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Joel Baum is the Senior Director of Professional Development and Family Services at Gender Spectrum and is responsible for all programming. He facilitates trainings, conducts workshops, develops curriculum, consults with parents and professionals, and provides resources in service of a more compassionate understanding of gender. He is a founding member and Director of Education and Advocacy with the Child and Adolescent Gender Center at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Working throughout the United States and beyond, he is frequently called upon to help institutions think more expansively about the gender diversity of all children and teens, and ways to create more inclusive conditions accordingly. Mr. Baum is also a professor at California State University, East Bay, in the Department of Educational Leadership.
Dr. Brandt is an internationally known teacher, trainer, clinician, and consultant. She is Director of the Parent-Infant & Child Institute in Napa, CA that provides clinical services for children age 0-5, consultation for parents and providers, and professional training. She is also an Assistance Clinical Professor of Pediatrics V.F. at U.C. Davis School of Medicine. Dr. Brandt was the Chief Public Health Manager for Napa County Public Health where she developed the first full-day, full-year therapeutic center for children 0-5 based in a public agency setting. She retired after 25 years of overseeing Maternal-Child Health and other public health services. Brandt founded and directs the 15-month Napa Infant-Parent Mental Health Fellowship Program in Napa, CA, a state and national award-winning program that has been training professionals since 2002. She is a Child Trauma Academy Teaching Fellow with Dr. Bruce Perry and lectured nationally and internationally with Dr. Berry Brazelton on the National Seminar Series for 15 years. Dr. Brandt is the lead author of Infant & Early Childhood Mental Health: Core Concepts & Clinical Practice, published in 2014, and Facilitating the Reflective Process: An Introductory Workbook for the Infant-Parent & Early Childhood Mental Health Field. She earned her Master’s and Doctorate at Case Western Reserve University, and is endorsed by the Michigan Association for Infant Mental Health, within the Global Alliance for the Advancement of Infant Mental Health, as an Infant Mental Health Specialist & Clinical Mentor, and is endorsed by California’s Center for Infant-Family & Early Childhood Mental Health as a IFECMH Specialist and a Reflective Practice Mentor.
Tina Payne Bryson, PhD is the co-author (with Dan Siegel) of two New York Times Best Sellers, The Whole-Brain Child and No-Drama Discipline as well as a pediatric and adolescent psychotherapist and parenting consultant. Dr. Bryson is the Executive Director of The Center for Connection, an interdisciplinary clinical practice, the Director of Parenting Education for the Mindsight Institute, and the Child Development Specialist at Saint Mark’s School in Altadena, California. She keynotes conferences and conducts workshops for parents, educators, and clinicians all over the world. Earning her Ph.D. from the University of Southern California, Dr. Bryson’s research explored attachment science, childrearing theory, and the emerging field of interpersonal neurobiology.
Linda Chapman, MA, ATR-BC, is a registered and board-certified art therapist and play therapist who directs the Art Therapy Institute of the Redwoods in Northern California, a center for learning and therapy. Linda was affiliated with the University of California San Francisco, School of Medicine for 25 years, where she held clinical faculty and research appointments. Linda was a creator and for 10 years directed the UCSF/San Francisco General Hospital Pediatric Play Therapy Program, and has conducted federally funded art therapy outcome research with the UCSF/SFGH Injury Center and Children’s Hospital & Research Center Oakland.
Linda is a nationally recognized expert in art therapy and play therapy with children who are victims of violence, child abuse, and medical trauma. She is the author of Neurobiologically Informed Trauma Therapy with Children and Adolescents: Understanding Mechanisms of Change” published by WW Norton. She is a member of the review board of Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association. Additionally, she is the author of several peer-review papers and has authored and co-authored chapters in Effective Treatments for PTSD: Practice Guidelines from the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, California Art Therapy Trends and Group Play Therapy.
