Jason Simpkins has worked in the human service field for over 15 years, with experience in individual and family counseling, addiction, suicidology, and crisis intervention. He has also gained experience in non-profit and private practice settings. With a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from the University of Michigan (Go Blue!), a Master of Social Work from Grand Valley State University, and an in-progress doctoral degree in social work through Capella University, he has spent a significant amount his life in academia. Jason has always felt strongly that his first job is to understand a person and their unique situation; without that understanding, he feels he has no basis or right to provide any type of treatment. A personal approach, for this reason, is important in his professional life.