Trainer Biographies

Angela Alston, LADC, LMSW, SAP, AADC, ICAADC

Angela Alston, LADC, LMSW, SAP, AADC, ICAADC, has worked as a Juvenile Detention Officer, a counselor at the Hartford Dispensary Methadone Clinic, a pastor for the Bread of Life Deliverance Ministry, and currently as a Licensed Addiction Drug Counselor for the DOC. She is also the founder of Break-In Free Ministries, and a therapist at A Journey to Wellness, LLC. Although, she has a great deal of experience in the human services field, most of her learning has been through life experience.

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9/13/19 It's Not Your Fault: Overcoming the Shame, Stigma & Guilt of Trauma

Trauma

Colette Anderson, LCSW

Colette Anderson, LCSW, is the Executive Director of The Connecticut Women’s Consortium (CWC). She has spent over 30 years working in behavioral health. Her expertise is in trauma-informed systems change and she spearheads multiple groups and initiatives across the state to promote trauma-informed, gender-responsive care. She also trains and presents on a number of topics including trauma, gender, staff care, and healing arts for diverse audiences and agencies. In 2016, Colette was awarded the National Association of Social Workers – Connecticut Chapter Social Worker of the Year Award.

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8/7/19 Culture of Trauma-Informed Care, Online Course - Creating Trauma-Informed Spaces, Private Training, CWC Staff

Trauma, Gender, Spaces, ACEs, Staff Care, Organizational

Van Asher

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9/12/19 - Harm Reduction Conference

Addiction & Recovery, Special event

Charles Atkins, MD

Charles Atkins, MD, is a board-certified psychiatrist, published author, professional speaker, and clinical trainer. He writes both non-fiction and fiction, including books on Bipolar Disorder, Co-occurring Disorders, and Alzheimer's Disease. Dr. Atkins is the Chief Medical Officer at Community Mental Health Affiliates (CMHA) in New Britain, an agency that works with people with serious chemical dependence and co-occurring disorders. in New Britain, an agency that works with people with serious chemical dependence and co-occurring disorders.

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7/12/19 DBT, 9/6/19 Opioids: Whole Person Approaches to Treatment, 11/8/19 DSM-5, 12/11/19 Psychopharmacology, Online Course - Alzheimer's and Other Dementias Online Course - Women, Opioid Use Disorders, and the Complex Conundrum of Co-Occurring Disorders

Co-Occuring, Opioids, Sleep, Humor, DSM-5, Writing, Positive Psychology, Bipolar Disorder, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Medication Assisted Treatment, Alzehimers, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Psychopharmacology

Amy Banks, MD

Amy Banks, MD, is the Director of Advanced Training and Senior Research Scientist at the Jean Baker Miller Training Institute, Wellesley College. She is a founding board member of Relationships First, a select group of healers, artists and entrepreneurs dedicated to promoting healthy relationships. She is a published author, and lectures internationally on the neuroscience of relationships. She has a private psychiatric practice in Lexington, MA.

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10/29/19 - Rewiring the Brain for Stronger More Rewarding Relationships

Relationships, Neuropathways

Danielle Beerli, MSW

Danielle Beerli, MSW, is the founder and Executive Director of Empower Her, Inc. She started Empower Her, Inc. to create local programming for women to be supported in their life paths as well as to open new doors and opportunities for girls and provide them with foundational prosocial and life skills. Danielle was named to CT Magazine’s Top 40 Under 40 list in 2017.

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10/30/19 - Addressing the Effects and Influences of Body Image on Girls 

Children & Adolescence

Lori Beyer, MSW, MSWAC, LCSW

Lori Beyer, MSW, MSWAC, LCSW, is the Director of Trauma Training at Community and is a nationally recognized trainer who specializes in providing workshops, trainings, and ongoing supervision and consultation to agencies and clinicians on issues related to trauma-specific and trauma-informed service delivery. She was an original member of the Community Connections Trauma Work Group which developed the Trauma Recovery and Empowerment Model (TREM).

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Event Dates

10/10-11/19 - Trauma Recovery and Empowerment Model (TREM)

Clinical & Trauma Models

Felice Block, MA, LCPC

Felice Block, MA, LCPC, is in private practice in Long Grove; she specializes in helping women get out of and stay out of abusive relationships. She has created a seven-step model for healing she calls "Healing from Heart Ache."

