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Upcoming Speaker Bios

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Speaker Bios


Colin A. Ross

Colin A. Ross

Colin A. Ross, MD

Colin A. Ross, M.D completed medical school at the University of Alberta and his psychiatry training at the University of Manitoba in Canada. He is a Past President of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation, and is the author of 200 papers and 29 books. He has spoken widely throughout North America and Europe, and in China, Malaysia, Australia and New Zealand. He has been a keynote speaker at many different conferences, and has reviewed for over 30 different professional journals.

Dr. Ross is the Director of hospital-based Trauma Programs in Denton, Texas, Torrance, California and Grand Rapids, Michigan. He provides weekly cognitive therapy groups at all three locations, in person in Texas and by video-conference in Michigan and California. He has been running a hospital Trauma Program in the Dallas area since moving to Texas in 1991.

Dr. Ross has published a series of treatment outcome studies in peer-reviewed journals, which provide evidence for the effectiveness of Trauma Model Therapy. Many of his papers involve large series of cases, with original research data and statistical analyses, including a paper entitled ‘Trauma and Dissociation in China” in the American Journal of Psychiatry.

See more of his work at The Colin A. Ross Institute


Melissa Caldwell Engle

Melissa Caldwell Engle

Melissa Caldwell Engle, MS LPC ATR

Melissa Caldwell Engle is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and a Registered Art Therapist (ATR) She has over 25 years of experience treating trauma and addictions. She was the Executive Clinical Director at the Ross Institute for Psychological Trauma for 22 years. While in this position, Mrs. Caldwell Engle clinically managed three inpatient programs directed by Colin A. Ross M.D., where she was involved in the development, and implementation of the Trauma Model and its integration into the programs’ treatment milieu. She was actively involved in the development of the “Trauma Model Certification” process and co-presented as part of it with Dr. Ross.

Mrs. Caldwell Engle is a co-founder and the Clinical Director of Healing Springs Ranch, a residential treatment center for addictions in Tioga, Texas, just north of the Dallas-Fort Worth area. HSR provides treatment within a trauma-informed model that incorporates many of the elements of Trauma Model Therapy. Mrs. Caldwell Engle is also a co-founder of Trauma Recovery Associates (TRA, 2002), which was originally created in response to the Catholic Church’s “sex abuse scandal” in 2002. TRA has since grown with its focus being to educate and foster the development of organizational leaders, human service providers, and trauma survivors to help them respond more effectively to the impact of childhood trauma on individuals and on society.

Mrs. Caldwell Engle has worked in private practice for 14 years. She has worked with many behavioral health diagnoses including Depression, Dual Diagnoses, Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, Personality Disorders, PTSD, Eating Disorders, OCD, Dissociative Disorders and addictive behaviors and diagnoses. She is an internationally recognized speaker on the effects of trauma, addiction and the comorbid client. Mrs. Caldwell Engle has a unique way of combining theory with specific treatment techniques emphasizing experiential/expressive treatment modalities. This combination allows her to reach a broad range of clinicians and participants. Her humor and case examples create a highly entertaining presentation style that makes her a recognized and sought after speaker.

www.traumarecoveryassociates.com

www.healingspringsranch.com


Christine Forner

Christine Forner

Christine Forner, MSW, RSW

Christine Forner (B.A., B.S.W., M.S.W., Registered Social Worker) Began her career early starting as a volunteer at the age of 16 at a crisis line for Teens.. Christine has worked at The Calgary Sexual Assault Centre, Wheatland Crisis Shelter for survivors of domestic violence and in 1998 Christine started her clinical experience at The Calgary Women’s Health Collective. Since 2011, Christine has worked in her own private practice, which specializes in complex trauma and dissociative disorders. Christine has over twenty years of working with individuals with Trauma, Post Traumatic Stress Disorders, Traumatic Dissociation, Developmental Trauma and Dissociative Disorders, with specialized training in EMDR, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Psychotherapeutic Meditation techniques, Neurofeedback and Havening. Christine teaches locally and at an international level on the issue of dissociation, complex trauma, and the intersection of dissociation and mindfulness .

