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Tonia Ferguson

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Ms. Ferguson is passionate about her work with youth, adults, and their families that have been impacted by severe and persistent mental illness. She has worked with individuals impacted by mental illness in the criminal justice system, substance addiction, trauma, as well as Veterans of the armed forces and as an advocate for victims of abuse and neglect for over twenty years.

She is currently the CEO of Be REAL Blessed, LLC, a mental wellness and professional development staffing agency she founded in 2021. She specializes in leadership training and incorporating psychoeducation to impact workspaces, increase productivity and decrease staff burnout/turnover. She is a literary art and mental health expert who facilitates both social and emotional learning. She also does cultural art facilitation for corporations, nonprofits and community agencies, including academic sites and juvenile/adult correctional facilities.

She is an adjunct university professor for Azusa Pacific University, University of the People and Salt Lake Community College, teaching psychology courses to undergraduate and graduate students. She is passionate about professional mentoring, criminal justice reform, ending the criminalization of mental illness and has been a keynote speaker nationwide for these topics. Ms. Ferguson is an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist working in trauma care for Beauty for Ashes Transformation Center, San Diego, CA.