Meet Our Instructors



Our courses are taught by local and national professionals who are experts in their field. Our instructors employ a range of educational tools for maximum impact: lectures, assigned readings, group discussions, demonstrations and videos.

Our small class size allows you to forge connections with fellow students, and instructors alike, providing a forum for professional camaraderie, networking and referrals-even after you have completed the course.


Instructor Index:




Kristie Baber, MSW, LICSW


Kristie Baber, MSW, LICSW, has been a practicing clinician for over fifteen years, and works with both adults as well as very young children around issues of trauma, attachment, loss and meaning. She is adjunct faculty in the ATTACh-recognized post-graduate Attachment Therapy Certificate Program through Cascadia Training, and sits on the Advisory Board for the University of Washington's post-graduate Psychological Trauma Certificate Program.  She teaches regularly at adoption agencies and child welfare divisions, as a field and classroom instructor at the University of Washington School of Social Work, and trains professionals of varied disciplines at national conferences including the Child Welfare League of America and the Division of Early Childhood.   Kristie created the CHERISH Infant Mental Health program now utilized throughout King County's neuro-developmental centers to serve our littlest foster children.

Kristie received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Public Policy from Duke University and a Masters of Social Work degree from the University of Washington.  Kristie is a Children's Mental Health specialist, has a post-graduate certification in Adoption and Foster Care Therapy, and a practice specialty of Early Childhood Mental Health.





Sara M. Baldwin, MA, MHP, LMHC


Sara Baldwin received her BA from Fairhaven College, Western Washington University in Bellingham with a self-designed concentration in "Mindfulness and the Mind: Studies in Buddhism and Psychology."  She received her Master of Psychology, Mental Health Counseling degree from Antioch University, Seattle.

Presently Ms Baldwin is a Psychotherapist at Citta Psychotherapy.  She works with individuals and couples specializing in personality disorders and anxiety, utilizing evidence based treatments such as Mindful Self Compassion.

Sara also worked as a Clinical Care Manager and Clinician/Case Manager at Sound Mental Health and has been a Bikram Yoga Instructor.

 





Rebecca Bloom, ATR-BC, LMHC


Rebecca Bloom, ATR-BC, LMHC received her training in clinical art therapy at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY, graduating with a Masters Degree in Art Therapy and Creativity Development.  She is a Board Certified Art Therapist and a Licensed Mental Health Counselor.

Over the past fifteen years, Rebecca has provided counseling, training and consulting services in the areas of youth and family services as well as adults struggling with addiction and mental health issues.  She has worked in diverse racial, cultural and socioeconomic settings and strives to bring cultural competence into her work. 

Ms Bloom taught in the Art Therapy Program at Antioch University in Seattle for eight years and is currently studying with Pat Ogen's Sensorimotor Psycholtherapy Institute.  

Information about Rebecca's practice is available at: bloomcounseling.com





Brenda S. Butterfield, EdD, MSW, LMHC


Brenda Butterfield, EdD, MSW, LMHC is a strengths based social worker, metaphysical therapist and innovative teacher.  Her unique educational background mirrors her wide array of clinical experience in child welfare, mental health, substance abuse and education both domestic and abroad.

Dr. Butterfield received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Minnesota-Duluth in 1989.  She earned a Masters in Social Work from the University of Washington School of Social Work in 1998.  Recently she completed a Doctorate Degree in Education from the University of Minnesota in 2014, specializing in the Psychology of Teaching and Learning.

Prior to starting her private practice, Meta Counseling and Consulting, Dr. Butterfield was an award-winning faculty member of the Psychology Department at the University of Minnesota- Duluth.  During her tenure Dr. Butterfield received multiple awards from students, colleagues, and community organizations for teaching excellence and leadership.  She has presented at national and international conferences and was invited to serve as a Guest Lecturer teaching psychology courses at the University of Birmingham in England.  She has worked and throughout Africa, England, Europe and the Middle East.