Kristin Dempsey is a licensed marriage and family therapist (LMFT) and professional clinical counselor (LPCC) with an EdD in Organizational Change and Leadership. She has provided psychotherapy in the Bay Area for almost 25 years in public non-profits and county mental health settings, schools, and medical clinics. Her current psychotherapy practice is located in San Francisco and Burlingame.
Dr. Dempsey’s areas of clinical interest include treatments for co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders, complex trauma in childhood and adolescence, eating disorders, panic/anxiety, and many behavioral challenges such as anger management and impulse control disorders. She has worked with adults, senior adults, transitional age youth, adolescents, and children in individual, family, and group modalities.
In addition to clinical work, Dr. Dempsey trains providers in a number of evidence-based and promising practices. She is a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers and has experience teaching and training cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), cognitive behavior therapy for psychosis (CBTp), and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT). She is a master trainer for Applied Suicide Intervention Skills (ASIST) and has been trained in the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics (NMT) to assess trauma impacts in youth and adults. Dr. Dempsey also provides additional programmatic consultation regarding behavioral health system redesign and implementation of evidence-based practices.
Shannon Dorsey is Associate Professor and Licensed Clinical Psychologist in the Department of Psychology at the University of Washington. She is a Master Trainer in TF-CBT, a conjoint child and parent psychotherapy approach for children and adolescents who are experiencing significant emotional and behavioral difficulties related to traumatic life events. It is a components-based treatment model that incorporates trauma-sensitive interventions with cognitive behavioral, family, and humanistic principles and techniques.
Dr. Dorsey’s research is on evidence-based treatments (EBT) for children and adolescents, with a particular focus on dissemination and implementation of EBT domestically and internationally. Her work has often focused on Trauma-focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), with hybrid research designs that include both effectiveness and implementation questions. Research has focused on adaptation for unique populations (e.g., foster care) and on training and supervision strategies to deliver TF-CBT and other EBT. Dr. Dorsey is a Principal Investigator on two NIH-funded randomized controlled trials (RCT) involving TF-CBT, both of which include implementation and clinical outcome research questions. The first, in Washington State, studies the role of supervisors in public mental health settings in supporting EBT with clinicians under their supervision. It includes both a descriptive study of common supervision practices and an RCT of supervision strategies. The second, in Tanzania and Kenya, is a RCT of TF-CBT using a task-shifting/task-sharing model in which lay counselors, with little to no prior mental health training, deliver group-based TF-CBT to children and adolescents who have experienced the death of one or both parents, under close supervision by local supervisors, themselves supervised by TF-CBT experts. Dr. Dorsey is also involved in common elements EBT training initiatives and research both in Washington State and internationally, in low and middle-income countries. With colleagues at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, she is involved in RCT and feasibility studies in Southern Iraq, the Thailand-Burma border, Colombia, Zambia, and Ethiopia.
Diane Ehrensaft is an associate professor of Pediatrics at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and a developmental and clinical psychologist with a private practice in Oakland, California. She is Director of Mental Health of the Child and Adolescent Gender Center and attending psychologist at the CAGC Gender Clinic at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital. Dr. Ehrensaft specializes in research, clinical work, and consultation related to gender nonconforming children and assisted reproductive technology families, lecturing, publishing, and serving as an expert witness on both topics nationally and internationally. She is the author of Gender Born, Gender Made; Mommies, Daddies Donors, Surrogates; Building a Home Within (co-edited with Toni Heineman); Spoiling Childhood; Parenting Together; and the forthcoming book, The Gender Creative Child.
Domenique Embrey is an Occupational Therapist with over 25 years experience. She has worked extensively with children from birth to adulthood. Ms. Embrey has worked in public and private schools, preschools, pediatric intensive care and neonatal intensive care hospital units, as well as private therapy clinics. She has experience in mental health, developmental disabilities, sensory processing difficulties, handwriting, ADHD, Autism Spectrum, Down Syndrome, and Dyslexia. She is an Adjunct Professor at Samuel Merritt University Occupational Therapy Department and has a private practice in Fremont, California.
