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J. Jason Wittman, M.P.S.
P.O. Box 46604
West Hollywood, CA 90046

I have over 35 years of experience as a therapist and
life/mentor coach. I have worked with adolescents and young
adults of many ethnicities and in a wide variety of settings. I
am a pioneer in providing addiction recovery services to this
population, including founding and directing a therapeutic
community for addicts. I have a 30 year familiarity with 12 Step
Programs. I enjoy the collaborative process of working on a
team. The following are my more recent positions:

2005 - Present
Private Life Coaching Practice

I specialize in coaching parents of adolescents and young adults. I have been able to put my 35+ years of experience counseling and coaching teenagers, including raising many foster teens and an adopted son of my own, to good use by teaching good parenting to parents who are looking to reconnect with their kids and coaching them through the process. I am currently writing a book on parenting of teens called “Parenting by Permission’” My coaching website and a link to my blog for parents of teens can be found at My other specialties include
coaching creative people in the Entertainment Industries and
coaching people in recovery.

1995 - Present
Position: Executive Director

Los Angeles Youth Supportive Services (LAYSS)
I founded this organization to continue the work to meet a need
for direct on-the-streets counseling of teens and young adults,
14-25, on their own. The agency uses the Counseling On Demand
model of providing services. This model, which I developed,
involves the professional counseling staff in all aspects of our
services from the initial outreach of new clients to follow on
counseling. The outreach is non-aggressive with the staff
hanging out, where potential clients hang out, and establishing
trust and rapport so when there is a need for counseling, the
next conversation becomes therapeutic. This model also requires
that client need to be able to contact a staff member that they
already know and trust, when they have the need. 24/7. Utilizing
this model, with only one counseling team that I lead, we have
been able to move an average of 25 adolescents and young adults
a year, from the streets and onto productive lives. More
information about LAYSS is available at

In addition to being the Executive Director, I have been the only
full time therapist on the staff. Besides the Counseling On
Demand model, innovative programs I have developed include:

- a client savings plan with the cooperation of a local bank, where over the last 10 years, this account has assisted 40 clients to save more than $90,000.
-a life skills learning program so that clients in their first apartment would have the basic skills for exquisitely dealing with the everyday things of life, like shopping, cooking, cleaning, bank accounts, credit cards, and calmly walking through the intricacies of governmental bureaucracies.
-started a program to train our clients to become production assistants (PAs) in the entertainment industry, with both book training and actual production.
- I became an expert on the CA Medical system so that all our
eligible clients have been able to get expedited enrollment into
that system.
- developed a computer training program utilizing both in-person and CD-ROM programs for instruction.
- Toll-free numbers for both our office and cell phones to give clients 24/7 access to our Counseling On Demand services.

Because it seems that I am the only therapist in Los Angeles who will take after hour crisis calls, I am regularly called upon by the State and local crisis lines to handle calls that are above their
paraprofessional’s expertise. I, also, counsel by email, youth
nationwide that find us via our website.

1993 - 1995
Position: Director

Youth Supportive Services (YSS)of The
Gay and Lesbian Adolescent Social Services, Inc., West Hollywood, California YSS worked with high risk youth, 12 to 24 years old. Services were provided both conventionally, by social workers working from an office setting and by a mobile counseling team that counseled street youth in their own environment.

I designed, wrote and received the funding, implemented, and directed this mobile team that in its first year successfully moved forty-eight youths off the streets. I was responsible for providing clinical and administrative direction to the social work and secretarial staff. I was the primary author for three funding proposals. I coordinated with other agencies and the community, as well as, with the HRSA (our federal funding source) staff. I represented the agency, nationally, at meetings of associations to which it belonged. I increased the client population from 5 to 80 clients in less than a year. In addition to my director duties, I carried a full caseload. ________________________________________
1982 - 1993
Position: Private Practice

The Center for Successful Living Hollywood, California. I specialized in generative counseling. My approach to counseling included Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP), Hypnotherapy, and 12-step counseling. I assisted clients in recovery programs, in their learning to deal with all the "getting-on-living" issues (self-confidence, stress, anxiety, co-dependency, relationships, etc.) that arise after the initial compulsive behaviors, that got them into a program, were no longer an issue. I consulted with business executives, advising and coaching them through the psychological and emotional aspects of their business transactions, interpersonal and personnel relations and delicate negotiations. I presented workshops that taught the techniques of NLP to business, professional, and sales people and also taught a workshop on relationships called, "Prerequisites for Successful Relationships".
1980 -1982
Position: Hypnotherapist