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Online Course

Relationships

Debra Bloom, LCSW

Deb Bloom, LCSW has worked in the mental health field since 1987 and has developed & directed supportive housing programs and was the Clinical Coordinator for the Homeless Outreach Team of CT Mental Health Center and ACT Team Director. She is currently at River Valley Services as the Team Leader of the Lower County Out-patient Clinical Team. Her areas of expertise include street outreach; community-based clinical treatment; and intensive case management interventions. Her clinical passion is in the area of trauma-informed treatment and trauma-informed service systems and she has provided, led, trained and consulted on TREM and M-TREM models.

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Event Dates

10/10-11/19 - Trauma Recovery and Empowerment Model (TREM)

Clinical & Trauma Models

Leslie Booker

Booker brings her heart, wisdom, and compassion to the intersection of social justice, yoga, and mindfulness. She has shared these practices with vulnerable populations in New York City since 2006, working in juvenile detention centers, residential treatment centers, and on Rikers Island. She travels nationally utilizing the foundation of Dharma and embodied wisdom practices to support the sustainability of front line Changemakers.



Booker is on faculty with the Prison Mindfulness Institute and Off the Mat Into the World, and teaches at Insight Meditation centers across the country. She is a co-founder of the Yoga Service Council at Omega Institute, the Meditation Working Group of Occupy Wall Street and Urban Sangha Project in NYC. Booker is a co-author of Best Practices for Yoga in a Criminal Justice Setting, a contributor to Georgetown Law report Gender & Trauma, and Sharon Salzberg's book Happiness at Work. She is a graduate of both Spirit Rock's Mindful Yoga & Meditation and Community Dharma Leaders trainings, and is currently in their 4 year Dharma Retreat Teacher training.

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Event Dates

12/6/19 - 4th Annual Holistic Healing & Recovery through Integrative Medicine Conference

Healing Arts, Special Event

Daniel R. Brockett, PhD

Daniel R. Brockett, PhD, has been the clinical director of the Young Adult Services (YAS) Division at the Department of Mental Health and Addiction services since 2006, serving young adults with histories of severe childhood developmental trauma and psychiatric/neurodevelopmental challenges. A neuropsychologist and clinician, Dr. Brockett has expertise in areas of applied behavior analysis, positive behavioral interventions, and most recently, application of models of intervention for individuals with attachment/relational trauma. Dr. Brockett is committed to developing comprehensive, trauma-informed psychological services for the YAS program statewide.

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8/2/19 - Understanding the Adolescent/Young Adult Brain

Children & Adolescence

Joe Brummer

Joe Brummer is a trainer, mediator, speaker, and facilitator. He has been studying ahimsa (nonviolence) through mediation, Nonviolent Communication, and restorative practices as his personal response to having survived two serious violent crimes. He served as an active board member of National Association for Community Mediation. He worked extensively with youth developing and running conflict resolution trainings, nonviolent communication and peer mediation trainings since 2007.

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12/2/19 - Empathy in the Workplace

Staff & Supervisory Competencies

Kathleen Callahan, MSW

Kathleen Callahan, BS, is the Trauma and Gender Coordinator at The Connecticut Women's Consortium. She managed the statewide Trauma-Informed and Gender-Responsive initiative as liaison for all stakeholders and provided technical assistance and training for agency staff. Transitioning from a career in software, she completed Gateway Community College’s Drug and Alcohol Recovery Counselor program and is currently enrolled in Southern Connecticut State University’s MSW Co-occurring Disorders program. Kathleen is a trained Healing Trauma facilitator, certified SBIRT trainer, holds a Counselor in Training credential, and her area of focus is the intersection of women/girls, trauma, addiction/recovery, and Kathleen Callahan, MSW from Southern Connecticut State University’s Co-Occurring Disorders cohort program, is the Community Programming and Development Lead at the Connecticut Women's Consortium. Kathleen is a member of the Connecticut Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers and serves on their Political Action for Candidate Election and Education and Legislative Action Network committees. Kathleen is a trained Healing Trauma group facilitator and certified SBIRT trainer. Her area of focus is the intersection of women/girls; trauma, addiction, and incarceration; and recovery and reintegration./reintegration.

