Ronald Mah has been in education, human services, or therapy work since earning his Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology & Social Science from the University of California, Berkeley in 1975; completed the teachers credential graduate program at the University of California, Berkeley in 1976; holds a Masters of Arts degree in Psychology from the Western Institute for Social Research in Berkeley. He sees individuals, children, couples, and families as a Licensed Marriage Family Therapist in private practice in San Leandro.
Ronald Mah's other mental health experiences include: mental health clinician with Severely Emotionally Disturbed high school students in San Francisco; supervised Richmond Area Multi-Services (RAMS) clinicians working with four high schools' Severely Emotionally Disturbed classrooms; clinical supervisor for clinicians at the RAMS teen mental health clinic at Washington High in San Francisco; clinical supervisor for school-based RAMS counselors and providing child, adolescent, and family consultation for counselors of the same community mental health agency;
He has been a presenter/trainer for the California Association of Marriage & Family Therapists- CAMFT on working and therapy with difficult children, teenagers, couples, cross-cultural therapy, child abuse prevention, and elder therapy; was the mental health consultant for a private elementary and middle school in Oakland; and has provided ongoing mental health consultation and training for various Head Start programs including Child Development Resources of Ventura County, Wu Yee Children’s Services of San Francisco, Child Family Community Services, Fremont and San Joaquin County Head Start.
Difficult Behavior in Early Childhood, Positive Discipline for PreK-3 Classrooms and Beyond, Corwin Press, 2006.
The One-Minute Temper Tantrum Solution, Strategies for Responding to Children's Challenging Behaviors, Corwin Press, 2008.
Beyond Difficult Behavior in the Inclusive Classroom, Empowering Challenged Children Against Bullying, Corwin Press, scheduled publication, 2009.
Child Abuse Prevention: Physical Abuse from Excessive Corporal Punishment Assessment Criteria and Indicators for Intervention, Parent Education, and Prevention. Online course for the National Association of Social Workers-California Chapter, 2007.
Client Presentations and Professional Vulnerabilities that Lead to Legal and Ethical Violations, Online course for the National Association of Social Workers-California Chapter, 2007.
Why Difficult Children are Difficult- Six Questions for Assessment. Online course for the National Association of Social Workers-California Chapter, 2007.
"Make Me An Offer so I Can Spit On It!" Problematic Adolescent Games and the Adults Who Get Played, California Association of Marriage & Family Therapists, 2012.
How Dangerous is My Client, The Therapist, California Association of Marriage & Family Therapists, 2007.
Therapy and Life with the Elder from Hell, The Therapist, California Association of Marriage & Family Therapists, 2004
www.RonaldMah.com, Articles on Parenting, Child Development, Discipline, & Intervention.
Asian & American Cross Cultural Parent Education Manual, Asian Pacific Islander Parent Education Support (APIPES), Department of Social Services, City & County of San Francisco, 1996.
Animal Masks and Puppets, Symbiosis Press, Mill Valley, CA, 1987.
Dinosaur Masks and Puppets, Price, Sloan, and Stern, Publishers, Los Angeles, CA, 1986.
Predator Prey Puppets and Masks, Symbiosis Press, Mill Valley, CA, 1985.
4th-6th Grade Social Science Reader, Berkeley Unified School District, Berkeley, CA, 1977.
Careguide, Inc.- Elder and Child Care Resource & Referral, Monthly Articles on Parenting, Child Development & Discipline, January 1999 to 2000.
Ronald Mah is the presenter/trainer for Fixed Earth Films’, (Pittsburg, CA) DVD series on childhood issues and developoment
Building Self-Esteem in the Adult Child System w/ the 90 Second-A-Day Self-Esteem Prescription Plan, Fixed Earth Films, Pittsburg, CA., 2005.
Victims, Abusers/Bullies, & Survivors, The Dynamics of Self-Esteem in Aggression and/or Violence, Fixed Earth Films, Pittsburg, CA., 2005.
Temper Tantrums!! “The One Minute Temper Tantrum Solution!”, Fixed Earth Films, Pittsburg, CA., 2005.
Understanding Children… Understanding Behavior… for More Effective Discipline, Fixed Earth Films, Pittsburg, CA., 2005.
Childhood Stress, How to Build a Powerful Child, Fixed Earth Films, Pittsburg, CA., 2006.
