Dr. Katherine ("Kathy") Norgard's latest book, Hard to Place: A Crime of Alcohol, is available on this web site or at Amazon.com. Hard to Place: A Crime of Alcohol was the subject of a Tucson Citizen's feature article shortly after it was released in February, 2006 and was reviewed in other periodicals.
Hard to Place: A Crime of Alcohol is Kathy's first book with Recovery Resources Press. She co-authored Child Abuse and Neglect: Sharing Responsibility, published by Wiley in 1983. She authored Understanding the Family as a System in 1980, Gregory's Day the Montessori Way (a children's book) in 1970 and The Wesley Family Center: A Study in Behavior and Attitude Change in 1970. Kathy's chapter, "Beyond Grief," and introduction appears in Capital Consequences, published in 2004. She has published papers on topics of parent education, foster care education and the death penalty in professional journals.
Kathy was born in Ventura, California. She graduated from the University of Minnesota with a B.A. Summa Cum Laude, majoring in Sociology in 1970. She completed her Master in Social Work at Arizona State University in 1972. A portion of her doctoral coursework was completed at the University of Arizona and she received her doctorate in psychology at Union University in 1989. She is a licensed psychologist in Arizona. Kathy completed seven years training and is a certified trainer, educator and practitioner in psychodrama.
In addition to her work in substance abuse/psychiatric settings, Kathy consults with teachers and counselors in the public school system to foster the use of action methods in the classroom as restorative justice practices and to increase children's creativity and spontaneity, and help teachers rediscover their joy for teaching. She has facilitated psychodrama workshops nationally and internationally.
Kathy's work experience includes working with migrant farm workers; founding a residential treatment center for troubled adolescent girls; teaching family therapy and psychodrama at the University of Arizona, College of Medicine, Psychiatry Department; co-creating statewide curriculum for foster parents; teaching as an adjunct professor for Arizona State University Social Work School and other universities; providing treatment for sex offenders in a prison setting; working in private practice; consulting with a residential treatment eating disorder program, consulting with the University of Arizona College of Law Immigration program, and providing psychological services for people seeking political asylum in affiliation with The Hopi Foundation, Center for Prevention and Resolution of Violence.
Kathy helped found various social service agencies in Pima County, Arizona and has served on multiple social service and social action boards locally and nationally.
Kathy is a frequent guest speaker in the community, on college campuses and in faith communities on the topics of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, the death penalty and psychodramatic/action methods. She is available and can be contacted at: Kathy@recoveryresourcepress.com.