In addition to teaching, Dr. Butterfield has over fifteen years of clinical practice working with children, youth, families, communities, and organizations.  Recently Dr. Butterfield returned to the Pacific Northwest and transitioned out of teaching in higher education to develop her private practice.  Serving youth, families, women, and organizations by emphasizing empowerment through self-reflection and psycho-education are her areas of expertise.

Dr. Butterfield's work reflects the nexus of education, psychology, and social work.  Her services are best described as holistic, strengths based, and goal oriented.  She uses a metaphysical approach, and when requested a spiritual approach, to support the development of full human potential.  In addition to individual, family, and group therapy, Dr. Butterfield presents workshops and provides consulting services to organizations, mental health practitioners, and parents of children struggling to succeed in school.





Amelia Carroll, MS, LMHC, CT


Amelia Carroll MS, LMHC. CT is a licensed mental health counselor with nearly 25 years' experience in the healing professions.  Certified in Thanatology: the study of dying, death and bereavement, she has dedicated herself to helping others develop better ways of dealing with the issues of loss, grief, serious illness, and end-of-life care as a group, retreat and workshop facilitator, classroom instructor and religious educator.  In addition to a private practice, Ms. Carroll's rich history of work experience includes hospitals, hospices, a cancer treatment center, funeral home and nursing homes where she has worked doing research on spirituality and healing, as a bereavement coordinator, mind-body therapist and chaplain.  She earned a Master of Science Degree in Counseling from Seattle Pacific University, acquired studies and training in world religions, spirituality, healing and integrated medicine.

Along with her Certification in Thanatology, she most recently received Certification in Spiritual Direction from the Sacred Art of Living Center, Living and Dying Series and Anamcara Project.  Singing with a Threshold Choir at the bedside of those who are ill and dying has added another dimension to her work and study in the field of death and dying.  With a strong desire to enhance the quality of life for those suffering from the effects of life-threatening illness, in addition to her work, she was a committee member on the 1996 World Gathering on Bereavement, helped develop the first Children's Hospice in Russia through the St. Petersburg-Seattle Sisters Church Program and has had continuous involvement and a resource to others on the End-of-Life Consensus Coalition.  Currently, Amelia serves as a Board Member on AHAT-Homecare (Affordable Housing and Treatment) in Tacoma.  Amelia has been interviewed and featured on radio and in many newspaper and magazine articles and through her extensive travel she has been honored to address students and professionals on mental health issues both nationally and internationally.

For more information about Amelia and her work, visit her website at:  www.sacredspiritpassages.net





Hilarie M Cash, PhD, LMHC


Hilarie M Cash, PhD, received a B.A. from the University of Massachusetts in 1976, a M.A. from the University of Northern Colorado in 1982 and a Ph.D from Saybook University in 1989.

Dr. Cash has been in private practice providing general mental health services to the public since 1981.  In 1999 she Co-Founded and has been the Director of Internet/Computer Addiction Services in Redmond, WA where they provide outpatient treatment for sex addicts and their partners along with outpatient treatment programs for video game addicts. Dr. Cash is the co-founder and Chief Clinical Officer of reSTART Life, LLC, the first intensive retreat program for adult Internet and video game addicts.  She is also a Certified Sex Addiction Therapist (candidate).





Mary-Carter Creech, MA, LMHC


Mary-Carter Creech, MA, LMHC, has worked over 25 years with families who have come together through foster care and adoption. She has developed a unique therapeutic approach that partners with parents to strengthen the parent/child attachment in the beginning stages of a foster care/adoption placement.  Her own experiences as a foster-adoptive parent helped her to understand the complexities of the adoptive triad and the importance of educating and supporting adoptive parents in the process.  She works with the adopted child, adoptive parents and birth parent to prepare each for visits when there is a plan or desire for open adoption.  She will assess that both sets of parents are ready for contact to assure visits meet the child's need and if requested will supervise visits.  Ms. Creech is one of the founders and instructors of the Certificate Program in Adoption and Foster Care Therapy.