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Private Training, CWC Staff

Gender, Trauma, SBIRT, A-SBIRT

Cindy Carloni, BS

Cindy Carloni, BS with over 30 years of professional experience, Ms. Carloni has a B.S. degree in three disciplines: Psychology, Sociology, and Human Service Administration. She is a certified Critical Incident Stress Management and Grief Recovery Counselor, published researcher and author. Ms. Carloni’s passion is advocacy, vocational counseling and supportive counseling in relation to recovery and end of life issues. Her approach is poignant, culturally-sensitive, and faith-based. Ms. Carloni has facilitated related training events in several states as well as at National Rehabilitation Conferences. She often shares her own personal life stories to instill hope, increase awareness and self-confidence to improve the quality of one’s life.

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Online Course - End of Life Issues

End of Life Issues

Miranda Chapman

Miranda Chapman was Copper Beech Institute’s founding program director. Miranda has been teaching yoga, meditation, and transformative workshops and retreats for over a decade, currently running outreach groups for the incarcerated, mentally ill, and frontline staff at a shelter for victims of domestic and sexual abuse. She studied meditation, yoga and Ayurveda in Korea, India, and Canada, and has taken her practice all over the world.

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7/30/19 - Being Real: Enhancing Relationships through Courageous Conversations

Healing Arts

Alicia Davis, PCC, LMT

Alicia Davis, PCC, LMT, is a Professional Certified Coach and partner in the coaching firm Transformative Leadership Strategies creating dynamic coaching and teambuilding experiences for leaders of organizations that address challenges such as organizational culture, team alignment, change management, communication and high stress. Alicia offers a unique Core Energy™ coaching approach to individuals, executives, teams and boards who are looking to achieve exceptional results.

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7/23/19 - Clinical Aromatherapy: Using Essential Oils for Health & Well-Being, 12/19 Becoming Your Best Self

Healing Arts, Staff & Supevisory Comptencies

Donald F. deGraffenried, LCSW

Donald F. deGraffenried, LCSW, is in private practice in New Haven, CT, specializing in the treatment of trauma and is also the Program and Community Development Director for Trauma Recovery EMDR Humanitarian Assistance Programs. He specializes in the treatment of complex PTSD with Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing and has worked with homicide survivors in both an agency setting and private practice. He is an EMDR International Association Approved Consultant, Facilitator for the EMDR Humanitarian Assistance Program and the EMDR Institute and is an EMDR HAP Trainer.

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Event Dates

9/25/19 What is Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)? 11/13/19 Using the EMDR Recent Event Protocol with Homicide Survivors and Other Victims of Violent Crimes

Clinical & Trauma Models, EMDR, Trauma

Jason DeViva, PhD

Jason DeViva, PhD, is a clinical psychologist who currently works with the Veterans Affairs (VA) Connecticut Health Care System as part of the Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and anxiety disorders treatment program. He is the military sexual trauma coordinator for VA CT, and an assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry of the Yale School of Medicine. He has published numerous academic papers on trauma and related topics in professional journals. He regularly presents at national and international conferences and is a co-author of a book for family and loved ones of individuals with posttraumatic stress.

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8/30/19 - Military Sexual Trauma: Eligibility, Effects, and Treatment Considerations

Veterans

Lauren Doninger, LADC, LPC

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7/10/19 - Biology of Addiction: A Continued Conversation, Online Course - Biology of Addiction: A Continued Conversation

Biology of Addiction, Substance Use, Addiction & Recovery

Chris Dorval, LCSW LCDP, LCDCS, ICADC

Chris Dorval MSW, LCSW, LCDP, LCDCS, ICADC, is the Clinical Director at Northeast Addiction Treatment Center, the Project Coordinator Rhode Island College School of Social Work SBIRT Training and Resource Center, and a clinical consultant specializing in addiction, trauma, and men’s health. Chris was the 2018 recipient of the Social Worker of the Year Award in Addictions from the RI Chapter of the NASW. As a person in long-term recovery, Chris is passionate about working with those affected by addiction and trauma and has dedicated his practice to this focus.

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9/17/19 - From Behind the Wall and Beyond: Working with Men in the Criminal Justice System, 12/3/19 - De-escalation & Engagement Strategies: A Trauma-Informed Approach, Online Course - De-escalation and Engagement Strategies: A Trauma-Informed Approach

Men & Women's Issues, Criminal Justice, Addiction, Stigma, De-escalation

Vincent Felitti, MD

Vincent Felitti, MD, is a Physician and Partner Emeritus at Kaiser Permanente Medical Care Program in San Diego, CA. From 1990 to present he has served as co-principal investigator for The Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study. He wears many hats in the field of medicine, among them Founder and Chairman of the Department of Preventive Medicine at Kaiser Permanente, Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of California, and Senior Editor of the Permanente Journal.

