Claudia began studying the Three Principles in 2006. She didn’t initially understand how they were different than the mental health theories she’d previously learned and had no idea how deeply the understandings would change her personal and professional life. She is deeply grateful. Claudia is the Director and one of the creators of the West Des Moines’ Youth Justice Initiative (YJI). The Three Principles of Psychological Functioning are central to YJI processes. YJI youth shift in their outlook about life as a result of maturation and YJI’s focus on the capacity we all have to make better choices and to create happier lives. Claudia has two grown daughters and five grandchildren. Going on walks with her dog, Trixie, is her biggest joy!