PRESENTATION: The Essential Role of Occupational Therapy in Early Childhood - Parent Relationships TIME: October 7th 8:30am-10:00am ABOUT THE PRESENTER: Julia is a licensed psychosocial occupational therapist focused on working with families of young children who have experienced early childhood adversity and trauma. She integrates principles of sensory integration, neurodevelopment, and infant-parent mental health to provide culturally resonant and identity affirming care to children and families in the Portland ME area. Julia has worked in direct service in community mental health and as an administrator in mental health and early childhood education organizations in California and Maine. When not working, Julia loves long walks with her pup and getting to know the hiking trails in Maine.
Lea S. Denny, MS, LPC, NCC, NMT (LIVE in Danville, IL)
PRESENTATION: Seventh Generation Systems Thinking through Community Activated Medicine™ Time: October 7th 12:30pm-2:00pm ABOUT THE PRESENTER: Lea S. Denny is a wife, a mother of two, and a community member. She is of Hawaiian & Filipino descent, Hungarian-Jewish, and English ancestry, and her husband and children are Oneida and Ojibwe. She is a National Board Certified Counselor; community researcher on historical trauma healing; and currently serves on a CDC Indigenous research project on healing Adverse Childhood Experiences, the opioid epidemic, and healthy homes. Denny is intentionally shifting the paradigm around decolonizing mental health through what she calls Community Activated Medicine Framework™, Mental Health Without Borders™ Approach, trauma informed policies, and her organizational care models. She has co-raised over 5 million in funding to serve Indigenous and underserved survivors of violence. Denny is the President, CEO, and Clinical Director of the HIR Wellness Institute. Denny is dedicated to impacting workforce development through building a healing informed organization that focuses on training the next generation of helping providers. She serves on several local and national councils or committees, including: Committee Member of the Wisconsin State Task Force on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women (MMIW), serving on the Data Subcommittee; honorary faculty member for the University of California Davis; Member of the ‘Ohana Center of Excellence Steering Committee; and Committee Member of the Violence Against Women’s Act STOP Implementation Planning Workgroup. She is publishing her research on historical intergenerational trauma in Indigenous communities and continuously provides consultation to tribal and community leaders on Indigenous decolonial mental health research projects and transgenerational trauma workgroups. Leaders and experts in the field of mental health have continued to quote and cite Denny’s work, including notably Stockbridge Munsee Band of Mohican Indians President in the 2022 Wisconsin State of the Tribes address, and the Nuerosequential Model of Therapeutics curriculum. Denny is an international speaker and has spoken at the 5th Annual Pathways to Resiliency conference in Cape Town South Africa; the 2nd and 3rd International Nuerosequential Model Symposium in Banff Canada, and speaks with many groups from the Department of State International Visitor Leadership Program. Denny is leading health justice on every level and redesigning what mental health service delivery means. Learn more about Denny at her website LeaSDenny.com
Robyn Gobbel, MSW (LIVE in Danville, IL)
PRESENTATION: Making Sense of Baffling Behaviors Time: October 7th, 8:30am-10:00am ABOUT THE PRESENTER: Robyn Gobbel, MSW, loves coffee, P!NK, and everything about the brain. Once (recently!) her teenager went ballistic on her for getting ANOTHER (glitter!) coffee mug in the mail. Robyn loves cultivating deep, resonant connections with anyone who is up for it, and is especially fond of all the grown-ups in the world who love and care for kids impacted by trauma- helpers, healers, educators, and parents. Her favorite thing ever (besides glittery coffee mugs) is teaching anyone who will listen to harness the power of neuroscience so they can cultivate deep, resonant connections. What would change in the world if we could all do that? To see, be with, feel, and deeply know each other…and ourselves. Robyn thinks everything could change. You can get your hands on all sorts of free resources at www.RobynGobbel.com, including her podcast, The Baffling Behavior Show. Robyn is the author of Raising Kids with Big, Baffling Behaviors: Brain-Body-Sensory Strategies that Really Work.
