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Wallis Balog is a mental health professional, suicide consultant, trainer, and compassion fatigue specialist who has dedicated over 30 years of her life to providing counselling, therapy, training and support to people of all ages and walks of life struggling with mental health concerns. Wallis is President of the Ontario Association for Suicide Prevention, a member of the Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention and the Ontario Association of Consultants, Counselors, Psychotherapists, and Psychometrists. She is part of the development team at LivingWorks Education.
Baskin, Cyndy Ph.D.
Cyndy Baskin, PhD, of Mi’kmaq and Celtic descent, is an Associate Professor in the School of Social Work at Ryerson University. Her work focuses primarily on how Aboriginal worldviews can inform the helping professions. Cyndy is the Chair of the Aboriginal Education Council and the Academic Coordinator of the Certificate in Aboriginal Knowledges and Experiences. She conducts training in diverse areas for both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal service providers.
Bell, Mary M.S.W., R.S.W.
Mary Bell has worked for over 25 years with adolescents and their families in a variety of settings, including The Hospital for Sick Children and the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. For over 20 years in her practice in Toronto, Mary has helped individuals, couples and families with a wide array of clinical issues. Experienced in an array of practice modalities, she has found working with Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) to be like coming home. She co-developed a group protocol using ACT for treating adolescents with anxiety, depression and developed an ACT program to support parents of substance abusing adolescents. Co-author of ACT for Adolescents: A Transdiagnostic Guide for Clinicians, 2016.
Collier, Barbara SLP
Barbara Collier is Executive Director of Augmentative Communication Community Partnerships Canada, a national, non-profit that promotes social awareness, communication accessibility, enhanced quality of life and community participation for people with complex communication disabilities. She is a Speech-Language Pathologist and has managed projects relating to abuse prevention and safety as well as communication access to justice and community services. She has published articles and developed a number of instructional books and DVDs for consumers. In July, 2010, she was honored as Fellow of the International Society of Augmentative and Alternative Communication.
Courtnage, Alesya RP, CFST
Alesya Courtnage is a Registered Psychotherapist (RP) and Certified Solution Focused Therapist (CSFT) with 15 years of experience in the mental health field. Throughout her career she has worked with people from many different socio-economic and cultural backgrounds presenting with a variety of complex needs. In addition to offering supervision and training in the use of Brief and Single Session Therapy, Alesya continues to work as Child and Family Therapist at The Etobicoke Children’s Centre.
Crisci, Geraldine M.S.W.
Geraldine Crisci is an internationally recognized expert in the assessment and treatment of child sexual abuse and has developed protocols for trauma assessment and treatment of sexualized behaviour in children. She serves as a faculty member of the C.O. Bick Police College, Metropolitan Toronto Police and the R.C.M.P and is qualified as an expert witness in criminal court in the areas of sexual abuse. Geri provides ongoing training, supervision and consultation through Crisci & Associates to a number of sexual abuse treatment programs and children’s mental health centers.
Downey, Merrilynn C.Y.C.
Merrilynn Downey is a Behaviour Specialist working as a consultant in the field of children’s mental health. In this role she provides intensive home-based support to families, groups, and consultation to schools and child welfare agencies. She has years of experience working within the school system as 1 to 1 staff with youth struggling with especially challenging behaviours. Merrilynn works with Eileen Kilbride in private practice offering home-based support services, as well as presentations.
Dubord, Greg M.D.
Dr. Greg Dubord, Director of the Toronto Center for Cognitive Therapy, (www.cbt.ca/clinic), was the first Canadian Fellow of the Beck Institute, and the Founding Director of the University of Toronto, Department of Psychiatry, Intermediate and Advanced Cognitive Therapy courses. His relentlessly-practical teachings are grounded in almost 20 years of a diverse and humbling therapy practice. He is a Founding Fellow of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy, and has been recognized by the University of Toronto with several major teaching awards.
Firestone, Danny M.Ed.
Danny Firestone (M.Ed) is a psychotherapist with over 30 years of direct service experience in Children’s Mental Health. He has developed a reputation for his ability to engage and work with the most challenging and hard to serve adolescents and families. He has completed intensive training in DBT, and has taken a lead role in developing a DBT program, providing consultations and trainings, and encouraging anyone who will listen to “go where angels fear to tread” to help their clients.
