Proactive members of the working world will tell you that a diversified resume is one of the best ways to secure employment with ease. While working your way up to managerial roles within one industry, or even one company, can bring satisfaction, so too can branching out on your own. That’s the realization Natalie Barone made as she progressed through a variety of extracurricular professional development courses during her career. As a psychologist, Natalie Barone knew that efforts to improve her skill sets and similarly expand the services she could offer to clients and patients alike would be the natural outcome of these professional development courses.

Her first foray into outside programs was with a three-day training session with Robert Hare Ph.D. and Hare Psychotherapy. The September 2003 certification program in Orlando, Florida was an intensive effort, but Natalie Barone would be certified in the administration of the revised Hare Psychopathy Checklist by the end of the program. Next, psychologist Natalie Barone would embark on a violent crime behavior course. The June 2008 program, ran by the Academy Group Inc., was an invitation-only training program held in Manassas, Virginia. Participants were instructed by special agents from the FBI on the topics of rape, violent sexual crimes, behavioral aspects of stalkers, criminal investigations, mass spree killers and more. The lessons were taught by former FBI supervisors from the bureau’s behavioral science unit. While Natalie Barone concedes that the topics may not have been the most pleasant, she was supremely appreciative of the invitation and lessons learned through participation.

Come 2017, Natalie Barone would embark and another professional development venture that remains an important issue in society today. Through three courses with a focus on post-traumatic stress disorder and members of the military, psychologist Natalie Barone would learn about how PTSD affects those about to be deployed and those who have just returned; diagnosing PTSD as well as a deep dive into the world of veteran subcultures. These descriptions merely scratch the surface of what she would learn during the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs programs, but the overall outcome was to enhance her skills and knowledge. Natalie Barone, who was previously a director of psychology with New Jersey’s special treatment unit within the human services department, is no stranger to accountability. That’s why she’s looking forward to whatever venture comes down the career path next.