Hanna Nowicki (LLB, BA Psych., Postgrad. Soc. Admin, Cert IV Training & Workplace Assessment)

Hanna’s background is in social work, psychology and law. Her professional experience is wide ranging. She has worked in suicide prevention, mental health, child protection, multi-cultural practice, and taught social policy at university. She has developed and presented multiple workshops on personality disorders, self injury, suicide risk assessment, depression, engagement techniques and introduction to mental health. 

Hanna has been one of the most prominent trainers in Australia, since 1996 she has trained 20,000 professionals nationwide whilst working with Suicide Intervention Programs, NSW Institute of Psychiatry and, predominantly, TATRA Training Services. She is known for practice-based approach and a “know-how”  teaching style.   Her workshops are interactive and fun.  She is the founder and owner of TATRA Training Services. 




John Arden (PhD)

John Arden, PhD, is a clinical psychologist specializing in neuroscience. He is an internationally known as consistently rated as one of the most knowledgeable and insightful presenters. Dr Arden is the author of 14 bestselling books, including Brain2Brain, The Brain Bible, Rewire Your Brain, and Brain-Based Therapy with Adults and Brain-Based Therapy with Children and Adolescents. He presents workshops on brain-based therapy internationally and in the United States. Dr Arden has written books on anxiety (The Brain-Based Anxiety Workbook), OCD (The Brain-Based OCD Workbook) and PTSD (Conquering Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, with Dr. Victoria Beckner) as well Improving Your Memory for Dummies; Consciousness, Dreams, and Self: A Transdisciplinary Approach (winner of the Choice 1997 Outstanding Academic Book Award); and Science, Theology, and Consciousness. Dr Arden's study of neuropsychology has inspired him to integrate neuroscience and psychotherapy, synthesizing the biological and psychological aspects into a new vision for psychotherapy: Brain-Based Therapy. His work incorporates what is currently known about the brain and its capacities, including neuroplasticity and neurogenesis, with psychotherapy research, mindfulness, nutritional neuroscience and social intelligence.


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Melanie Greenberg (PhD)

Melanie Greenberg, PhD, is a practicing psychologist and executive coach in California, and an expert on managing stress, health, and relationships using proven techniques from neuroscience, mindfulness, and CBT. A former psychology professor, Dr Melanie Greenberg is a sought-after presenter and keynote speaker. Her book The Stress-Proof Brain is an Amazon bestseller in Neuroscience. She’s been featured in USA Today, CNN, BBC and Psychology Today. With more than twenty years of experience as a professor, writer, researcher, clinician, and coach, Dr Greenberg has delivered workshops and talks both in the USA and internationally. She writes the Mindful Self-Express blog for Psychology Today, and is a popular media expert who has been quoted on,, BBC Radio, ABC News, Yahoo! Shine, and Lifehacker, as well as in Self, Redbook, Men’s Health, Women’s Health, Fitness Magazine, Women’s Day, and The Huffington Post. She has also appeared on radio shows like Leading With Emotional Intelligence, The Best People We Know, Inner Healers, and Winning Life Through Pain. Dr Greenberg was named one of the 30 Most Prominent Psychologists to Follow on Twitter.




David Kessler

David Kessler is one of the most well-known international experts and lecturers on death and grieving , reaching hundreds of thousands of people through his books, television appearances and lectures to both professional and non-professional audiences. “On Grief and Grieving: Finding the Meaning of Grief through the Five Stages of Loss” is co-authored with the legendary Elisabeth Kübler-Ross. David also co-authored with Kübler-Ross, “Life Lessons: Two Experts on Death and Dying Teach Us About the Mysteries of Life and Living.” In 2014, David teamed up with legendary Louise Hay to co-author his latest book; “You Can Heal Your Heart: a Compassionate Guide for Breakups, Divorce and Other Losses”.

He has worked with Elizabeth Taylor, Jamie Lee Curtis and Marianne Williamson when their loved ones faced life-challenging illnesses, as well as Anthony Perkins and Michael Landon. David’s work has been discussed in the Los Angeles Times, Business Week and Life Magazine, and has been featured on CNN-Cross Fire, NBC, Fox, PBS, Dr Oz and Entertainment Tonight. David is a contributing writer on, Dr. Oz’s and Anderson Cooper 360.  His writings about dealing with loss on Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day have been widely read.

David has a Master’s degree in Health Care Bioethics from Loyola Marymount University, USA, and he did his undergraduate degree at University of Southern California. He is a member of the American College of Health Care Executives. He is a certified AMA / EPEC (Education for Physicians) trainer. He also is the founding chairperson for the Hospital Association of Southern California Palliative Care Committee and spent the last decade as an executive in a 650 bed, three hospital system in Los Angeles County.