Ana M. Gomez, MC, LPC (LIVE in Danville, IL)
PRESENTATION: The Self protective and defense System of Children Affected by Complex Trauma Time: 10:15am-11:45am ABOUT THE PRESENTER: Ana M Gómez, MC, LPC, is the founder and director of the AGATE Institute, with close to 30 years in clinical practice delivering treatment to hundreds of clients across the lifespan, especially children and adolescents. She is an EMDRIA-approved trainer and a Trainer of trainers for EMDR Colombia. She is a psychotherapist, author, and international speaker on using EMDR therapy with children and adolescents with complex and developmental trauma, generational wounds, and dissociation. She has led workshops and keynote presentations worldwide to thousands of clinicians. Ana is a fellow of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (ISSTD). Ana is the author of EMDR Therapy and Adjunct Approaches with Children: Complex Trauma, Attachment and Dissociation, and several books, book chapters, and articles on using EMDR therapy with children and adolescents. She is the author of eight children's books and therapeutic tools that address trauma and EMDR therapy. Ana received the 2011 "Distinguished Service Award" from the Arizona Play Therapy Association and the 2012 Sierra Tucson "Hope Award."
Temple Grandin, PhD, (VIRTUAL)
PRESENTATION: Creating a Community of Belonging for the Neurodivergent Time: October 7th 2:15pm-3:45pm ABOUT THE PRESENTER: Temple Grandin is a Professor of Animal Science at Colorado State University. Facilities she has designed for handling livestock are used by many companies around the world. She has also been instrumental in implementing animal welfare auditing programs that are used by McDonalds, Wendy’s, Whole Foods, and other corporations. Temple has appeared on numerous TV shows such as 20/20 and Prime Time. Her books include: Thinking in Pictures, Livestock Handling and Transport and The Autistic Brain. Her books Animals in Translation and Visual Thinking have been on the New York Times Bestseller List. Temple was inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame in September 2017 and in 2022 was named a Colorado State University Distinguished Professor.
Ann Leinfelder Grove, MSM (LIVE in Milwaukee, WI)
PRESENTATION: Translating Trauma-Informed Practice Through the Lens of Community and Place Time: October 7th 2:15pm-3:45pm ABOUT THE PRESENTER: Ann Leinfelder Grove is a passionate executive champion for the positive influence of trauma-informed care in creating strong communities and thriving children and families. She serves as CEO at Wellpoint Care Network, a large community-based organization in Milwaukee, Wisconsin which is Level II Certified in the Neurosequential Model. Date of Presentation
Tim Grove, MSM (LIVE in Milwaukee, WI)
PRESENTATION: Translating Trauma-Informed Practice Through the Lens of Community and Place Time: October 7th 2:15pm-3:45pm ABOUT THE PRESENTER: Tim Grove is the architect of Wellpoint Care Network’s trauma-informed model of care, and the leader of the agency’s NM certification and ongoing implementation. He is the principal trainer of trauma-informed care for system of care partners over the past 15 years. Tim’s ability to translate complex concepts into understandable and actionable ideas sets him apart as an teacher, advocate and coach. Tim was featured on 60 Minutes with correspondent Oprah Winfrey for his leadership at Wellpoint Care Network and with other organizations and communities across the country.
Amy Lewis, MS OTR/L (VIRTUAL)
PRESENTATION: Empowering Self Regulation with Compassion and Connection: Interventions That Work Time: October 7th 2:15pm-3:45pm ABOUT THE PRESENTER: Hi! I'm Amy Lewis is a mom, wife, and pediatric occupational therapist in Charleston, SC, USA. I am the author of Powerfully You, a social emotional learning curriculum that focuses on self-regulation from a lens of compassion and connection. I have a particular interest in psychology, sensory integration, auditory interventions, relational neuroscience, and light touch body work. I’ve completed a 2-year mentorship in Tensegrity Medicine, an approach that treats the whole person from an integrated mind and body perspective, focused on the fascial system. My OT career began in the birth to three population, affording me the opportunity to hone my focus on foundational skills. When transitioning to work with older children and adults I maintained a focus on foundational skills and how they support regulatory capacity, while also bringing in my studies of mindfulness, and the practice of self-compassion. My certifications include SIPT, Therapeutic Listening, Rhythmic Entrainment Intervention, iLs, and Safe and Sound Protocol and DIR Level One Certification. I currently work at Powerfully You, teaching, writing, and supporting therapists, and lecture as Affiliate Faculty at The Medical University of South Carolina in their pediatrics curriculum. I love empowering self-regulation from a lens of compassion and connection.
