Expert Mental Health Care Across the Life Span

Daniel “DJ” Hilley, MSEd, LPC

Licensed Professional Counselor
Certified Bullies to Buddies™ Individual Trainer

(608) 833-9290, Extension 366


Daniel “DJ” Hilley works primarily with children and adolescents (7+) and with families covering a wide range of issues including anxiety, depression, oppositional and defiant behaviors, divorce adjustment, and ADD/ADHD. He works with youth and parents to collaboratively resolve academic and behavioral issues, managing parent-adolescent relationship conflict, divorce, and co-parenting needs. DJ's work with bullying has expanded to include individual and group trainings* for youth, parents and schools/school professionals dealing with bullying issues.

Special Programs/Groups
DJ completed the Level One Certification as an Individual Bullies to Buddies™ Trainer with Israel Kalman, MS, creator of Bullies to Buddies™, and uses the skills to conduct workshops and trainings for children, parents, educators, and caretakers on building skills to respond effectively to bullying, peer teasing, and aggression. For more information, or to schedule a training, contact DJ at (608) 833-9290, ext. 366.

Training & Consultative Services for Educational Professionals
DJ now offers on-site trainings for Teachers, Student Services Professionals, and others in the education field. Based on Bullies to Buddies™ methods, these trainings are designed specifically for Student Services and Education Professionals.

Trainings, available in 2- and 4-hour formats, provide the following:

  • 15-minute intervention to help victims stop bullying
  • Easy responses to hostility from students
  • Strategies to respond to reports of bullying and aggression
  • A developmentally- and pscyhologically-informed view of bullying
  • Guidelines for engaging parents when bullying concerns arise

Feedback from Participants

"I came away with a specific framework and skill set with which to work with students/families. So often we learn theories but don't get to practical applications. You did both! The use of role plays will be critical in getting the students to feel comfortable in trying a new approach."
- Jane Teasdale, School Counselor, Badger Ridge Middle School
"DJ came and led a one-day staff training in our K-12 School District. He was well prepared, professional, and personable. He was able to convey to teachers how to handle escalating students as well as how to help students de-escalate situational conflict with one another. Many teachers shared that they incorporated the techniques shared with their classroom right away and that the students were very receptive."
- Shonna Morrison, Elementary Counselor, Gallatin, MO

For more information about trainings for your school, please contact DJ at (608) 833-9290, ext. 366.

Workshops for Parents and Parent Organizations
2-Hour workshops are available for parents and organizations (PTOs, Parent Community Groups, etc.) who are interested in learning to better understand bullying and how to help their children. The workshops provide easy-to-use strategies for helping kids change the dynamic with peers when bullying concerns arise. These workshops also cover strategies for reducing aggression and conflict between siblings and friends at home.

Workshops are offered on-site or at The Psychology Center.

Feedback from Participants

"We found your work shop to be very useful. It gave us a better understanding on how to help our daughter with the issues she is facing at school. It also helped me with new ideas that I can try with my students. Your expertise and knowledge of the Bullies2Buddies program gave us background information and a source to go for more ideas."
- Julie S., Parent & Elementary School Teacher

Workshops for Children & Teens
Workshops are also available for youth who struggle with bullying, teasing, exclusion, and aggression. Participants leave workshops with a free manual and having experienced and practiced the very skills needed for changing their experiences with peers. Group sizes for these workshops are limited based on age in order to maximize learning and effective skill development.

Daniel received his education at the University of Minnesota-Morris (BA), and Indiana University (MSEd) in Counseling and Counselor Education.

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