Christine is the founder of the Creative Meditation technique and Medial Prefrontal Cortex Processing for Trauma and Dissociation. Christine is the treasurer of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation, since 2011, and a current board member. As well as being a board member she is also the Chair of the Student and Emerging Professional Committee and a member of the Conference Committee and for the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation. Christine has spent the last 9 years working on methods of meditation that are affective for persons who have Complex Posttraumatic Disorder and Dissociative Disorders. She is the author of Dissociation, Mindfulness and Creative Meditations: Trauma informed practices to facilitate growth (Routledge, 2017).

www.associatedcounselling.ca


Trillion Small

Trillion Small

Trillion Small, PhD candidate

Trillion Small is the Director of Trillion Small Counseling & Consulting. She is a neurocounselor and a trauma expert. In her attachment and brain-based mental health practice she primarily sees clients who have experienced some form of trauma. She is a certified John Maxwell leadership and business development speaker, trainer, and coach. She values traditional and non-traditional education and is currently a Doctoral Candidate (PhD) in Clinical Counseling at Trevecca Nazarene University. She provides counseling services to the Dallas, TX and surrounding areas and she provides all other services locally and nationally. Trillion has been seen on national and international television and heard on several local news and nationally syndicated talk show radio stations. She was honored and recognized as Nashville's 2016 Black 40 under 40.

She published her first book August 2013 titled Internal Navigator: Basic Steps to Get You From Point A to Point B in Your Life. In this book Trillion reveals her passion to teach all to live a totally fulfilling life according to his or her purpose. She is also the author of The Caged in Heart: How Your Childhood Wounds are Affecting Your Adult Life. In this book Trillion shares fundamental principles about abuse and ways to break the cycle. In this book she reveals her hearts desire to help see people emotionally and mentally healed so that they can form better relationships with themselves, others, and God.

www.trillionsmall.com


Naomi Halpern

Naomi Halpern

Naomi Halpern, C.Q.S.W. 

Naomi Halpern is director of Delphi Training and Consulting, based in Victoria, Australia. She trained as a social worker in the UK and pursued post graduate studies in Human Rights at Curtin University, Western Australia. Early in her career, Naomi worked with children in emergency care, homeless youth, and convicted offenders in government and NGO’s, providing advocacy, psychosocial education, recreational opportunities, skills training, supervision and counselling.

In 1987, she went into private practice at The Delphi Centre, (now known as Delphi Training and Consulting.) Naomi has expertise in psychotherapy for complex trauma and provides clinical consultation for post traumatic stress disorder, dissociative disorders and related comorbidity, for mental health professionals working with survivors of sexual abuse, rape, and gender based violence, torture and other trauma. She has a wealth of experience working with people across cultures, socioeconomic groups, faiths and sexual orientation.

A skilled speaker and trainer, Naomi presents her work in complex trauma, vicarious trauma, stress management and work-place wellbeing, nationally and internationally. She provides consultation and training to a wide range of organizations including federal and state government agencies, law firms, sexual assault centres and the United Nations. Naomi is a Fellow of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation. 

Naomi is co-author with Dr Colin Ross of a treatment manual: (2009) Trauma Model Therapy: A Treatment Approach for Trauma, Dissociation and Complex Comorbidity, Manitou Communications Inc. She is also co-author of a study on Maladaptive Daydreaming: Somer, E., Soffer-Dudek, N., Ross, C. A., & Halpern, N. (2017) Maladaptive daydreaming: Proposed diagnostic criteria and their assessment with a structured clinical interview. Psychology of Consciousness: Theory, Research, and Practice, 4(2), 176-189. Naomi is a Fellow of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation. 

