James Wogan, MFT, LCSW, PPSC: author, speaker, therapist, teacher, school social worker, school administrator.
– “It takes a good head and a good heart to educate children.” Wogan (2008), in spirit of Nelson Mandela.
– “We learn the most from the children we serve.” Wogan (2015).
Wogan has a private practice on College Ave, Rockridge, Oakland, CA.
In Berkeley Unified School District, James Wogan is the Manager of the Student Services. He supervises the Office of Equity and Family Engagement (OFEE), the McKinney Vento Program for Students who are homeless, and serves as the District Section 504 Plan Coordinator; working to prevent discrimination and ensure access to education for students with disabilities. James also served as the Interim Title IX Compliance Officer.
While with Mt. Diablo Unified School District (MDUSD) in Contra Costa County, James developed and administered all aspects of the highly successful and state-recognized Foster Youth Services program in MDUSD, as well as the Homeless Outreach Program for Education (Mt. Diablo HOPE), the District Positive Behavior Team (Equity), and Youth Employment Services (WIOA). James wrote the framework and trained staff to implement School Coordinated Care Teams, the Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS) used for the delivery of school-based support services.
James lived in Tokyo, Japan where he was a child and family therapist. James’ career in family therapy, social work and public education has included program development, publications and workshops on adolescent mental health, suicide prevention, parenting, expatriate family dynamics, interagency collaboration, LGBTQ youth, Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE), and trauma-informed practices.
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, and awards from the PTA Association of California, the Mt. Diablo Unified School District, and from the NASW in 2016. James is an active and vocal advocate, bringing youth, parent, and caregiver voice to local and state government.
James loves sea turtles and geckos, mountain biking, and spending time with his amazing wife, two boys and dog Deuce.