Barbara Krovitz-Neren, M.A. 
Behavioral Health Consultant

Barbara Krovitz-Neren has worked in the behavioral health field and has been a youth and parenting advocate for more than thirty years. As a pioneer in the addiction prevention field, she has created dynamic programs that have impacted more than 50,000 youth, adolescents, and young adults around the country. Barbara has trained individuals in school districts, community social service agencies, and parent groups, both nationally and internationally. She also coauthored a K–6 prevention curriculum that has been used in many schools districts in the United States. She co-founded and directed Children Are People Inc., from 1977-1989, where she created a support-group model for elementary and middle school-age youth at risk and for children of alcoholics.

Barbara has a master’s degree in counseling. She completed a two-year program in alcoholism and chemical dependency as well as a one-year program specializing in family system dynamics. She has also extensively studied Mindful Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) for adults and children. Her work on behalf of children and their families has earned her outstanding recognition awards throughout the years.

Through her work with youth and parents, Barbara developed 5-Step Foundational Parenting Programs, which she spearheads through the organization Competent Parents, Competent Kids. Barbara piloted this innovative parenting program at a recovery high school, and sober living programs for young adults and their parents, and today coaches parents using this model.  As an expert in the field, Barbara was attracted to the Plahn Method’s focus on a family solution and has seen firsthand the difference this approach has made for the afflicted individual, concerned loved ones, and the entire family.   

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