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My name is Dr. Cristina Bautista. I have a degree in Clinical Psychology from Southern California Seminary. I have been teaching all of my life. I first began as a K-12 teacher in the Los Angeles School District and also for Special Education through the Department of Education in San Bernardino...

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Rachel has spent most of her life working with children in various capacities and the last 5 years working almost exclusively with trauma related issues. She has worked with domestic violence and sexual assault as well as with children and families in the foster care system. ...

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Dixie Galapon works for Family Health Centers as the Integrated Care Manager for mental health in East County. She is currently based at the El Cajon Family Health Center, a clinic site which provides integrated behavioral health and primary health care to diverse members of the community....

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Catherine Ayers, is a Section Chief at the VA San Diego Healthcare System (VASDHS) La Jolla Mental Health Outpatient Clinics, Associate Professor in the University of California San Diego (UCSD) Department of Psychiatry, Director of the CREST Community Program for older adults with hoarding....

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Michelle Atkins currently a School Social Worker in North County San Diego. She has been working with adolescents and transitional aged youth and their families since 1997 through various non-profit organizations including SDYS Counseling Cove and Storefront Shelter for Youth. Through her work s...

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I am a skilled facilitator with a talent for helping groups figure out how to address complicated problems. I have focused most of my career on using a community-level approach to alcohol and other drug problems relying on public policy, media advocacy and community organizing tools. ...

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Laura Beadles is a Division Director at San Diego Youth Services. She has over 15 years of experience working with vulnerable youth and their families at San Diego Youth Services with 12 of those years in management and supervision. She oversees 10 programs which provide prevention & early...

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Dr. Amy Costa has more than ten years of experience treating disorders. She has worked at all levels of treatment including residential, partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient as well as private practice...

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David Deitch is a Clinical and Social Psychologist, currently Emeritus Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at the University of California, San Diego. Dr. Deitch was the founding Director of the Center for Criminality & Addiction, Research, Training, & Application (CCARTA)...

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Lynnetta Devereaux has been working to improve the lives of others through training, coaching, advocacy, and/or mental health services for more than twenty years. Mrs. Devereaux has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Human Services Management and a Master’s Degree in Counseling...

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Ms. Dorantes graduated from Chapman University in 2006 with a BA in Sociology with an Emphasis in Social Work and a BA in Spanish. In 2009, she received her Master’s Degree in Social Worker from San Diego State University. In 2015, Ms. Dorantes became a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in California....

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Joe Eberstein CPS currently works for the Center for Community Research Inc.; he is the Program Manager for the San Diego County (MPI) Marijuana Prevention Initiative. Mr. Eberstein is a former New York City Police Officer and has had 10 years’ experience working in the prevention systems....

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LaTysa Flowers is a Program Educator and Family Support Specialist with a local non-profit stationed on the campus of a local High School as part of a school based resource center...

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Patrick Foley, CATC has 14 years working in the treatment field. He is the community outreach director for McAlister Institute and over sees adolescent programs throughout the county. Mr. Foley works directly with youth facilitating AOD groups as well as individualized sessions. ...

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Mr. Armin Geiger is a California licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor. He holds two Master Degrees, an MA in Clinical Counseling and an MS in Electronic Commerce, is a Certified Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Specialist, and trained in...

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Pradeep Gidwani, MD, MPH is pediatrician and community health leader focused on creating systematic solutions and changes to improve the lives of children and their families. ...

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Bethany Hansell has two Master degrees, a MA in Applied Developmental and Educational Psychology from Boston College and a MA in Marriage and Family Therapy from Alliant International University...

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Alison is a trainer and consultant who specializes in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and trauma-informed care. She is a National Trainer for Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and the Child Welfare Trauma Training Toolkit, a product of the National Child Traumatic Stress...

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Robyn Igelman, Ph.D. is the regional services and C3 manager for the First 5 Healthy Development Services program in the North Coastal region at Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego...

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Shannon Jackson received her BA in Psychology, with a minor in Women’s Studies, from San Diego State University in 2000. She went on to receive her MA in Counseling from the University of San Diego in 2002. Since then, she has worked for several agencies that specialize in assisting families...

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Mark Katz is a clinical and consulting psychologist, and author of the books, On Playing a Poor Hand Well, and Children Who Fail at School but Succeed at Life, both published by W.W. Norton and Company. In these books, Mark explores the lessons learned from those who have overcome adverse...

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Linda D. Ketterer was born to teach! In 2005, she received a BA in Liberal Studies with an emphasis on education, from San Diego State University, as well as a Pre-K through Adult multiple subject teaching credential, and dedicates her life to reaching the unreachable (or so they think)...

