About Tim

Tim Burns is an educator and author whose background includes over thirty years of experience as high school teacher, counselor, First Offender Program facilitator, adolescent and family drug-treatment program director, university instructor, and professional development specialist. He taught for four years as a member of the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Studies Institute faculty at the University of New Mexico, while serving as program director at St. Vincent Hospital Family Recovery Center in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Since 1986, he has taught graduate and undergraduate courses for the Division of Extended Studies, Adams State College, Alamosa, Colorado, on topics ranging from stress management and wellbeing, and resiliency in children, to the amazing brain, and facilitation skills for group counseling.


Over the years, Tim has provided conference keynote addresses and professional development workshops to over three thousand schools, businesses, agencies, and organizations throughout North and South America, and in numerous other countries throughout Africa, Asia, Europe and the Middle East.


Tim is the author of three books: Anatomy of a Crisis: The Effects of Alcohol and Other Drugs on the Brain; Our Children, Our Future; and From Risk to Resiliency, as well as several popular resource manuals and curricula. He is an award-winning artist and provided the illustrations for the book, WorldWords, by Victor La Cerva, M.D. He holds a black-belt in Aikido, a modern Japanese martial art devoted to neutralizing aggression and redirecting conflict. He is the father of three talented, creative daughters, and the proud grandfather of four. He and his wife, Linda, make their home in beautiful Santa Fe, New Mexico USA.