Frankford, Rachael M.S.W., R.S.W.
Rachael Frankford, is a clinical social worker in private practice and has 15 years experience working in a hospital setting in the field of mental health where she specialized in leading mindfulness based and cognitive therapy groups . She specializes in mindfulness and body oriented approaches to mental health and teaches workshops on skills for emotion regulation for health care providers, educators, and helping professionals. In 2013 Rachael was awarded a Bell Mental Health grant to create the Mindful Awareness Stabilization Training (MAST) and has been invited to speak on mindfulness and mental health in a variety of settings including universities, schools, corporate workplaces and parent groups.
Gill, Lori RP
Lori Gill, Founder and Clinical Director, Attachment and Trauma Treatment Centre for Healing (ATTCH) www.attch.org is a Registered Psychotherapist (RP) and Certified Trauma Specialist (CTS). Lori has extensive clinical experience working all ages around trauma, attachment dysregulation, addictions, mental health, and eating disorders. Her breadth of clinical experience contributes to the rich trainings she provides. Lori is honoured to have received an Award of Excellence in 2014 for her contributions to the trauma field.
Gomez-Perales, Niki M.S.W., R.S.W.
Niki Gomez-Perales is a clinical therapist, lecturer and author with more than 25 years of experience in child welfare and children’s mental health. A therapist for the past 20 years in a Children’s Mental Health clinic in Hamilton Ontario, Niki is an active member and Fellow of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation. Her book Attachment-Focused Trauma Treatment for Children and Adolescents: Phase-Oriented Strategies for Addressing Complex Trauma Disorders (Routledge, June 23 2015) is the winner of the ISST-D 2016 written media award.
Goodwin, Rick M.S.W., R.S.W.
Rick is Co-founder and Executive Director of The Men’s Project. He has been a social worker, educator and program manager and taught social sciences and social work education at the college and university level. He conducts training for professionals on issues of male sexual victimization, gender and violence in Canada, the United States, Jamaica, England and India. His research and writing has been published in both national magazines and federal publications. He recently co-authored the guidebook Men & Healing: Theory, Research and Practice with Male Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse (2009). Rick is the 2007 recipient of the inaugural Attorney General’s Award of Distinction for his work.
Heaslip, Jennifer M.A., C.Y.W.
Jennifer Heaslip has worked in a variety of mental health settings over the last 18 years including acute child and adolescent hospital psychiatric unit and leading a crisis team. Her main focus has been providing crisis intervention and support to families living with high needs mental health challenges. She is passionate about educating frontline staff about compassion fatigue and trauma informed care/leadership and believes in supporting those that work in high touch professions, to ultimately improve client care.
Hone, Michael M.Ed.
Since 1988, Michael Hone has worked in a variety of settings including child welfare, youth justice, education and child and youth mental health. He has been with Crossroads Children’s Centre since 1996 where he is currently the Associate Executive Director. He is one of the few Canadian trainers of the Collaborative Problem Solving (CPS) approach. He has been instrumental in implementing CPS across Ontario, training approximately 3,000 people, toward the common goal of improving outcomes for children and youth. For the past 7 years, as a Certified Think:Kids trainer, Michael has provided ongoing guidance about CPS to a number of sites in the Ottawa area.
Hutchinson, Paula M.Ed., Ph.D
Dr. Paula Hutchinson is a lecturer at Dalhousie University in the School of Health and Human Performance. She teaches ‘Leisure for Persons with Disability’ and ‘Evaluation in Health Promotion’. Her primary areas of interest are knowledge transfer of research evidence, social policy, care giving, and community-based programs for persons with Autism Spectrum Disorder. For the past 5 years, Paula has been a consultant for the ‘Nova Scotia Partnership on Respite’, as well as ‘Family Health and Well-Being’. Specializing in participatory research and education, she has developed and evaluated evidence-based curriculum for professionals and families of children and adults with intellectual disability. Currently, with funding from Autism Speaks Canada, Paula is developing and evaluating community inclusion curriculum for individuals with ASD and recreation service providers.
Instructors, Cornell University
Instructors, Freedom From Harm
The instructors for the Train the Trainer program are members of the Freedom From Harm Working Committee, Community Living Ontario. The team includes: Jim McLean, Larry Collard, Lee-Anne Dupuis and Peggy Corrigan Dench.