Michelle Maikoetter, MA, NCC, LPC-S (LIVE at Cal Farley's Boys Ranch)
PRESENTATION: Matching the Mission with the Mayhem - We are the Leaders, We go First Time: October 7th 10:15am-11:45am ABOUT THE PRESENTER: Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the state of Texas, as well as a National Certified Counselor and a LPC-Supervisor. For over 30 years, she has worked in a variety of settings with youth and families including domestic violence/sexual assault, juvenile justice, after school programming, and wilderness programming. The majority of her roles have been administrative positions and she feels the strongest connection serving in residential education settings and is passionate about ensuring leadership and programmatic systems are aligned. Since 2007, Michelle has been a leader at Cal Farley’s Boys Ranch in Texas, one of the largest nonprofit residential childcare facilities in the United States. Housed in the middle of the campus is a “special purpose” school - Boys Ranch Independent School District, educating K-12 students. She currently serves as their Chief Program Officer and has led the organization’s transformation from a behavioral modification program into a healing, trauma-informed community. As a long-time member of the Neurosequential Network, Michelle was named their Director of Special Projects (aka “the Sheriff) and plays a leadership role in organizing, managing and facilitating collaboration in the Neurosequential Model (NM) across programs, particularly when there is a high concentration of programs in a geographical area or a high-volume, complex collaboration in a single location. Currently, her two major areas of focus are in Arizona and Texas. Michelle’s leadership in coordinating and communicating will be essential in optimizing the implementation and effectiveness of the NM as it expands in these settings. Date of Presentation
Katie Mesko, DrOT, OTRL (LIVE in Danville, IL)
PRESENTATION: Occupational Therapy and its Unique Role in Interdisciplinary Collaboration Time: October 7th 10:15am-11:45am ABOUT THE PRESENTER: Katie is passionate about providing sensory-informed, trauma-responsive occupational therapy services to vulnerable, disadvantaged populations. Her experiences on interdisciplinary trauma assessment teams, treatment in outpatient clinical settings, and teaching in higher-level academia led to the creation of her private practice, CAYA Therapies. Katie aspires to build environments and communities for people to “Come As You Are” (the basis for the CAYA acronym). Katie’s teachings and trainings impart knowledge and perspectives that propel foundational, systemic changes outside of her clinic’s walls.
Mathew Portell, M. Ed (LIVE in Danville, IL)
PRESENTATION: In the Midst of Opportunity: A Paradigm Shift Time: October 7th, 8:30am-10:00am ABOUT THE PRESENTER: Mathew Portell utilizes his experience as an educator, administrator, podcaster, writer, and international speaker to impact education globally as an innovator and pioneer of trauma-informed education. As the principal of Fall-Hamilton Elementary in Nashville, TN, he utilized the most current neuroscience to transform the school into an international model school for trauma-informed practices. Portell founded the Trauma Informed Educators Network, a global network of over 31,000 practitioners, which he supports with a weekly podcast and yearly conference. Mathew’s passion and experience have made him a globally sought-after keynote speaker and facilitator. He is currently the Director of Education and Outreach at PACEs Connection; Portell supports cross-sector community collaboration to inform and support the development of resilient and trauma-informed communities. Portell has received several recognitions for his work, but the most notable was the Elementary Principal of the Year in 2021 for Metro Nashville Public Schools, which serves nearly 90,000 students. He is a proud graduate of Tennessee State University, where he received his B.A. and M. Ed. He completed his administrative licensure at Trevecca University and trauma and resilience certification one and two from Florida State University.
Gabby Remole, LSCW, NLC-C, EP (LIVE in Danville, IL)
PRESENTATION: Navigating State Dependent Functioning To Improve Our Relationships Time: October 7th, 12:30 pm-2:00pm ABOUT THE PRESENTER: Gabby earned her MSSW from The University of Texas at Austin. She is certified as both a clinician and equine professional in the trauma-focused equine assisted psychotherapy model, Natural Lifemanship. She is also a trainer for the model. She is trained, and pursuing certification, in EMDR. She has been practicing TF-EAP since 2013 and has had extensive experience in play, art and nature therapy. She has over a decade of experience working as an adoption caseworker. Gabby employs a systems-based perspective to help children, teens & families who have experienced trauma. She prefers experiential therapy - including work with horses, art, music and nature - to traditional talk therapy, believing that movement and “doing” can often be more effective, particularly for children and adolescents. She enjoys using humor, when appropriate, hoping that clients know that, while therapy can sometimes be really hard, it can also be fun. Gabby was blessed to have been raised around horses. She loves that she is able to incorporate her connection with, and deep respect for, horses in her work.
