Teva Johnstone is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Former Child Psychotherapist, and Children's Mental Health Consultant. She specializes in Autism Parent Training and unschooling spirited kids.
Teva approaches her work from a developmental, attachment-based lens that centers the family and honors children's individual differences.
Teva held numerous appointed positions with the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) in the service of children & youth: Specialty Practice Committee for Children, Youth & Young Adults; NASW-CA Delegacy where she was invited to write positions for the publication of Social Works Speaks and to update the Code of Ethics. Teva served on an advisor panel to national leadership on keeping NASW relevant for millennials.
Teva is a proud unschooling mom who offers consulting and a self-paced course for parents interested in modern homeschool and unschool. She is passionate about raising sensitive and creative kids with a healthy sense of self and believes out-of-classroom learning is a great way to do that.
Culture & Political Leanings
Teva was born and raised in a progressive, interracial, inter-religious, Southern California family. She is a lover of free speech and personal liberty. Teva is registered Independent and politically homeless after being a 'lefty' all her life. She is critical of the authoritarian methods used by modern day 'social justice' culture and what she views as a disrespect of childhood.
Teva has been a guest speaker on numerous Autism & Neurodviersity panels for professionals and parents. She spoke on a Gender Dysphoria panel with experts in the field of adolescent gender dysphoria, hosted by the Foundation Against Racism & Intolerance (FAIR). Teva has been a guest on numerous podcasts where she discusses autism, parenting, homeschool, gender, and 'social justice' culture.
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