Iqbal, Shamsa M.Sc. (Psych.), MSW RSW
Shamsa earned her Master of Social Work from the University of Windsor, Canada. She is an EMDR Therapist & Certified Trauma Clinician. Shamsa currently manages the West End Services of Abuse and Trauma Program at The Etobicoke Children’s Centre in Toronto. Shamsa has over 20 years of clinical experience most of which has been with children, adolescents and adults who have been impacted by trauma. She has developed various group programs for people impacted by trauma. Shamsa is a regular speaker at conferences.
Kalish, Carly M.S.W., R.S.W.
Carly Kalish is a social worker, innovator, and advocate for survivors of sexual trauma. Carly currently drives East Metro Youth Services’ gender-based violence programs. Carly holds a Master of Social Work from the City University of New York. She currently attends the non-profit management program at Harvard University. Carly is the recipient of the Toronto Police Services “Leading the Path Award” and Toronto Foundation’s “Vital People Grant” for her dedication to working with survivors of domestic human trafficking.
Kamps, Colleen B.A. CYC, CCW (Cert.)
Colleen Kamps has been working in the helping field for over 25 years. Over the past fifteen years, she has specialized in assessment and treatment of children who have been sexually abused, children who have witnessed violence, and children with sexual behaviour problems through the T.A.L.K. Program. She co-developed an assessment tool for children with sexual behaviour problems. Colleen is a faculty member of Centennial College, Child & Youth Care Program. Prior to her specialization in child abuse, Colleen worked extensively with child welfare, education, residential services, and youth outreach.
Kavanagh, Shelley B.A., DTATI
Shelley Kavanagh has, for more than 20 years, presented locally and internationally on the use of Expressive Arts in treating trauma. She is presently on faculty at the Toronto Art Therapy Institute and Humber College’s Child and Youth Worker Program and is a Consultant with the Toronto District School Board. Several years ago, she began integrating DBT into her clinical practice, training with internships in the CAMH DBT skills group and now through supervised clinical practice. Shelley uses expressive arts and other mindfulness-based practices to provide assessment and treatment services to children and youth who have experienced trauma.
Kilbride, Eileen M.Sc.(Psych)
Eileen Kilbride is a certified psychological associate, registered with the College of Psychologists of Ontario since 1997. With a background in Clinical Psychology, she has over 25 years of experience providing state-of-the-art services and programs to children, youth and families. Eileen has a specialty in trauma and attachment, and a particular interest in the use of animal-assisted therapy (AAT) with high risk/hard-to-engage youth. She provides clinical consultation, training and capacity building to front line workers and community partners. She also provides assessment and collaborates with multisystem treatment teams to wrap around youth/families with complex needs.
Steven traces his ancestry to the Mohawks of the Six Nations and is a member of the Turtle Clan. For over 25 years, he has done community healing work in First Nations, both urban and remote reserve communities. His work on land claims, mental health, addictions, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder and youth engagement fuel his commitment to change the trajectory for First Nations youth. Steven is active in consultations around reconciliation of colonial injustices and preparations to inform the Canadian public on the tragic legacies of Canadian Indian Residential Schools.
Lane, Charmaine M.Sc.
Charmaine Lane, a member of the Canadian Psychological Association, has successfully worked with the child protection sector in high risk cases, family conferences and has been present at court cases involving apprehension focusing on marginalized youth and families. She advocates for African Canadian young people in care and those at risk by providing culturally specific counselling, assessments and therapy with the goal of keeping families together. Operating from an anti-oppression/anti-racism perspective, Charmaine is interested in how race, culture, language and systemic issues affect the work we do and how it can perpetuate the trauma experienced by youth and families.
Linnen, Ruth M.T.S.
Ruth Linnen is the founder and director of Certified Professional Counselling Centre (CPCC). She is a Certified Psychotherapist with a specialty in Trauma Consultation, Treatment and Education. Ruth has studied in the areas of personality development, psycho-therapeutic modalities, family and couples therapy, and trauma. She is a Critical Incident Specialist and has been trained in Eye-Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR). She regularly provides Emotional Regulation groups in her private practice. Ruth also works in a community based mental health setting providing assessment, treatment and consultation to individuals and families in the area of psychiatric illness and related challenges.
