Upcoming Speaker Bios
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).
Pat Love, Ed.D., LMFT
Pat Love, Ed.D., LMFT, known for her warmth, humor and research-based wisdom has been a clinical practitioner for 40 years. Her blog posts, YouTube clips, books, trainings, workshops and online courses have made her a popular go-to relationship consultant. Her work has been featured on televisions through repeat appearances on Oprah, The Today Show and CNN; in cyberspace; and popular magazines--but she’s also a professor, licensed marriage and family therapist and long-standing clinical member and approved supervisor in AAMFT. She was the first Master Trainer in Imago Relationships International and is now Faculty Emeritus. Dr. Love co-founded the Austin Family Institute, providing therapy, consultation, supervision, training and public education. She has authored/co-authored seven books; four workbooks; several online/video courses, including her new release, Wake Up in a New Marriage: Science Skills and Stories to Transform Your Relationship from Ordinary to Extraordinary, and numerous professional articles. She was most recently honored by being inducted into her alma mater West Virginia University’s College of Education and Human Services Hall of Fame. Her work has taken her around the world to help people understand and improve their relationships.
Pat received her doctor of education in counselor education from West Virginia University. Joined the faculty of Texas A & M University in Commerce, TX; went on to establish the Austin Family Institute in Austin, TX; served as President of the International Association for Marriage and Family Counseling; continues to work as a relationship consultant, trainer, author, and workshop presenter.
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.
Colin A. Ross, MD, FRCPC
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 225 papers and 31 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 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.
Besides his clinical psychiatry interests, Dr. Ross has published papers and books on cancer and human energy fields, as well as literary works including essays, fiction, poetry and screenplays. He has several different hobbies including travel.
For more information about Dr. Colin Ross, or to learn about his inpatient trauma programs, or to purchase books, please visit The Colin A. Ross Institute
Jocelyn St.Cyr, LICSW
Jocelyn St.Cyr, LICSW is the founder of Domestic Violence Clinician Trainings, a training hub for clinicians teaching best practices for working with survivors and batterers. Through that program, Jocelyn, along with other experts in Domestic Violence come together to share their knowledge with clinicians learning about Domestic Violence around the world. Jocelyn's experience in Domestic Violence comes from her former role as the director of the First Step Domestic Violence Program in Arlington, MA where she managed programs for survivors of trauma, including group therapy services, coordinating and training volunteer mentors, and where she built a holistic wrap-around service that connected survivors with local professionals in various fields to meet the needs of the survivors in the program. In that role, Jocelyn also served as a partner member of the regional Domestic Violence High-Risk Team (DVHRT), which provides a multi-disciplinary coordinated community response to domestic violence cases identified as the most dangerous. Jocelyn is also the director of Living Well Counseling, a counseling center group practice in the Boston area providing trauma-informed care to individuals and groups in the local community.
You can learn more about the Domestic Violence Clinician Training program at dvclinicians.com.
Jim Knipe, PhD
Jim Knipe, PhD, has been using EMDR since 1992. He is an EMDR-HAP Trainer, an EMDRIA Approved Consultant and Instructor, and was designated a "Master Clinician" by EMDRIA in 2007. He has been an invited speaker at national EMDR conferences in 14 countries in the US, Canada, Europe and Asia, and he has been involved since 1995 with the Trauma Recovery/EMDR Humanitarian Assistance organization, coordinating EMDR training programs in developing countries where significant trauma has occurred. He is a co-author of published outcome research documenting the effects of EMDR with survivors of the New York 9/11 terrorist attack and with those traumatized by the 1999 Marmara earthquake in Turkey. Dr. Knipe has contributed chapters to EMDR Casebook (2002), EMDR Solutions, Volumes I and II (2005, 2009),Healing the Heart of Trauma and Dissociation (2007), EMDR Scripted Protocols: Special Populations (2009), and EMDR and Dissociation (2012). His book, EMDR toolbox: Theory and treatment for complex PTSD and dissociation, second edition, was published in September, 2018, and he is a co-author (with Dolores Mosquera) of two articles in the Journal of EMDR Practice and Research, entitled Understanding and Treating Narcissism With EMDR Therapy (Winter, 2015) and Idealization and maladaptive positive responses. EMDR therapy for women who are ambivalent about leaving an abusive partner. (Winter, 2017). A video recording of his two-day training – EMDR-related methods of treating Complex PTSD and Dissociation – is available through Trauma Recovery/HAP.
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.
Dana Ross, MD, MSc, FRCPC
Dana Ross, M.D. is a psychiatrist in the Trauma Therapy Program at Women’s College Hospital in Toronto, Canada. The Trauma Therapy Program specializes in treating those who have experienced childhood interpersonal trauma. She practices trauma-focused individual and group therapy, and is a lecturer in the Division of Equity, Gender and Population at the University of Toronto. She has a strong interest in teaching and education, and has taught both undergraduate and postgraduate classes at the University of Toronto.
Dr. Ross completed her psychiatry residency in Ontario, Canada, at the University of Toronto and at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. She completed a Master of Neuroscience degree at the University of Calgary, in Calgary, Alberta and finished her undergraduate degree in psychology at York University in Toronto. She was recently on the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (ISSTD) Board of Directors.
She has had numerous speaking engagements across North America with a focus on trauma, education, and psychotherapy. Dr. Ross co-chairs the Trauma Talks conference (www.traumatalks.ca) in Toronto which is a conference focused on the concept and practice of trauma-informed care.
Dr. Ross was born in Inuvik in the Northwest Territories in Northern Canada and is of Dene descent. She identifies as Métis. Her interests outside of psychiatry include writing, movies, and painting.