Sally Guyer is the newest member of A New Beginning’s team as our Clinical Social Work Director.  She has a Master’s degree in Social Work from Portland State University and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Western Oregon University.   Sally has spent her professional life dedicated to helping families and children, especially children with trauma backgrounds.  Many of A New Beginning’s families have already had the privilege working with Sally as she’s facilitated the Foster-Adopt/International Program training for almost four years now.   Her work and experience shows her passion for family and children and understanding of the brain, child development, impact of trauma and the importance of education and training for the for the most positive outcomes.  

Sally is a Social Services Competency Based Master Trainer, holds a Basic, Civil and Domestic Mediation certification, an Adjunct Professor at Portland Community College in the Child and Family Services Department, owns a consulting firm that provides top level organization systems consulting as well training in attachment, trauma informed care, child development, parenting, foster parent preparation and adoption.  She’s been a keynote speaker and frequent presenter at child welfare and social work conferences nationwide and has led successful teams in previous positions as the Program Development Specialist for Oregon’s Health & Welfare Department, Program Manager at Morris Family Services and the Director of Family and Child Services at Boys and Girls Aid of Oregon.

Sally is also an avid Portland Trail Blazer Basketball fan and enjoys traveling, making jewelry, reading and music.  She also lives with one sassy cat that makes all the house rules.