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Darlene B. Sweetland, Ph.D.

Dr. Sweetland is a licensed clinical psychologist. She is the author of Intellectual Disability and Mental Health: A Training Manual in Dual Diagnosis (2011). She has worked in the field of dual diagnosis for over 20 years. In addition to clinical consultation and developing support plans, she conducts training for psychiatric hospitals, substance abuse specialists, mental health agencies, teachers, counselors and direct support providers to better understand the complications of treating a person with dual diagnoses and coordinate care across the systems. She has served as the Clinical Director for a residential agency for individuals with developmental disorders, Head Psychologist at a school for students with Nonverbal Learning Disorders and Asperger’s Disorder, and Psychologist and Behavior Consultant for the Solutions Building Community Collaborative, a team devoted to helping individuals with dual diagnosis maintain community tenure. She has a private practice in Del Mar, California with a specialty in assessment and treatment for children, adolescents and adults who are challenged with such things as learning disorders, ADHD, developmental disorders and emotional disorders. She is also the author of Teaching Kids to Think: Raising Confident, Independent, and Thoughtful Children in an Age of Instant Gratification (2105), which is a Nonfiction Book Association award winner, was named a Publisher’s Weekly Select 2015 Parenting Title, and has been translated into nine languages.

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