Truly committed to bringing dignity, kindness, and concern to people, Barbara A. Berg has found social work to be the perfect profession. She started by building her knowledge at institutions like Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, and Virginia Commonwealth University, where she earned a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Social Work, respectively. Then, to strengthen what she learned, she accrued hands-on experience as a postgraduate intern in the NICU at the White Memorial Medical Center and at the West End Family Counseling Center. As Ms. Berg steadily developed expertise in communication, stress management, and relationships both at home and on the job, she also grew in acclaim amongst her peers. Her subsequent efforts in positions like speaker on corporate childcare for the Office of Mayor Tom Bradley at the Los Angeles City Hall, course creator and lecturer on corporate childcare programs and promotion at California State University Extended Education, and team coordinator on child abuse reporting at White Memorial Medical Center solidified her reputation as an authority in the field.
Today, Ms. Berg continues to make strides as a speaker, award-winning author, and licensed clinical social worker. She has conducted more than 1,000 critical incident stress debriefings in Southern California, Nevada, and Mexico, and has served as a lecturer, presenter, and consultant for more than 500 workshops since 1982. She has also been a guest on more than 500 national and international radio, television, podcast, and Internet shows, including The Howard Stern Show and The Other Half with Danny Bonaduce and Mario Lopez, has been featured in more than 20 magazines, including Cosmopolitan and First for Women, and was the conductor of her own radio show on HealthLife.net. Further, Ms. Berg’s book, “Ring Shui – Move Your Rings, Change Your Life,” published by Ganesha Hills Press in 2009 and 2012, earned the Finalist Award from both the Eric Hoffer Award for Excellence in Independent Publishing and the Next Generation Indie Book Awards of the Independent Book Publishers Association. Her other two self-help books, “What to Do When Life is Driving You Crazy!” and “How to Escape the No-Win Trap,” were also well-received.
In her private practice, Ms. Berg specializes in helping her clients live their lives more authentically and have “successful midlife crises.” She is experienced in working with individuals and groups from all walks of life, and has dealt with issues like Adult Attention Deficit Disorder, PTSD, work/life balance, grief and loss, and couples and corporate communication. One of the main methods she employs is the art of Ring Shui, which uses consciously-placed rings to focus the energy within the hands and fingers. That, coupled with various stress management techniques, has been a winning strategy for her. Ms. Berg loves having the privilege of working with people as they grow and achieve their goals; seeing firsthand how resilient and compassionate people can be, even in turbulent times, has really inspired her. Looking to the future, she hopes to continue her work and connect with larger audiences around the world.
Outside of her professional endeavors, Ms. Berg enjoys using her free time to help organizations pro bono. She was a speaker for the California Association for Education of Young Children and the Childcare Advocates of America, Orange County, and was a member of the Corporate Childcare Taskforce for California State Senator Seymour. She is also active in the League of Women Voters and Reality Rally.
As a testament to her hard work and dedication, Ms. Berg has received numerous accolades over the years. Most notably, she was honored with the President’s Lifetime Achievement Award from President Obama for her lifelong commitment to building a stronger nation through volunteer services in 2015.