Tamara (Tammy) Dee (she/her) is the owner of Cascadia Youth Mental Health PLLC (DBA Transform Discipline) and the developer of the Domains of Discipline Framework and the School Discipline System Check-Up consulting program. Tammy provides strategic consulting and training services to professionals in schools and youth-serving organizations. She brings both clinical and research expertise to her work helping schools transform their discipline systems in ways that actively address inequity in student discipline, promote youth mental health outcomes, and respond to youth substance use and violence using best practices. She also helps schools select and evaluate social and emotional learning programs, and provides training on motivational interviewing, social-emotional learning, youth substance use interventions, restorative practices, positive behavioral supports, and trauma-informed practices in schools.
Tammy has nearly 15 years of experience in the fields of youth mental health promotion, prevention, education, and restorative practices. She spent a year in Australia studying the implementation of Restorative Practices in schools in 2012. She received her Masters in Social Work from the University of Washington in Seattle. She is Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) and Child Mental Health Specialist (CMHS) in WA state. She also holds an ESA School Social Work Certificate with OSPI (Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction). She worked as a School Social Worker for six years in WA state and provided psychotherapy services to tweens and teens in private practice specializing in the treatment of Anxiety. She has run a consulting practice focused on evidence-informed and equitable school discipline reform in northwestern Washington since 2018. Prior to working in schools, Tammy served across leadership and research-consulting positions, including roles as a Youth Substance Use Research-Practice Development Consultant and Social-Emotional Learning Research Specialist. She was first trained in Restorative Justice in 2008, and completed her first 40 hour circle-keeper training in 2009. She has worked as a Family Violence Prevention Program Manager, Program Director, Violence Prevention Coordinator, and Restorative Circles facilitator. She has also taught undergraduate Social Work courses at a university, and co-authored peer reviewed research articles and a book chapter on youth violence and child abuse and neglect, respectively.
When not working, Tammy can be found wandering the trails around Bellingham with her husband and dog, eating donuts in Canada, kayaking in the bay, gluing pieces of wood together and calling it art, or making a total mess in her kitchen cooking and baking gluten-free deliciousness.
As a consultant and trainer, she strives to be collaborative and strengths-based, while still providing enough structure and direction to keep folks moving. She specializes in school discipline reform, alternatives to suspensions and juvenile justice, youth substance use interventions in schools, and Tier 2-3 systems for behavioral supports in schools.
More about Tamara "Tammy" Dee
Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker, State of Washington (#LW60922289)
Child Mental Health Specialist, WA
ESA Certificate in School Social Work, State of Washington
Certificate in Equity Coaching
Masters Degree in Social Work (MSW), University of Washington Seattle, 2012
Bachelors Degree in Social Work (BSW), Loyola University of Chicago
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