Michael Remole MA, LCPC, NCC, NLC-C, EP, I/ECHMHC (LIVE in Danville, IL)
PRESENTATION: Navigating State Dependent Functioning To Improve Our Relationships Time: October 7th, 12:30pm-2:00 pm ABOUT THE PRESENTER: Michael has over two decades of working with children and families in a variety of settings, including as a Multi-Systemic Therapist, Clinical Director, Children’s Pastor, Camp Counselor and speaker. After serving as a Children’s pastor, he went on to obtain his Master or Arts in Clinical Counseling from Ashland Theological Seminary. Following seminary, Michael worked at The Buckeye Ranch in Columbus Ohio as a Multi-Systemic Therapist, working with individuals 12-18 and their families. Michael left The Buckeye Ranch and founded Gateway Family Services of Illinois. Gateway Family Services provides trauma focused-equine assisted psychotherapy, EMDR, Equine Connected-EMDR, play, art, sand and nature based therapies. In addition to Gateway Family Services, Michael is currently the Executive Director of Hooves of Hope, a faith based mentoring program. Michael is passionate about neuroscience and understanding the impact of trauma on the brain. Michael is enrolled in the Mentor/Phase III with the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics course taught by the leading trauma expert Bruce D. Perry MD, PhD, is currently a fellow with the U.C. Davis CPE Infant-Parent Mental Health Fellowship, has earned the EMDR Child Specialist through the AGATE Institute with Ana Gomez and is also pursuing EMDRIA certification. He is an Infant/Early Childhood Mental Health Consultant(I/ECHMHC) for the State of Illinois Michael has experience as a trainer for Natural Lifemanship, the model of therapy focuses on human and horse brain development and the importance of relationships. In Michael’s spare time he enjoys spending time with his wife, Gabby & their twin boys, Jonah & Levi, riding horses, photography, playing the piano & building projects.
Jessica Richards, MS, MSW, LCSW (LIVE in Danville, IL)
PRESENTATION: Helping Kids Thrive through Neuroscience: Using Neurodevelopmental Strategies in Treatment Time: October 7th, 2:15pm-3:45pm ABOUT THE PRESENTER: Infant Family Early Childhood Mental Health Specialist and Reflective Practice Facilitator, Jessica Richards completed a unique dual masters degree program in Child Development and Clinical Social Work from the Erikson Institute and Loyola University in Chicago. At Children’s Memorial Hospital (now Lurie) in Chicago, IL she worked with severely emotionally distressed children on the Inpatient Psychiatric Unit. Jessica has provided dyadic therapy services to children 0-5 in South Central Los Angeles and supervised Early Intervention therapists. She faculty for the Neurorelational Framework (Lillas and Turnbull) and is proficient applying the latest neuroscience in practical ways to support complex children and challenges. Jessica was the lead therapist on the Fostering Family Partnerships court team pilot program at the Los Angeles Children’s Court. She in trained in the trauma-informed modality Child Parent Psychotherapy. In her private practice she treats families using integrated, trans-disciplinary approaches to support toddlers, children and teens with developmental differences, anxiety, mood disorders, relationship challenges and trauma. She has additional expertise in the treatment of Selective Mutism using a unique neurodevelopmentally informed approach. Jessica’s energy and passion are evident as a trainer, therapist and advocate for children and families.
Erica Schuppe, OTR/L (LIVE in Danville, IL)
PRESENTATION: The Essential Role of Occupational Therapy TIME: October 7th 8:30am-10:00am ABOUT THE PRESENTER: Erica is the founder of Wild Roots Therapy, INC in Billings, MT. Erica has been a pediatric occupational therapist for 20 years, most of that in private practice. As a foster and adoptive parent, Erica was led to the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics a decade ago. Since completion of the NMT Level one she has built a multidisciplinary practice providing OT, Speech Therapy, Physical Therapy, counseling, parent education, tutoring, and more with all professionals using a trauma responsive lens. Erica presents locally and across the US on occupational therapy as clinical lead, team building, and trauma responsive occupational therapy in community settings.
