Becoming involved in her profession because of a commitment to children and their well being, Jaydene Morrison got into psychology and counseling because she was looking for answers. She has served as the president and director of Ventures in Learning, Inc., in Helena, Montana, since 1984. She began her career as an educator at Cushing Public Schools in Oklahoma from 1955 to 1957 and Indianapolis Public Schools from 1958 to 1959. Ms. Morrison then served as a counselor and teacher of special education at Helena-Goltry Public Schools in Oklahoma from 1965 to 1973, a psychometrist for the Oklahoma State Title III Program in Alva, and a school psychologist for the Oklahoma State Department of Education in Enid from 1977 to 1985.
In addition to this tenure, Ms. Morrison was a career counselor in Oklahoma City for one year, rural specialist for the Oklahoma Conference of Churches AG Link from 1986 to 1988, vice president and secretary/treasurer for Oklahoma Made, Inc., for one year, and school psychologist for Oklahoma City Public Schools from 1988 to 1993. She then served as a therapist and public school liaison for the Chisholm Trail Counseling Service from 1993 to 1995, coordinator for the Statewide Farm Stress Program for one year and secretary, treasurer and pure therapist for the Greenleaf Drug/Alcohol Rehabilitation for one year. Additionally, Ms. Morrison was a part-time counselor for the Clayton Clinic from 1987 to 1989, consultant for the Oklahoma Family Institute from 1990 to 1993 and served the Department of Education Behavior Management Central District in Hawaii from 1995 to 2000.
Prior to the start of her professional career, Ms. Morrison pursued a formal education at Oklahoma State University, earning a Bachelor of Science in 1955 and Master of Science in 1957. She then completed postgraduate coursework at the University of Colorado in 1965, Central State University in Oklahoma from 1967 to 1970 and in 1984, and the University of Denver from 1981 to 1982. In addition, Ms. Morrison is a certified counselor and school psychologist, licensed marriage and family therapist, and Oklahoma councilperson.
Active in her local community, Ms. Morrison co-chaired the Alfalfa County Democratic Party from 1976 to 1983, chaired the Alfalfa County Excise and Equalization Board from 1979 to 1983, and served as assistant state coordinator of the Oklahoma American Agriculture Movement from 1982 to 1983. Following this, she was the secretary-treasurer for the Sixth District of Oklahoma Democratic State Executive Board from 1983 to 1987, and was a member of the Elder Christian Church and a counselor for the United Methodist Counseling Center from 1987 to 1988. A talented writer, Ms. Morrison has authored five books, including “I Hate You Miss Bliss,” “Coping With a Learning Disability” in 1992, “Coping with ADD/ADHD” in 1995 and “I’m Not Sick, Society Is-A 5 Step Drug-Free Parent/Teacher Guide” in 2006.
Outside of her primary trade, Ms. Morrison maintains involvement with the Oklahoma Association of Learning Disabilities, the Garfield County Interagency Task Force, the Oklahoma School Psychologists Association and the National Association of School Psychologists. Likewise, she has been active with the Oklahoma Society for the Advancement of Biofeedback, the Biofeedback Society of America, the National Board for School Counselors, the Chi Omega Alumni and Delta Kappa Gamma. In light of her professional achievements, Ms. Morrison is a recipient of the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award and the Marquis Who’s Who Humanitarian Award, and was named a Marquis Who’s Who Top Professional. She also attained a Teacher of the Year Award from the Helena Masonic Lodge in 1967 and the Special Award from the Oklahoma Women for Agriculture in 1979, and was named an Outstanding Citizen of the Year by the Oklahoma chapter of the National Association of Social Workers in 1988.