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TUSHONDA BOYD

CO-AUTHOR

TuShonda Fleeton Boyd is a licensed clinical social worker and has been working as a social worker for the past 18 years. She received her undergrad and graduate social work degrees at the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg. She is a native of Biloxi, MS,  born to Robert and Karen Fleeton.  She is married to Jerome Boyd and has two beautiful children, Jarrel and Ja’mya. She is a member of Infinity Apostolic Assembly Church in Biloxi.  She has been a social worker with the Gulf Coast Veterans Health Care System (VA) for almost 14 years. She has been in private practice for almost three years. She works with all populations as a mental health therapist but specializes in working with the children.

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FEATURED BOOK QUOTES

"I got him a tutor and while his grades improved, his behavior did not. He was self-harming and he couldn’t express why he was doing it. I quickly had to face that my son needed professional help and I couldn’t be the one to give it. I sought help from another professional, but I felt I had failed in some way and ashamed."

— TUSHONDA BOYD

"Even with therapy and tutoring, my son continued to fumble through school and hated every second of it. He had friends but didn’t socialize with them outside of school. When he had the opportunity to move across the country and attend high school with male family members, I made the decision to let him go. It was a great opportunity where he could also train and play football to possibly earn a college scholarship. He would also be away, so mom couldn’t “baby” him. Letting him go was the hardest thing I have ever done. "

— TUSHONDA BOYD