WM. ROGER FATUM, PSY.D., LPC, N.C.C.
Dr. Fatum retired from the New Jersey Juvenile Justice Commission, as Special Assistant to the Director of Juvenile Parole and Transitional Services. Responsibilities consisted of developing aftercare, educational and vocational programs for court adjudicated adolescents who were serving their sentences under the auspices of the Juvenile Justice Commission.
After 26 years of service to the Department of Corrections and the Juvenile Justice Commission, Dr. Fatum became an adjunct professor and consultant. During his tenure with the New Jersey Department of Corrections, he was a teacher, counselor (individual and group) and housing unit supervisor. In addition, he was the Program Director for Project O.P.T.I.O.N., a highly recognized adolescent prevention and awareness program and was instrumental in the development of Internship Program Guidelines, which were used in the Department of Corrections.
For approximately two years, Dr. Fatum was the Director of Juvenile Services for the Pathways Behavioral Health Center in Clinton, Missouri. The objective being to obtain State Certification and National Accreditation for a failing drug and alcohol treatment unit for adolescents. Due to his guidance and direction the program's approval rate increased from 17% to 83% in less than two years and certification and accreditation were accomplished with kudos from the Accreditation Team, which enabled the program to become the most noted program of its kind in the State of Missouri.
Dr. Fatum is the founder of the consulting firm “Explore the Challenge,” which specializes in Behavior Management Issues. Explore the Challenge assists individuals, companies and organizations with behavioral, legal and personal issues that arise in their personal lives as well as their work environment.
As the Director of the Project O.P.T.I.O.N. Program for the New Jersey Department of Corrections presentations have been provided by Dr. Fatum to the American Counseling Association, New Jersey Educational Association, the National Peer Helpers Association, the New Jersey Correctional Association and the Western Massachusetts Educational Association. Project O.P.T.I.O.N Programs were also presented for various organizations held at various educational institutions included MIT, St. Olaf's College in Minnesota, Trinity College in San Antonio, Texas and San Diego University in California.
Presently, Doctor Fatum is an Adjunct Professor at Kean University in Union, New Jersey. Areas of instruction include the following classes: Probation and Parole, Juvenile Delinquency, Issues
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in Criminal Justice, Police Role in the Community, Community Based Alternatives, Criminal Justice in America and Correctional Systems.
Previously, Dr. Fatum was employed by Cumberland County College in New Jersey as a college instructor in a maximum security prison.
Dr. Fatum has been the past president of the Public Offenders Counseling Association, served on the Board of Trustees of the National Peer Helpers Association and is a former member of the Professional Development Program for the New Jersey Education Association. In addition, Dr. Fatum holds certifications in Public Management, School Principal and Education Supervision.
William Roger Fatum has received his Psy.D. in Psychology from California Coast University. His studies in Community Psychology, Rational Emotive and Behavioral psychology theories have affected his work with problematic children through the use of Habilitation Therapy. He holds a master's degree in psychological counseling from the College of New Jersey and Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology/Social work and a minor in Education from William Paterson University. Roger has acquired certifications in teaching and educational administration. He is a Certified Public Manager.
In 1997 Roger started his own consulting firm, Explore the Challenge. His work has been in the areas of adolescent development, communications, mentoring and mediation. He has worked and trained students and professionals at the elementary, high school and college levels. He has worked with community agencies, courts, police departments, organizations and companies to provide classroom presentations, workshops and seminars. Through his work, Explore the Challenge, has taught constructive techniques in communication, mentoring, human development and working to deal with various types of problematic situations.
Dr. Fatum has worked throughout the State of New Jersey, as well as other parts of the United States, promoting unique concepts on how to deal with people. Their workshops and seminars offer a storehouse of knowledge on dealing with the problems people face today such as, family problems, communication brake downs, dealing with problematic people and behaviors and coping techniques.