Courtney Ackerson studied forensic psychology at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology and graduated with her masters degree in 2010. Being a big fan of Iowa, and particularly Des Moines, she moved back to her home town of Urbandale after graduation. She has since worked for Orchard Place as a PMIC therapist, supervisor of community based services, and outpatient therapist. She has worked in group private practice with New Beginnings Counseling Services as an outpatient therapist in their office and in two Des Moines elementary schools. Currently she is working for Telligen as a quality improvement specialist for home- and community-based services. She enjoys volunteering, community development, traveling and being creative in her free time.