Past Speaker Bios
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.
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 titled 'Knowing How-20 Concepts to Rewire the Brain' to make these concepts more available to the public.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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).