In 2011, PARfessionals was established by 32-year-old Jorea M. Lenard, a consumer peer with life and professional experience; while she completed an internship at MHMR of Tarrant County. After experiencing discriminatory and biased treatment both personally and professionally, she felt that a sincere effort needed to be made to reduce stigma and discrimination faced by peers and their families in the community and workplace.
Mrs. Lenard, along with assistance from medical doctors, clinicians and other behavioral health professionals across the globe participated in the development of PARfessionals and its unique, specialized Workforce Development Credentialing Program. It was 100% funded by several members of Mrs. Lenard's family.
In 2008, she self-published the book “Getting Ahead: An Ex-Offenders Guide to Getting Ahead in Today’s Society”, where she encourages ex-offenders to participate in clinical research trials. She is also mentioned in Dr. Jon Marc Taylor’s book “Prisoners’ Guerrilla Handbook to Correspondence Programs in the United States and Canada”; published by Prison Legal News in 2008.
Jorea Lenard earned a B.S. degree in Management in 2009 and completed degree requirements in order to graduate with a M.A. in Criminal Justice from the American (Military) Public University System the following year. She has also earned a graduate certificate in Applied Forensic Psychology Services from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. In addition, she has obtained certificates in mental health, home health assistant, non-profit management, applied forensic psychology services, family and business mediation, substance abuse, as well as emergency management. In addition, she has received training throughout the years in various important topics such as rape/domestic violence crisis intervention, hospice, and health unit coordination from various organizations and colleges including Parkland Health & Hospital System, Lakewood College, Center for Degree Studies, Brookhaven College, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine’s Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute, Thomas Edison State College, University of Texas at Arlington-Continuing Education Division, Richland College, and many more.
In 2009, Jorea Lenard received her CCJP – A status from the Texas Certification Board of Addiction Professionals (TCBAP), and has been granted numerous credentials from the board; including the Peer Recovery Specialist (PRS), Peer Mentor/Peer Recovery Coach (PM-PRC) and the Associate Prevention Specialist (APS) credentials, but has since retired those credentials.
In 2015, PARfessionals training school closed after leaving the Cunningham Center at Columbus State University in Columbus, Georgia.
In October 2015, while still living in Georgia, Jorea contacted Charter State College, a founding member of the Consortium for the Assessment of College Equivalency (CACE), about a training and higher education institutional partnership (college credit review assessment, professional healthcare credential evaluation, and college credit transcript registry) through their Connecticut Credit Assessment Program (CCAP).
While working with contracted credentialed experts and clinician to re-design her specialized healthcare content, she also worked and interviewed (similar to a Master level thesis or doctoral dissertation defense) with the college review board for an entire year (2016), along with privately paying for all their institutional fees.
Jorea will continue to privately fund her ideas and content work through the higher education institutional partnership on future evaluation review of PARfessionals' specialized healthcare content in 2020.
She is currently a Nationally Certified Psychiatric Technician for the past 8 years, and is a former Addictions Counselor Intern (CI) before she transitioned into becoming a Clinical Research Coordinator (CRC).
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