Igor Galynker, MD is the Director for Research in the Department of Psychiatry at Mount Sinai Beth Israel. He is also the Founder and Director of the Family Center for Bipolar, as well as the Mount Sinai Suicide Research Laboratory based at Mount Sinai Beth Israel. His current clinical and research focus is on bipolar disorder, suicide prevention, and the role of family in psychiatric illness. Most recently, his work has been devoted to describing a suicide-specific clinical state, a phenotype of the Suicide Crisis Syndrome, and to developing innovative multi-informant methods of risk assessment.
A child and adolescent clinical psychologist by training, Dr. Gann is a long-time beat maker and Executive Director of Today’s Future Sound (TFS). Dr. Gann has been working with TFS in Bay Area schools and community settings, and across the globe using Hip Hop beat making and culture as a mental health, educational, social justice and cross-cultural intervention. He has worked with more than 50,000 youth on six continents in the past six years through TFS and is currently developing the Therapeutic Beat Making (TBM) Model.
Dr. Garcia is a transformative professional educator having spent 18 years in some of the most challenged schools in the Bay Area. He has dedicated his life and career to achieving educational equity for all students traditionally failed by our public school system. Dr. Garcia spent 12 years as a teacher and instructional coach, and 6 years as a middle school and elementary school administrator in Oakland and Hayward. He is a San Francisco native and a graduate of Tamalpais High school in Mill Valley, UC Berkeley (B.A. & Ed.D.), and Fresno State (M.A. T.) He is the Co-Executive Director of HipHop Scholastics and Director of Customized Support at Partners in School Innovation. Dr. Garcia is an expert in English Language Learners, Culturally and Linguistically Sustaining Teaching and Learning, School Climate (PBIS & RJ), School Transformation, Community Schools Development and HipHop Education
Dr. Chandra Ghosh-Ippen is the Dissemination Director of the Child Trauma Research Program at the University of California, San Francisco and the Early Trauma Treatment Network. She is also a member of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN). She is the co-author of Losing a Parent to Death: Guidelines for the Treatment of Traumatic Bereavement in Infancy and Early Childhood. As a first-generation East Indian/Japanese American, she is committed to examining how culture and context affect perception and mental health systems.
Dr. Ken Ginsburg is a pediatrician specializing in Adolescent Medicine at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and Serves as Director of Health Services at Covenant House Pennsylvania, an agency that serves Philadelphia’s homeless and marginalized youth. Dr. Ginsburg practices social adolescent medicine with special attention to prevention and the recognition that social context and stressors affect both physical and emotional health. His research over the last 25 years has focused on facilitating youth to develop their own solutions to social problems and to teach clinicians how to better serve them. He is the author of multiple books and toolkits including “Building Resilience in Children and Teens: Giving Kids Roots and Wings” and “Reaching Teens: Strength Based Communication Strategies to Build Resilience and Support Healthy Adolescent Development”. Dr. Ginsburg has received over 50 awards recognizing his research, clinical skills, or advocacy efforts. He has been named one of Philadelphia magazine’s “Top Docs” ten times and has appeared on CNN, NPR, The Today Show, Good Morning America, The CBS morning show, ABC, NBC, and CBS Nightly News programs.
Summer Krause has a clinical practice in Oregon that includes adolescent and adult Seeking Safety, in both individual and group modality. She has worked with Lisa Najavits since 2011. Although she counsels children, adolescents and adults, Ms. Krause has spent the majority of her career working with adolescents. Her specialties are grief, trauma and addiction. Ms. Krause has worked in nonprofit, group home, juvenile justice, residential and outpatient settings.
Ashley Labistour, LMFT, is a nationally approved trainer for Trauma-Focused CBT, and a UC Davis-approved PCIT trainer. She formerly served as a treatment coordinator specializing in child sexual abuse for 11 years at Children’s Institute, Inc., in Los Angeles. She currently provides TF-CBT training and consultation for various agencies throughout California.