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Online Course - The Relationship of Adverse Childhood Experiences to Adult Well-Being

ACEs, Trauma, Health

Alicia Feller, LCSW

Alicia Feller, LCSW, specializes in holistic stress management which complements her 20+ years of experience as clinical social worker in the behavioral health field.  Alicia enjoys working with people to help them develop a mastery over their well-being utilizing empathy, empowerment and mind-body-spirit connection as cornerstones of her approach.  She is particularly drawn to aromatherapy and the continued connection of the mind-body-spirit to nature.  Alicia has level 1 certification in Aromatherapy and lives her practice and relishes the time she spends with family and friends.

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11/21/19 - Digital Detox: Unplugging for Your Health

Healing Arts

Kathleen Fisher, BS, MA

Kathleen Kiley Fisher, BS, is the founder of Wellness Insights, LLC. As an Energy Medicine practitioner and Yoga instructor, she currently works with clinical staff offering training and supervision in chair yoga and other mind/body wellness techniques. While in private practice, Kathleen was co-principal investigator in the research study with Emory University, “Wellness Interventions and Quality of Life in Parkinson’s Disease”. Kathleen also produced and hosted ‘The Dream Show’, interviewing national authors in the fields of integrative and spiritual medicine. As Chair of Comfort Keepers national Memory Care committee, she developed an integrative “brain fitness” program for clients in the early stages of Alzheimer’s and dementia.

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8/27/19 - De-stress Using Your Mind, Body & Breath

Integrative Medicine, Yoga, Mind-Body, Dreams

Liz Fitzgerald

Liz Fitzgerald is an editor and publishing consultant with more than thirty years of experience in the trade fiction/nonfiction areas of the publishing industry. She currently maintains a freelance practice and is a senior editor for Dreamspinner Press, where she shepherds two to four books a month from acquisition to publication.

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10/4&11/19 - Mindful Writing: The Synthesis of Mindfulness-Cognitive Process and Creativity

Healing Arts

Jack Gesino, DSW, LCSW

Dr. Gesino is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Elders and Family specialization at Southern Connecticut State University’s Social Work Program and has worked with elders and their families for over 40 years. Dr. Gesino has been designated an “Expert Trainer” in geriatrics by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), serves as a clinical consultant to a number of aging institutions, and maintains a vibrant private practice in Hamden, CT.

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10/3/2019 - Neuroscience Interventions for Family Caregivers 

Trauma

Jillian Gilchrest, MSW

Jillian Gilchrest, MSW, chairs the Connecticut Trafficking in Persons Council for the Connecticut General Assembly. Jillian currently works as Director of Health Professional Outreach for the Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence and teaches Political Advocacy for the UCONN School of Social Work.

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Online Course - The Intersection of Domestic Violence and Human Trafficking Online Course - Responding to Intimate Partner Violence through Screening Intervention

Human Trafficking, Domestic Violence, Intimate Partner Violence, Advocacy

Marilou Giovannucci

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Online Course

FASD, Substance Exposed Infants

Mara Gottlieb, PhD, LMSW

Mara Gottlieb, PhD, LMSW, is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the NYU Silver School of Social Work and an adjunct lecturer at Southern CT State University, teaching at both graduate and undergraduate levels. In 2017, she was honored with the Distinguished Achievement award, from CT-NASW. Dr. Gottlieb is also the founder and CEO of Talking Changes, a training and bias-awareness organization that seeks to create safe learning environments in which maximal knowledge, self-awareness, and insight can be cultivated. More information can be found at www.talkingchanges.com.

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7/31/19 - Diversity in the Workplace, 10/18/19 - Teen Suicide & Self Harm, 11/22/19 - Racism and the Myth of Color Blindness

Diversity, Racism, LGBTQ, Adolescents, Mental Health

Matthew Grossman, MD

Matthew Grossman, MD is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the Yale University School of Medicine. He is also the Medical Director of the Short Stay Unit at Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital and Associate Director of the Pediatric Residency Program at Yale-New Haven Hospital.

