Matthew Rider earned his BA in Criminology and Psychology from The Ohio State University in 1990 and his MSEd in Community Counseling from Youngstown State University in 1995. He is currently a PhD student in Transformative Studies at the California Institute of Integral Studies. He is the Training Coordinator for the Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center at Gallaudet University. He is also the owner/manager of Inertia Counseling, LLC, an agency that provides individual psychotherapy for children, adolescents, adults and families. Over the past twenty years Matt has worked with children and adolescents in the settings of outpatient mental health counseling, school counseling, foster care and adoption, inpatient hospitalization, residential treatment, partial hospitalization, and behavioral health rehabilitation (wraparound services). Matt has published two peer reviewed articles on spirituality and the human condition. Matt continues to present nationally on a variety of issues including verbal de-escalation, avoiding and resolving power struggles, family dynamics and communication, mental health issues of children and adolescents in therapeutic foster care and adoption, sexual abuse, GLTB families, human sexuality education, lethality assessment in suicidal youth, among many other topics.