Alicia Lieberman, PhD, is the Irving B. Harris Endowed Chair in Infant Mental Health; Professor and Vice Chair for Academic Affairs at the University of California, San Francisco, Department of Psychiatry; Director of the Child Trauma Research Program at San Francisco General Hospital; and a former Board Member and President of ZERO TO THREE. Dr. Lieberman is the developer of Child-Parent Psychotherapy, an evidence-based treatment for traumatized children from birth to 5 years old. She is an author and has made major contributions to the field’s understanding of attachment, toddler development, and cross-cultural perspectives on early development.
David Oppenheim, PhD, is Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Haifa, Israel, and Associate Editor of Infant Mental Health Journal. He has been involved in attachment research for more than 20 years, focusing on the importance of secure, emotionally open parent-child relations for children’s development and mental health. Dr. Oppenheim has also studied how secure attachments are fostered by parental insightfulness into the child’s inner world, and has applied attachment concepts and methods in research on clinical populations. He is actively involved in lecturing and writing on the clinical applications of attachment and author of the book, Attachment Theory in Clinical Work with Children.
Dr. Vilma Reyes is an Assistant Clinical Professor at UCSF, Department of Psychiatry in the Child Trauma Research Program. She is a licensed Psychologist who provides treatment, training, clinical supervision, consultation, and coordinates community-based mental health outreach services and evaluation. She has over 13 years of clinical experience providing relationship-focused, culturally-informed interventions for trauma-exposed children and their families such as Child-Parent Psychotherapy (CPP). She has over 11 years of training experience in Spanish and English and is a nationally endorsed trainer in CPP.
Lisette Rivas-Hermina, LMFT, was trained by Dr. Anthony Mannarino, Dr. Esther Deblinger, and Dr. Judy Cohen—the developers of Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, to provide training and supervision to therapists in TF-CBT as a “Trainer of Trainers”. She has been working with traumatized children and their families for 13 years and has been training clinicians for the last five. Her expertise in the areas of domestic violence, sexual abuse, physical abuse and neglect inform the depth of her capacity to understand the complexities of childhood trauma. Born in Los Angeles, California, of immigrant parents from El Salvador, she is bilingual and bicultural. Lisette is a professional affiliate member of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) and is actively involved in the network to promote their mission to provide the highest level of care to traumatized children and their families.
Recognizing that children need balance and focus in their lives, Lani began incorporating mindfulness and yoga into her classroom while teaching first grade nearly 20 years ago. Seeing the benefits, she has taught thousands from coast to coast. Collaborating with Jennifer Byer (RYT 200, RCYT) the pair have created Mindful Yoga Breaks ® as a way to help children self-regulate, and create calm and focus. They have combined their efforts to bring this new mindful yoga program to schools, teachers, clinicians, parents, and students worldwide.
Daniel Siegel, MD, is a clinical professor of psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine and the founding co-director of the Mindful Awareness Research Center at UCLA. He is also the Executive Director of the Mindsight Institute and organization that focuses on the development of mindsight, which teaches insight, empathy, and integration in individuals, families and communities. Dr. Siegel has published extensively for both the professional and lay audiences and his books include Mind: A Journey to the Heart of Being Human, Brainstorm: The Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain, The Whole-Brain Child, with Tina Payne Bryson, Ph.D., No-Drama Discipline, with Tina Payne Bryson, Ph.D., and his upcoming book, The Yes Brain.
Raphael Travis’s research, practice and consultancy work emphasizes positive youth development over the life-course, resilience, and civic engagement. He also investigates music, especially Hip-Hop culture, as a source of health and well-being in people’s lives. Dr. Travis is an Associate Professor and BSW Program Director at Texas State University in the School of Social Work. He is also Executive Director of FlowStory, PLLC, blending social work and public health expertise to guide applied research and health promotion strategies. FlowStory also promotes the empowering aspects of Hip Hop culture as a critical tool for growth in families, education, therapy, and afterschool and summer programs. Dr. Travis is the author of The Healing Power of Hip Hop and his latest research appears in a variety of peer-reviewed academic journals.