Josh Shipp, of Disney Productions owned Lifetime Television show called "Teen Trouble," is a self-proclaimed "Teen Behavior Specialist;" a motivational speaker guru for at-risk teens who claims to be "Harvard endorsed."
In addition, Josh Shipp markets he has "lectured" at Harvard, Stanford, M.I.T., Georgetown, and UCLA. "Lectured?" Really!
Josh Shipp, his production company, and his agency representatives market Josh Shipp as an "expert"; a "teen behavior expert." Frankly, the definition of a behavior specialist or behavioral specialist that counsels teens and youth, appears far removed from the Josh Shipp's of the world.
Josh Shipp states that he "studied" psychology at the University of Central Oklahoma.
As yet determined, he offers up no license as a behavior specialist. There is no mention of a degree in psychology or sociology. The only mention of a degree is from High School ... yada yada.
Josh Shipp is qualified as an expert alright - a marketing expert. For $1,497.00 one can take an online, 7 part, DVD training course provided by Josh Shipp's "Youth Speaking University." "The complete step by step formula to become a paid speaker in the youth industry."
Josh Shipp, Disney Productions, and Lifetime Television are playing a reckless, deadly game with the precious lives of our children and youths by sending them to facilities known to be abusive, negligent, or worse. Many facilities are unlicensed and unregulated, where documented Federal and State evidence exists of abuse. Even if the show is deemed smoke and mirrors, a fake reality show - it sends a demented message.
Does Disney Productions, Lifetime Television, and Josh Shipp carry unprofessional insurance? Do the families sign a waiver absolving Disney Productions, Lifetime Television, and Josh Shipp of negligence?
WHAT SAYS HARVARD?
Today, the Office of Provost's Trademark Program at Harvard University was contacted. Their Director stated, "as a matter of policy, Harvard University does not endorse any third-party goods or services."
We sincerely hope that this applies to Josh Shipp. Harvard University has long been a supporter of children's rights. To allow this self-proclaimed "expert" and "Teen Behavior Specialist" to use Harvard like this, is egregious.
More to come ...
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Josh Shipp: "Harvard Endorsed"
Josh Shipp helps adults understand teens.
And teens understand themselves.
He's featured on the LIFETIME TV Series TEEN TROUBLE, author of "The Teen's Guide to World Domination" and was named to INC. Magazine's 30 under 30 list and a CNN Young Person Who Rocks.
Josh is a HARVARD UNIVERSITY endorsed motivational speaker