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Pavel Somov (PhD)

Pavel Somov, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist, presenter and author. He holds a PhD from State University of New York at Buffalo, USA, and is a graduate of the University of Central Arkansas, USA, and Moscow State Pedagogical University, Russia. Dr Somov is on the Advisory Board for the Mindfulness Project (London, UK).  Over the last several years he has been conducting professional trainings in US on the topics of mindful eating, anger management and perfectionism. Dr Somov grew up in Moscow, Russia and, after his service in the Soviet military, immigrated to the US in 1991.  He is the author of 7 mindfulness-based self-help books.  His books include the bestselling: “Eating the Moment: 141 Mindful Practices to Overcome Overeating One Meal at a Time”,Anger Management Jumpstart: A 4-Session Mindfulness Path to Compassion and Change”, “Present Perfect: A Mindfulness Approach to Letting Go of Perfectionism and the Need for Control”, “The Lotus Effect: Shedding Suffering and Rediscovering Your Essential Self”, “The Smoke-Free Smoke Break: Stop Smoking Now With Mindfulness and Acceptance”, “Reinventing the Meal”, “Mindful Emotional Eating: Mindfulness Skills to Control Cravings, Eat in Moderation and  Optimize Coping”.   His books have been translated into Chinese, Dutch & Portuguese. He has also published peer-reviewed articles on the use of Psychodrama and Logotherapy with substance use populations. Dr Somov has been an avid blogger for such blogging platforms as Huffington Post, PsychCentral, Intent, Red Room, Medium and SuccessStory. He has worked in a variety of clinical settings - private practice, correctional setting / county jail,  mental health community centres, multidisciplinary behavioural medicine teams, Veterans, Psychiatric and Cancer hospital’s, pain clinics, university counselling centre and in family medical practice.


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Daniel Fox (PhD)

Daniel J. Fox, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist, international speaker, and award winning author. He has been specializing in the treatment and assessment of individuals with personality disorders for over 15 years in the state and federal prison system, universities, and in private practice. He is the author of The Clinician’s Guide to Diagnosis and Treatment of Personality Disorders and the award winning Antisocial, Borderline, Narcissistic and Histrionic Workbook: Treatment Strategies for Cluster B Personality Disorders. He has published several articles in these areas. Dr. Fox has been teaching and supervising students for over 15 years at various universities across the United States, some of which include West Virginia University, Texas A&M University, University of Houston, Sam Houston State University, and Florida State University. He is currently a staff psychologist in the federal prison system, Adjunct Assistant Professor at University of Houston, as well as maintaining a private practice that specializes in the assessment and treatment of individuals with complex psychopathology and personality disorders.

Dr. Fox has given numerous workshops and seminars on ethics and personality disorders, personality disorders and crime, treatment solutions for treating clients along the antisocial, borderline, narcissistic, and histrionic personality spectrum, emotional intelligence, managing mental health within the prison system, and others. Dr. Fox maintains a website of various treatment interventions focused on working with and attenuating the symptomatology related to individuals along the antisocial, borderline, narcissistic, and histrionic personality spectrum


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Daniel Short (PhD)

Daniel Short, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist internationally recognized for his work in short-term therapy , Ericksonian hypnosis, and anger and domestic violence. He devotes most of his time to a private practice in Scottsdale, AZ, while also writing and teaching to professional audiences around the globe.

Dr. Short is a member of the Graduate Faculty at Argosy University and is affiliated with a clinic where he supervises graduate interns. His training is diverse, having graduated with a Master’s in counselling from the University of North Texas, a doctoral degree in counselling psychology from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst; followed by an internship at an APA accredited program in Houston, TX.  Dr. Short is the lead author of Hope and Resiliency (2005), which has been translated into Spanish, French, German and Italian. His most recent book, Transformational Relationships (2010), is a vital resource for therapists who want state-of-the-art information on what works in psychotherapy.  As a counselor in a domestic violence intervention program, Dr. Short established new innovative methods of treatment and was recognized as have created a model program and eventually elected to the Texas Council on Family Violence. Later, Dr. Short worked with students at the University of Massachusetts with substance abuse issues and at the University of North Texas with angry and violent individuals. Dr. Short has worked in the public schools as a school psychologist for students with behavioural and emotional problems. He now teaches at institutes around the world.   

Dr. Short’s many years of interest, research and analysis of the work of Milton H. Erickson, M.D., complemented by his tenure as associate director of the Milton H. Erickson Foundation and five years as editor of the Milton H. Erickson Foundation Newsletter make him a serious scholar on the subject of Erickson’s work. Dr. Short has served as faculty for conferences hosting therapists from around the world and has published numerous professional papers.


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Patrick McGrath (PhD)

Dr. McGrath is the author of The OCD Answer Book and the workbook Don't Try Harder, Try Different. He is also the Director of the Centre for Anxiety and Obsessive Compulsive Disorders at Alexian Brothers Behavioural Health Hospital. Currently, Dr. McGrath directs both a Partial Hospitalisation and an Intensive Outpatient Program for OCD and anxiety. He is the Co-Director of the School Anxiety/School Refusal Program and was recently awarded a grant from the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs to begin a PTSD treatment program for returning veterans from Iraq.

