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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.

Casey, Julie MSW DSW RSW
Julie Casey has worked for over 17 years as a Social Worker and Developmental Service Worker in a variety of community and private care settings, supporting individuals and families across the lifespan with different abilities. Her areas of practice include adults and children with a developmental disability; grief, trauma, depression, anxiety and emotional regulation; self-identity, compassion and personal growth. Julie is an EAGALA certified mental health professional who provides nature-based animal-assisted services that promote health and well-being for individuals and families of all ages and abilities. Recently Julie fulfilled her dream to return to a farm lifestyle where she lives with many hoofed and pawed companions where she can support others to live a life of meaning, participation and happiness.

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 MSW
Geraldine Crisci, M.S.W. is a mental health professional with over 30 years experience in the field of trauma. She is a private practitioner who provides assessment and treatment to children, youth and their families. Geraldine primarily works with children who have been resistant to traditional behavioural and other mental health interventions. These children often present with complex trauma and attachment disruption histories She works with biological families, foster families, day treatment programs and residential settings. Utilizing developmental, attachment and complex trauma focus has enabled Geraldine to effectively assist these families.

Downey, Merrilynn CYC
Merrilynn Downey is a parenting and behaviour specialist who provides consultation to the field of children’s mental health, education and child welfare. Merrilynn provides intensive home-based support to families and consultation for practitioners. She has years of experience working within the school system as 1:1 staff with youth struggling with especially challenging behaviours. Merrilynn also works in private practice offering home-based support services, as well as training through Kilbride and Associates.

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.

Grandy, Jackie MSW RSW
Jackie Grandy is an Individual and Family Therapist who specializes in child and youth mental health, LGBTQ mental health, and disordered eating and food and weight preoccupation. Jackie has many years of experience with clinical social work and the field of eating disorders. She developed a national eating disorder outreach and education program for the National Eating Disorder Information Centre (NEDIC) at University Health Network and has spoken widely on the these disorders. In addition, Jackie co-facilitates a biweekly support group for LGBTQ people experiencing food and body image-related issues at the Sherbourne Health Centre and is pursuing continuing education certification in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE).

Heaslip, Jennifer M.A., CYW
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.

Helmeczi, Bill M.Sc., M.Ed., RP, RSW
Bill has been the Director of Mental Health at Pathstone Mental Health for nearly 15 years.  He began his career as a front line staff in youth justice.   Bill has a specialty working with high risk youth. He has presented at numerous conferences in Ontario and the Eastern United States.  For the past 18 years he has been an instructor at Brock University in the departments of Psychology and Child and Youth Studies.  He has two graduate degrees in psychology, and a doctorate in Public Health Policy. His doctoral dissertation was on high risk youth and factors that predict recidivism.

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. Currently he is the Executive Director of a Children’s Mental Health Centre in Ottawa, Canada. Michael is one of 2 Master trainers in Canada for Collaborative Problem Solving and is involved with the Advisory Council of Think:Kids at Massachusetts General Hospital. Michael has been committed to implementing the Collaborative Problem Solving (CPS) approach across Ontario, and to date has trained approximately 8,000 people in Ontario.

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.

Jeffery, Leah B.A.
With 15+ years of experience in the developmental sector working with children and adults with developmental disabilities and dual diagnosis, Leah has a passion for developing the capacity of support providers to effectively support individuals with exceptionalities. Based in St. Catharines, Ontario, she is a Behaviour Consultant with Bethesda Services and a Mental Health Crisis Support Worker with CMHA. Leah has a Bachelors degree in Psychology and is working toward her MSW at Wilfred Laurier University.

Kamps, Colleen M.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. Assoc.
Eileen Kilbride, C.Psych Assoc., 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., RP
Charmaine Lane is a Registered Psychotherapist in Toronto and a Supervisor of Youth and Family Services at the Griffin Centre. She is an advocate for young people of colour and works to give voice to their struggles at every opportunity. She is an experienced clinician in the area of Trauma and, more specifically, how it impacts Racialized Youth and youth of African descent. Charmaine has worked successfully with child protective services in high risk cases to offer expert support and guidance for family conferences focusing on reunification of Black children and their families. Charmaine has also worked extensively with survivors of sexual abuse and domestic violence providing both short and long term interventions.

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 MSW RSW, CACPT-S
Greg Lubimiv is the Executive Director a children’s mental health centre which provides services including day treatment, trauma assessment and treatment, and intensive services. With over 35 years of experience in children’s mental health and child welfare, Greg is considered an expert in childhood trauma, grief and loss, and vicarious trauma. He holds a Masters of Social Work from U. of T. and is a certified play therapist / supervisor with the Canadian Association of Child and Play. He has received awards and recognition for his work in children’s mental health and for services to military children and families. Greg is well known as a passionate presenter who focuses on making content concrete, practical and fun.

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).

Marr, Katherine M.A., CCC, RP
Katherine Marr is a therapist, teacher, yogi, dog-owner, nature-lover, life-long student of traditional wisdom, and an advocate of social justice. She holds a Master’s degree in Counselling Psychology from the Adler School of Professional Psychology in Vancouver, B.C. She is a Registered Psychotherapist (RP) with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO), with over 15 years’ experience providing youth and family intervention, counselling, group facilitation, program coordination, and teaching. Areas of interest/expertise include holistic approaches to trauma-therapy and on-going course work in both Somatic Experiencing and Collaborative Problem Solving.

