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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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).

Mayer, Nancy M.S.W., R.S.W.
Nancy is an integral part of the group practice of Crisci & Mayer, Consultation Counseling and Training. For over 25 years, she has worked as a clinician, supervisor, manager, consultant and trainer in the areas of child sexual abuse, adult survivors of trauma, effects of secondary trauma on workers, clergy and professional misconduct, workplace issues and organizational change. She has worked for a variety of child welfare, children's mental health and medical and private organizations. As part of the group Crisci & Mayer, she offers therapy and provides clinical supervision and consultation to clinicians and social services organizations.

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.

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.

Schild, Ed
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.

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.


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