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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Susan Wingfield-Ritter, LMFT, MAC, and Member of MINT, 2019 is the Senior Clinical Director of McAlister Institute for Treatment and Education. ...

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My name is Dr. Myesha Barton and I have an Education Doctorate in Counseling Psychology from Argosy University San Diego. I started my career path as a substitute teacher after graduating from The Ohio State University with a Bachelors in psychology in 2007. I later relocated to San Diego after two ...

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Steven Thorp, Ph.D., ABPP earned his doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the University of Nevada, Reno and completed postdoctoral research fellowships in geriatric psychiatry at Duke University Medical Center and at the University of California, San Diego. He is Board Certified in Clinical Psycholo...

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Dr. Erika Ryan is a licensed Clinical Psychologist. She received her undergraduate degree from Villanova University and her MA and PhD in clinical psychology from the University of North Carolina Greensboro. She completed her postdoctoral fellowship training at the CARES Institute, through Rowan ...

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Terri has worked in the field of behavioral health since 1999 and currently serves as the Divisional Director for Healthright360; overseeing all North County Serenity House programs. She has over 30 years of personal and professional experience. Terri is a Certified Addiction Treatment Counselor II ...

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Rosemarie is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapy and has been working with kids, families and individuals since 2000. In addition, Rosemarie earned a Masters of Arts in education with an emphasis on multicultural counseling....

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Leah Porter first joined the mental health field a little less than a decade ago, working primarily with children and families with severe trauma and behavioral disorders....

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Navid Zamani is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in San Diego, CA. His works spans a variety of contexts addressing domestic violence (DV) issues within families and communities, ranging from advocacy work with the Domestic Violence Response Team to counseling services in emergency shelters....

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Brent Crandal, PhD, is a child and family psychologist, researcher, and administrator at Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego. He has be fortunate to offer evidence-based treatment to children, youth, and families in outpatient, inpatient, pediatric, military, and community mental health settings and ...

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Alison Hendricks, LCSW, is a trainer and consultant who specializes in
Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), trauma-informed
systems, and Secondary Traumatic Stress....

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Dr. Yershova is a Deputy Scientific Director of the Columbia Lighthouse Project (formerly, Center for Suicide Risk Assessment) at the New York State Psychiatric Institute/Columbia University Medical School....

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Kimberly Beckstead is a LCSW and certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor II (ADCII). ...

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Rachel Haine-Schlagel holds a PhD in clinical psychology from Arizona State University. She completed her predoctoral clinical internship at the University of California, San Diego and Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego and is a licensed psychologist in California....

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Michael Juan is a Clinical Psychologist practicing in San Diego, California. Currently, he works as a faculty psychologist at San Diego State University’s Counseling and Psychological Services. Michael is also in private practice providing psychotherapy, training, and consultation services....

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Michelle Ly, LMFT received her Masters of Science in Marriage and Family therapy from San Diego State University in 2008. She has been licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapist since 2012 and AAMFT Approved Clinical Supervisor in 2018. ...

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Juan Camarena is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, and Sex Therapist certified by the American Association for Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists....

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Dr. Dara Bliss Schwartz is a licensed clinical psychologist at Sharp Mesa Vista – the largest privately operated psychiatric hospital in San Diego....

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Caroline is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with the State of California. She currently works as the Lead Therapist in the Senior Intensive Outpatient program at Sharp Mesa Vista, a nationally recognized program designed to improve the quality of life of older adults who are experiencing depressio...

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Golby Rahimi is a Vice President of Clinical Services at Mental Health Systems, Inc., currently overseeing Children Youth and Families Programs, and Employment programs in San Diego County. ...

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Gabriella Grant, MA, trains professionals in the social services on an array of topics, including trauma, substance abuse, PTSD, eating disorders, problem gambling, domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse. ...

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Gimel Rogers, Psy.D. is a licensed psychologist with over 10 years of professional speaking and training experience. She is currently the Training Director of the Professional Clinical and Forensic Services department at the Institute on Violence, Abuse, and Trauma (IVAT). ...

