Experience and Education

PICT0137 1.6


Lisa Adamski BA, MHRS

Natural Bridges Learning, Owner

 (831) 419-6944

P.O. Box 1603

Santa Cruz, CA 95061



Natural Bridges Learning

Santa Cruz, CA

Therapeutic Learning Facilitator

2007 ~ present

Ongoing Therapeutic Learning Facilitation,  Mentoring, and Counseling


Grace Community Center

San Jose, CA

Clinical Facilitator, Mental Health Rehabilitation Specialist

2001 ~ 2007

Program development and group facilitation, 100-member mental health community center, City of San Jose Therapeutic Services.

Utilizing the Art of Living Institute’s ARTWorks Paradigm, partnered with clinical psychologist in co-development and implementation of clinical programs for members with the following:


  • depression
  • PTSD
  • bipolar
  • dual diagnosis (mental illness+substance abuse)
  • OCD
  • schizophrenia
  • panic disorders


  • Individual Counseling/Relationship Counseling
  • Psychotherapeutic Intervention/Crisis Intervention
  • Milieu Therapy (therapy within the activities of the Center)
  • Addiction/Dual Diagnosis Recovery
  • Stress Management/ Weight Loss
  • Tobacco Reduction/Cessation
  • Health and Wellness
  • Case Management/Treatment Planning and Facilitating
  • Legal, Medical, and Social Advocacy/Community Integration: partnering with   community professionals and agencies to provide members with information and referrals to community service providers; psychoeducation and medication programs; confidentiality, standards of care, documentation, access to ongoing services.

Staff Development:

Partnered with clinical psychologist in facilitating
 three-day ART of Living Core Course attended by all employees; monthly Staff Development Training; weekly follow up programs reinforcing Core Course concepts and practices.

 ART of Living Institute

Santa Cruz, CA; Placerville, CA

Course Facilitator
 Santa Cruz, CA

2000 ~ 2012

Course Facilitator Placerville, CA

1993 ~ 2000

Independent mastery in all programs listed below, in community and professional facilities. Facilitated and co-facilitated private, individual/relational courses, as well as three- day Core Courses in the community.

Participated, studied and co-facilitated transformational courses listed below and trained staff in these programs at community hospital. Program sponsored by The ART of Living Institute and attended by Board of Directors, Administrator, Directors, Supervisors and employees.

Courses include:

The ART of Living Institute Core Course, Vision in Action (VIA), Leadership and Facilitator Training (LFT), Staff Development Forum (SDF), Organizational Employee Assistance Program (OEAP), and Mastery of Practice (MOP).

Marshall Hospital,  

Placerville, CA

1980 – 2000

Positions included:

Case Manager, Marshall Hospital/Sierra Foothills AIDS Foundation

Administered community AIDS program during transition period from hospital-based to private agency. Case Managed 35 clients in both home and hospital settings. Assisted clients/families with medical, financial, psychosocial, education and end-of-life aspects of disease. Consulted with Medical and Nursing staff in treatment planning.

Client/Family liaison in hospital and AIDS Foundation settings.

Community Health Advocate/Community Case Management

Provided Case Management for 40 senior clients in home and hospital settings. Initiated and created community volunteer network among hospital, county community services, community hospice agency and community church health outreach.

Human Resources

Employee relations, conflict resolution, workman’s comp rehabilitation services, recruitment/advertising, benefit administration, liaison between employees and insurance companies, staff training for 100 bed hospital. Initiated, created and implemented hospital-wide public relations program for directors, supervisors, employees and community members, including running focus groups and disbursing, receiving and evaluating hundreds of patient questionnaires.

Clinical Administration

Directed central communication flow on Medical/Surgical, Intensive Care, Emergency, and Obstetrics units. Coordinated high volume medical staff communication with patients, families, and nursing staff, at times in the face of life-threatening emergency. Implemented MD patient- specific medical and/or surgical orders. Simultaneously monitored cardiac function of up to 16 patients. Diagnosed irregular and life-threatening heart rhythms. Coordinated medical, nursing and ancillary staff communication in the event of cardiac arrest as well as well as all medical emergencies arising on unit.


Certification: California’s Mental Health Rehabilitation Specialist (MHRS). For information about California’s Mental Health Rehabilitation Specialist Certification (MHRS): SMART – Scope of Practice FAQs

Certification: Medi-Cal reimbursed goal-specified treatment, counseling and rehabilitation for individuals with serious mental illness, dual diagnosis; complex medication regimes; social and relational dysfunction; major deficiencies in access to nutritional and housing stability and availability of healthcare.

ART of Living Institute Transformational Studies Placerville, CA 1993 ~ present

Practice areas: Community hospital and medical settings, community workplace settings; community mental health center; 19 years research and application.

Bachelor of Arts with honors, Psychology,  California State University Sacramento  CA,  1985