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Parent-Teenager Agreement

Dale Wisely Ph.D.

is Director of Student Services and Community Education at Mountain Brook Schools (Alabama) and is a clinical psychologist.  

At the school system, he directs counseling and guidance, nursing and student health, at-risk programs and parent and community education, among other duties. Dr. Wisely earned his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in clinical psychology from the University of Memphis. He served his clinical internship in psychology at West Virginia University School of Medicine, Department of Behavioral Medicine in Charleston, West Virginia. He also holds a Master's in Theological Studies from Spring Hill College. He was a Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Alabama and, for 14 years, the senior psychologist at Children's Hospital's Vaughan Clinic. He practiced clinical psychology including assessment, psychotherapy, and pediatric psychology in Birmingham from 1983 to 2006 before joining Mountain Brook Schools.

Dr. Wisely has taught and held adjunct faculty appointments at the University of Alabama, the University of Alabama-Birmingham, and Spring Hill College.  He currently teaches in the area of the intersection of psychology and pastoral work for the Certificate in Spiritual Direction and the graduate program in Theology at Spring Hill College in Mobile and at the Atlanta extension site. He is a past President of the Alabama Psychological Association and was long a member of its Executive Council. He participated in the training and mentoring of many child psychologists in Alabama. He has twice won that Alabama Psychological Association's Distinguished Service to Professional Psychology award. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Crisis Center, the Jefferson County Children's Policy Cooperative, Alabama Children's First, and the Alabama Child Death Review System. 

Dr. Wisely writes and operates a public service website, Parenting Teen Drivers, which includes a free parent-teen contract which has been in wide use nationally for more than 10 years.  He is a popular adult educator and speaker on family matters, parenting, and provides workshops and other professional development to a range of professional and public audiences. In addition, Dr. Wisely is a published poet and edits three poetry journals.

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