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Online Course

Infants, Women, Pregnancy, Substance Use, Opioids, MAT

Shirley Hoak, JD, NCGC-II, CPRS

Shirley Hoak, JD, NCGC-II, CPRS, is a Case Manager III/Peer Counselor for the Bettor Choice program of The Connection, Inc. in Middletown, CT. Bettor Choice is a gambling specific treatment program for gamblers struggling with a gambling disorder and their families. Shirley is a Nationally Certified Gambling Counselor and holds a Connecticut state certification as a Certified Peer Recovery Specialist.

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11/7/19 - Across Women's Lifespans: How Trauma and Gambling Intersect

Addiction & Recovery | Men & Women Issues

David Howe, LCSW

David Howe, LCSW, has over 40 years of experience in the mental health and addiction recovery field as an administrator, psychiatric clinician, consultant, and trainer. He served as Director of Recovery Services and Consumer Affairs Director from 2007-2014 at Connecticut Valley Hospital. During that time, he was twice honored with the State of CT Distinguished Managerial Services Award for his administrative oversight, research and implementation of Person-Centered Recovery-Oriented Services at CT Valley Hospital. David currently consults and trains and serves as a member of the adjunct faculty in psychiatry at the Yale School of Medicine.

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9/11/19 - Developing Person-Centered Recovery Plans, 11/6/19 - Recovery 101, Online Course - Recovery 101

Clinical Skills & Knowledge, Addiction & Recovery

Hannah Jurewicz, LPC, CCDP-D

Hannah Jurewicz, LPC, CCDP-D, is serving State Director with Dungarvin CT, LLC, and developed a first-of-its-kind 24-hour, recovery-oriented clinical approach to support those with intellectual disabilities and substance use disorders. She is a published author and has provided consultation and training for over 25 years. Hannah is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Certified Co-Occurring Disorders Professional and Diplomat (CCDP-D).

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10/15/2019 - Challenges to Recovery: Concurring Development Disorders

Addiction & Recovery, Development Disorders

Barris Malcolm, PhD, MSW

Barris Malcolm, PhD, MSW, has presented at conferences on special areas of interest including Administration, Substance Abuse, Human Rights, Health Disparities, and International Social Work. Dr. Malcolm teaches Human Behavior in the Social Environment-Macro Theories, and The Analysis of Social Welfare Policy at UCONN and is a published author. He has worked at the United Church, Columbus House and the Grand Avenue Shelter in New Haven. He was an administrator at Cornel Scott Hill Health Center.

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9/26/19 - Transitioning to Management in the Social Services World

Staff & Supervisory Competencies

Daryl M. McGraw

Daryl M. McGraw, founder and CEO of Formerly Inc.(Connecticut’s first criminal justice consultant agency that is uniquely staffed by formerly incarcerated individuals) strives to raise awareness to the issues of injustice that exist within the criminal justice system. With extensive experience with urban trauma, addiction recovery and community reintegration, he is highly regarded as an expert in the field giving speeches, webinars, and trainings that support the recovery and reintegration process.

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7/19/19 - Urban Trauma 101

Trauma

Robin P. McHaelen, MSW

Robin P. McHaelen, MSW, is the Executive Director of True Colors, Inc. She has co-authored two books and several articles on LGBTQ youth and is a nationally recognized thought leader. Robin is the recipient of numerous awards including the 2016 CCSU Women of Influence Award, the 2014 HRC Upstander Award, the 2011 UCONN Award for Excellence in Public Engagement; 2008 National Education Association’s Award for Creative Leadership in Human Rights and the 2008 Social Worker of the Year (NASW, CT Chapter). In 2017 she was named one of the Advocates’, 50 States; 50 Heroes.

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8/29/19 - Getting a Grip on Gender: Working with Gender Diverse & Transgender Clients Across the Lifespan, 10/22/19 Coming Out: Supporting Families of LGBTQ+ Youth

Cultural Competency & Diversity, LGBTQ+

Susan D. McLaughlin, MPA, CPP

Susan D. McLaughlin, MPA, CPP, has been in the problem gambling field since 1997. As Prevention Services Coordinator at Connecticut DMHAS Problem Gambling Services, she oversees the state network of gambling prevention programs and works in collaboration with the state prevention infrastructure and community organizations.

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11/7/19 - Across Women's Lifespans: How Trauma and Gambling Intersect

Addiction & Recovery | Men & Women Issues

Amy J. Meyers, LCSW

Amy J. Meyers, LCSW, provides consultation, training and technical assistance to clinical treatment teams at the Family-Based Recovery [FBR] program. FBR provides intensive in-home substance use treatment to families with children from birth to three years of age. Amy also serves on the Board of Directors of the Connecticut chapter of the National Association of Social Workers.

