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Ivory Garden 2017 Trauma and Dissocciation Conference Speakers

Felicity Lee
Felicity Lee

Ivory Garden 2017 Trauma and Dissocciation Conference Speakers

Post by felicity on 12/18/2016, 3:28 pm

Trauma and Dissociation Conference Speakers


Guest Speakers

(being updated):


Colin A. Ross received his M.D. from the University of Alberta in 1981 and completed his psychiatry training at the University of Manitoba in 1985. He has been running a Trauma Program in the Dallas, Texas area since 1991 and consults to two other Trauma Programs, one at Forest View Hospital in Grand Rapids, Michigan and one at Del Amo Hospital in Torrance, California. His Texas Trauma Program moved to UBH Denton in September, 2015. Dr. Ross is the author of 28 books and 200 professional papers and is a Past President of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation. Dr. Ross has spoken widely throughout North America and in Europe, China, Malaysia, Australia and New Zealand. Besides his psychiatric research and writing, Dr. Ross has written poetry, short stories, essays, aphorisms, creative non-fiction, and screenplays. Colin A. Ross Institute for Psychological Trauma Website

San Juan Ballroom 1 and 2 - Friday, October 20, 2017
9:15-10:30 p.m. - Plenary

San Juan Ballroom 1 and 2 - Saturday, October 21, 2017

10:45 a.m. - 5:15 p.m.


Dr Paulsen authored, “Looking Through the Eyes of Trauma & Dissociation: An Illustrated Guide for EMDR Therapists and Clients,” (English, Japanese and German, in press) and Lanius, Paulsen, & Corrigan “The Embodied Self: The Neurobiology and Treatment of Traumatic Dissociation.” A fellow of ISST&D, she was invited faculty in Germany, South Africa, Japan, Scotland, Norway, Hong Kong, and was EMDRIA Masters Series Lecturer 2004.  She authored numerous chapters and presents three workshops on ego state therapy, somatic methods and the early trauma protocol of EMDR.  Her clinical practice includes brief intensive work in a forest near Seattle for early trauma and neglect.


San Juan Ballroom 1 and 2 - Friday, October 21, 2017
10:45 a.m.- 5:15 p.m. Workshops

San Juan Ballroom 1 and 2 - Saturday, October 20, 2017,
9:15-10:30 a.m. Plenary


Dr. Ross received her M.D. and a Master’s Degree in neuroscience from the University of Calgary and completed her psychiatry training at the University of Toronto in 2015. She is on staff at Women’s College Hospital in Toronto, where she specializes in trauma, PTSD and dissociation.


Steve Frankel is Board Certified Clinical and Forensic Psychologist and an Attorney at Law, who practices both professions in San Francisco’s East Bay. A past Director of Clinical Training and current Clinical Prof. of Psychology at USC, he began recognizing childhood trauma in his adult patient case-load in 1980 and has specialized in working with that population ever since. He joined the Int’l. Society for the Study of Trauma & Dissociation in the 1990s and was the consultant to the Trauma Program at Del Amo Hospital from 1993 until 2001. He was President of the ISSTD in 2002 and has been active in developing and teaching courses in trauma treatment as well as publishing chapters in books and professional journals in the trauma field.


Laura S. Brown is a clinical and forensic psychologist in independent practice in Seattle, Washington. A writer and speaker on feminist therapy theory and practice, she offers workshops and trainings to professionals and the public on such topics as trauma treatment, cultural competence, psychological assessment, and ethics. She is the author of Your Turn for Care: Surviving the aging and death of the adults who harmed you, and the forthcoming book Not the Price of Admission: Healthy relationships after childhood trauma, in addition to 10 volumes for professionals.


San Juan Ballroom 3

"Not the price of admission: Healthy relationships after childhood trauma." 2 CEU

"I wrote this book because of my experience that many people who were abused, neglected, or otherwise given less-than-adequate experiences of attachment, love, and connection struggle in very predictable ways in their adult friendships, work relationships, and romantic relationships. Many survivors believe, consciously or otherwise, that they must pay a price to have anyone relate to them. Some of those prices are psychological–safety, self-respect, boundaries. Others are more direct, as when a survivor bears too much financial responsibility for an able-bodied adult partner. Adult survivors know that being exploited, used, and sometimes abused in their connections with others feels like normal life, even if they have come to know that it’s wrong. Not the price examines how these core beliefs were set in place, and then explores the ways in which survivors can learn how to stop paying prices. It’s my hope that it will shed light for survivors on what have felt like, but need not be, painful or futile efforts to have good-enough love and connection in their adult lives." http://www.drlaurabrown.com/written/not-the-price-of-admission-healthy-relationships-after-childhood-trauma/

Presentation description: This workshop will describe and discuss common challenges faced by survivors attempting to have emotionally meaningful relationships. We'll consider ways in which childhood trauma affects attachment dynamics, and look at strategies for having healthy connections in adulthood.
1. Participants will be able to identify three patterns of problematic attachment
2. Participants will be able to apply the constructs of radical present-time behavior and mindfulness to relationships.
3. Participants will be able to define and describe the Emotional Part of Personality (EP) and its contributions to relationship challenges for survivors complex childhood trauma.


