Upcoming Speaker Bios
Leah Keating, Ph.D., C.Psych. (Supervised Practice)
Leah Keating is completing the York University Postdoctoral Fellowship program under the supervision of Dr. Robert Muller. She also works as a clinician in two private practices under the supervision of Dr. Jane Dalton and Dr. Carmen Weiss. She completed her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at York University. Dr. Keating has trained at trauma-informed programs, including the Trauma Therapy Program at Women’s College Hospital and the Traumatic Stress Service at the London Health Sciences Centre. Her clinical work is focused on complex trauma, LGBTQ2SIA issues, emotion regulation, and eating disorders. Her research has focused on LGBTQ2SIA people’s experiences of trauma, on the queer community’s mental health care needs, and on disordered eating. She is committed to developing training initiatives based on her academic and clinical experience, she has presented her work at international conferences, and she has published her research in peer-reviewed journals.
Jenna MacKay, MA, MSW, RSW
Jenna MacKay is a Toronto-based qualitative researcher and therapist. Jenna has completed a MSW (2017, University of Toronto) and a MA in Psychology (2012, Carleton University). Jenna has thirteen years of rich, diverse work experience in academic, non-profit, hospital and government settings. Her work has focused on trauma and health equity, with a focus on women and LGBTQ people’s experiences of mental health. Jenna is dedicated to improving mental health care, and to increasing our understanding of the impact of violence and discrimination on people’s lives. As a researcher, Jenna has worked with the Re:searching for LGBTQ Health <http://lgbtqhealth.ca/> team since 2013. She is an award winning qualitative researcher and published author, and she has presented her work internationally. As a registered social worker, Jenna is an early career therapist who completed her clinical training at two trauma-informed organizations (i.e., Women’s College Hospital, The Jean Tweed Centre). Prior to her MSW training she worked as a community-based peer mental health worker supporting survivors of sexual assault, as well as youth and adults who were recently in crisis.
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.
Ana Gómez, MC, 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.
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.
John N. Demos, MA, LCMHC, BCIA-EEG
John Demos earned his Master’s degree in Mental Health counseling in 1994 from Vermont College of Norwich-University. He was licensed by the state of Vermont as a Clinical Mental counselor in 1997; certified by the National Registry of Neurofeedback Providers in 1999; certified by the Biofeedback Certification International Alliance (BCIA) in EEG in 2002; published Getting Started with Neurofeedback in 2005; and was accredited as a BCIA didactic instructor in 2006. He has introduced hundreds of professional students from eight different countries to the science and art of neurofeedback.
John’s book Getting Started with Neurofeedback is required reading for all candidates who are aspiring to become certified by BCIA. His book emphasizes the importance of QEEG assessments. In it, the EEG pattern for each of the following clinical disorders is illustrated by means of compressed spectral arrays, two dimensional graphs, topographical maps and brain wave morphology: ADHD, anxiety, depression and Asperger’s syndrome.
John’s career in neurofeedback started in 1998. Attending most of the International Society for Neurofeedback Research (ISNR) conferences since 2004 has assisted him in learning the importance of data-led neurofeedback training. He has been a member of the ISNR since 1999.
John Briere, PhD
John Briere, Ph.D., is Professor of Psychiatry and the Behavioral Sciences at the Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California, and Director of the USC Adolescent Trauma Training Center of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network. A past president of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, he is recipient of the Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Science of Trauma Psychology from the American Psychological Association. He is author or co-author of over 140 articles and chapters, 15 books, and 9 trauma-related psychological tests. At USC, he teaches and consults in the burn unit, inpatient psychiatry, and emergency services. Dr. Briere’s newest book is Treating Risky and Compulsive Behaviors in Trauma Survivors (Guilford, 2018).
Melissa Caldwell Engle MS, LPC, ATR
Mrs. Caldwell Engle is a co-founder and co-owner of Healing Springs Ranch (HSR) LLC. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and a Registered Art Therapist (ATR). She has over 20 years of experience treating trauma and addictions in the behavioral health arena. Through her experience, she was able to create a truly unique clinical program for HSR that addresses all addictive patterns (substance and process) as well as all co-occurring psychiatric diagnoses during one treatment stay. Her integrated addiction model addresses the underlying function of all symptoms, which in turn eliminates the reasons behind most, if not all, continued self-defeating behaviors.
Melissa’s clinical background began with her role as the Executive Clinical Director of the Colin A. Ross Institute for Psychological Trauma. While in this position, she clinically managed three inpatient programs where she was involved in the development, certification, and implementation of the Trauma Model and its integration into the programs’ curriculum. In addition to her administrative role, she also provided groups, individual therapy, supervision and consultation. She has co-presented with Dr. Ross for over 15 years. Mrs. Caldwell Engle is also a co-founder of the 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 themselves to respond more effectively to the impact of childhood trauma on individuals and on society.
In addition, Melissa has also worked in her private practice for 15 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 all addictive patterns and diagnoses both at the individual and group level. She is an internationally recognized speaker on the effects of trauma, addiction and the comorbid client. She has a unique way of combining theory and 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.