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10/24/19 - Attending to the Dyad: Working with Parents & Young Children to Support Family Resilience 

Children & Adolescence

Brandon Nappi, PhD

Brandon Nappi, PhD, Founder and Executive Director at Copper Beech Institute, dedicates his life’s work to sharing the transformative power of mindfulness practice. He has received extensive mindfulness training from the UMASS Medical School’s Center for Mindfulness founded by Jon Kabat-Zinn. Brandon blogs on contemplative practice for the Huffington Post and teaches an annual course in mindfulness at Yale Divinity School.

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9/24/19 - Taming the Inner Critic: Discovering the True Self Through Mindfulness

Healing Arts

Amy B. Otzel, MA, MS, LPC

Amy B. Otzel, MA, MS, LPC, is a Retired United States Army Behavioral Health Sergeant and Iraq War Veteran continuing the mission onward and specializing in holistically-minded integrative mental health counseling at Inner Resource Psychotherapy. While informed by graduate degree achievements in psychology, professional counseling, and integrative medicine, Amy’s personal journey to empower her own health and wellness has enhanced her endeavors to contribute forward in healing service to others.

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9/20/19 Integrative Mental Health: Creating Opportunities for Healing and Empowerment, 11/4/19 Serving Those Who Serve: Enhancing Perspective & Creating Helping Opportunities, Online Course - Serving Those Who Serve: Enhancing Perspective Reducing Barriers and Creating Helping Opportunities 

Healing Arts, Veterans, Integrative Medicine

Jaquel Patterson, ND, MBA

Jaquel Patterson, ND, is a licensed naturopathic physician whose areas of focus include autoimmune conditions, women’s health and mental health. She maintains a private practice with over 8 years of clinical experience and has a breadth of experience in alternative medicine, community health and disease management. She serves as the President-Elect for American Association of Naturopathic Physicians.

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10/28/2019 - Women's Health & Well-being 

Men & Women's Issues, Healing Arts

Shannon Perkins, LMSW

Shannon Perkins, LMSW, is the Director of Education and Training at the Connecticut Women’s Consortium (CWC). She is a macro social worker who received her master’s degree from The University of Connecticut School of Social Work with a focus on social work administration. Shannon is a certified SBIRT trainer. Prior to joining the team at the CWC, she worked in supportive housing and eldercare. She has experience in the topics of adverse childhood experiences, parent-child relationships, and social work research. Shannon is passionate about the field of social work and is dedicated to advocating for the rights of women and children.

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Private Training, Online, CWC Staff

Gender, Trauma, SBIRT, A-SBIRT, ACEs

Jeffrey Quamme, BA

Jeffrey Quamme, BA, is the Executive Director at the CCB. To date, Jeff has over twenty-seven years of diverse experience in nonprofit agencies with expertise in medication assisted recover, co-occurring recovery, and ethics. He currently serves as Co-Chair of the Co-Occurring Disorders Committee for the International Certification and Reciprocity Consortium (IC&RC), sits on the planning committee for the New England Institute of Addiction Studies as well as serving as faculty.

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Event Dates

Online Course - The ABCs of Medicated Assisted Treatment (MAT)

Medication Assisted Treatment

Jeanette Radawich, LCSW, IMH-E® III

Jeanette Radawich, LCSW, IMH-E® III, is a Parent-Child Consultant for the Family-Based Recovery Program [FBR] in New Haven and an Assistant Clinical Professor of Social Work at the Yale Child Study Center. Ms. Radawich has worked as an in-home clinician at the Yale Child Study Center providing various services addressing substance abuse, homelessness, and parenting.

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10/24/19 - Attending to the Dyad: Working with Parents & Young Children to Support Family Resilience 

Children & Adolescence

Phillip J. Resnick, MD

Phillip J. Resnick, MD, is an internationally known forensic psychiatrist noted for his expertise in the assessment of violence risk and the detection of malingered mental illness. He is a Professor of Psychiatry and Director of the Division of Forensic Psychiatry at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in Cleveland, Ohio. He is a past president of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law. He has provided consultation in many high profile cases including: Jeffrey Dahmer, Susan Smith, Timothy McVey, Andrea Yates, Scott Petersen, Brian Mitchell (kidnapper of Elizabeth Smart), Theodore Kaczynski (Unabomber) and Casey Anthony. He has written over 180 professional journal articles and book chapters. Dr. Resnick contributed two chapters to Clinical Assessment of Malingering and Deception. He received the Isaac Ray Award from the American Psychiatric Association for outstanding contributions to forensic psychiatry and psychiatric aspects of jurisprudence. He has lectured in 49 states and 23 countries. Dr. Resnick's presentations are well organized, humorous, fast moving, and packed with vital information.

