Jennifer L. Bashant, Ph.D.

JenniferBashant.jpgJennifer L. BASHANT, Ph.D., LMSW, MA, owner of Building Better Futures, LLC, is a Parent Empowerment Coach with the mission to strengthen families by improving challenging behavior, reducing stress and providing optimism and hope that things can and will get better. She is extremely passionate about her work because she has raised a child with challenging behavior, and she knows, first hand, what it feels like to feel isolated, blamed and worried about the future. As a licensed social worker with experience in a variety of clinical settings, Jennifer shares her knowledge and expertise with parents in a way that is compassionate, authentic and relevant.

Jennifer also consults in schools where she provides training and embedded coaching to educators regarding the most behaviorally challenging students. Her approach is trauma-sensitive and strengths-based, and she seeks to foster collaborative relationships between educators and students as they work together as partners in learning. Jennifer has been trained in Collaborative Problem Solving, the Mindful Schools curriculum, Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) tapping, and Restorative Justice. As a certified DiSC Leadership and Work Style trainer and EQ-i trainer, Jennifer also trains administrative teams, building leadership teams and teachers about how to communicate more effectively with others and foster social and emotional competence.

Jennifer has been an invited speaker at various conferences, including the New York State Families Together Annual Conference, The College of Saint Rose’s School of Education Fall Conference on Cross Disciplinary Approaches to Maximize Student Engagement, The Dawn Hochsprung Center for the Prevention of School Violence Annual Conference at The Sage Colleges, New York State Office of Children and Families Community Schools Conference and the New York State Education Department Center for School Improvement. Dr. Bashant has previously served as a Research Scientist for the NYS Office of Mental Health, a Researcher at the Center for Human Services at the University at Albany, and an adjunct professor in the School of Social Welfare at the University at Albany.

To find out more about Jennifer, check out the following links!



Love Yourself First

3 Ways to Talk So Others Will Listen

Taking the Middle Road


Is Your Child Bossy, Bullied, or Somewhere In-Between?

Creating a “Simply” AMAZING holiday

Motivation is a Funny Thing

The Illusion of Control

Limiting Your Child’s Technology Use: How Much is Too Much?


5 Steps to Improving Challenging Behavior