In addition to treating clients, Dr. McGrath trains students from graduate schools across the metropolitan Chicago area and provides training on anxiety disorders. Dr. McGrath's postdoctoral fellowship was at the St. Louis Behavioural Medicine Institute. His experience includes leading the Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT) component at Michigan State University’s Counselling Centre and launching the Anxiety Services Program at Linden Oaks Hospital at Edward in Naperville, Illinois, treating individuals with intensive CBT and Exposure and Response Prevention treatment for all anxiety disorders.  Dr. McGrath is a regular speaker at conferences for the Obsessive Compulsive Foundation (for which he is on the Scientific Advisory Board), the Anxiety Disorders Association of America and the Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Therapies.  He has been featured on PBS television in Chicago for his work on PTSD, as well as in the Chicago Tribune, Daily Herald and on over 300 radio stations  across the USA including WGN, The Sally Jesse Raphael Show and National Public Radio. He has also been featured on the documentary “Anxious” for the Discovery Health Channel, and three episodes of “Hoarding: Buried Alive” for the Learning Channel.




Sheri Van Dijk (MSW, RSW)

Sheri Van Dijk, MSW, RSW, is the author of seven DBT books, including The Dialectical Behaviour Therapy Skills Workbook for Bipolar Disorder, Calming the Emotional Storm, and Don’t Let Your Emotions Run Your Life for Teens, the focus of which is to teach clients how to use mindfulness practice and DBT skills to help them live emotionally healthier lives. She has also written DBT Made Simple, the aim of which was to make DBT more accessible to therapists working with diagnoses other than BPD; and she has been presenting extensively in Canada and abroad with this goal as well. Sheri is the winner of the R.O. Jones award for her research on using DBT skills with bipolar disorder, presented at the Canadian Psychiatric Association Conference in September, 2010. Sheri is an experienced presenter who has been training professionals extensively in Canada and the USA over the last nine years. Her training is fast-paced, full of examples from her clinical practice, and demonstrates the use of self she describes as essential to working with clients in DBT. She draws from her clinical experience with the clients she works with in both her private practice and at a community hospital in Ontario, Canada, where she has been providing DBT-informed therapy for clients with mixed diagnosis in individual and group therapy.


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Margalis Fjelstad (PhD)

Margalis Fjelstad, PhD, has been a Marriage and Family Therapist for nearly thirty years. Through her 35 years of teaching at CSUS in California and then Regis University in Colorado, she has trained hundreds of graduate students to become therapists. She founded Threshold Educational and Counselling Services in Sacramento, California and was the clinical director and supervisor there for 25 years. Dr Fjedstad has specialized in working with clients who have a parent or spouse with Narcissistic or Borderline Personality Disorder and has worked for many years with clients who grew up with a mentally ill parent and those who take on a caretaking role with a family member who have BPD or NPD. Over the years, she has become an expert on the topic and she now provides national (in the USA) phone consultations with callers who have questions about a current or former relationship with someone who has BPD or NPD. Sher is the author of two bestselling books on the topic: Stop Caretaking the Borderline or Narcissist: How to End the Drama and Get On with Life and Healing from a Narcissistic Relationship.


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Terry Fralich (LCPC)

Terry Fralich, LCPC is a former adjunct faculty member of the University of Southern Maine Graduate School and a Co-Founder of the Mindfulness Retreat Centre in Maine, USA. He has led more than 400 seminars throughout the USA and internationally, including mindfulness, the latest developments in neuroscience and meditation, treatment of anxiety and depression and CBT.

His book, Cultivating Lasting Happiness: A Seven-Step Guide to Mindfulness, was cited as one of the 12 essential books on mindfulness in the world. His second book, The Five Core Skills of Mindfulness: A Direct Path to More Confidence, Joy and Love, presents a clear exploration of the transformative power of mindfulness practice in our everyday lives.

Terry has pursued his own meditation and mindfulness practice for almost 40 years. Terry studied extensively with leading Tibetan teachers—including the Dalai Lama—and with some of the Western pioneers of mindfulness work—including Jon Kabat-Zinn, Jack Kornfield and John Welwood. Inspired by their teachings and his own study of meditation, Eastern wisdom traditions, transpersonal psychology and mindfulness, he earned a Master’s degree in clinical counselling and began both his counselling practice and his teaching activities.

Prior to becoming a mindfulness therapist, academic and counsellor, Terry was an attorney who practiced law in New York City, Los Angeles and Portland, Maine, prior to becoming a mindfulness therapist, academic and counsellor.




Jennifer Sweeton (Psy.D)

Jennifer Sweeton is a clinical psychologist specializing in neuroscience applications to psychotherapy. She completed her doctoral training in clinical psychology at the Stanford University School of Medicine, the Pacific Graduate School of Psychology, the National Center for PTSD, and the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. She also holds a master's degree in personality psychology, with an emphasis in affective neuroscience, from Stanford University. While at Stanford she conducted brain imaging research, and had the privilege of working with leading experts in the areas of emotion regulation, clinical psychology, and neuroscience. Dr Sweeton owns a private practice and consulting business and is a well-known speaker on the neuroscience of mental health and psychotherapy. In addition, Dr Sweeton serves as the executive director of Workings of Well-Being, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping individuals and organizations develop practical skills that promote resilience. Previously, she served as the Director of Behavioural Health at Indian Health Service, and at the Oklahoma City VA Medical Centre as a tele-mental health psychologist.


