“What is success?
To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate the beauty; to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch Or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded!”
― Ralph Waldo Emerson
EDUCATOR* AUTHOR* COUNSELOR
Brett lives in Ocean County, New Jersey with his wife of twenty-one years, Darla and his children Billy, 22 and Samantha 17.
He holds a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from LaSalle University in Philadelphia, PA and a Master's Degree in Family Therapy from Friends University in Wichita, KS as well as post-degree work and certification in School Social Work from Monmouth University in West Long Branch, NJ and in Educational Leadership and is currently earning his doctorate. Brett is licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapist and State Certified as a School Social Worker.
Brett has worked as a School Social Worker/Counselor for the last twenty years and is an adjunct instructor at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey and Stockton University in Pomona, NJ. Additionally, he has been a licensed and Marriage and Family Therapist in private practice, community mental health, and substance abuse settings over the last twenty-two years. Novick has supervised in family counseling, school counseling, and centers for abused and neglected children as well as adults with developmental disabilities.
He has also authored nationally and internationally articles in American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy, Autism Parenting, National Education Digest, NJEA Review, National Association of Special Education Teachers, NASSP Principal Leadership, Better Mental Health and ASCD Educational Leadership Magazines. He has authored four books Parents and Teachers Working Together and the Likeable, Effective, and Productive Educator, The Balanced Child: Teaching Children the Gift of Practical Social Skills, as well as Beyond the Behavior Contract: A Practical Approach to Dealing with Challenging Student Behaviors each published by Rowman and Littlefield Publishers as well as a children’s book entitled Brain Bully: Standing Up to Anxiety & Worry published by Childswork/Childsplay. Additionally, he had published to self-help books entitled: Don't Marry a Lemon: A Marriage Therapist's Guide to Finding the Right Spouse and Crappy to Happy: A Practical Guide to Happiness; both published by Train of Thought Press.
He has been humbled with numerous awards for his work in education, inclusive education, counseling, character education, and human rights. Including NJEA Martin Luther King Jr. Human and Civil Rights Award, NJSCA Ocean County School Counselor of the Year Award, the Ocean County Mental Health Advocate Award, NJ Council on Developmental Disabilities Community Award, NJ DOE Holocaust Memorial Hela Young Award, NJ DOE Inclusive Educator of the Year & Exemplary Educator Awards, NJSCA Human Rights Advocate Award, ETS/Kids Bridge Character Educator of the Year Award, Freemasons Educator of the Year and U.S. Congressional Recognition for Community Service as well as the NJ State Governor's Office Jefferson Award for Public Service.