David L. Calof, DAPA has practiced psychotherapy, family therapy and hypnotherapy in his native Seattle for 40 years. A highly regarded clinician, Mr. Calof has lectured and consulted frequently at educational institutions, professional associations, hospitals, mental health centers, and social service agencies across the United States, and in Canada, England, France, Germany, Australia, and Japan on the treatment of posttraumatic and post-abuse syndromes, (with special regard to the dissociative disorders), self-injury syndromes, hypnotherapy, couples and family therapy. Mr. Calof has authored two books and over 50 professional publications on hypnotherapy, marriage and family therapy, and the treatment of psychological trauma and child abuse. His last book, The Couple Who Became Each Other and Other Tales of Healing From a Leading Hypnotherapist (with Robin Simons, BantamDoubledayDell, 1996) (a featured alternate selection for the Behavioral Science Book Service in 1997), has been published in North American, United Kingdom, French, German, and Israeli editions and garnered highly favorable reviews (1, 2) internationally. http://www.clinicalworkshops.com/about/about_david_calof/


Lynn Crook was a therapist when she recovered memories of childhood sexual abuse. Since her successful lawsuit, she’s been investigating false memory claims. She presented her findings in the U.S., England, and at the United Nations. She joined a comedy improv group to handle any hecklers that might show up. They didn’t. Lynn is an editor emeritus of Treating Abuse Today, and is writing a book she’s currently calling “An Inconvenient Crime.”


Julie Valenti, formerly a medical/surgical nurse, is the owner of the Wisdom and Recovery Healing Center located in Portland, Oregon. Her program provides individuals, couples, and families with support and guidance. Educational classes on addiction, trauma, brain re-wiring, as well as workshops and support groups for individuals and couples enrich the program. Mobile and Online access allows Julie to provide her clients with support and guidance across the U.S. and internationally. Julie has developed a unique approach to treat individuals struggling with PTSD due to childhood trauma. This method, named the ”The 20 Concepts”, has yielded such positive results that her clients have encouraged her to write a book to make these concepts more available to the public. Knowing How-20 Concepts to Rewire the Brain, will be in print and available for purchase later this year. She is currently a featured speaker at the Serenity Lane Drug and Alcohol Treatment Centers, located in Oregon and Washington. Her education and experience in treating addictions, as well as her own recovery from childhood trauma, brings an informative and interesting perspective to her presentations. Julie is also a Certified Hypnotherapist skilled in helping people overcome adversities and compulsive behaviors, which can be rooted in the subconscious mind. These powerful treatments are also proven to have positive results in the lessening of pain and anxiety. As an Ordained Minister, Julie brings a spiritual and mindful experience to a ceremony, whether it is an end of life ritual or a joy filled marital union.
Julie currently resides and works in Portland, Oregon and San Diego, California. Wisdom and Recovery Wellness Center


Jerry Crimmins is a writer and retired reporter and editor in the Chicago news business where he worked for 40 years for the Chicago Tribune, the Associated Press, the City News Bureau of Chicago, and The Chicago Daily Law Bulletin. He is 71 years old and has dealt with dissociative identity disorder acutely for 26 years. Looked at another way, starting with the origins of DID for Jerry in his childhood, he has dealt with it for most of his life. In the news business, Jerry broke an exclusive story that led to the largest grand jury investigation of vote fraud in Chicago history and more than 60 convictions. He also wrote a series of stories that was instrumental in freeing five American citizens from prison in Yugoslavia in five separate cases over six years. In cooperation with an Illinois state senator and the National Alliance on Mental Illness, Jerry and other Chicago Tribune reporters published a series of stories about irregularities at a suburban Chicago mental health center. These efforts led to the firing of the head of that center and the resignation of its board of directors. The mental health center was taken over by a local Catholic hospital. As a newsman, he has won many awards including a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Chicago Headline Club. As a writer on the side, Jerry is the author of two novels, “Fort Dearborn,” published by Northwestern University Press in 2006, and “Obits and Murders,” self-published by Ozanam Press in 1992. He is now working on a sequel to “Fort Dearborn.” Jerry is married to Dottie O’Hara Crimmins. They celebrate their 50th anniversary in April 2016. Jerry and Dottie, who live in Chicago, have three children and six grandchildren.