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Christopher Willard (PhD)

Christopher Willard, Psy. D. is a psychologist and consultant specializing in mindfulness-based psychotherapies. He teaches at Harvard Medical School, and leads dozens of workshops each year, both in the USA and internationally. He is the author of the bestselling books on Mindfulness: Child’s Mind (2010), Growing Up Mindful (2016), and five other books on mindfulness, mental health, and related topics. While he works with a broad range of populations, he has written extensively on mindfulness with youth as an early intervention. 

He has co-created a series of mindfulness, positive psychology and self-compassion card sets. He has been featured in The New York Times,, Mindful Magazine and elsewhere.  Dr Willard has been practicing mindfulness meditation for over 15 years.


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Courtney Armstrong (MEd. LPC)

COURTNEY ARMSTRONG, MEd. LPC, is a professional counsellor, clinician and a presenter specializing in grief and trauma recovery. She is a Board Certified Fellow in Clinical Hypnotherapy, Certified Master Practitioner of Rapid Resolution Therapy, and a sought after media guest. With a career spanning more than two decades, she has helped thousands of clients overcome trauma, grief and anxiety, and experience deep personal transformation. Author of the books, “Transforming Traumatic Grief” (2011) and “The Therapeutic “Aha!”: 10 Strategies for Getting Clients Unstuck” (2015), she contributes to publications such as the Psychotherapy Networker and The Neuropsychotherapist, and has been featured as a trauma and grief expert on television and radio programs in the USA, Europe, Asia and Australia. Courtney is the owner/director of Tamarisk: A Centre for Change and Growth in Chattanooga, Tennessee and has trained thousands of mental health professionals both in the USA and internationally.


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David Nowell (PhD)

Dr. Nowell is a clinical neuropsychologist in private practice in Massachusetts (USA). One of his passions is the translation of neuropsychological and brain research to functional and understandable terms which clients, families and practitioners can quickly put to use to solve real problems.  His research interests include the impact of traumatic brain injury on social and occupational functioning. He has served as clinical director of the Learning Disability Assessment program at UMass Medical School Disability Evaluation Service.

David speaks internationally and trains professionals in human services organisations, hospital staff and welfare agencies. A member of the American Psychological Association and the Massachusetts Neuropsychological Association, he earned his doctorate at the University of Alabama and completed an internship program in neuropsychology at Tulane University Medical Centre in New Orleans, Louisiana.




David Carbonell (PhD)

Dr. Carbonell is “America’s Anxiety Coach", and the author of the Panic Attacks Workbook (Ulysses Press, 2004). He was one of the first psychologists in the U.S. to develop a private practice devoted solely to the treatment of anxiety disorders, and continues to practice full time in Chicago today. 

Dr. Carbonell, a sought after speaker, has taught his unique treatment methods to more than 3,000 mental health professionals.  He's a frequent speaker at the annual conferences of the Anxiety Disorders Association of America. He has a unique blend of CBT, ACT, Meta-cognitive Therapy and Paradoxical Therapy to offer people with anxiety disorders, and the professionals who treat them, and it's his goal for you to leave armed with an approach, and numerous specific tools, that you can use the next day. His presentations are not only educational and unique but also hightly entertaining.




Brett Deacon (PhD)

Brett Deacon is a clinical psychologist, practitioner, scientist, educator, and anxiety specialist. Originally from the United States, he relocated to Australia in 2014 and lives in the Wollongong area. Dr Deacon works as a clinician in private practice, trains and supervises psychologists, and conducts research.

Dr Deacon has trained in anxiety clinics at Northern Illinois University, the Minneapolis Veterans Affairs Medical Center, and the Mayo Clinic in the US. Prior to leaving academia for clinical practice in 2017, he worked at the University of Wyoming from 2004-2014 as an Assistant and then Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology, and at the University of Wollongong as an Associate Professor in the School of Psychology from 2014-2016. He is now a Conjoint Associate Professor at the University of New South Wales. As a professor, Dr Deacon trains clinical psychology students and conducts research on evidence-based therapy for anxiety and related topics.




Mitch Abblett (PhD)

Mitch Abblett is a clinical psychologist, clinical administrator, supervisor and trainer. He has appeared on numerous regional television programs in USA, and has written in professional periodicals regarding children’s mental health needs. Dr. Abblett also works as the Clinical Director of Judge Baker Children’s Center’s Manville School, a well-established therapeutic day school for special education children with significant learning, emotional and behavioural challenges.

