Speakers & faculty

Our 2016 conference will be held M-W Oct 31-Nov 2. Please check back for more information, coming soon. In the meantime we leave all 2015 information here for your reference.

For 3 decades, we've hosted speakers and faculty from across the country and around the world. This year we add new presenters to our roster, and welcome back returning faculty with all new topics to share.

Plenary speakers

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Mary Jo Barrett, MSW, Executive director, Center for Contextual Change; Skokie, Elmhurst, and Chicago, IL

Janina Fisher, PhD, Licensed clinical psychologist and instructor at the Trauma Center, an outpatient clinic and research center founded by Bessel van der Kolk, Brookline, MA

Anita Mandley, MS, LPC, Director, Adult Services and Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Center for Contextual Change, Skokie, IL

Workshop faculty

Michelle Ayres, MS, LMFT, Oasis therapist and clinical intern coordinator, Canopy Center, Madison, WI

Dana Barre, MBA, MS

Cathy Cornell, MSW, LCSW, clinical director, Oasis Program, Canopy Center Inc., Healing and Family Support Services, Madison, WI

Geraldine Crisci, MSW, Counseling, Consultation and Training, Toronto, ON, Canada

Stephanie D’Costa, MS, PhD Candidate in School Psychology, UW-Madison

Miriam Falk, assistant attorney general, Wisconsin Department of Justice, Training and Standards Bureau, Madison, WI

Fabiola Hamdan, MSSW, senior community social worker, Dane County Department of Human Services, Madison, WI

Bianca Harper, PhD, clinical assistant professor, University of Southern California, School of Social Work, Los Angeles, CA

Celia Huerta, MS, LPC, bilingual adult, child, and family psychotherapist, The Rainbow Project, Madison, WI

Owen Karcher, MA, Oasis therapist, Canopy Center, Madison, WI

Barbara Knox, MD, medical director, UW Child Protection Program, associate professor, Department of Pediatrics, UW-Madison, Madison, WI

Wendy Lader, PhD, Med, CEO of Mending Fences, a residential substance abuse program; co-founder and clinical director of the S.A.F.E. (Self Abuse Finally Ends) ALTERNATIVES® Program

Cheryl Lanktree, PhD, Research assistant professor, Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California; project director, University of Southern California-Adolescent Trauma Training Center (USC-ATTC), National Child Traumatic Stress Network

Officer Karla Lehmann, Milwaukee Police Department, Milwaukee, WI

Liana Lowenstein, MSW, RSW, CPT-S, Child and family therapist and clinical consultant, Toronto, ON, Canada

Rainbow Marifrog, MA, LMFT, Private Practice, Madison, WI

Robin McGinnis, MSW, executive director, Infant Welfare Society of Chicago, Chicago, IL

Robert J. McGrath, MA, president, McGrath Psychological Services, P.C., Middlebury, VT

Lucy McLellan, RDT-BCT, LCAT, Oasis therapist, Canopy Center, Madison, WI

Detective Cynthia Murphy, MSc, detective, certified forensic examiner, City of Madison Police Department, Madison, WI

Patricia A. Parker, CSW, consultant, P.A. Parker Consultants, Milwaukee, WI

C. Jill Poarch, BSN, RN, SANE-A, SANE-P, Wisconsin Department of Justice medical-forensic training advisory consultant, Rural Wisconsin Health Cooperative, Middleton, WI

Char Rivette, MSW, LCSW, executive director, Chicago Children’s Advocacy Center, Chicago, IL

Janet Rosenzweig, PhD, vice president, Child Abuse America, Chicago, IL

Anna Salter, PhD, psychologist, Department of Corrections, Madison, WI

Dawn Shelton-Williams, MSW, LCSW, Shelton-Williams Therapy and Consultation Services, LLC, Brown Deer, WI

Linda Cordisco Steele, MEd, senior trainer and child forensic interview specialist, National Children’s Advocacy Center, Huntsville, AL

Debra Wesselmann, MS, LIMHP, co-founder and treatment team member, Attachment and Trauma Center, Omaha, NE

Jennifer Wilgocki, MS, LCSW, Child and Family Therapist, Midwest Center for Psychotherapy and Sex Therapy, Middleton, WI