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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 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 through 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, Ph.D 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.
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 a 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 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.
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.