Just Playing is Just Great, “Articulating Play’s Importance”, Fixed Earth Films, Pittsburg, CA., 2006.
Temperament and Personality Affecting Behavior and Relationships, “What’s With This Kid?” , Fixed Earth Films, Pittsburg, CA., 2006.
Basic Rules of Developmental Theories, How Growth Happens, Fixed Earth Films, Pittsburg, CA., 2006.
Developmental Theories II, “Practical Applications for You… and Yours”, Fixed Earth Films, Pittsburg, CA., 2006.
Developmentally Appropriate Practice and Growth, “Learning the Rules of Life”, Fixed Earth Films, Pittsburg, CA., 2006.
Conflict Resolution, with the Working it Out Plan, Fixed Earth Films, Pittsburg, CA., 2008.
Using Time Out, 3 Problematic Theories & 1 That Works, Fixed Earth Films, Pittsburg, CA., 2008.
Setting Boundaries and Following Through, Fixed Earth Films, Pittsburg, CA., 2008.
Punishment and Praise w/sample Incentive Plan and Behavior Plan, Fixed Earth Films, Pittsburg, CA., 2008.
The 10 Most Important Skills for a Child’s Achievement, Relationships, and Community, Fixed Earth Films, Pittsburg, CA., 2008.
Determining Violence Potential, Assessment for Acting Out, Bullying, Aggression and Violence, Fixed Earth Films, Pittsburg, CA., 2008.
Assessment to Results, How to figure out the “Why” of Behavior to get to the “What to do” of Discipline, Fixed Earth Films, Pittsburg, CA., 2008.
Learning Diversity, Social & Emotional Issues and Disabilities in Children, Fixed Earth Films, Pittsburg, CA., 2008.
Missing Social Cues, 13 Reasons Why Children Don‘t Get it, Fixed Earth Films, Pittsburg, CA., 2008.
Transitions and Change, Compensation Techniques for Transition Difficulty, Fixed Earth Films, Pittsburg, CA., 2008.
Ronald Mah also presents keynotes, seminars, and workshops to professional early childhood education organizations and schools, foster parent education, and other human services organizations including:
National Association for the Education of Young Children- NAEYC
California Association for the Education of Young Children- CAEYC
California Kindergarten Conference
California Head Start Conference
Region IX Head Start Conference
various California and other state Head Start organizations
Professional Association of Childhood Educators- PACE
California Elementary Education Association
Staff Development Resources
conducted monthly clinical consultations with staff at Juma Ventures, San Francisco (a vocational program for at risk youth and welfare to work clients
conducted monthly trainings and consultations with staff working with adolescents at the Jewish Vocational Services, San Francisco
has done training for the City & County of San Francisco Dept. of Mental Health Services- Child, Youth, and Family Division
Horizons Family Counseling, Livermore
School Age Mothers Program, Pleasanton
and other mental health and educational organizations;
Other experiences include:
providing multi-cultural and diversity trainings servicing educational programs including independent school staffs and board of directors, parent co-operative nursery schools, and the Multi-Cultural Alliance for teacher interns;
organizational consulting and training applying psychodynamic principles and family systems theories to workplace situations and relationships for both private businesses and community human services organizations;
faculty member of the Western Institute for Social Research in Berkeley in the Marriage Family Therapy Masters of Psychology program;
taught five years as a community college instructor and lecturer in Early Childhood Development;has written (and taught) multi-cultural curriculum for the Berkeley Unified School District;
has written a cross-cultural parent education trainers manual and curriculum, and trained a multi-cultural group of (approximately 30 individuals) Asian parent educators to implement the curriculum to four specific ethnic groups;
credentialed elementary and high school teacher; directed preschool and daycare programs fifteen years;
was a successful small business owner for eleven years;
on the Board of Directors of the California Kindergarten Association;
on the Board of Directors of the California Association of Marriage & Family Therapists;
was on the Ethics Board of the California Association of Marriage & Family Therapists;
published children's arts & crafts author;
researched and written on diversity and multicultural issues, and the processes of change and growth in individuals, families;
writes about discipline, child development, and parent education for a internet resource and referral agency for elder and child care;
series of doctoral projects on complications in couples and couples therapy.
And is happily married and a father with two wonderful daughters.