Dr. Reo Leslie, Jr.
LPC, LMFT, LAC, RPT-S, MAC, ACS
I direct The Colorado School for Family Therapy which I founded in 1995. My School is a Private Occupational School regulated and approved by The State of Colorado Department of Higher Education Division of Private Occupational School (DPOS). On August 23, 2005, the Colorado Examiners Board for Marriage and Family Therapy Examiners in the Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA) determined the courses were post-master level.
I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) , a Licensed
Professional Counselor (LPC) and a Licensed Addiction Counselor (LAC) . I have been a licensed mental health professional in Colorado since 1996. I have been a Clinical Fellow and an Approved Supervisor with the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) since 1996. I am a Registered Play Therapy Supervisor with the Association for Play Therapy (APT), a Master Addiction Counselor (MAC) with NAADAC, and an Approved Clinical Supervisor (ACS) with the CCE. I am a State Approved Provider of instruction of 18 Addiction Counselor Certification classes (since 2005). In 2005 Governor Owens appointed me as a Professional Member of the Professional Counselors Examiners Board where I eventually was elected Vice-Chair in 2006. In 2007 Governor Ritter appointed me as the Mental Health and Substance Abuse Representative on the State of Colorado Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice (CCJJ) where I helped make legislative recommendations to the Colorado Senate and House for 5 years and served on the CCJJ Drug Abuse Task Force and CCJJ Legislative Committee.
In 2010 I was appointed to the Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA)
Committee to develop professional standards for the regulated MFT profession in Colorado. Since 1992, I have taught classes on mental health, legal, ethical, and professional issues at the undergraduate, master's, and doctoral level at various Colorado universities. Since 1997 I have served on the Board of Directors of the Colorado Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (CAMFT) in multiple positions including the Chair of the Ethics Committee. In 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019 I testified as an expert witness on mental health issues before Colorado Senate and House Committees at the invitation of members of both Chambers. I authored two bills, HB14-1271 and HB17-1011, that were passed unanimously by both the Colorado Senate and the Colorado House and signed into law by Governor Hickenlooper. In July 2017 I was appointed to the Mental Health Advisory Council of the Office of the Denver District Attorney. During the Statutory Revision Committee (SRC) tenure in 2017, I helped draft a bill on Generally Accepted Standards of Practice (GASP) for Mental Health Professionals. In November 2017 I co-drafted a proposed bill with Jean Ritter from the Colorado General Assembly Office of Legislative Affairs to further define “generally accepted standards of practice” in the Colorado Mental Health Practice Act. On January 22, 2018, I was given an award from the President of the Colorado Senate and Speaker of the Colorado House for my expertise on mental health issues, community service, and legislative efforts. On May 17, 2018, I was elected Faculty of the Year (2018) by the graduate student body at Argosy University. On August 21, 2018, I was appointed to the Public Policy Committee of Mental Health Colorado. Also, in 2018, along with my wife, Dr. Evelyn Leslie, I helped rewrite and update the Colorado Mental Health Practice Act (CRS 12-245) during the Title 12 Recodification Project shepherded by the Office of Legislative Affairs at the State Capitol. During the 2019 Colorado General Assembly Legislative Session I drafted HB19-1019 for Continuing Competencies for Registered Psychotherapists. In October 2021 I was appointed as the Colorado Family Therapy Education Advocacy Movement (TEAM) Leader (Legislative Affairs Chair) of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT). Additionally in October 2021, October 2022, and October 2023, I was selected by Senator Bennet and Senator Hickenlooper to serve on an interview panel for candidates for appointment to US Military Academies. In July 2022 I was elected to the Board of Directors of the Rocky Mountain Family Therapy Network of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) as the Member-At-Large. I have served four times as a practice monitor for sanctioned Mental Health Professionals for the DORA Psychologist Examiners Board, the Professional Counselors Examiners Board, and the Addiction Counselor Examiners Board. During this 2023 Colorado General Assembly, I have given consultation to legislators on two bills related to the mental health profession and helped draft a third: HB23-1031. The third bill that I drafted was signed into law by Governor Polis on April 10, 2023. I also contributed language to HB23-1178.
National Football League (NFL) Approved Clinician:
From August 2013 to August 2018, I served as a Consultant, a Trainer, and the Team Clinician for the Denver Broncos Football Club. Also from September 2015 to September 2017, I served as a Consultant and a Trainer to the Chicago Bears Football Club.
Practice Monitor for The Department of Regulatory Agencies:
I have served as a Practice Monitor for mental health professionals under stipulations with the State of Colorado Attorney’s Office and DORA Regulatory Boards. The clinicians were under probation with the Psychologist Examiners Board (2009-2010), the Addiction Counselors Examiners Board (2017-Present and 2014), The Professional Counselors Examiners Board (2023), and the Social Work Examiners Board (2023- Present).
Relevance of My Background for Forensic-Related Work:
From 2007 until 2012 I taught the 40-hour class three times a year required at that time by the State of Colorado to become a CFI or a PRE. In providing clinical supervision of mental health professionals providing forensic work for Colorado courts I routinely reviewed their CFI and PRE reports. On November 13, and 14, 2021, and December 10 and 11, 2021 I taught several dozen CFIs and PREs the legislatively mandated twelve-hour content in HB 21-1228. On September 23 and 24, 2023 I taught several dozen CFIs and PREs the legislatively mandated eight-hour content in HB 23-1178. I am often contracted as an expert to review the work products of CFIs and PREs.