http://delphicentre.com.au/


Lisa Schwarz, M.Ed

Lisa Schwarz, M.Ed

Lisa Schwarz, M.Ed

Lisa Schwarz, M.Ed. is a Pennsylvania state licensed psychologist, consultant, and international educator based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and Beulah, Colorado. She is the developer of the Comprehensive Resource Model (CRM) and has spent the past 28 years dedicating her work to creating innovative methods for working with dissociative disorders (including medical/somatic dissociation), attachment disorders, and gestational trauma.  She is a certified Trauma Model practitioner from the Colin Ross Institute, trained in Robert Schrei’s Sourcepoint Therapy, and practices Usui Reiki Ryoho.

Lisa’s clinical work and teaching provides a combination of psychotherapy, neuroscience, and spirituality in facilitating holistic healing from traumatic events. She is the primary author of “The Comprehensive Resource Model: Effective Techniques for Treating Complex PTSD” (Routledge 2017) with CRM featured as the cover story in Newsweek in April 2017.

www.comprehensiveresourcemodel.com


Julie Valenti  

Julie Valenti

 

Julie Valenti

Julie Valenti, formerly a medical/surgical nurse, is the owner of the Wisdom and Recovery Healing Center located in Portland, Oregon. Her program provides individuals, couples, and families with support and guidance. Educational classes on addiction, trauma, brain re-wiring, as well as workshops and support groups for individuals and couples enrich the program. Mobile and Online access allows Julie to provide her clients with support and guidance across the U.S. and internationally.  

Julie has developed a unique approach to treat struggling with PTSD due to childhood trauma. This method, named the ”The 20 Concepts”, has yielded such positive results that her clients have encouraged her to write a book to make these concepts more available to the public. Knowing How-20 Concepts to Rewire the Brain, will be in print and available for purchase later this year.

She is currently a featured speaker at the Serenity Lane Drug and Alcohol Treatment Centers, located in Oregon and Washington. Her education and experience in treating addictions, as well as her own recovery from childhood trauma, brings an informative and interesting perspective to her presentations. 

Julie is also a Certified Hypnotherapist skilled in helping people overcome adversities and compulsive behaviors, which can be rooted in the subconscious mind. These powerful treatments are proven to have positive results in the lessening of pain and anxiety. As an Ordained Minister, Julie brings a spiritual and mindful experience to a ceremony, whether it is an end of life ritual or a joy filled marital union. Julie currently resides and works in Portland, Oregon and San Diego, California.  

www.wisdomandrecovery.com


Andrew Moskowitz, PhD

Andrew Moskowitz, PhD

Andrew Moskowitz, PhD

Andrew Moskowitz, Ph.D., is Professor of Psychology at Touro College Berlin and President of the European Society for Trauma and Dissociation. He is the lead editor of Psychosis, Trauma and Dissociation (2008, Wiley Press), along with Martin Dorahy and Ingo Schäfer, the 2nd edition of which will be published late this year, and was a core member of the WHO committee to revise dissociative disorders diagnostic criteria for the ICD-11.

Professor Moskowitz has published widely on connections between trauma, dissociation and psychosis, addressing areas such as the dissociative nature of auditory hallucinations, the historical concept of schizophrenia and its relation to dissociation, and catatonia as an evolutionary-based fear reaction. Current areas of interest and research include: 1) the relevance of dissociation to refugee treatment, 2) dissociation and the ‘1st rank’ symptoms of schizophrenia, 3) grief-based hallucinations in the elderly bereaved and 4) hidden dissociative disorders in psychotic populations.

http://www.touroberlin.de/prof-dr-andrew-moskowitz


Paul Miller, MD, DMH, MRCPsych

Paul Miller, MD, DMH, MRCPsych

Paul W. Miller, MD, DMH, MRCPsych

Professor Paul W. Miller, MD, DMH, MRCPsych, is a psychiatrist; accredited EMDR Trainer-in-training within EMDR Europe and an EMDR institute facilitator. He has served as Chair of the training subcommittee, EMDR UK and Ireland Association and introduced EMDR therapy to psychiatry in Northern Ireland’s National Health Service. In January 2011 he founded Mirabilis Health – a private psychiatrist-led clinic specializing in EMDR therapy.

