Koltn is a research graduate student and the director of programs at Priestley Mental Health. Koltn spends most of his day as an interventionist for Preston School District, and for the last two years, he has also been the manager of Priestley Mental Health's CBRS program.
Outside of the office, Koltn is a professional editor and writer. His hobbies include talking, creative writing, researching creativity as a cognitive process, and trying to convince English teachers that the book is not always better than the movie--that's book-lover propaganda. When he's not reviewing state level-of-care guidelines, Koltn is writing, drawing, talking about children's literature, soapboxing about Ernest Hemingway's continuing contributions to the American literary tradition, or trying to convince the CBRS specialists to go get matching tattoos with him.
Koltn's background is in education and youth mental health services. As an English teacher, he has taught every grade level from kindergarten through freshman college and completed a teaching internship in Shandong Province, China. He has a background in clinical behaviorism and trained for a year in developmental disabilities. Koltn studied psychology and English as an undergraduate and applies principles of children's literature, narrative psychology, and creative writing to his mental health interventions. He is currently completing his research thesis for his master's degree, which focuses on educational psychology and cognitive science in learner-centered curriculum & instruction environments. His research focus is on applying psychiatric rehabilitation and psychosocial development theory to curricula, mental health programs, and creative writing workshops.
Koltn completed a 30-month clinical residency in psychiatric rehabilitation and is a certified Child & Family Resiliency Practitioner (CFRP). He has trained specifically in disruptive behavior disorders, anxiety, teen and adolescent psychology, and LGBTQ+ support. He is a certified (former) self-defense and martial arts instructor.
Koltn is a member of the Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association (PRA).
Master of Science, Curriculum & Instruction
Focus: Educational Psychology & Psychiatric Rehabilitation
Bachelor of Arts, English & Creative Writing
Associate of Arts, Psychology
Child & Family Resiliency Practitioner (CFRP)
Crisis Intervention & Response
Utah Teaching Endorsement (English/language arts)