Dave A. Ozias, B.S.
Training Specialist and YFTI Lead Trainer

Dave worked as a HFW Facilitator for nearly four years in Fayette County prior to coming to the Youth and Family Training Institute (YFTI). He became certified as a co-trainer for the Five Day High Fidelity Wraparound (HFW) Team Training shortly before joining YFTI. Dave loves the HFW process because it reminds him of our country's roots... a time when people helped their neighbors. He believes that no one should go through life alone. The HFW process helps identify natural supports for youth and families. High Fidelity Wraparound capitalizes on an individual's strengths, and builds confidence in families as they develop reciprocal relationships.

Dave grew up in Southwest Pennsylvania until he was 12 years old. His family moved to South Carolina where Dave graduated high school. He later moved back to PA to experience snow and the beautiful mountains of this region. Dave has four children, three boys and one girl. Two of his children have been involved in the mental health and criminal justice systems. Dave shared that it would have been extremely beneficial if he and his family would have had a HFW team built around them, especially Youth Support Partners for his first two children.

Dave has worked in the social service field for over eleven years. This includes residential treatment facilities, partial hospitalizations, shelters, and diagnostic studies. He is currently working on his Facilitator Coach credential at the Youth and Family Training Institute.

Dave's family was on public assistance when he was young. Because of this experience, Dave has a strong desire to give back to others by volunteering his time and being a role model for his own children as well as the children in his community. He has worked as a church youth leader for 20 years, as well as a wrestling, football and baseball coach in his community. Among many outdoor activities, Dave enjoys hunting and exploring caverns.