In addition to his work with emotionally/behaviourally disordered children, Dr. Abblett has also worked with a variety of populations presenting difficult behaviour patterns (aggression, trauma reactivity, combat veterans, sexual perpetration, and addiction). Dr. Abblett has conducted numerous trainings regarding clinical work with difficult populations, and is a dynamic, engaging speaker.




Cathy Moonshine (PhD)

Dr. Moonshine is a clinical psychologist with additional credentials in chemical dependency treatment. Her current position includes Director of Internship Training Program, Associate Director of Pacific Psychology Clinic, and Assistant Professor at The School of Professional Psychology at Pacific University in Portland, Oregon. She has over twenty years’ experience in public and private mental health and substance abuse treatment settings across all levels of care in the USA. Dr. Moonshine has utilised Motivational Interviewing techniques, Stages of Change interventions, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy among other evidence based practices over the span of her career.

She has extensive experience in providing treatment to adults and adolescents in outpatient and residential programs for mental health, addictions and dual diagnosis difficulties. Dr. Moonshine is considered an expert in the areas of addictions and dual diagnosis treatment. She tirelessly works to dispel the stigma of mental health, addiction and dual diagnosis, and actively supports community based recovery organisations. In addition to Dr. Moonshine’s faculty duties she runs a private consulting firm, Moonshine Consulting in Portland, Oregon. She has worked with public sector agencies, private treatment organisations and government officials to implement and sustain evidenced based practices.


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Sharon Freeman Clevenger (MSN, PMHCNS-BC, CARN-AP)

Sharon Freeman-Clevenger is the Founder and CEO of the Indiana Centre for Cognitive Behaviour Therapy in Fort Wayne, Indiana. She is an associate faculty member in Psychology and Biology at Indiana/Purdue Universities and former member of the Executive Board of Directors of the International Association for Cognitive Psychotherapy.  In addition to achieving national certification as an Advanced Practice Psychiatric Clinical Nurse Specialist with prescriptive authority, she has senior level international certification as an Advanced Practice Certified Addiction Nurse through the International Society of Nurses on Addictions (IntSNA) and is former President of NAADAC, The Association for Addiction Professionals.  Sharon has lectured to professional and military/law enforcement audiences worldwide. She has authored more than 50 chapters and articles and has been a guest expert on the TV show, The Doctors, in the USA. 

She is the co-editor for both the therapist manual and patient handbook of Overcoming Depression: A Cognitive Behaviour Approach (Oxford University Press, 2009), senior editor and author of Living and Surviving in Harm's Way: The Psychological Treatment Manual for Pre-and Post-Deployment of Military Members(Routledge, 2008), Behind the Badge: A Psychological Treatment Handbook for Law Enforcement Officers, (Routledge, in Press) and senior editor and author of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy in Nursing Practice (Springer Publishers, 2005). Sharon has a Master's in Advance Practice Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing, a Masters in Counselling in Psychology and is currently pursuing a Doctor of Health Sciences at the Huntington College of Health Sciences in Knoxville, TN, USA.




Ronald Potter-Efron (Ph.D., LICSW, CADC III)

Ronald Potter-Efron is a clinical psychotherapist, Director of the Anger Management Program at First Things First Counselling and Consulting Centre in Altoona, WI, and a internationally recognised anger expert. He has more than 30 years of clinical experience and in his private practice, he specialises in the treatment of individuals with severe aggression and domestic violence concerns. Dr. Potter- Efron is also author of 15 books, including Handbook of Anger Management (for professional readers); Angry All the Time; Letting Go of Anger and Letting Go of Shame (both with Patricia Potter-Efron), and his newest release Healing The Angry Brain (New Harbinger, 2012), a self-help book intended for chronically angry and aggressive persons. Dr. Potter-Efron is also Diplomate of the National Anger Management Association.

Dr. Potter-Efron currently facilitates a 50 session domestic violence prevention program that utilises the principles of neuroplastic change (long-term potentiation) to help clients devise and implement individualised brain-based behavioural change plans. He has trained thousands in professional seminars internationally. He is known for his ability to make difficult material easier to understand and utilise, as well as for his good sense of humour and practical orientation toward therapeutic change.


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Jennifer Patterson (PhD)

Jennifer Patterson, PhD, is the clinical director of the MidAmerican Psychological Institute (MPI) in Joliet, Illinois and MPI's Clinic for Compulsive Behaviours which aims to use evidence-based treatment for behaviours like hoarding, self-injury, and emotional eating. Dr. Patterson received both her Master's and Doctoral degrees from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology and is an expert in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and empirically supported treatments. She supervises pre-doctoral candidates using ACT, DBT and Functional Analytic Psychotherapy (FAP).  

She provides consultation for rehabilitation and pain patients at Silver Cross Hospital treatments.  Dr. Patterson is an ACT trainer who leads workshops across the USA.  She served as the vice-president of the Chicago Chapter for the Association for Contextual Behavioural Sciences.  Dr. Patterson is a featured psychologist on The Learning Channel and an author for Psychology Today’s blog When More Isn’t Enough.  Her mission is to offer evidence-based psychotherapy to help others live full and abundant lives.


