James Lehman, MSW
For three decades, James Lehman worked with troubled teens, younger children with behavior problems, and the families and professionals who live with, educate, treat and assist in managing them.
James experienced severe behavioral problems himself as a child and adolescent. Born in 1946, he was abandoned at age 2 by parents unable to take care of him. He was found by Mr. Teddy Lehman, who, with his wife Marguerite, went on to adopt him. James began to exhibit oppositional and defiant behavior at home and in the classroom. As he grew older, these behaviors became more severe. Eventually he quit school, left home, lived on the streets in New York City, and drifted into a life of substance abuse and crime, which led to numerous prison sentences. After more than 6 years in various jails and prisons, James was given the opportunity to participate in an accountability–focused treatment program.
James Lehman graduated from that treatment program and participated in a period of training to become a staff coordinator—and his career as a counselor, therapist and teacher began. James attended Fordham University for 2 years, moved to New England, and obtained a Bachelor's Degree in Social Work, graduating Summa Cum Laude. As he continued working with children, families and professionals, James was able to attend Boston University and, in 1989, graduated with a Master's Degree in Social Work.
While working at a comprehensive residential treatment center, James began private practice, providing treatment, consultation and training to families, public schools and state agencies. The focus of that work was to provide parents, teachers and case managers with the tools they needed to successfully challenge difficult children to develop the problem solving and self–management skills they needed to be successful without relying on disrespectful, obnoxious or abusive behavior. He created The Total Transformation Program to provide parents and grandparents with the behavior management tools that were once only available to professionals.
Janet Lehman, MSW
She worked alongside her husband, James, for many years, providing group and individual therapy to children, teens and their families. In her clinical experience, she dealt with behavior problems that ranged from anger management and oppositional defiance to more serious criminal behavior in teens.
Janet graduated with a BA in Sociology from Farleigh Dickinson University in New Jersey, and received her Master's in Social Work from the University of West Virginia. James and Janet's son, Jeremy, had learning disabilities as a child that gave them a very personal understanding of learning and behavior challenges.