Mayer, Nancy MSW RSW
Nancy Mayer, of Nancy Mayer & Associates, Psychotherapy, Consultation and Training has over 40 years’ experience working in the fields of mental health, healthcare, child welfare and with not for profit organizations. 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. Nancy offers therapy and provides clinical supervision and consultation to clinicians and social services organizations.

Mettler, Kathryn BA, MSW
Kathryn Mettler, B.A., MSW, has 15 years’ experience in community-based social and health services. She began her career providing services to children and youth in residential care with developmental and mental health concerns. Upon completion of her MSW, Kathryn worked developed a number of social policy platforms in the areas of child protection, cultural inclusion & cultural competency, social housing & homelessness, and intimate partner & family violence. Kathryn has been facilitating training sessions for health professionals and social service workers for more than 8 years, both across Canada as well as overseas. In addition to her training and consultancy work, Kathryn is an Instructor at Humber College, within the post-graduate Mental Health and Addictions Certificate Program.

Morris, Susan MSW RSW
Susan Morris is a Registered Social Worker and acknowledged leader in clinical service development and implementation, partnership and network development, planning and policy, particularly in the field of Dual Diagnosis (Developmental Disability and Mental Illness). Susan’s work has focused on cross sector and interdisciplinary responses to address the biopsychosocial needs of individuals living with complex health and mental health issues. After many years of working in the child welfare, children’s mental health, general and psychiatric hospital environments, Susan now provides consultation services across Canada and in the US in relation to system and program development/implementation, toolkit development and training.

Rabenstein, Stephanie M.Sc., RP, RMFT
Stephanie Rabenstein is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry at Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry at Western University where she has trained medical students and Resident Physicians, social workers and family therapists in trauma informed therapies, as well as play and family therapy. She is a Registered Psychotherapist and a Registered Marriage and Family Therapist.

Rego, Cristine MSW RSW
Cristine Rego, MSW RSW, is a proud member of Lac Seul First Nation. Cristine is the Coordinator for the Social Service Worker Program at Fleming College and is also a full time professor. An experienced social worker with a background in child welfare, corrections, crisis work, curriculum development and counselling. Cristine has focused much of her work in the area of social justice and trauma, including Intergenerational Trauma. She is a published writer and speaker on Intergenerational Trauma, suicide awareness, attachment, Motivational Interviewing, Cultural Safety, and Cognitive Behavior Therapy. Cristine is a two time recipient of the Women of Distinction Award for her work. In her spare time, Cristine enjoys writing, photography and sewing. She is a grandmother, mother, sister and auntie.

Shilson, Kimberley M.A., C. Psych. Assoc.
Kim Shilson has been providing clinical services for 25 years both in Canada and the US with children's mental health agencies, adult mental health programs, and within the VAW (violence against women) sector. For the last 15 years, her focus has been on trauma assessment and treatment, clinical consultation, the mind-body connection in the treatment of attachment-based and trauma-related concerns, and the LGBTQ community. Along with private practice, she provides clinical supervision and consultation. Kim offers trauma treatment for clients referred by the Victim Quick Response Program (VQRS) and BOOST's ICE (Internet Child Exploitation) Program. In addition to her work for SafeGuards Training, Kim provides coordination and teaching assistance for the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute (SPI), and teaches online courses for Fanshawe College.

Smith, Joanne Barnes MSW RSW
Joanne Barnes Smith is a community based social worker dedicated to the skill development and supportive needs of frontline care providers, particularly those who provide youth and family services. Joanne has worked in for profit residential settings, academic institutions and in community based settings as a frontline care provider, moving her career to management of front line youth workers who predominately support marginalized people experiencing poverty, violence, system isolation and discrimination. As a clinical training consultant, Joanne utilizes her responsibility as an ally and advocate to improve client support experiences from micro interactions to larger, systemic lived experiences.

Tatartcheff-Quesnel, Natasha M.S.W.
Natasha has worked in child and adolescent services since 1991 in a variety of settings including residential services, secure treatment, youth justice, education, substance abuse, child and youth mental health, as well as in the private sector. She is a bilingual Certified Master Trainer and Consultant for Think:Kids and completed her fellowship for her Master’s in Social Work at Think:Kids in the department of Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital. She is committed to implementing the CPS approach in Canada and the United States and has trained and provided implementation support to numerous sites. She has also reviewed child and youth mental health systems internationally using the SOCPR and presented on the topic at numerous conferences.

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.

Witterick, Rogue
Rogue Witterick (they/them pronouns) is a parent, youth advocate, writer and violence prevention consultant, working as a Facilitator at the 519. Rogue has over two decades of anti-oppression facilitation and activism experience provincially and nationally in numerous sectors with organizations like the YMCA and Red Cross. Rogue’s current work fosters transformative discussion about gender and sexual diversity. They’ve also coordinated training initiatives and learning systems design for non-profit organizations. Rogue’s published work is in GUTS and Chasing Rainbows: Exploring Gender Fluid Parenting Practices. They live in Toronto but hatch new projects in a forest near Parry Sound.


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