Lowenstein, Liana M.S.W., R.S.W., CPT-S
Liana Lowenstein is a Certified Play Therapist-Supervisor, and Certified TF-CBT specialist in practice in Toronto since 1988. She is recognized for her innovative work including numerous books on child and family therapy. Liana is frequently invited to give presentations throughout Canada and abroad. She provides clinical supervision to mental health practitioners, runs a play-therapy internship program, and consults to several mental health agencies. She served on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Association for Child and Play Therapy for nine years and is the former Education Chair of the Canadian Play Therapy Certificate Program. She is winner of the Monica Herbert award for outstanding contribution to play therapy in Canada.
Lubimiv, Greg B.S.W., M.S.W., CACPT-S
Greg Lubimiv, Executive Director of the Phoenix Centre for Children and Families, has over 30 years of experience in children’s mental health and child welfare as a clinician, trainer and administrator. Greg specializes in play therapy and family therapy authoring many books and articles including Wings for Our Children and My Sister is an Angeline. He is well-known as an international presenter and trainer. Audiences appreciate his passion and ability to translate research and theory into simple and practical models, tools and strategies.
Mansell, Sheila Ph.D.
Sheila Mansell, PhD, R. Psych., specializes in the treatment of individuals with autism spectrum disorders, complex needs, intellectual disabilities and dual diagnosis, along with their families and support systems. She has trained many frontline staff and families on the subject of abuse, intellectual disability and treatment of trauma. Previously a researcher for the Abuse and Disability Project, she has published research articles and presented at conferences in Canada, the USA, Israel, and Europe. In 2001, she co-authored Counselling People with Developmental Disabilities Who Have Been Sexually Abused (NADD).
Marlowe, Sara B.Sc., M.S.W. R.S.W.
Mettler, Kathryn B.A., M.S.W.
Kathryn is currently the Director of Supportive Housing Programs for the Jean Tweed Centre, and part-time professor at Humber College. For over 15 years her work both in Canada and abroad has focused on service delivery, policy, and training in the areas of: youth in out-of-home care, mental health, addictions, social housing, and family violence. Kathryn has a particular interest in trauma-informed care, and women’s health.
Mundigo, Arturo M.S.W., R.S.W.
Arturo Mundigo holds a Masters of Social Work from the University of Toronto and has 20 years of experience working with vulnerable youth and their families in education, child protection, mental health & rehabilitation services, as well in his private clinical practice. His emphasis has consistently been on providing effective, accessible and compassionate mental health tools to help clients improve the quality of their lives. His passion is integrating contextual behavioural science into healthy relationships.
Psenicka, Lori B.A. Sc.
Lori Psenicka discovered the power of group work beginning her career in residential services with youth. Over the past 30 years in children’s mental health, she has developed her expertise through continued training and facilitating groups for children and parents. Lori has developed many Practice-Based curriculums for treatment and educational groups which have been effectively implemented in out-client settings. Lori is trained in several evidence-based groups including COPE, The Incredible Years, SNAP, and Coping Power. Lori enjoys presenting workshops to both parents and professionals on a variety of mental health issues. Currently she is Coordinator of Group Services at Peel Children's Centre in Toronto.
Rabenstein, Stephanie M.Sc., RMFT
Stephanie Rabenstein, RMFT, is a Registered Clinical Fellow and Approved Supervisor of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) as well as the Ontario Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (OAMFT). As a therapist specializing in trauma, play therapy (and assessment) and family therapy she has worked in children’s mental health for 25 years in the private and public sectors, most recently at Children’s Hospital, London Health Sciences Centre. Stephanie is an Assistant Professor, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Western University and also an instructor with the Canadian Association for Child and Play Therapy. She has written several articles and chapters on trauma, traumatic grief and family therapy, presenting across Canada and in the U.S.
Rabinovich, Margarita Lic. (Psych.)
Margarita Rabinovich is a clinical therapist with more than twenty years of experience working with children, youth and families. She is currently a clinical therapist at Child and Adolescent Services in Hamilton and has trained in trauma, attachment, mindfulness and contemplative practices such as meditation and yoga. Margarita has developed and facilitated training for foster parents, group home and child welfare workers. She is actively involved in promoting the use of mindfulness in the workplace. Her clinical and teaching approach includes research and evidence based practices. People who have attended her workshops appreciate how accessible and hands-on her teaching style is.