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Jennifer Abel (PhD)

Dr. Jennifer Abel is a scientist-practitioner specialising in the cognitive-behavioural treatment of anxiety disorders who has been in clinical practice for over 20 years.  She served as the Associate Director of the Stress and Anxiety Disorders Institute at Penn State, USA under the direction of the leading expert in Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) T.D. Borkovec, before opening a private practice in St. Louis.

Dr. Abel has published many articles in professional journals on her work in anxiety and behavioural medicine. Dr Abel is known for her expertise in Worry and GAD.  She has been interviewed and quoted by several popular magazines (such as Glamour, Health, Prevention), and The Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Therapies invited her to write a pamphlet about GAD.  Dr. Abel’s book Active Relaxation: How to Increase Productivity and Achieve Balance by Decreasing Stress and Anxiety, was published in 2010 and has received outstanding reviews from mental health care professionals and readers alike.

Her most recent book Resistant Anxiety, Worry, and Panic: 84 Practical Treatment Strategies for Clinicians was released in 2014 also with great success.  Dr. Abel is an experienced presenter who has conducted a high number of workshops for mental health and allied health professionals across the USA and for the Australian Psychology Association. 


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Annellen M. Simpkins (PhD) and C. Alexander Simpkins (PhD)

Annellen M. Simpkins, PhD. and C. Alexander Simpkins, PhD. are clinical psychologists and authors who work in close collaboration.  They specialize in neuroscience, psychotherapy, meditation and hypnosis.  For the past 15 years they have been involved in translating neuroscience research findings into practical approaches and integrating it into practical treatment approaches.  Drs Simpkins have been practicing psychotherapy for more than three decades and have taught their meditative and hypnotic methods to facilitate mind-brain change to practitioners and clients. 

Between the two of them they are the authors of 26 books, many of them bestsellers. Their books have over 20 foreign editions and have won numerous awards.  Some of the titles are: Neuroscience for Clinicians (Springer, 2012), The Dao of Neuroscience (Norton, 2010) and Neuro-Hypnosis (Norton, 2010).  Drs Simpkins are well known and experienced presenters who have presented their seminars throughout the USA and internationally at conferences, hospitals and mental health facilities.




Andrew Heck (PhD)

Andrew Heck, Psy.D, ABPP, is an experienced presenter and clinician within the field of geriatric psychology. A licensed clinical psychologist in Virginia, USA, Dr Heck currently works as the Director of Clinical Services and the Research Director at Piedmont Geriatric Hospital in Burkeville, Virginia. Dr. Heck is board-certified in Geropsychology and in Clinical Psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology, and he is a founding member of the American Board of Geropsychology’s Board of Directors. He is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Gerontology at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) and holds Clinical faculty appointments in the Psychiatry, Pharmacy, and Psychology Departments at VCU as well.

He has published extensively in the academic journals on various topics related to neurocognitive disorders in the elderly, dementia, geriatric ethics, aggressive behaviours in the elderly and the recovery model in aged care. In addition to his work at Piedmont Geriatric Hospital, Dr. Heck provides consultation, training and clinical services to assisted living and nursing facilities, both Intermediate Care Facilities (ICF) and Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNF). He has testified as an expert witness on geriatric-forensic issues and has provided assistance to legal professionals regarding capacity and competency issues. Dr. Heck also specializes in geropsychological assessment, differential diagnosis of dementia, behavioural treatment, severe mental illness in the elderly and the Recovery model in mental health.

He is a dynamic, entertaining and engaging speaker who uses clinical examples to facilitate the practical application of his methods. The enthusiastic and passionate speaker he is, he’s known for his ability to infuse humor and heart into his work with older individuals and those who provide their care.




Anna Baranowsky (PhD)

Anna B. Baranowsky, Ph.D., C.Psych, is the CEO of the Traumatology Institute (Canada) and is a psychologist who works with trauma survivors in Toronto, Ontario. Dr. Baranowsky received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the University of Ottawa. She is a Green Cross Scholar, Registered Traumatologist and internationally recognized Trainer. She serves on the board of directors of the Academy of Traumatology and is a Board Certified Expert in Traumatic Stress through the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress and is recognized by The National Centre for Crisis Management. Her accomplishments include the co-development of the Accelerated Recovery Program (ARP) for Compassion Fatigue and the Traumatology Institute Training Curriculum; International presentations on the ARP, trauma assessment, treatment and interventions. She has published in the area of secondary traumatization, compassion fatigue, the ARP and therapeutic relationships (the Silencing Response).  She is also the co-author of the best seller Trauma Practice: Tools for Stabilization & Recovery (2010, 2nd Ed., Baranowsky, Gentry and Schultz). In addition, Dr. Baranowsky has developed a unique set of products for both trauma survivors as well as trauma professionals.  She has created an internationally recognized series of training programs leading to designations in Compassion Fatigue; Early Intervention Field Trauma; Clinical Traumatology; and Community & Workplace Traumatology. 