Professor Miller is a popular international speaker on topics including EMDR therapy for psychosis. He is currently Visiting Professor, Faculty of Life and Health Sciences, School of Nursing and is exploring the use of EMDR therapy within The Centre for Maternal, Fetal and Infant Research (MFIR). 

www.mirabilishealth.co.uk


Dolores Mosquera

Dolores Mosquera

Dolores Mosquera, MA, Psy 

Dolores Mosquera, is a psychologist and psychotherapist specializing in severe and complex trauma, personality disorders, and dissociation. She is an accredited EMDR Europe Trainer and supervisor. Dolores is the director of the Institute for the Study of Trauma and Personality Disorders (INTRA-TP) in A Coruña, Spain­—a 3-clinic private institution initially founded in 2000 as LOGPSIC. She collaborates with two different Domestic Violence Programs, one focused on Women Victims of DV and another one on Males with Violent Behavior. She belongs to the Spanish National Network for the Assistance of Victims of Terrorism, and also collaborates with an organization aiding victims of emergencies, accidents, violent attacks, kidnapping, and other traumatic incidents.

Dolores has extensive teaching experience leading seminars, workshops, and lectures internationally. She has participated as a guest speaker in numerous conferences and workshops throughout Europe, Asia, Australia, and North, Central, and South America. She has published 15 books and numerous articles on personality disorders, complex trauma, and dissociation, and is a recognized expert in this field. She also teaches in several Universities, and collaborates supervising Clinical Psychologists in postgraduate training programs in Spain. She is co-author of the books “EMDR and Dissociation. The Progressive Approach” and “EMDR Therapy and Borderline Personality Disorder”. Dolores received the David Servan-Schreiber award for outstanding contribution to EMDR in 2017.

https://www.intra-tp.com/


Ralph Carson, PhD

Ralph Carson, PhD

Ralph Carson, PhD

Dr. Carson has been involved in the clinical treatment of eating disorders for over 40 years. His unique background in health science and medicine (BS Duke University and B. H. S. Duke University Medical School) coupled with nutrition and exercise (BS Oakwood College, Ph.D. Auburn University) has prepared him to integrate neuropsychobiological intervention and proven psychotherapeutic treatment.

Dr. Carson has honed his skills in communication and often-complicated science into enjoyable, practical, and informative workshops. He is currently Vice President of Science and Innovation for the Eating Recovery Center’s BETR Program for loss of control eating in Chicago, IL and consultant for the Pinegrove Behavioral Health and Addiction Center in Hattiesburg, MS.

Ralph Carson, PHD has consulted with numerous addiction and eating disorder treatment centers throughout the country as well as being a highly sought-after speaker at various conferences and workshops. Additionally, Dr. Carson has set up several eating disorder programs and corporate wellness programs. He is an active board member of the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals (IAEDP). He authored several popular books on nutrition, lifestyle practices, good health and the brain: Harnessing the Healing Power of Fruits and The Brain Fix: What’s the Matter with Your Gray Matter?   (205)

https://www.eatingrecoverycenter.com


Eli Somer, PhD

Eli Somer, PhD

Eli Somer, PhD

Eli Somer, Ph.D., is a full clinical professor of psychology at the University of Haifa School of Social Work and director of the Maladaptive Daydreaming Research Laboratory. He is founder and scientific advisor of Trauma and Dissociation Israel (TDIL), associate-founder and past president of the European Society for Trauma and Dissociation (ESTD).

Dr. Somer is also past president of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (ISSTD). He has published over 100 scientific publications in the field.


Gaia Polloni, MSc, CPsychol.

Gaia Polloni, MSc, CPsychol.

