Jennifer Waldron is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor with the Brattleboro Retreat's Uniformed Service Program (USP). She has extensive personal and professional experience in police and corrections work beginning with her attendance at the Massachusetts basic reserve academy in 1995. During this time she earned her Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice and accepted a position as a Corrections Officer with the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office in Massachusetts upon graduation.
In addition to her professional work in the criminal justice field, Jennifer is closely connected to the uniformed services through family members who serve in various areas of police, fire, military, and corrections work. These connections fostered a desire to explore the relationship between uniformed service and mental health, which led to the completion of a bachelor's degree in Mental Health from the University of Massachusetts.
In 2012 Jennifer accepted a position as a mental health worker with USP, which fueled her desire to serve this population. She began working toward her master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, completing practicum work at NELCWIT working with survivors of domestic violence and trauma, and an internship with ServiceNet clinic and the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office. She competed her master’s degree at Antioch University New England in Keene, NH in 2015.
She began her work toward certification as a licensed alcohol and drug counselor (LADC) and the completion of supervisory licensure requirements while working in her first post graduate position as a mental health clinician with the Center for Human Development at their North Quabbin clinic. In 2017 her ongoing desire to serve the uniformed service population led her back to the Brattleboro Retreat.
Jennifer is passionate about using mindfulness techniques, motivational interviewing, and practices based in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) to assist individuals in their work toward behavioral change and mental health.