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Clifton Mitchell (PhD)

Clifton Mitchell Ph.D., is an international clinical trainer and keynote speaker who has a love for teaching and over 23 years of training experience. He delivers practical information in a uniquely entertaining, fast-paced style that is filled with humor and examples from his experience in mental health. For over 15 years, he has studied and presented seminars on methods for dealing with resistance in therapy. In his book, Effective Techniques for Dealing with Highly Resistant Clients, he presents cutting-edge approaches for managing psychological resistance. He has trained thousands of mental health professionals in the management of difficult, perplexing legal and ethical issues and his latest training is in an exciting, dynamic game show format. He has also been the keynote speaker at conventions and taught hundreds of mental health organizations, businesses, leadership groups, and civic organizations effective techniques for improving communications and for creating change through the precise use of language. He is a contributing author in therapy books and published in numerous professional journals including the Psychotherapy Networker, Psychotherapy in Australia, Journal of Personality Assessment, Perceptual and Motor Skills, Psychologists’ Desk Reference, Case In Point: Advanced Care Coordination, Favorite Counseling and Therapy Techniques, Psychology and Education, Journal of Psychological Type, The Professional School Counselor, Vistas, and The Advocate. His research includes investigations of therapeutic resistance, legal and ethical issues, subliminal message tapes, stress and coping, and personality types. Dr. Mitchell is currently a professor of counseling at East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, Tennessee, where he received the Teacher of the Year award in 2002. 




Eric Gentry (PhD)

Dr. Gentry is an internationally-recognised leader in the study and treatment of compassion fatigue. Under Prof. Charles Figley's direction, Gentry developed the Accelerated Recovery Program for Compassion Fatigue with Anna Baranowsky, Ph.D., and Kathleen Dunning. In 1998, Gentry and Baranowsky introduced the Certified Compassion Fatigue Specialist Training and have trained thousands of professionals towards this designation since that time. Gentry has worked with hundreds of practitioners following their work with disaster survivors. Dr.Gentry draws equally from his scientific study and from his rich history of 24 years as a professional therapist to provide this training. His commitment to his mission to assist professionals, helping them to become more effective with minimal symptoms is evident throughout this training.

Dr. Gentry was one of the original faculty members of the Traumatology Institute and later became the co-director of the International Traumatology Institute at the University of South Florida. He is the co-author of Trauma Practice: Tools for Stabilisation and Recovery. He has a private clinical and consulting practice in Sarasota, Florida, USA, and is adjunct faculty at many universities.


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Lane Pederson (PhD)

Dr. Lane Pederson is the author of “The Expanded Dialectical Behaviour Therapy Skills Manual: Practical DBT for Self Help, and Individual & Group Settings” and “Dialectical Behaviour Therapy Skills Training in Integrated Dual Disorder Treatment Setting”. He is the founder of Dialectical Behaviour Therapy National Certification and Accreditation Association (DBTNCAA), the first active organisation to certify DBT therapists and accredit DBT programs. He has extensive experience developing DBT programs and is an in-demand international speaker and consultant.

Dr. Pederson is an outspoken advocate of evidence-based practice and “doing what works” with clients across diverse settings and levels of care. An in-demand international speaker, Dr. Pederson has trained over 7000 professionals in both public and private settings in over 30 States and across Australia. He also owns Mental Health Systems, PC, one of the largest DBT-specialized practices in the Midwest United States, with three clinic locations. At MHS, he has overseen the treatment of thousands of clients with complex co-morbidities.

Having coined and representing the “second wave of DBT”, Dr. Pederson illuminates the research that empowers movement away from blind DBT adherence toward customized applications centered on the therapeutic alliance and grounded in evidence-based practices. Knowledgeable and humorous, Dr. Pederson is highly rated by audiences for his ability to make treatment concepts practical to therapists.




Leslie Lundt (PhD)

Dr. Lundt is a psychiatrist in private clinical practice in Boise, Idaho, where she treats children, adolescents and adults. She has practiced psychiatry and addiction medicine for the past 21 years and treats clients with bipolar disorders. In addition, she has conducted numerous clinical research trials as a primary investigator. Dr. Lundt serves as a consultant to the media, pharmaceutical companies and to the Idaho State Board of Medicine. She is an affiliate faculty member of Idaho State University and Santa Barbara Graduate Institute.

She received her undergraduate degree from Johns Hopkins University and her medical degree from Rush Medical College. She trained in psychiatry at the California Pacific Medical Centre in San Francisco where she was Chief Resident and had additional training in addiction medicine at the Haight Ashbury Clinic. Dr. Lundt is board certified in psychiatry, addiction medicine and addiction psychiatry.