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Event Dates

Online Course - Risk Assessment for Violence

Violence, Psychopathy

Eileen M. Russo, MA, LADC

Eileen M. Russo, MA, LADC, is a licensed addiction counselor, a certified clinical supervisor, and a certified co-occurring disorders professional who has worked in the addiction and mental health field for the past 31 years. She is an Associate Professor for the Drug and Alcohol Recovery Counselor program at Gateway Community College. In addition to teaching and training, she specializes in treating co-occurring PTSD in mental health and substance abuse populations and has assisted agencies with developing trauma-informed mental health/substance abuse treatment programs for men, women, and children across Connecticut.

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12/17/19 - Supervising Staff Using a Trauma-Informed Approach, 8/6/19 - Facilitating Effective Groups

Trauma, Recovery, Substance Use, Staff & Supervisory Comptencies

Donald Scherling, PsyD, LADC, CCS

Donald Scherling, PsyD, LADC, CCS, is a Senior Clinical Consultant, Health Educator, Behavioral
Health Wellness Coach, assistant in the Care for Caregivers Yoga Program, and a Clinical Faculty
member in the Berkshire Medical Center - Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences in
Pittsfield, MA. He is a Question, Persuade, and Refer Gatekeeper trainer for Suicide Prevention and
SPRC certified trainer and a Senior Clinical Consultant and Trainer with SAMHSA/CSAT, the CT
Department of Mental Health & Addiction Services, and other regional and statewide agencies in the Northeast.

Topics

Event Dates

9/27/19 & 10/4/19 Hopeful Conversations in Helping Relationships: Inspiring Engagement & Recovery with Motivational Interviewing, Online Course - Solution-Focused Approaches with Challenging Clients

Clinical Skills & Knowledge, Motivational Interviewing, Acute Risk, Solution-Focused Approaches

Martha Schmitz, PhD, ABPP

Martha Schmitz, PhD, ABPP, is a staff psychologist at the San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center and Assistant Clinical Professor at University of California-San Francisco School of Medicine. She provides PTSD treatment to veterans via telehealth, and consultation in the treatment of PTSD and substance abuse to clinicians both nationally and abroad. She began working with Lisa M. Najavits, PhD, author of "Seeking Safety: A Treatment Manual for PTSD and Substance Abuse" in 2000. Her clinical and research interests include post-traumatic stress disorder, substance abuse, and resiliency in survivors of trauma.

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Event Dates

Trauma Model - Seeking Safety

Cher Shannon, MHSA, LADC

Cher Shannon, MHSA, LADC, is a licensed alcohol and drug counselor with over 37 years of experience in the behavioral health field. She is a Professor and Program Coordinator of the Drug and Alcohol Recovery Counselor program at Gateway Community College. An experienced trainer, counselor, and clinical supervisor, she has a strong foundation in education, treatment and program management.

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10/25/19 - Boundaries, Burnout, and Ethical Practice

Clinical Skills & Knowledge

Sharon Shanti, RYT

Sharon Shanti, RYT, a lifelong practitioner, student and teacher of Yoga, has studied and enriched her practices under the esteemed Yoganand Michael Carroll, Stephen Cope and Sudha Carolyn Sundeen. She is a certified RYT 500, YACEP, Kripalu Restorative Yoga and Pranakyria Yoga Teacher who passionately facilitates trainings, workshops and retreats on Yoga, Reiki, Mindfulness and Pranayama. Her trainings are all born from her years of experience, study and her life journey.

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Event Dates

10/29/19 - Moving Through Change with Grace

Healing Arts

Tracey Sondik, PsyD

Tracey Sondik, PsyD is a licensed clinical psychologist with a strong background in brain /behavior and integrative medicine. Currently, she is the director of the behavioral intervention service at Connecticut Valley Hospital. Dr. Sondik has a strong commitment to integrative medicine. She is advanced registered yoga instructor and certified yoga therapist and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Trainer.  Dr. Sondik is co-chair of both the integrative medicine committee at CVH as well as the state-wide integrative medicine collaborative.

