Tab Ballis, LCSW, LCAS, CCS is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist, and Certified Clinical Supervisor, in private practice at Insight Wellness Services, in Wilmington, NC ( . Tab is a faculty member of the University of North Carolina Wilmington School of Social Work, and served on the Board of the National Association of Social Workers, North Carolina Chapter.


Tab began studying family systems with John T. Edwards PhD in1987, assisting him with presentations and development of professional education materials through 2004. “Tools and Techniques for Family Therapy” is an innovative family therapy training video that highlights some of Johns’ most effective interventions, produced by Tab through his consulting firm, Family Tree Productions ( .

Michael Budlong, LCSW, LISW is currently on the faculty of the School of Social Work at the University of South Carolina and has authored 16 publications in the social work field.  Michael has over four decades of social work experience in the areas of clinical practice, management, consultation and training and teaching at the university level.  His most recent publication, Writing Quality Comprehensive Child and Family Assessments is required training for all clinicians conducting assessments of children entering foster care in the state of Georgia.  At USC, Michael’s areas of expertise include Research Methods, Clinical Practice, Human Behavior in the Social Environment and Systems Analysis of Social Work Practice.  Michael and John Edwards co-authored two publications since meeting over thirty years ago in North Carolina – Family Network Intervention (1993) and Child Welfare and Substance Abuse Intervention (1993).  Michael continues to train professionals in the human services field through such programs as Practical Approaches to Working with Families, Effective Supervision, Clinical Practice with Adolescents and Ethics in Social Work Practice.  Michael has resided on the Isle of Palms, South Carolina since moving from Atlanta in 2015.

Martha (Mattie) Miller Decker PhD is Associate Professor of Education in the Department of Early Childhood, Elementary and Special Education at Morehead State University in Morehead, Kentucky where she teaches in the graduate school . She uses Edwardian Family Systems Theory and practice in all of her classes, including John's CREDO for all of her students:

"One step at a time; take it easy; keep at it."

She holds the B.S.Ed in Special Education, Georgia State University; M.A. Northeastern University and Doctorate in Education from The University of Memphis, TN.



Dr. Sid Jordan has combined a career as a licensed clinical psychologist and meditation teacher since 1971. As a clinica lpsychologist, he taught individual and family psychotherapy, meditation, yoga and community psychology in the Department ofPsychiatry at the Medical University of South Carolina for 25 years. During this period he also served for five years as director of the Mental Health, Alcohol and Drug Services at the Franklin C. Fetter Neighborhood Health Care Center in Charleston S. C.


In 1994 he moved to Asheville NC to develop an eco-village to support the service community of Ananda Girisuta (Daughter of the Mountain) onthe French Broad River near Marshall, NC. In 1997 he trained to be an Ananda Marga Family Acarya (Yoga Teacher) in India committed to giving personal instructions in meditation and yoga. He is currently Director of the Prama Institute on the Ananda Girisuta property where he helps direct programing and teaches yoga psychology and spiritual practices. At the Prama Wellness Center he teaches yoga therapy and stress management to individuals and groups. He continues to offer his 40 years of experience and teaching of yoga psychology, philosophy and practices to audiences worldwide.

Richard J. Martin is a North Carolina Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist and a Certified Clinical Supervisor. He earned his doctorate in Educational Leadership from Nova Southeastern University and a Master of Theological Studies from Duke Divinity School. After a 20 year career in community mental health, he entered public education and worked for 10 years as an Alternative School Principal. Richard began his relationship with John Edwards in 1981 and has been an advocate for John’s family systems approach throughout his career in both community mental health and public education. He is currently in private practice on the Outer Banks of North Carolina.

Susan Mattox, M.Ed., has worked in the field of addiction for over 22 years. She has been a family therapist for over 16 years at Addiction Recovery Care Association (ARCA). She is currently serving as ARCA’s Clinical Director. Susan had been in training with John T. Edwards for over 10 years learning his approaches, guidelines and techniques in working with chemically dependent families.


Susan is a Certified Clinical Supervisor, Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist, Licensed Professional Counselor, Certified Rehabilitation Counselor – Master Addictions Counselor, and a Certified Healing Touch Practitioner. Susan lives in Winston-Salem, North Carolina with her family.

Michael McGuire, LCSW, LCAS, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist, was an apprentice to John Edwards beginning in 1995. Michael has incorporated the family systems lessons, strategies, and interventions he learned from Edwards in various roles, including clinical director, therapist, counselor for military families (Ramstein Air Base, Germany), trainer, supervisor, or child and family advocate within the community.


Michael’s expertise includes adolescent development, couples and family counseling, program development, clinical supervision, substance abuse, trauma, multiple family group therapy, experiential treatment, and Motivational Interviewing (MINT National Trainer). He is currently a Clinical Assistant Professor at the School of Social Work at UNC Chapel Hill.

Larry Sharpe, LCSW and AAMFT Approved Supervisor is in private practice.  Providing direct services to children and families as well as providing training and supervision have been part of his practice for the past 30 years.


Larry was a colleague, co-trainer and friend of John Edwards for 25 years and collaboratively created numerous training events including a “Family Centered Curriculum” that was trained across North and South Carolina.

Lee “Bob” Smith, MS, LMFT, CCSOTS, AAMFT Approved Supervisor, received his Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy from East Carolina University in 1997. Bob has been an American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy Approved Supervisor since 2001. In 2008 Bob earned his Clinical Certifies Sex Offender Treatment Socialist (CCSOTS) certification in his continued effort to provide treatment to juvenile sex offenders. Bob has accumulated over 15,000+ clinical hours directly with families. Bob co-developed the Evidence Based Practice, Family Centered Treatment® model which is used to date in 8 states and over a dozen agencies. Bob Has trained nationally and internationally providing workshops on a wide variety of topics.  Bob was the project director of the Safe Start grant ($840,000). In this role of principal investigator he provided the direction, management, and supervision of the grant which investigated the best practices to working with families experiencing domestic violence and substance abuse and treating the entire family, including the batterer. The focus was to reduce the impact on the children exposed to domestic violence.


Bob first met John in Grad school as Mel Markowski had him as a guest lecturer. Later Bob was trained by John while working in a group home for sexually abused children. As Bob developed FCT he used John’s written material and especially relied on the use of the MIGS form to staff all cases in FCT. FCT is the largest purchaser of John’s book Working with Families. Over the years Bob consulted with John and worked to contract him to train staff on substance abuse treatment.

Ronnie L. Wilkes Jr, Certified Rehabilitation Counselor, Licensed Professional Counselor, began working with John in 2004 as a Clinical Case Manager with The Children’s Home.  This was my first formal dabble in family systems. Like a moth to a flame, I immediately became drawn  to John’s wizardry and clinical framework.  From that point on I devoted my energy to learning about families.  In 2007, I chose to work with individuals impaired by sexual trauma and adult offenders.  I maintained my focus family systems to help identify supports to assist in treatment/recovery.  In 2012, I decided to focus more on clinical administration.  My time with John enthused, empowered, and inspired me to walk the journey beside families rather than guide them.  Even though I’m not in direct practice at this time, family systems remain a major part of my thought process when formulating clinical decisions.

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