Greg Lester (PhD)

Dr. Lester is a clinical psychologist in practice in Colorado and Texas. He has specialised in Personality Disorders for over 25 years, and has been a participant in multiple studies that form the basis for the DSM V revision of the section on Personality Disorders. Dr. Lester is considered the most in-demand trainer on the topic of Personality Disorders, and has trained more professionals on the topic than any other individual. He has presented over 2,000 trainings on Personality Disorders, with more than 100,000 professionals in over 130 cities attending. Dr. Lester has served on the graduate faculty of The University of St. Thomas, and is a member of the American Psychological Association, the Texas Psychological Association, the Colorado Psychological Association, and the Houston Psychological Association.

He is the author of seven books, including the most widely read front-line clinical manual “Personality Disorders: Personality Disorders in Social Work, Mental Health, and Health Care”


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Jerold J. Kreisman (M.D)

Dr. Kreisman is board certified in Psychiatry and is an Associate Clinical Professor in the Department of Neurology & Psychiatry at St. Louis University.  He is past president of the Missouri Psychiatric Association, and has been designated a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association.  Dr. Kreisman also pursues independent research interests, and has published over twenty articles and book chapters. 

His book, I Hate You, Don’t Leave Me:  Understanding The Borderline Personality, is the largest selling book on borderline personality in the world, and was the first to clarify the disorder for both professional and non-professional audiences.  His second book, Sometimes I Act Crazy: Living With Borderline Personality Disorder, expanded on case histories and described strategies for addressing each defining criterion for BPD.  Both books have been translated into several languages around the world. 


Jerry Kreisman


Robert Nay (PhD)

W. Robert Nay, Clinical Associate Professor at Georgetown University School of Medicine and in private practice in McLean, Virginia and Annapolis, Maryland.

Dr. Nay has written two graduate textbooks, numerous invited chapters and articles in professional journals and served as associate editor of the academic journal Behaviour Therapy. He has trained over 4,000 mental health professionals in cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) approaches to anger management and relationship issues.

He has spent the last 30 years working with individuals, couples, parents and families to better regulate their anger and to effectively manage relationship conflicts. 




Jeff Riggenbach (PhD)

Dr Jeff Riggenbach is one of the most sought after trainers in North America in the area of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and personality functioning. Jeff has devoted the last 17 years of his life to working with clients with various kinds of complex needs. He has developed and overseen Mood Disorder, Anxiety Disorder, Borderline Personality Disorder treatment programs at two different psychiatric hospitals serving over 3,000 clients at multiple levels of care. Dr Riggenbach did post-doctoral training at the Beck Institute of Cognitive Therapy and Research in Philadelphia, is a Diplomat of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy, and has presented in all 50 United States, Mexico, and Canada on topics related to CBT, DBT, and Schema Focused Therapy and Personality Dysfunction. He is on faculty of educational institutes in the US, Canada, Australia, and South Africa. Dr Riggenbach has authored two books. His best-seller, The CBT Toolbox: A Workbook for Clients and Clinicians, was recently named one of the 30 best self- help books for depression. His recently published BPD Toolbox: A Practical Evidence-Based Guide to Regulating Intense Emotions, won two Benjamin Franklin awards for being among the best books in the categories of psychology and self-help. Jeff is known for bridging the gap between academia, research findings and day-to-day practical application and his seminars receive the highest evaluations in terms of quality of information as well as entertainment value.


Jeff Rigenbach


Debra Alvis PhD

Debra Alvis, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist, international presenter, and consultant with over 25 years of brain-based, clinical experience. Dr Alvis is a professor at the University of Georgia, a researcher and author of a number of academic papers on brain-based therapy and advanced mindfulness.  Specializing in applying neuroscientific principles to enhance clinical outcomes, Debra’s unique approach integrates the research findings of renowned neuroscientists with therapeutic practices that can build the brain’s capacity to support recovery. Debra’s expertise is in the areas of research on the brain maladaptations that contribute to and sustain specific mental health disorders.  Her interest is in applying practical and easy to implement techniques that can positively rewire the highly specialized systems that comprise our brains.




Jonah Paquette PsyD

Jonah Paquette, PsyD., is a clinical psychologist, speaker, and author. He received his undergraduate degree from Columbia University, and completed his doctoral training at the Stanford University School of Medicine. Dr Paquette is a staff psychologist for Kaiser Permanente in the San Francisco Bay Area, where he serves as the Training Director for the largest APA-Accredited postdoctoral residency program in Northern California.  Dr Paquette’s clinical experiences have spanned a broad range of settings, including Veterans hospitals, community mental health clinics, college counselling centrers, and his current work at Kaiser Permanente. He is the author of Real Happiness: Proven Paths for Contentment, Peace, and Well-Being, a research-based self-help book in which he distils the key findings in the fields of happiness, and offers user-friendly tools to achieve lasting well-being. His second book, The Happiness Toolbox, a research-based self-help workbook, focuses on providing practical techniques that assist in boosting well-being and happiness. In addition to his clinical work and writing, Dr Paquette offers training and consultation to therapists and organizations on the promotion of happiness and conducts professional workshops around the USA. He is also a frequent media contributor, having been featured regularly in print, online, and radio outlets.