Progressive Strategies for the Human Services

"Strengthening the capacities of public and private sector mental health and human services providers and organizations"


Services include program and organizational development, project management, strategic planning, retreat and meeting facilitation, staff development/training and clinical social work supervision, consultation and coaching. 
Consultation, training and/or technical assistance is available in all areas of human services management, such as personnel; finances; resource development; contracting; program development; standards and accreditation compliance; board, volunteer and leadership development; risk management; media/public relations; and collaborations with other stakeholders. Mr. Beard, the former Chief Executive Officer of two nonprofit organizations, has taught nonprofit and public management at the graduate school level.                        

Consultation, training and/or technical assistance is also available regarding clinical and other direct services for adults with serious mental illness and/or accompanying psychiatric disability. Mr. Beard has many years of experience in developing, providing, supervising, training, and consulting on a variety of clinical, rehabilitation and recovery focused mental health services.

Mr. Beard has additional experience as an expert witness, curriculum developer, entitlements/benefits advocate, ethics consultant, examination question writer and social work educator. Mr. Beard has served as a Lecturer and Practicum Instructor with the Schools of Social Work at the University of Washington and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Mr. Beard provides clinical social work supervision, consultation and coaching as part of his independent contracting work and meets or exceeds the criteria of an "approved supervisor" for supervision towards social work licensure in Washington as per the Washington Administrative Code section 246-809-334.

Mr. Beard is a sought after trainer and has had papers from presentations selected for publication. He is a longstanding and active member of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) and the National Association of Social Workers (NASW). Mr. Beard is a past President of NASW-Washington State Chapter, proudly serving from July, 2013 through June, 2015 and past Chair of the Ethics Committee from 2015 to 2018. He continues to serve the Chapter as a consultant to his colleague members on Washington State social work licensure issues.

Mr. Beard is particularly interested in recovery focused/consumer driven services, evidence based practices in community mental health, psychiatric rehabilitation, social work ethics, consumer rights, benefits planning/counseling, and supervision and management in nonprofit and public human services agencies. Mr. Beard consults and/or presents on these and other topics each year.

Examples of Mr. Beard's work include serving as the lead consultant/developer in the start-up of three new nonprofit organizations that provide accredited "clubhouse model" psychiatric rehabilitation services, including two in Washington State; delivering a popular social work licensing examination preparation course several times each year; providing individualized coaching to social workers who may be struggling with passing the licensing examination; delivering numbers of other well received trainings every year on a wide variety of topics for numbers of human service providers, consumers of services and family members; providing leadership development trainings, organizational change management consulting and/or facilitating strategic planning sessions with nonprofit boards of directors; coaching social workers who are transitioning into a supervisory/managerial role or another area of social work practice; and partnering with a diverse group of stakeholders to advance suicide prevention in Washington State.