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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.


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).


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.


Naomi Halpern

Naomi Halpern

Naomi Halpern, C.Q.S.W. 

Naomi 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. 


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.