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Geraldine Cariveau

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Fargo, ND

Position on board:
I represent the south-east quarter of North Dakota.

Title/ Workplace:
I opened my private practice, F-M Counseling Services, in 1987.

Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor

I work with adults and couples, helping them deal with the various mental health issues with which people struggle. Much of my work has been with marriages. In the Catholic Diocese of Fargo, every couple preparing for marriage is asked to attend a weekend Pre-Marriage Preparation Seminar. I developed a seminar for re-marriages, because those couples need to look at issues of step-parenting, blended families, and resulting financial issues. My husband and I offered four weekend seminars a year for 12 years. I also often have couples coming to my office for preparation for a second marriage. In the past three years, I have been working on annulment cases for a diocesan marriage tribunal, writing the mental health assessment (called "expert testimony"), which is an essential part of moving forward the case for annulment.

In 1997, the year of the great flood in the Red River Valley, I attended the Mental Health Disaster Training offered by the Red Cross. Since then, I have been called upon to assist at many CISM situations.

Degree and School:
Master of Science in Education - Counseling for Human Development, North Dakota State University, Fargo, North Dakota.

I love to read, and I love to sew, but currently there is very little time for that. My husband and I enjoy the many wonderful people we know in Fargo, and we like to take in the activities this vibrant community offers. A major interest since 2007 is serving as volunteers to the African refugees who began moving into our parish that year. My husband, who retired just a few months after they arrived, helps them in many ways as they try to navigate the complexities of our culture. As the parish representative to about a dozen families, my focus is on their spiritual nourishment and the education of the children and preparation for the sacraments. Our African people have become a treasured, integral part of our life.

What I like about NDMHCA:
I have been an active member of NDMHCA since the late 1980's, soon after the organization began. We mental health counselors have been an incredibly effective support to each other. I always eagerly anticipate getting together with our colleagues throughout the State during the annual Mid-Winter Conference. And I am proud of NDMHCA for every year offering the pre-conference workshop, which brings in eminent speakers who help us to keep up with the best practices in our profession.


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