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Event Dates

11/5/19 - Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR): Practice and Self-Care

Healing Arts

Dr. Sharon Stancliff

Topics

Event Dates

9/12/19 - Harm Reduction Conference

Addiction & Recovery, Special event

Andrew Tatarsky, PhD

Andrew Tatarsky, PhD, is the author of Harm Reduction Psychotherapy: A New Treatment for Drug and Alcohol Problems, and Founder Director of the Center for Optimal Living in NYC. He is professor, Certificate Program in Harm Reduction Psychotherapy at the New School, member of the Clinical and Medical Advisory Boards of New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services.

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Online - Harm Reduction - The Scientific Revolution in Addiction Treatment

Harm Reduction

Kathryn Templeton, MA, RDT/MT, E-500 RYT, C-IAYT

Kathryn Templeton, MA, RDT/MT, E-500 RYT, C-IAYT, is an Ayurvedic Practitioner, Senior ParaYoga teacher, psychotherapist, and Master Teacher in the field of Drama Therapy who works both clinically and as an educator specializing in the treatment of individuals with anxiety, depression and complex trauma. Kathryn has worked to develop specialized treatments integrating the principles of yoga, Ayurveda and clinical psychology, devoting her life to helping others. She is a contributing writer for professional publications.

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8/2/19 - The 3 Wisdom Traditions: Yoga, Ayurveda & Mindfulness

Healing Arts

David F. Tolin, PhD, ABPP

David F. Tolin, PhD, ABPP, is the Founder and Director of the Anxiety Disorders Center at the Institute of Living, and an Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry at Yale University School of Medicine. He is Past-President of the Clinical Psychology Division of the American Psychological Association, and a principal investigator for the National Institutes of Health. He is the author of over 150 scientific journal articles and several books, including "Doing CBT", "Buried in Treasures", and "Face Your Fears". He has been featured on the reality TV series "Hoarders" and "The OCD Project," and has been a recurrent guest on "The Oprah Winfrey Show," and "The Dr. Oz Show."

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9/20/19 - Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for PTSD, 7/18/19 Treating OCD & Related Disorders, 11/15 - Face Your Fears: Conding Good Exposure Therapy

Clinical & Trauma Models, Mental Health, Exposure Therapy, Online Courses

Carol Weitzman, MD

Carol Weitzman, MD graduated from the SUNY Buffalo School of Medicine in 1988. She is currently the Director of Mental Health Consultation to LULAC Headstart, Director of Yale Pediatric Developmental and Behavioral Clinical Service, and Director of Yale International Adoption Clinic. She holds the position of Medical Director for the Reach Out and Read Program, and the Vincent Mauro School-Based Health Clinic, and is a member of the Advisory Board for Books for Babies, an advocacy and philanthropical group that promotes urban pediatric literacy, and After You Adopt, a parent adoption support group. Dr. Weitzman is the Director and Founder of the Premature Infant Primary Care Clinic at Yale-New Haven Hospital.

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Online Course

FASD, Substance Exposed Infants

Roland Williams, MA

Roland Williams, MA, is an interventionist, author, trainer, counselor and consultant specializing in addiction-related issues. He is President and Founder of Free Life Enterprises. He is Director of Clinical Operations at DARA Thailand, and Clinical Director at Lionrock Recovery, Online Intensive Outpatient program. He is a co-founder and former Clinical Director of Alta Mira Recovery Programs, and Bayside Marin and former Director of Behavioral Health Services at Good Samaritan Hospital in San Jose, CA.

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10/23/19 - Substance Use Disorder Counseling Strategies for Relapse Prevention

Addiction & Recovery

Kelvin Young

Kelvin Young, Holistic Stress Management Instructor, Sound Practitioner, and owner of Sacred Sound Healing, LLC, incorporates holistic practices in his personal and professional life to relieve stress. He has studied under Master Sound Healers, and mindfulness meditation experts. Kelvin shares his story of finding freedom from substance use, and his knowledge of sound healing with diverse audiences across the country, training in prisons, colleges, retreat centers, addiction and mental health agencies, and psychiatric hospitals.

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9/12/19 Sound Healing: A Holistic Approach to Stress Relief

Healing Arts

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