Staci Sprout, LICSW, CSAT is a licensed psychotherapist, author and publisher with twenty years of experience as a therapist and social worker in a variety of settings from community mental health and hospitals to private clinical practice. She is also a survivor of extreme abuse and a human rights advocate. In 2009 she helped found the survivor-led North American Truth and Reconciliation Coalition (NATRC), and has presented for the SMART Conference and Survivorship in her area of personal and professional focus: sexual healing for survivors. In 2015 Staci published her first book, titled Naked in Pubic: A Memoir of Recovery From Sex Addiction and Other Temporary Insanities. Her ability to integrate her clinical experience with the story of her own recovery from trauma and multiple addictions offers an informed, accessible message of hope for anyone interested in transforming our extreme abuse culture. www.stacisprout.com. See her book reading here: https://vimeo.com/user47028359.

MARY KNIGHT, MSW - Writer,Filmmaker

Mary Knight obtained her Masters Degree in Social Work in 1980. She placed 100 children in adoptive homes and conducted 400 forensic evaluations in divorce cases in which custody or parenting time was disputed. Knight served as an expert witness in court over 100 times. She is now a full time filmmaker. Her short film about her first marriage is used by domestic violence organizations world wide. Her current project is a documentary about her recovered memories of extreme childhood abuse, including child pornography, torture, and family controlled human trafficking. Knight is happily married. She and her husband, Jerry, have five grandchildren, all of whom are above average in every way.


KIM LINCOLN is a somatic practitioner. Her blended skill set includes Touch Trauma Resolution of Injury-somatic touch skills for self regulation and resilience, Cranial Sacral therapy, and is a long standing member of Ortho-Bionomy International. She is the founder of Terrain of Essence, a school of embodied spiritual-psychology since 2007, serving as an integrative system to re-connect with the Self as whole. A survivor of trauma her passion is to assist others to feel safe in their body, trust their mind, and know their soul. Her book 'Holy Here Wholly You, Embodying Heaven On Earth' will be released at the end of this year. To celebrate the whole child she created and produced the children's CD "A Garden of Songs, For the Magical Child." Gently nurturing it brings us in touch with our genuine preciousness. http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/cheridale
To learn more about Kim's workshops and her upcoming book visit www.kimlincoln.com

Joshua Moore

Joshua Moore has a Master of Arts in Counseling (MAC) from Multnomah University, is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor Associate (LMHCA) and is Board Certified in Neurofeedback (BCN). Joshua is the owner of Alternative Behavioral Therapy and has been practicing Neurofeedback with dissociation in conjunction with local therapists since 2013. Joshua currently uses a variety of therapies, such as Infra-low Neurofeedback, Alpha-theta, SRM Training, EMDR, CES, BAUD, Play Therapy, Internal Family Systems, and Psycho-dynamic Therapy.

Kate White

Kate White is a Recording Artist, Speaker, Worship Leader, Songwriter and Violinist. Kate tours regionally with her band and nationally as a solo artist and speaker. She is the Founder of Music That Matters, an organization dedicated to bringing hope to the hurting. As a trauma survivor Kate began songwriting as a way to help process her own healing journey. 15 years later, Kate’s 6th album and recent release, Six Feet Down, has synthesized her deeper understanding of trauma and dissociation with lyrics and music that help give a voice to the voiceless, and strength for the journey. Music that Matters Website

Tom Cloyd MS MA LMHC

Licensed as a Mental Health Counselor in the state of Washington, USA, I practice and do research in the Spokane, WA region. I specialize in the psychotherapy of psychological trauma and dissociative disorders. This necessarily means that I also do a lot of work with anxiety, depression, and couples-in-crisis. I use evidence-based, "best practices" approaches, and often use ego-state psychology to augment and facilitate these approaches. My focus is on treatment of adults, but I am experienced in treating adolescents and children as well. I have a particular interest in the "culture" of mental health - how our society sees mental illness and health and what it collectively does about both.

Cynthia Wilson MA, ATR-BC

Cynthia Wilson MA, ATR-BC is a registered and board certified Art Therapist who has been practicing Art Therapy for over 10 years and has been in private practice for over 7 years.  She graduated from Notre Dame de Namur University in 2005 with her masters in Marriage and Family Therapy and an art therapy certificate. She has since furthered her education and is currently pursuing a PhD in Art Therapy. She has worked with children, adults, groups and
families with issues of trauma, dementia, behavioral and learning delays, end of life, anxiety, depression, physical rehabilitation, and long term hospital and sub-acute placements. She has taught several workshops and trainings on Art Therapy and other topics. Due to her clientele in California’s central valley, she has taken to doing more education on the topic of dissociation and DID.


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