.org.
James graduated from the School of Social Welfare at UC Berkeley (MSW, 2001) and was also educated at CSU East Bay: Educational Leadership / School Administration, the California School of Professional Psychology; San Francisco State University: Dept. of Special Education, UNC – Chapel Hill: Practicum in ADHD and Positive Psychology, Harvard University: Family Engagement, Edx, and Guilford College, a Quaker College in Greensboro, North Carolina where he received a Bachelor’s in Science (B.S.) with honors. He has the learned the most from the children he served.
James is a teacher / adjunct faculty in the School Psychology / School Counselor PPSC program at Brandman University in Walnut Creek. He has a private practice on College Ave in the Rockridge neighborhood of Oakland, CA. James provides clinical supervision for candidates pursuing licensure as LCSW or LMFT.
James loves mountain biking, being outdoors and traveling with his amazing wife and two teenage boys in the Bay Area, CA.