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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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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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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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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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Kat Alexander is a wellness expert, author, and speaker whose mission is to help trauma survivors heal....

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Pam Lawson retired as a Detective from the San Diego Police Department after 27 years of service, the last 14 of which were as an investigator for the Department’s Child Abuse Unit....

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Eileen Quinn-O’Malley, MA, LMFT is currently a Behavioral Health Program Coordinator (BHPC) with the County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency, Behavioral Health Services Children Youth and Families....

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Michael A. Jones, LCSW is a therapist and trainer in San Diego, CA. Michael was licensed by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences in 2004. He has worked since 1999 with traumatized children and their families....

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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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Susan Munsey is the Director of Programs and founder of Generate Hope, a comprehensive and uniquely designed long-term recovery program for women who have been sex trafficked. ...

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Jennifer Gigliotti is the Interim Program Manager of I CARE at San Diego Youth Services. I CARE is a drop-in center and mental health clinic that offers services 7 days a week to those who are at-risk or currently involved in Commercial Sexual Exploitation up to the age of 21 years....

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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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Shelly Paule, MSW, LCSW is currently a Policy Analyst with the County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency, Child Welfare Services. Shelly graduated with her BS in Psychology and her MSW at San Diego State University, completing her final degree in 1998. ...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Tia Elena Martinez has over 25 years’ experience working for social justice in working class communities of color in the United States. ...

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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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L. has worked in the community for over 10 years as a group facilitator and speaker; specializing in embodiment/ movement / drama / expressive arts, Mindfulness and meditative techniques, and Motivational/Inspirational collaborative healing....

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David Vance (pronouns: they/them/theirs) is the PrEP Coordinator at the San Diego LGBT Community Center (The Center), one of the largest and most vibrant LGBT centers in the nation. ...

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Aisha Pope has worked in San Diego County's Children's Behavioral Health System of Care for the last 20 years. ...

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Christine Frey is a 17 year old teenager experiencing signs of depression & psychosis at age 12....

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Dr. Lipson is an internationally recognized expert in Forensic Psychology. He translates psychological research into actionable, evidence-based practices that significantly reduce violence in the communities he partners with....

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After receiving his Masters in Social Work from San Francisco State University in 1994, Anthony Ceja has worked in the area of gang and violence prevention among youth....

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Trung Nguyen is the current School Outreach Coordinator for the San Diego area for Sandy Hook Promise....

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Since the tragic loss of his son, Daniel, one of 20 first-graders murdered at Sandy Hook Elementary School along with six educators on December 14, 2012, Mark has dedicated himself to bringing people together to find sensible solutions that will prevent future tragedies......

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

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Dr. Jim Carter currently works as a clinical and consulting psychologist, providing consultation and staff training focused on Motivational Interviewing (MI) and Cognitive Behavioral Therapies (CBT). ...

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Carrie Binam is a Licensed Marriage and Family therapist and Certified Case Manager. She has over 25 years of clinical experience in the behavioral health field. Currently Ms. Binam works as a Quality Improvement Specialist for the County of San Diego with a focus on Substance Use Disorders.

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Andrea Ocampo is a Senior Policy Analyst and part of the TCOM Team at Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago....

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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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Jarred Vermillion has been working for over a decade in Child Welfare and Human Services. Drawing from his own life experience as a consumer youth, Jarred has successfully developed community programs, conducted organizational trainings, and is a nationally recognized speaker....

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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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April D. Fernando, PhD is a Policy Fellow and the TCOM Training Lead at Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago. ...

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Monique Crandal, Ph.D. is the Director of Student Affairs Case Management Services and co-chair of the Behavioral Threat Assessment and Management Team at the University of California, San Diego. In this role, she coordinates crisis support through strategic intervention, case management, and collab...

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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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Emily Trask is a Senior Research Associate with the San Diego System of Care Evaluation (SOCE) project and a consultant on the California Evidence-Based Clearinghouse for Child Welfare project. As a licensed Clinical Psychologist with special training in child and family interventions, she is an exp...

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A practicing clinical and administrative psychiatrist with over 20 years of experience, Dr. Krelstein currently serves as Clinical Director for Behavioral Health Services for San Diego County. Dr. Krelstein’s broad clinical and managerial background includes urgent/emergent care and hospital based ...

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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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Jan E. Estrellado, PhD is a licensed psychologist whose research focuses on the intersections of race, ethnicity, and trauma in therapy settings. She is specifically interested in examining clinicians’ competencies treating people of color who are also trauma survivors. She is the Associate Directo...

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Dr. Huong Diep is a Vietnamese-American, bilingual (English/Spanish), Licensed Clinical Psychologist with over ten years of experience providing gender-affirming therapy, psycho-diagnostic evaluations and consultation to transgender and gender non-conforming children, adolescents and their families....

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Claudia Rios-Gastelum, M.A. is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in San Diego, CA. Claudia is in private practice where she enjoys working with individuals and families. Her practice focuses on maternal and early childhood mental health. Claudia is the co-founder of Well-Mamas Tribe, that pro...

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Gretchen Mallios is a LCSW in private practice in San Diego. Gretchen specializes in working with pregnancy related depression and anxiety, parent well-being, attachment and trauma. She is certified in several treatment modalities that support this work, including Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorde...

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Jack Stevenson is the primary trainer and marketer for the LOCUS (Level of Care Utilization System) & CALOCUS (Child & Adolescent Level of Care Utilization System) – Both created developed by the A.A.C.P. (American Association of Community Psychiatrists). Mr. Stevenson has a Master’s Degree in Clin...

