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Dr. Joseph Crumbley, MSW, LCSW, DSW

Dr. Joseph CrumbleyDr. Crumbley received his masters and doctorate in social work from the University of Pennsylvania. He is in private practice as a family therapist, trainer and consultant. His clinical experience includes adoption, foster care, chemical dependency, couples therapy, physical and sexual abuse. His most recent areas of specialization have been kinship care and transracial adoptions.

He has provided training and consultation nationally and internationally. Nationally, Dr. Crumbley has consulted with Spaulding for Children, Casey Family Programs, Casey Family Services, Brookdale Foundation, the Child Welfare League of America and the Department of Health and Human Services. Internationally, he has worked with Renmin (the People's) University of China in Beijing China, the New Zealand Ministry of Children and Family Services, the Ministry of Children and Youth in Ontario Canada, the British Association for Adoption and Fostering, and the International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect in Durban, South Africa. He has been a guest on the BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation), PBS, Geraldo, Montel Williams Show and Nickelodeon. He has consulted with 60 Minutes, The New York Times and The Oprah Winfrey Show on the topics of transracial adoptions and kinship care.

Dr. Crumbley has co-authored a book with Robert Little entitled Relatives Raising Children: An Overview of Kinship Care. His second book is entitled Transracial Adoptions and Foster Care. Both books were published by the Child Welfare League of America. He has produced a series of DVD and VHS training tapes for parents and professionals on transracial adoptions and kinship care. He also has an on-line course on Kinship Care produced by Northwest Media, Inc. 

Dr Crumbley has provided expert testimony and briefings at the United Nations, U. S. House of Representatives, U. S. Senate, Pennsylvania Multi-Ethic Placement Task Force and Philadelphia City Council.

He has been a faculty member of the Adoption Certificate Programs at Portland State Graduate School of Social Work and Rutgers University Graduate School of Social Work.

Dr. Crumbley received the Child Welfare League’s Excellence in Kinship Care Practice Award in 2007. He served as board president of NACAC, the North American Council on Adoptable Children, from 2005 to 2009.


Charlie Appelstien, MSW

Charlie AppelstienCharlie Appelstein is an internationally prominent youth care specialist whose primary focus is on teaching positive, strength-based theories and techniques to parents and professionals who guide at-risk children and youth.  Charlie has authored three youth care books that are widely used within the field, including No Such Thing as a Bad Kid: Understanding and Responding to Kids with Emotional & Behavioral Challenges Using a Positive, Strength-Based Approach.

Charlie lives in southern New Hampshire with his wife and teenage daughter.  Charlie's strength-based approach delivers a message of hope and possibility to our most vulnerable youth and those who shape and influence their lives. Robert Lieberman, former President of the American Association of Children's Residential Centers calls Charlie "The best youth care trainer in America!"


Amy Barg, Speaker / Trainer

Amy BargAmy’s belief that everyone is either stepping forward into growth or…backward into safety, fuels her desire to help others raise their level of awareness about their own personal growth journey. Regardless of the area of life needing improvement; leadership, communication, customer service or personal relationships… it starts with an awareness of the importance of growth. Thus, her mantra: If you’re not growing anywhere, you’re not going anywhere. Amy’s relational, engaging and passionate speaking style combines personal stories and insanely practical steps designed to encourage her audiences to take action and get growing!

A certified speaker, trainer, coach, DISC Consultant and executive director with the John Maxwell Team, Amy also serves as a member of the team’s President’s Advisory Council. Formerly, she spent more than 25 years working in the fields of education, communications and marketing and leadership development.

Author of, Seeing Blind Spots: Leadership Lessons from Real Life, Amy is a contributor to John Maxwell’s Leading-Edge Blog, has a YouTube Channel for her Friday’s Perspective, and once enjoyed 30 seconds of fame sharing the stage with Oprah. She is in her sweet spot when designing and delivering interactive keynote addresses and workshops.

A mom of three and grandmother of four, Amy lives with her husband, Sam, in Carmel, Indiana, where she cultivates her own personal growth journey through gardening, reading, fitness, performing in Community Theater and singing on the vocal community team at her church.