Gaia Polloni, MSc, CPsychol.

Gaia Polloni is a Chartered Clinical Psychologist and Psychotherapist with the Italian Psychotherapy Society, a Chartered Clinical Psychologist and Associate Fellow with the British Psychological Society, a registered Clinical Sexologist with the Italian Federation of Scientific Sexology, and a Chartered European Psychosexologist. She is a teacher at the following Psychotherapy and Sexology schools: Centro Terapia Cognitiva in Como; Centro Terapia Cognitiva in Turin; and Associazione Italiana Sessuologia Psicologia Applicata in Milan.

She is also an EMDR Therapist and a member of the following professional organizations: Italian Society of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy; Accademia dei Cognitivi della Marca; European Federation of Sexology; European Society for Sexual Medicine; Associazione Italiana Sessuologia Psicologia Applicata, and European Society for Trauma and Dissociation. Gaia lived in England for a number of years and is fluent in English.

https://www.gaiapolloni.com/


Jennifer Freyd, PhD

Jennifer Freyd, PhD

Jennifer J. Freyd, PhD

Jennifer J. Freyd, PhD, is a Professor of Psychology at the University of Oregon. Freyd is a widely published and nationally-renowned scholar whose work focuses on studies of betrayal trauma, institutional betrayal, and sexual violence, as well as minority discrimination, gender and sexual orientation, trauma and disclosures of abuse. She received her PhD in Psychology from Stanford University. The author or coauthor of 200 articles, Freyd is also the author of the Harvard Press award-winning book Betrayal Trauma: The Logic of Forgetting Childhood Abuse. Her book Blind to Betrayal, co-authored with Pamela J. Birrell, was published in 2013, with seven additional translations.

In 2014, Freyd was invited two times to the U.S. White House due to her research on sexual assault and institutional betrayal. Freyd has received numerous awards including being named a John Simon Guggenheim Fellow, an Erskine Fellow at The University of Canterbury in New Zealand, and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. In April 2016, Freyd was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Society for the Study of Trauma & Dissociation.  Freyd currently serves as the Editor of The Journal of Trauma & Dissociation. You can follow Dr. Freyd on Twitter at @jjforegon.

http://dynamic.uoregon.edu/jjf/


Steven Frankel, Ph.D. J.D. 

Steven Frankel, Ph.D. J.D. 

Steven Frankel, Ph.D. J.D. 

 Steve Frankel is Board Certified Clinical and Forensic Psychologist and an Attorney at Law, who practices both professions in San Francisco’s East Bay.  A past Director of Clinical Training and current Clinical Prof. of Psychology at USC, he began recognizing childhood trauma in his adult patient case-load in 1980 and has specialized in working with that population ever since.  He joined the Int’l. Society for the Study of Trauma & Dissociation in the 1990s and was the consultant to the Trauma Program at Del Amo Hospital from 1993 until 2001.  He was President of the ISSTD in 2002 and has been active in developing and teaching courses in trauma treatment as well as publishing chapters in books and professional journals in the trauma field. 

As an attorney, he represents health care professionals involved in licensing board actions and consults with mental health colleagues facing a variety of legal challenges.  He developed Practice Legacy Program, LLC, for transitioning practices of colleagues upon retirement, death or disability, and has spearheaded an effort to protect health care professionals who suffer from degenerative neuro-cognitive disorders from ending their careers with licensing board actions.

www.sfrankelgroup.com


Fran Waters, DCSW, LMSW, LMFT

Fran Waters, DCSW, LMSW, LMFT

Frances S. Waters, DCSW, LMSW, LMFT

Frances S. Waters, DCSW, LMSW, LMFT, is an internationally recognized educator, trainer, consultant, and clinician in the area of childhood trauma, abuse, and dissociation, and has presented extensively, including training programs in Europe, Africa, South American, and North America.  She has specialized in the field of child abuse for almost 40 years.   