Marti Smith, OTR
PRESENTATION: The KALMAR way to choose trauma responsive therapeutic activities with an emphasis on school aged children TIME: October 7th 2:15pm-3:45pm ABOUT THE PRESENTER: Marti is an Occupational Therapist who specializes in personalized care for individuals who have experienced adversity. She works closely with and provides trainings with the developers of TBRI and the NMT. She was a fellow with ChildTrauma Academy for several years before the Neurosequential Model was founded. She authored “The Connected Therapist: Relating Through the Senses” in 2021 to help bring awareness and treatment ideas for working with people who have experienced trauma. She is the co-founder of Simple Sparrow Care Farm near Austin, Texas where they help people of all backgrounds, ages, and abilities to “Learn, Grow, Heal”. Her favorite co-worker is a rabbit named Popcorn. She developed the KALMAR app to assist with activity selection based on the NMT model and is currently authoring another book about that process. She enjoys spending time with her family, photography, and exploring the great outdoors all around the world, especially near water. In completing a life goal, she has presented her work in all 50 states and several countries. Her passion is for seeing the individuals behind the diagnosis and helping caregivers find activities of daily living that help her clients meet their rehab goals. She is delighted if she can use fantastically proprioceptive Lycra fabric in that process.
Jim Sporleder - National School Trauma Informed Trainer (VIRTUAL)
PRESENTATION: The Power of One Time: October 7th 10:15am-11:45am ABOUT THE PRESENTER: Jim Sporleder was the first principal in the country to implement trauma responsive practices in Lincoln High School in Walla Walla, Washington. Due to the significant decrease in disciplinary office referrals, out of school suspensions, and expulsions, the school experienced significant increases is daily attendance rates, state award for increased graduation rates and students moving on to secondary educational opportunities. These significant changes at Lincoln High School caught the attention of Jamie Redford, documentary film director who visited Lincoln High School and chose to film a year of Lincoln High School's journey. In 2015, the documentary Paper Tigers was released at the Seattle International Film Festival with high reviews and has been a major tool in spreading trauma responsive practices for schools across the country.
Tracy Murnan Stackhouse, MA, OTR/L (VIRTUAL)
PRESENTATION: Enhancing Trauma-Responsive Occupational Therapy Practice: Understanding Felt-Safety, Connection, and Clinical Reasoning Time: October 7th, 10:15am-11:45am ABOUT THE PRESENTER: Tracy Murnan Stackhouse, MA, OTR is the co-founder and executive director of Developmental FX (DFX) in Denver, Colorado, a non-profit organization providing clinical and training services to engage and elevate pediatric therapeutic practice. She is a leading pediatric occupational therapist (OT) dedicated to her work with persons with neurodiversity, especially Fragile X Syndrome and autism as well as those impacted by trauma. Prior to founding DFX, Tracy worked with Dr. Randi Hagerman in the field of FXS first at The Children’s Hospital in Denver and later at the UC Davis M.I.N.D. Institute. Tracy has written several book chapters on sensory integration and neurodevelopmental disorders, and teaches nationally and internationally on sensory integration, autism, fragile X and related topics. She is the lead author for the SpIRiT & S.T.E.P.S.I. Clinical Reasoning Tools, most recently used in research at Camp Jabiru in Australia. The tools are shared through the Spirited Conversations Podcast as well as through DFX’s training platform, Learning Journeys. Tracy has ongoing courses offered through Medbridge and iLS/Untyte (remote training use of the Safe and Sound Protocol). Tracy is a member of the National Fragile X Foundation Clinical Research Consortium, the Scientific And Clinical Advisory Committee, and the NFXF Advisory Council and an expert advisor to the CDC and RTI Fragile X Priorities Panel. Tracy obtained her occupational therapy degree at Colorado State University (1985) and her Master’s Degree in Developmental Psychology/Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience from the University of Denver (2003). Tracy is SIPT Certified, NDT Certified as well as having certification in DIR Floortime through ICDL. Tracy also has completed training in Interpersonal Neurobiology through the Mindsight Institute.