Arizona Center for Hypnotherapy Phoenix, Arizona in private practice The Center was widely advertised, so I had a wide variety of clients, both adolescent and adult, whose presenting problems covered a wide spectrum, including self-confidence, stress, anxiety, sexual identity conflicts, and unwanted habits. I taught self-hypnosis classes and created and marketed, nationally, a series of self-hypnosis tapes. ________________________________________
1978 - 1979
Position: Field Coordinator

West Phoenix Neighborhood Services National Conference of Christians and Jews, Inc. Phoenix, Arizona I supervised the part of this LEAA funded, anti-crime project that provided an "on-the-street" counseling component to the youths in the target area, a primarily Mexican/American community. Our mission was to reach the normally unreachable street kids in their environment and provide whatever assistance was necessary, be it job or vocational guidance, crisis counseling, client advocacy, or psychotherapy, to get them to feel better about themselves and to develop those life-coping skills necessary for them to stop acting out in self-destructive ways. As a working supervisor, I carried a caseload and supervised two paraprofessional counselors. I originally taught them the skills needed to be roving street counselors. ________________________________________
1978 - 1982
Founder, Coordinator, Therapist

Youth Supportive Services of Phoenix United Parents & Friends Support Group, Inc. Phoenix, Arizona Position: This project was a voluntary effort by concerned mental health professionals to provide for the well-being of gay and lesbian youths in the Phoenix metropolitan area. I worked on-the-streets with young male street hustlers. Besides general counseling, I assisted them to move into regular, legitimate-type jobs and, if necessary, into living situations with surrogate parents. I coordinated a job referral service and a surrogate parent referral service and facilitated a youth group for gay and lesbian teenagers. ________________________________________
1975 - 1978
Position: Therapist

Private, Social Work Practice Tucson, Arizona. I had a private practice that specialized in working with problem and delinquent teenagers, adults and adolescents with sexual identity problems, and drug and alcohol dependent people. I was approved by the Pima County Juvenile Probation Department to counsel their clients under the Arizona Family Counseling Act. ________________________________________
1974 - 1975
Founder, Advisor, Therapist

Give Us A Chance, Inc. Ithaca, New York Position: This youth managed, community agency ran the following activities for adolescents:
•Our Place - a recreational center for 150 adolescents, provided counseling and therapy in a non-restrictive environment that was an extension of the "street" atmosphere.
•Willing Workers Maintenance Co., a service business, provided jobs for adolescents and indirectly prepared them for greater responsibility in future employment. These innovative programs, which I conceived and implemented, received national recognition when they were chosen by the National Institute of Drug Abuse as one of eleven model programs in their National Search for Alterative to Drug Abuse.
1971 - 1974
Position:Founder, Executive Director, Therapist

Alpha House, Inc. Ithaca, New York Feelings-oriented reality therapy was used to assist the clients in their recovery from alcoholism and drug addiction at this residential (18) and out-patient (60) social model therapeutic community. I designed the therapy programs and recruited, trained, coordinated, and evaluated the staff. I personally led therapy groups, provided individual counseling and coordinated treatment. Also, as Executive Director, I fund raised, wrote grant proposals, coordinated with the community and other agencies, and supervised the administrative and financial activities. ________________________________________
1968 -1971
Position: Facilities Manager

Lawrence Wittman & Co. Copiague, New York I planned and coordinated all daily production activities, reorganized the work flow and equipment usage to maximize the efficiency of production, and supervised the maintenance personnel of this custom molding fiberglass plastics manufacturer. ________________________________________
1964 - 1968
Position: Fuels Management Officer

United States Air Force I was responsible for the receiving, storage, and distribution of all the petroleum products and the manufacturing, storage and delivery of liquid oxygen and nitrogen on an Air Force base. I served both at bases in the United States and in Viet Nam.

EDUCATION B.S. - Business Management Cornell University M.P.S.
– Counseling Psychology Cornell University

Certified Hypnotherapist Hypnosis Training Institute of Los
Angeles Certified Practitioner of Neuro-Linguistics Programming
Grinder-DeLozier Institute, Santa Cruz, CA
The Art & Science ofCoaching – 80 hour course
Erickson College,Vancouver, B.C., Canada