Ms. Waters is the past President of The International Society for the Study of Trauma & Dissociation (ISSTD) and has served on many committees with ISSD, including currently co-chair of ISSTD’s Child & Adolescent Committee, and Faculty Director of the Child Adolescent Psychotherapy Training Programs. She also serves on Editorial Board of the Journal of Child & Adolescent Trauma, contributing guest editor for the Journal of Trauma and Dissociation, and on the national Advisory Board of the Leadership Council on Child Abuse and Interpersonal Violence.    

Ms. Waters is author of Healing the Fracture Child: Diagnosing and Treating Dissociative Youth (2016) and has published four chapters in The Dissociative child: Diagnosis, treatment & case management, and chapters in Dissociation in children and adolescents: Theory and clinical intervention, and EMDR and adjunct approaches with children: Complex trauma, attachment and dissociation.  She also has published numerous articles on childhood trauma and dissociation and forensic evaluation of children.  Ms. Waters is the executive producer of two training videos, The Traumatized Child: Understanding and Parenting the Traumatized Child, and Trauma & Dissociation in Children, that is geared toward child forensic evaluators and prosecutors.  

Ms. Waters received the 2008 Media Award from American Professional Society on Abuse of Children for her production of Trauma and Dissociation in Children, and ISSTD’s Presidential Award for her faculty directorship of ISSTD’s Psychotherapy Training Course on Child & Adolescent Trauma and Dissociation.  She is a fellow of ISSTD. She maintains a private practice in Marquette, MI.

http://waterscounselingandtraining.com/


Ana Gomez, MD, LPC

Ana Gomez, MD, LPC

Ana Gomez, MD, LPC

Ana M. Gómez, MC, LPC, is the founder and director of the Agate Institute in the US. Ana is a trainer and a trainer of trainers for the EMDR Institute and EMDR-IBA.  She is also a researcher and a national and international speaker on the use of EMDR therapy with children and adolescents with complex trauma, attachment injuries and dissociation. Ana is the author of “EMDR Therapy and Adjunct Approaches with Children: Complex Trauma, Attachment and Dissociation” and several books, book chapters and articles on the use of EMDR therapy with children and adolescents with complex trauma and dissociation.

She was the recipient of the 2011 “Distinguished Service Award” from the Arizona Play Therapy Association and the 2012 Sierra Tucson “Hope Award”.  Ana has developed several programs and protocols that include the EMDR-Sandtray protocol and the attachment-informed EMDR program to heal intergenerational trauma among others. Ana Has been the keynote speaker at numerous conferences in the US and around the world.  

https://anagomez.org/


J. Douglas Bremner, MD

J. Douglas Bremner, MD

J. Douglas Bremner, MD

J. Douglas Bremner, M.D. is Professor of Psychiatry and Radiology and Director of the Emory Clinical Neuroscience Research Unit (ECNRU) at Emory University School of Medicine and the Atlanta VA Medical Center in Atlanta, Georgia. He spends one day a week seeing soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan and performing assessments on other veterans with mental health complaints. He has a long history of experience in the field of PTSD and trauma dating back to his role as the Medical Director of the first inpatient unit for PTSD at the National Center for PTSD in West Haven, Connecticut.

His research on changes in the brain and symptoms of trauma, dissociation, and PTSD are amongst the most highly cited in his field. He is the author of several best-selling books including Does Stress Damage the Brain? and Before You Take That Pill as well as the personal narrative The Goose that Laid the Golden Egg. His most recent book is You Can’t Just Snap Out of It: The Real Path to Recovery From Psychological Trauma. This book reviews ways that people can help themselves on the road to self recovery from trauma and introduces a program for self-healing called START-NOW. Dr. Bremner lives in Atlanta, Georgia, with his wife. He has a teenage son who is currently an exchange student in Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy, and a daughter who is a senior at the University of Chicago.

twitter: @doug_bremner
web site: http://dougbremner.com
blog:  http://www.beforeyoutakethatpill.com/