Susan McFarland has an MA in counseling with LPC Michigan licensure and spent many years as a high school guidance counselor. Her experience ranges from working with at-risk students, substance abuse prevention and self esteem work with teen girls to coordinating a testing program and consulting with the Michigan State Department on gender equity in education. In 1994, Susan began a full time speaking business and facilitated workshops for women and parent groups. Susan has diversified experience in educational settings and venues from non-profit to major corporations and has presented keynote addresses for professional organizations, state and national associations. She was a member of the National Speakers Association for many years and has extensive experience working with people in business, education, parenting and the healthcare fields. Susan has had a lifelong interest in personal growth and development and in working towards and encouraging others to live in a responsible, reflective and mindful way.
Susan has produced teaching materials on Dealing with Difficult People and Credibility, Confidence and Personal Power. She authored a parent/teacher handbook entitled Girls: Math, Science and Technology: Striving for Self Esteem and Equity. She also produced a mini-book entitled What Men Really Know and Understand About Women.
Susan has been married for years to her husband, Sam and they have four grown children. They have hosted exchange students from Korea, Spain and Austria. Susan is acutely aware of, and experienced with, parenting and adoptive issues. Three of her children were adopted from Korea as infants. Susan has experience facilitating support groups for parents and has worked with thousands of parents over the years. In addition to offering support groups through her business, she has facilitated parent groups for AFSN, Adoptive Family Support Network (www.afsn.org) and for FFIC, Families for Adoptive Children (www.fficgr.org) Susan also has extensive experience working with women and girls in the areas of self esteem, body image, stress management and self empowerment.