Govenor appoints Yosemite teacher to state board

Brown will join California Board of Behavioral Sciences

By Earlene Ward / Community CorrespondentSeptember 26, 2012 

Deborah Brown, Yosemite High School Social Science Department Chair has been appointed by Gov. Jerry Brown to the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.

The board is a regulatory board within the Department of Consumer Affairs and is committed to protecting consumers in California. Currently, there are over 80,000 licensed workers that fall under the prevue of this board.

The board regulates marriage and family therapists, licensed clinical social workers, licensed educational psychologists, licensed clinical counselors, marriage and family therapist interns.

Brown says she is very excited and honored to have been appointed to the board. She notes that her participation will be directly tied to classroom instruction at Yosemite High School.

The board meetings are available live on the internet and her psychology students will watch them as part of their education. When she returns to the classroom, they will have discussions about the hearings.

"I look forward to bringing the 'applicability' aspect of the many job opportunities that students may have in the field of psychology and sociology," Brown said.

Prior to her appointment, Brown went through interviews and the governor's appointment secretary who verified her references and qualifications. She was notified that she had been appointed on the first day back to school.

The board is composed of 12 members -- Seven are public members, two are licensed clinical social workers, one is a licensed educational psychologist and two are marriage and family therapists.

Nine of the members are appointed by the governor. The board appointments also require senate confirmation.

The board constructs written examinations for each of its licenses, investigates consumer complaints and imposes disciplinary action against licensees and registrants who violate the law. The board also develops statutes and regulations ensuring competency in the mental health profession.

Brown is the 2012 Madera County Teacher of the Year. She is the YHS Mock Trial coach and has served as chairman of the school's accreditation process for the past 12 years.

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