Barabara and John are long-time business and mediation partners and often work as a team in conflict resolution and organizational change processes.
Ms. Thompson’s professional training and experience span more than 30 years, including a B.A. in Psychology and a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology, numerous professional certifications, and continuing education in business, management, and psychology. In 1986, she founded Discovery Psychotherapy Center, a multi-disciplinary counseling center in Cameron Park, CA which provides individual, group, family, and marital counseling. Since that time, Barbara has divided her time between clinical practice, business mediation, and training conflict resolution in the workplace.
Barbara is a certified consultant and a Master Trainer in workplace mediation with the Mediation Training Institute at Eckerd College. She has completed many hundreds of hours of continuing education, including specialized training in mediation, consulting to partners, couples, and families in business, personal coaching, and the use of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, The Conflict Dynamics Profile, and the Entrepreneurial Mindset Profile in consulting and training. Ms. Thompson has additional training in workplace violence prevention and corporate crisis intervention. She has experience in critical incident stress management and has provided numerous on-site grief and crisis debriefings in the workplace.
Barbara’s current focus is on helping employees and leaders become “conflict competent” and improving communication and conflict resolution in Business Partnerships and Family Businesses. She is passionate about facilitating closely-held business success and succession in order to help people leave a legacy.
John E. Roe
Dr. Roe’s professional education and experience span more than 30 years, including 5 Community College Credentials, an M.A. and a Ph.D. in Psychology, United States Air Force Officer Training School, a Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Behavioral Health Psychology, and professional education in management, business, and Aviation Psychology. In 1978, he started a private psychotherapy practice in Santa Cruz, California and soon thereafter established Relational Resources, Inc., a non-profit corporation offering a variety of human services in the greater Santa Cruz County area. In 1990, while completing his last two years as Chief of Mental Health at Mather Air Force Base, he resumed his private practice in El Dorado County with Discovery Center. Since that time, he has divided his time between clinical practice, business mediation, and training conflict resolution in the workplace.
John is a certified consultant and a Master Trainer in workplace mediation with the Mediation Training Institute at Eckerd College. He has completed many hundreds of hours of continuing education, including specialized training in mediation, consulting to partners, couples, and families in business, in personal coaching, in the use of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator and The Conflict Dynamics Profile in consulting and training. He is a trained parent educator and is the co-author of The Ten Suggestions® for Parents of Teen© and author of A Consumer’s Guide to Christian Counseling©. He is passionate about encouraging effective fathering and developing leadership in the workplace and in the home. The current focus of John’s consulting work is assisting Business Partnerships and Family Businesses and facilitating closely-held business success and succession.
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Testimonials for Barbara and John
“As Business Administrator/CFO of a large church (3000 weekly attendees and 100 staff members), we are faced with a multitude of organization and personnel issues. During the last 10 years, we have gone through 3 leadership changes and several reorganizations. During this time Discovery Group has been invaluable in helping us in the following areas: Team Building, Communication Structures and Methodologies, One-on-One consulting/mentoring for our Executive Team, Personnel issue resolution. Barbara and John have a wealth of knowledge and experience in these areas. Their integrity and professional approach to every situation have made them a valuable asset to our church and to me personally. You can count them to get the job done.”
– William P. Felkins, Business Administrator/CFO, Creekside Christian Church
“It is my pleasure to recommend Dr. John Roe and Barbara Thompson, M.A. for your current team-building project to build a more cohesive work unit and enhance communication effectiveness between all parties. From my years of working with both John and Barbara, I have always found them to be very creative in their approach to tap into meaningful dialogue with their participants to uncover truths. And they do so in a very soft approach allowing all participants to understand their message clearly and walk away with information from their trainings and how it is applied to one’s business life. Another example of their work in the field of human behavior is their courageous insight and timely questioning in a group setting that hits the goals and objectives of their training requirements dead center. You will be in very good hands with both Dr. Roe and Barbara Thompson, to work with your teams and positively change human behavior.”
– Amelya Stevenson, MA, SPHR-CA, SHRM-SCP, President, e-VentExe, Sacramento Vistage Chair
“I would like to recommend Dr. John Rowe and Ms. Barbara Thompson for their work with businesses in team building, training, and conflict management. While I serve on the board of directors as president of the Shingle Springs / Cameron Park Chamber of Commerce, I attended seminars put on by Dr. Rowe and Ms. Thompson. As a business owner and community leader, what struck me most was their knowledge and expertise in their field and the professionalism with which they made their presentation. They made the areas of dealing with organizational change, stress management and reduction, and providing exceptional customer service seem like easily obtainable strategies for every business, providing easily understandable tools to achieve that success. As an individual, I was impressed not only with their knowledge and professionalism but also with their approachability, ready to change your challenges into strategies.”
– Rebecca Giles, RGB Business Services