John Borders has spent the past twenty years providing and supervising clinical care for families and children. He has worked extensively with high-conflict parents, divorcing families, runaway youth, and traumatized-abused-neglected children in a wide variety of mental settings including public and private agencies, hospitals, residential facilities, and schools.
John’s practice focuses on co-parenting relationships with high-conflict parents, parent-child relation problems, and families. Previously, John was Clinical Director of Kids In The Middle, where he provided and supervised divorce-related services to more than 300 families and 450 children annually, and the trauma-related treatment of more than 650 children in 23 St. Louis City elementary schools. At The Child Center, a diagnostic and variable-length intensive treatment facility, he treated children and families with severe relational problems. At Youth Emergency Service, John re-united runaway youth with their families; at DePaul Health Center, he treated acute-behavior children and their families on both an in-patient and out-patient basis; and at St. Louis Mental Health Center, a division of the Missouri Department of Mental Health, he worked with families to avoid the removal of children from their home.
John Borders earned his A.B. from Princeton University. He attended the George Warren Brown School of Social Work at Washington University where he was awarded an Eleanor Roosevelt Fellowship and received an M.S.W. with a concentration in Family Studies. He went on to study at the St. Louis Psychoanalytic Institute and completed the Advanced Psychotherapy Program. He is also certified in Levels I + II by the EMDR Institute and has completed Mediation, Parenting Coordination, and Interdisciplinary Collaborative Divorce Training. He is a court-approved Mediator and Parenting Coordinator. He is a Collaborative Family Law Coach and Child Specialist. He is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.
He has been active in a wide variety of civic and professional organizations including the Psychiatric Diversion Team of the Division of Children & Family Services of the Missouri Department of Social Services, the Executive Committee of Princeton University’s Alumni Council, and on the Boards the St. Louis Psychoanalytic Institute’s Advanced Psychotherapy Alumni, and the Collaborative Family Law Association in St. Louis. He has been a Clinical Field Instructor for graduate students at Washington University, St. Louis University, and the University of Missouri, and is on the Planning Committee of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts in St. Louis.