4096 Piedmond Ave., Suite #312, Oakland, CA 94611 (510) 917-0666 info@progressivetransitions.org


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Norma Ward

Post: Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder

Experience: Over 25 years experience

Qualifications: Master's Degree in Counseling and Psychology, Bachelor of Science in Behavioral Science, Registered Addiction Specialist

Norma Ward is the CEO and Co-Founder of Progressive Transition(s), Inc. She has worked in the nonprofit arena for over 25 years,specializing in the areas of healthcare administration, mental health, nonprofit program development and management and women’s health.

Norma is the recipient of the 2011 Jefferson Award for Public Service and is a Commissioner on the Alameda County Public Health Commission.

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Kimberly Peters

Post: Co-Founder

Kimberly K. Peters is the Co-Founder of Progressive Transition(s), Inc. She has 20 years of experience providing counseling and mental health services to individuals and groups, and created the workshop curriculum for Progressive Transition(s).

Kimberly specializes in the areas of domestic violence, sexual assault, family-based trauma and addiction.


Our Staff

Arkila J. Covington, MA, LMFT

Post: Community Development Director, Wraparound Facilitator, Clinical Intake Coordinator, Clinician

Experience: Over 15 years combined experience in multiple highrisk settings

Qualifications: Dual Master's Degree in Sociology/Criminal Justice and Counseling Psychology, Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Registered Drug and Alcohol Specialist Intern

Arkila J. Covington is a native of St. Louis, MO. She has over 15 years of combined experience providing peer counseling, direct services, rehabilitation services, individual, group and family therapy. She had experience working with parenting and pregnant teens, individuals associated with gangs and crews, runaway youth, foster and adopted youth, and youth and adults diagnosed with a drug use disorder.

Arkila has the most experience working with familybased trauma and drug use disorder.

Monica Horowitz



Qualifications: Bachelor’s Degree

Monica Horowitz has a bachelors degree in Dance education from University of the arts in Philadelphia PA. Upon graduating she went on to pursue her career by working with Walt Disney World tours, Floyd Mayweather filthy rich records, Latin Grammys, Rockafella records, American dance festival, and cirque du Soleil. After retiring she went on to teach dance for the Las Vegas public school district as well as becoming a top personal trainer for Las Vegas athletic club and golds gym. In 2014 Monica decided to pursue her second love of community mental health by moving to California and pursuing her graduate degrees in sport and clinical psychology. Currently Monica is in her second year as a PsyD student at John F. Kennedy University in Pleasant Hill. She has done community work such as public speaking on the effects of international adoption with children, the benefits of mental skills training on elite personal trainers, as well as becoming student government president for her university. Monica's vast involvement with both physical and mental health, allows her to bring a plethora of practical application to Progressive Transitions.

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Who we Serve

Domestic Violence

Domestic Violence

Individuals seeking to live violence free lives by recognizing and indentifying their issues.

Sexual Assault/Exploitation

Women (18 years and older) who are seeking counseling and intervention services for street prostitution, human trafficking and sexual exploitation.

Restraining Orders

Individuals who are seeking restraining order modification and/or termination.

Re-entry Populations

Individuals transitioning from prisons or county jails back into the community.


Members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer Communities.


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What we do

We work with women and men 18 and over who are victims and survivors of Domestic Violence, Human Trafficking and Sexual Exploitation. We also work with members of the LGBTQ community. The services we provide include:

  • Individual Mental Health Counseling
  • Therapeutic Support Groups
  • 6-Hour Domestic Violence Education for restraining order modification and/or termination
  • Life Skills Workshops
  • Mental Health Referrals
  • Case Management
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Why Choose Us?

We are not only committed to our clients but to the community as a whole. Our commitment is to the well being of women, men and families throughout the bay area who have experienced trauma.
The safety of our clients is pivotal to our mission and includes assistance with food, shelter, medical care, emotional health, and overall wellbeing.
Should a client no show on a continuum or express fear to us, we first and foremost check their safety, followed by informing the appropriate authorities. Clients who are ordered to seek assistance through our program and are non-compliant are informed of the consequences of being non-compliant before being reporting to the referral source.
We provide non-judgemental services by meeting our clients where they are. Progressive Transition(s) works to dissect the past and to help stop recidivism. We do not judge our clients on their past or repeated unhealthy behaviors.

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Detailed Explaination of Progressive Transition(s), Inc. Services

Progressive Transition(s) as part of a collaboration with the Alameda County Office of the Public Defender developed a diversion program designed to assist clients facing prostitution and/or loitering charges to avoid incarceration or other court imposed punishments. This program provides services to disenfranchised women age 18 and older who are either facing convictions or are eligible to have their convictions overturned.

Our program is a six-month program that offers:

  1. Intensive case management
  2. Behavior modification
  3. Individual and group counseling
  4. Life skills/self-sufficiency planning
  5. Family counseling

Our approach consists of identifying the immediate needs of the client, identifying undiagnosed mental health issues, developing long-term life skills and providing trauma informed care.

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Alameda County Family Justice Center

Alameda County Family Justice Center is a one-stop center, with 30 onsite and over 50 offsite agencies and programs, for individuals/families experiencing domestic violence, stalking, sexual assault and exploitation, child abuse, child abduction, elder and dependent adult abuse, and human trafficking.

Building Futures for Women & Children

Building Futures, a nonprofit organization founded in 1988, is based in San Leandro with programs throughout Alameda County. Through our continuum of care, we provide resources, programs and services to help Alameda County residents build futures free from homelessness and family violence.


Since 2007, MISSSEY has devoted its energy to the heartbreaking epidemic of sexual exploitation by supporting and advocating for youth who have been commercially sexually exploited. They are a survivor-informed organization that is confronting human trafficking in Oakland, in Alameda County, and throughout California.

Love Never Fails

LOVE NEVER FAILS is dedicated to the restoration, education and protection of those involved or at risk of becoming involved in domestic sex trafficking. We are devoted to expressing to each person that they are valued, precious and loved by their community.

Men Creating Peace

Men Creating Peace believes that violence is a learned, maladaptive coping strategy to get needs met. Men learn new and healthy techniques of communicating and negotiating for what they need, from a place of equality.


CAL-PEP’s provides accessible health care, risk reduction education, and support services to people at high risk for or currently living with HIV/AIDS in San Francisco and Alameda counties. They offer innovative services and programs in a confidential and sex-positive environment using cultural relevance to socially marginalized communities, with compassion and grace as our guiding principles.

Courageous Women

Courageous Women Association provides supportive services, resources, and empowerment to women and child victims and survivors of domestic violence, homelessness, addiction, incarceration, prostitution or human trafficking, and other life issues. Our organization is built upon uplifting and empowering women from all walks of life, reminding them of their worth and importance in the world.

My Safety Net

Safety alerting can save lives! My Safety Tech has developed a smart phone App called My Safety Net which is designed to digitally capture emergencies and immediately alert family/friends when unpredictable threatening moments occur. My Safety Net helps prevent stalking, bullying, abductions and sexual assaults; it provides 'digital forensics' which helps ensure evidence of restraining order violations, while also enabling criminals to be identified and captured! Download My Safety Net today and be safe!

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Phone: (510) 917-0666
Fax: (510) 555-1234

4096 Piedmond Avenue
Suite #312
Oakland, CA 94611


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