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Stacey Annand holds a PhD in Clinical Psychology with a specialization in pre- and perinatal psychology and concentration in somatic psychology. ...

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Ana España is the Presiding Judge of the San Diego County Juvenile Court. She has presided over juvenile cases since January 2018. Prior to her appointment to the bench in 2008, Judge Espana represented children and youth in both the juvenile justice and child welfare systems....

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I have served as a prosecutor for the past 16 years. In my current assignment, I am the team leader for all case issuance as well as the team leader for all school threat cases at the juvenile division. I have reviewed and prosecuted over 200 school threat cases....

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Mary Beth Wirkus is a Deputy Public Defender in San Diego County and is currently the Supervising Attorney of the Juvenile Delinquency Division of the Office of the Primary Public Defender....

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Vincent DeOcampo has 20 years of Law Enforcement experience. He began as a Juvenile Probation Officer with San Diego County then went to the Chula Vista Police for over 16 years....

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Laura Rogers has been in the non-profit field since 1994 and an administrator since 2001, she has direct practice in Substance Abuse, Residential, Mental Health, Child Welfare, Juvenile Justice, Education, Community-Based, Children, Adolescents and Families, Evidenced-Based Practices, Trauma Informe...

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Ilana Israel Samuels holds a Master degree in Education, Curriculum and Instruction, from Chapman University. She has worked in the field of education for her entire career, in early childhood development, teacher education, college admissions and outreach....

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Dimitri Perivoliotis is a licensed clinical psychologist at the VA San Diego Healthcare System and Associate Clinical Professor at the University of California San Diego (UCSD) School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry....

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Blaire Ehret, Ph.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist who specializes in suicide prevention and providing clinical services to Veterans living with psychosis. She works at the VA San Diego Healthcare System and sits on the board of directors of Survivors of Suicide Loss, San Diego....

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Barbara Higgins has been an educator in San Diego County for the past 20 years; starting her career as an elementary and high school teacher, she then worked as an assistant principal, principal and Director of Student Services at the district level, before coming to the San Diego County Offic...

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Shannon Nosenzo completed San Diego State University’s Community Based Block program earning an equivalency MA in Education with a specialization in multicultural counseling. She went on to complete an MS in Counseling with specialization in Marriage and Family Therapy....

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A native of Galveston, TX, Dr. Paul A. Minifee received his BA in English and Psychology and PhD in Rhetoric and Writing Studies from the University of Texas at Austin....

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Jodi Pfarr brings to her audiences the knowledge gained from direct experience with not-for-profit organizations. Pfarr served as executive director of Emma Norton Services, providing housing to single women with issues around low income, mental illness, and/or chemical dependency. ...

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Heather Nemour is a Program Specialist: Student Wellness & Positive School Climate for the San Diego County Office of Education’s Student Support Services division....

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Agustin Valadez is a bicultural/bilingual Spanish speaking therapist in the San Diego area. Currently he is the Assistant Program Director of Douglas Young Youth and Family Services, a children’s program of Community Research Foundation....

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Detective Wayne R. Spees (Ret) is a 31-year veteran of the San Diego Police Department (SDPD). Mr. Spees is a recognized expert in the response to active shooter tactics....

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Bill James started working with teens in residential treatment in 1989. He graduated from Baylor University with a BA in Psychology in 1984 and from San Diego State University with a Master’s in Social Work in 1993....

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Dr. Frank Ogle, Ph.D., LMFT, a native San Diegan, is a licensed Marriage Family therapist who currently works at Sharp Mesa Vista Hospital in the Senior Intensive Outpatient Program (SIOP), a nationally recognized program designed to improve the quality of life and wellbeing of older adults who are ...

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Jessica Empeño is a medical social worker with over 20 years’ experience in dementia, caregiver support, hospice, and care of the seriously ill. ...

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