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Dr. Igor Koutsenok is an addiction psychiatrist. In 1982 he graduated from the National Medical University in Kiev, Ukraine as a medical doctor. In 1988 he completed his psychiatry residency training at the Medical University in Sofia, Bulgaria...

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Ashley Labistour graduated from Pepperdine University with her Bachelor of Arts in 1996 and her M.A. in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage, Family and Child Counseling in 1998. She has been a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, specializing in children, since 2001...

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Hai-Duong (Hais) Lindeman is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Owner of Integrated Treatment Consulting, Inc. She is also a Voluntary Clinical Instructor with the UCSD Department of Psychiatry, School of Medicine. Her specializations include individuals, families, and relationships...

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Mara Madrigal-Weiss currently serves as the Coordinator of Student Mental Health and Well-being for the San Diego County Office of Education (SDCOE). Prior to entering into educational administration, her experience included working with school communities...

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Dr. Laura Murray is faculty at Johns Hopkins University, School of Public Health and a clinical psychologist by training. She has worked closely with the developers of TF-CBT since 2001, having conducted over 75 TF-CBT trainings nationally and internationally...

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Felicia Neubauer received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Trenton State College (now The College of New Jersey) and her MSW from The University of Pennsylvania, School of Social Work. After working in community mental health for 5 years, she worked at the CARES Institute, through...

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Carolyn Nunes received her Special Education Teaching Credentials (Severely Handicapped and Learning Handicapped) and Masters Degree in 1979 from the University of San Diego. Upon graduation, Carolyn began her teaching career in San Diego Unified School District...

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Alicia Outcalt is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in private practice. Ms. Outcalt is a speaker and trainer in the mental health and recovery community. She is a faculty member at the University of Phoenix...

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Sarah Pauter is the founder and CEO of Phenomenal Families, a nonprofit organization that provides pregnant and parenting youth in foster care and juvenile probation access to education and other resources which promote healthy relationships, sexual development, and positive parenting skills...

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Aisha Pope is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and Certified Positive Discipline Trainer (CPDT) who has been working in behavioral health in the San Diego area for 15 years...

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James (Diego) Rogers is the Senior Vice President of Clinical Services for Community Research Foundation, a San Diego based non-profit behavioral health agency with 25 programs throughout San Diego, CA funded primarily by the San Diego County Department of Behavioral Health Services...

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Jeffrey Rowe, MD is the Supervising Psychiatrist for the Juvenile Forensics Division of the County of San Diego Behavioral Health Services. He has served the County in various capacities over the past 20 years including as a clinical supervisor, special evaluator...

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Ian Schere, Ph.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist in private practice who specializes in working with children, adolescents & families. He is the clinical supervisor for Casa de Amparo residential treatment center and the Haywood Childrens Development Center...

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Dr. Geoff Twitchell is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist (California Board of Psychology 2000) with advanced training in addiction and treatment of co-occurring disorders. His career in the field of addiction began over 20 years ago when he worked with Dr. Marc Schuckit....

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Matthew Verdun is a Licensed Mental Health Clinician at Behavioral Health Services for the County of San Diego’s Health and Human Services Agency. He currently works in Pathways to Well-Being, San Diego County’s implementation of the Katie A. Settlement Agreement. ...

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Dr. Laura Vleugels serves as the Supervising Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist for The County of San Diego. Having worked in public mental health for a decade, Dr. Vleugels promotes collaboration amongst organizations to best meet the needs of youth. ...

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Denise VonRotz is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Registered Play Therapist in private practice, a Mental Health Consultant for a local Head Start agency, and a Reflective Supervisor for the Early Childhood Socio-Emotional and Behavior Regulation Intervention Specialist (EC-SEBRIS)...

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Susan Writer has her doctorate in clinical psychology from Alliant International University. She works as a Community Outreach Liaison for Aurora Behavioral Health Care, an acute in-patient psychiatric hospital in San Diego that treats children, adolescents, adults and seniors...

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My name is Karen Yazzie-Meyer, I am a Native American Navajo residing in North County San Diego. As a Certified Addiction Treatment Counselor II (CATC II) and Certified Tobacco Cessation Specialist (CTCS) in the Behavioral Health field, I have an extensive background working with an at-risk...

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Shaina K. Zura is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and doctoral student with 14 years of experience in mental and behavioral health services. Research partner and contributing author in recent studies on motivation for smoking cessation in collaboration with the University of California...

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