Rego, Cristine M.S.W., R.S.W.
Cristine Rego is Ojibway and a member of Lac Seul First Nation. She is a Professor in the School of Justice and Community Development, Sir Stanford Fleming College and an experienced social worker. With her focus on trauma, including Intergenerational Trauma, suicide awareness, attachment, and Cognitive Behavior Therapy, she is a sought after speaker. Cristine is trained in the western model of medicine and strongly grounded in her traditional teachings. Currently working on her Ph.D in Social Work at Wilfrid Laurier, she is a two-time recipient of the Women of Distinction Award.
Ed Schild is the founder of Regesh Family and Child Services. He has also been consulting for and running treatment residences since the early 1980s. Ed is a certified level Diplomate specialist in anger management from the National Anger Management Association. He has extensive training and experience in family and individual therapy. He has presented at numerous conferences throughout North America.
Sutherland, Jenny M.S.W.
Jenny Sutherland is a proud member of Moose Cree First Nation and an advocate for Indigenous youth in care. Jenny has professional experience in the field of child welfare and children’s mental health, and aims to ensure youth in care have treatment that is culturally competent. Jenny is also a speaker about the “Indian Holocaust” to help bridge the gap of misunderstanding, create cultural sensitivity and provide tools in how to move forward together in reconciliation.
Tatartcheff-Quesnel, Natasha M.S.W.
Natasha has been committed to implementing the Collaborative Problem Solving (CPS) approach across Ontario, training alongside Michael Hone, approximately 3,000 people in Ontario including police, fire departments, children’s aid societies, parent organizations, mental health agencies and learning institutions (schools, colleges and universities). She is a CPS coach and provides ongoing weekly support to various sites in Ottawa working from a CPS perspective. Natasha is one of 7 trainers in Canada for Collaborative Problem Solving and recently completed her fellowship for her Master’s in Social Work at Think:Kids in the department of Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital.
Thomson, Suzanne B.A., DTATI
Suzanne Thomson is a registered art therapist with over 25 years of experience in the field of trauma and expressive arts therapy, integrating mindfulness to facilitate healing and community engagement. She provides psychotherapy, clinical consultation, teaches art therapy, and co-creates community-based arts projects to address social justice issues. Transformation by Fire at the Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Arts won the Ontario Award of Excellence in Exhibitions in 2013, illustrating her deep commitment to working collaboratively in support of social justice issues through the arts.
Turnbull, Andrea M.A., L.M.H.C., Q.S.
Andrea is an extension associate with over 20 years experience working with young people in residential and foster care settings. She has held positions such as direct care worker, milieu coordinator, program director, training director and clinical coordinator. In addition to her work as a TCI instructor providing training and technical assistance for the Residential Child Care Project, she also helps coordinate the TCI program.
Turrell, Dr. Sheri Ph.D. (Psych)
Dr. Sheri Turrell is a Clinical Psychologist with over 20 years of experience working with children, adolescents, adults, and families. Dr. Turrell is most passionate about Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT, pronounced as a single word) with patients of all ages. She is coauthor of ACT for Adolescents: A Transdiagnostic Guide for Clinicians, May 2016. Dr. Turrell also offers supervision/consultation to graduate students and mental health professionals. With an unflagging passion and energy for her clinical work, training and supervision, she offers genuineness, compassion, and curiosity as she engages with patients and supervisees.
Warsh, Ronna B.A. (Psych), M.Ed.
Ronna Hope Warsh has 35 years of experience in human services in a variety of leadership roles. She has worked in small non-profits and in government at the municipal and provincial levels. She has collaborated with agencies that provide health care, child welfare, employment, developmental services, child care and children’s mental health services. She has been a leader on several Boards of Directors and is the founding Board member of a successful Family Health Team. Her most recent position was that of Community Development and Health Commissioner for the City of Windsor. In 2012, Ronna received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Ontario Municipal Social Services Association, a Community Service Award from Community Living Windsor and a Community Building Award from the Somali Community of Windsor. Ronna is now a certified leadership coach and is passionate about her consulting and coaching work in Human Services.