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Joe Ruiz is the Chief Training Officer for MHALA. He has been with MHA since 1986 and was part of the team that developed the original concept and proposal in 1989 for the Village, a model program of recovery focused services for adults with mental illness. At the Village he was the Associate Direc...

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Chad is the Vice President for Public Policy for Mental Health America of Los Angeles, (MHALA) a non-profit mental health advocacy and services organization. He is responsible for identifying and analyzing local, state and federal legislation, regulations and policies affecting the organization and...

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Susanne Terry has 25 years of experience in human services and education. She has served as an adjunct professor at the University of Southern California; was the Administrator of Maui County Drug Court; spent 11 years as Director of a non-profit child abuse prevention agency and has consulted on a ...

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Owner of MARSTE Services, Mary provides training, consultation, intervention, recovery coaching and student support with a specific focus on Substance Abuse and Co-occurring Disorders....

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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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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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Dr. Babbi Winegarden is a Clinical Psychologist, licensed by the California Board of Psychology in 1994. Dr. Winegarden received her Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in Clinical Psychology in 1989 with her internship at the Palo Alto VAMC focusing on Neuropsychology and Post-traumat...

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Jessica Roach is the Program Coordinator at Survivors of Torture, International (SURVIVORS). Jessica first joined SURVIVORS as a Masters in Social Work intern in the fall of 2013. The experience of working with torture survivors and being part of the community of healing at SURVIVORS was incredibly ...

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Rachel Mahoney serves as Clinical Case Manager of Survivors of Torture, International (SURVIVORS). Prior to her current role, Rachel served SURVIVORS as a Clinical Intern during her Master of Social Work studies at San Diego State University and as a Mental Health Contractor for SURVIVORS’ Refugee S...

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Scott Boyles is a licensed addiction counselor, MINT trainer and the Senior National Training Director for Train for Change Inc.® Mr. Boyles has spent more than three decades in the behavioral health field and has many years of experience working with the ASAM Criteria. Mr. Boyles is one of the orig...

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Born and raised in rural Kenya gave me a unique view of the world and what it means to be a part of a community. It is through this lens that my passion for community empowerment work has grown. My community organizing work begun in Kenya as youth organizer, creating awareness about HIV/AIDS in the...

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As a San Diego native, it is here that I have been working within the fields of education, outreach, and advocacy for more than fifteen years. My experience ranges from working with youth at the middle and high school level and extending into higher education in my work with students at the communi...

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My name is Joel Mendoza and I am originally from the San Francisco Bay Area. I graduated from UC Davis with a BA in Biological Sciences and a minor in Education in 2015. My undergraduate experience allowed me to work in the academic advising and education fields. All of these experiences allowed me ...

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Cindy Barreda Schurr, PsyD, serves as the Clinical and Assessment Manager for the San Diego Center for Children. As a licensed psychologist with training in psychological assessment, child development, and children's mental health, Dr. Schurr provides clinical consultation, training and supervision...

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Angie DeVoss is the Privacy & Deputy Compliance Officer for the County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA). She is passionate about ensuring that rules and regulations protect vulnerable individuals and families without hindering program efficacy. Her professional career has spann...

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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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Dr. Arianne Miller is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and Assistant Professor in the Counseling and School Psychology Department at San Diego State University. Dr. Miller teaches numerous clinical courses such as diagnosis and ethics, and supervises masters-level counselors...

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My name is Rex Sheridan am a Clinical Director with New Alternatives Inc. at San Pasqual Academy, where I manage the day rehabilitation services for adolescents and transitional age youth in a residential education program. I have been privileged to have over 16 years of experience working with...

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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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My name is Khara Rice and I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. I received my undergraduate degree in Child Development and then my Master’s degree in Counseling from Cal State Fullerton. I work at Sharp Mesa Vista Psychiatric Hospital and have been the Lead for the Dual Diagnosis Recovery...

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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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Al Killen-Harvey is the co founder of The Harvey Institute, a training and consultation company whose mission is improving health care outcomes through integrating sexual health. For the past 23 years...

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Ann Garland is the Founding Chair of the Department of Counseling & Marital and Family Therapy at the University of San Diego. Dr. Garland’s research is designed to improve mental health care for children and families by bridging the gap between science and community practice. ...

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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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Delona is a Supervising Probation Officer with the San Diego County Probation Department. She has over 11 years with the Probation Department working with adults, children and their families. In 2005, she started her career with the department and supervised high risk adult drug offenders and assist...

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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 Danielle Barcello, and I am a licensed clinical social worker, currently working as a liaison for Pathways to Wellbeing at Behavioral Health Services for the County of San Diego’s Health and Human Services Agency. ...

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Louise Zavala is a California licensed Marriage and Family Therapist at Behavioral Health Services for the County of San Diego’s Health and Human Services Agency. She currently works as a liaison for Pathways to Well-Being, San Diego County’s implementation of the Katie A. Settlement Agreement. ...

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Since 1990, Angela Goldberg has used her expertise to train, develop and implement systematic collaborations with local governments and communities to prevent and reduce substance abuse related problems....

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Shaina K. Zura is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and doctoral student with 15 years of experience in behavioral health service provision and administration. Research partner and contributing author in recent studies on motivation for smoking cessation in collaboration with the University of Calif...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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