Michelle Taylor BA (Hons), MPsych (VIRTUAL)
PRESENTATION: Can I Hold Your Paw? The role of dogs in healing trauma and attachment disruption Time: October 7th, 2:15pm-3:45pm ABOUT THE PRESENTER: Chelle is Director and Clinical Psychologist at Blossomtree Psychology and a current ChildTrauma Academy Fellow. Chelle and her Canine Co-Therapists Denver and Cally offer specialised trauma and attachment based interventions. Chelle has worked clinically with children and families who have experienced trauma and attachment disruption for over 23 years. Until November 2014 Chelle led Berry Street's Take Two program in its implementation and certification of NMT, including internal training and consultation. Together with Dr Perry, Chelle co-facilitated the Australasian NMT Case Based Training Series in 2012 and 2013. Chelle was awarded a Creswick Foundation Fellowship and in 2014 travelled to North America and Canada exploring neurodevelopmentally informed interventions for infants, children and adolescents. Chelle was the founding Clinical Team Leader of the Grampians Take Two team where she held roles of program leadership, staff supervision, and direct clinical consultation and client work with children and families experiencing trauma and attachment disruption for seven years. Chelle commenced her career in a remote rural community in Western Australia, as a Psychologist for Child Protection. In this role, Chelle worked with children and families from remote Central Western Australian Aboriginal Communities.
Philip Tedeschi, LCSW (LIVE in Danville, IL)
PRESENTATION: Toward A More Humane Community: Resiliency and Healing Through Our Connection With Non-Human Animals ABOUT THE PRESENTER: Clinical Professor, Graduate School of Social Work, University of Denver Founder and Director Emeritus, Institute for Human-Animal Connection, University of Denver Co-Director, Institute for Animal Sentience and Protection Time: October 7th, 8:30am-10:00am & 10:15am-11:45am ABOUT THE PRESENTER: Philip Tedeschi is the Co- Director – Institute for Animal Sentience and Protection and Director Emeritus and Founder of the Institute for Human-Animal Connection, a licensed clinical social worker, a clinical professor at the Graduate School of Social Work and an affiliated faculty with the University of Denver’s Animal Law Program. He teaches in the Graduate School of Social Work, examining the intricate relationship between people, domestic and wild animals, and the natural world. Tedeschi’s research, scholarship, teaching, and community practice work have focused on issues of social and interspecies justice, global perspectives of human-animal interactions, conservation social work and human ecology. He specializes in the bio-affiliative connection between people and animals, causes of maltreatment to people/non-human animals and the health promoting potential of human-animal and nature interaction. Philip is globally recognized for his work in the field of animal-assisted interventions and human-animal connection. Check out his most recent book, Transforming Trauma: Resilience and Healing Through Our Connections with Animals https://www.press.purdue.edu/9781557537959/
Emily Wang, Ph.D., R. Psych. (VIRTUAL)
PRESENTATION: Can we create a world free from developmental trauma? Time: October 7th, 12:30pm-2:00pm ABOUT THE PRESENTER: Dr. Emily Wang, a Registered Psychologist for over 30 years, began her career in the U.S. and returned to Alberta in 1998. She has dedicated many years to understanding the impact of trauma--as a clinician, an invited speaker, and an Associate Member in research projects with the Mathison Centre and Hotchkiss Brain Institute. Currently, Emily is focused on guiding and expanding mental health knowledge and practice. As an early adopter of the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics, and with the strong support of Hull’s leaders, Emily engaged staff to shift and evolve therapeutic practice across the agency, eventually expanding Hull’s reach beyond Alberta. Emily also established Hull as a Touchpoints Training Site, in efforts to increase transdisciplinary collaboration in developmental trauma prevention. Emily finds great fulfillment in teaching the next generation of professionals: she is an Adjunct Lecturer at Cumming School of Medicine, (Psychiatry), a Sessional Instructor (Social Work) at the University of Calgary and a faculty member of the Infant Mental Health Fellowship (UC Davis). Emily is the recipient of the 2023 Psychologist of the Year award through the Psychologist's Association of Alberta.