Martine Wehr, J.D.
Anger Management Professional and Parent Educator
Martine Wehr has been working with youth and issues concerning families for over 25 years. The spectrum of her experience with youth and families includes teaching elementary school and incarcerated youth, working with autistic children, developing youth fitness programs, creating and directing programs for at risk youth and contributing to a guide for juvenile court judges on special education and juvenile delinquency. Collaborating with a wide variety of community partners has led her to create a unique event geared specifically to help parents of teens find and learn about resources in their community. Side by Side: A Partnership in Parenting is a free conference that brings together elected officials, judicial officers, law enforcement agencies, local school districts, social services and health care, community and faith based and non-profit organizations to provide parents of teenagers with the support resources to support them as they raise their teenagers.
More recently, she has worked with delinquent youth providing diversion programs, co-founding and directing DECISIONS, a legal awareness program for juveniles and their parents. She has also been involved in presenting drug and alcohol educational programs for first time juvenile offenders. Ms. Wehr is an anger management provider for adolescents and adults and parent educator.
Her dedication to youth is reflected in not only her work experience, but her volunteer work, educational achievements and personal values. She has served as a volunteer with CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) and has been a volunteer with the Orange County Probation department since 2003, being nominated for volunteer of the year in 2006. She has provided incarcerated youth with inspirational guest speakers and field trips, including her favorite: taking the youth to opera performances. In addition, Ms. Wehr has provided a street law program to alternative high schools. Ms. Wehr is an advisory board member for Crime Survivors, a nonprofit organization providing support and resources to victims of crime.
Ms. Wehr earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Social Behavior, Cum Laud, from the University of California, Irvine with an emphasis in Child Development. She received her Juris Doctor from Whittier Law School as a fellow at the Center for Children’s Rights. As part of her legal education, she was an intern with the Orange County Sheriff’s Department Juvenile Services Bureau and three Orange County Superior Court juvenile court judges. She is also a contributing author to the Orange County Juvenile Court Judges Special Education Resource Book and has written Affluence as a Risk Factor for Juvenile Delinquency. During her law school experience she developed several symposia at Whittier Law School focusing on juvenile delinquency and local intervention programs and developed the Children’s Book Drive providing books to children who appear in juvenile court.
Ms. Wehr’s personal values regarding helping youth and families have been an integral part of her life. Her belief that children are always worth our best efforts are reflected in her tireless efforts to support youth and families in our community. She lives in Laguna Niguel with her husband, Dana, their daughter, Hannah and her cat, Puddinhead.
The AJ Novick Group is approved by the Board of Behavioral Sciences as a continuing education provider in the state of California. The AJ Novick Group is additionally approved by the Orange County Probation Department to offer anger management for both adults and adolescents.