Gregory Alan Crosby, MA, LPC, CGP, FAGPA


Greg Crosby has a M.A. in Sociology from Ball State University, Muncie IN and a B.A. in Sociology/Psychology from the University of Indianapolis, Indianapolis, IN.

Mr. Crosby currently has a private practice where he sees groups and individual adults with Adult ADD and comorbid disorders.  He also is Associate Faculty (Adjunct) at Marylhurst University where he teaches courses both on the Graduate level and the Undergraduate level, and Adjunct Faculty at Portland State University.

In October of 2012, Greg retired from Kaiser Permanente in Portland, OR where he was the Clinical Group/Intern Program Coordinator/Clinician.  He had been there since 1987.  He has also been Adjunct Faculty at Lewis & Clark College and a Clinical Instructor at Oregon Health Sciences University, Department of Psychology.

Mr. Crosby has published numerous articles both nationally and internationally.  He has co-written a couple books and presented trainings nationally on a wide range of topics.

His new book co-authored with Tonya Lippert is titled: Transforming ADHD:  Attention and Action Regulation Skills to Focus and Succeed.

Greg Crosby is known for his entertaining presentations that blend integrating ideas from liberal arts and the sciences into his lectures and exercises.





Marvin W. Eidinger, Jr., PhD, JD


Marvin W. Eidinger, Jr. is a licensed psychologist and attorney.  He completed his undergraduate work at the University of Washington and his doctorate in Counseling Psychology at Washington State University.  His dissertation addressed the existence of the Criminal Personality.  Dr. Eidinger has been a practicing psychologist since 1982 in clinics, hospitals and as a sole practitioner either full-time or part-time.

Dr. Eidinger wrote and produced the world's first scoring and analyses microcomputer program for the MMPI.  The technology was utilized by the California Institute of Technology for more than a decade in their counseling center.  He also worked for Rockwell International and The Boeing Company in fields of Human Resources, Ethics, Employee Surveys and Information Technology.

Dr. Eidinger completed his Juris Doctorate at Seattle University and became a member of the Washington State Bar in 2002.  Since that time, he has practiced family law as well as advocated for professionals in the field of mental health.  He is a certified mediator and collaborative attorney.  His law firm, Marvin W. Eidinger, Jr., PLLC focuses on helping small agencies and individual practitioners address HIPAA requirements.





Lisa Erickson, MS, LMHC


Lisa Erickson, MS, LMHC, specializes in working with giftedness and treating addictions, depression, Axis II diagnoses and physical and sexual abuse.  She has been in private practice for close to thirty years in Seattle.  She taught in a graduate psychology program for many years and now enjoys teaching professionals via continuing education offerings.  She writes and trains nationally on topics related to high IQ adult and adolescents.  Until recently Lisa was clinical director at a Native American behavioral health program for children and youth where she learned that special population consults can never replace the therapeutic value of culturally specific services.

Lisa has been a past president of the Washington Mental Health Counselors Association, Seattle Counselors Association, and Co-chair of the DOH advisory Committee for Licensed Mental Health Counselors, Social Workers and Marriage and Family Therapists.  She has been training others in Clinical Supervision for many year and was part of the group that proposed the initial language for the Approved Supervisor WAC.

Lisa has been a presenter for Cascadia Training for over 10 year now.

For more information about Lisa, visit her website: www.LisaErickson.net.



David Flack, MA, LMHC, CDP


David Flack is a LMHC and CDP who has worked with teens and families impacted by substance use, trauma, and mental health challenges, since 2004.  David has additional credentials as a Child Mental Health Specialist, Sexual Minority Mental Health Specialist, and Mental Health Professional.  He is currently the Co-occuring Disorders Manager at Ryther in Seattle, WA where his focus is on program development, providing clinical supervision, and meeting with clients and families.

Mr. Flack has volunteered for Camp Ten Trees and Lambert House.  In 2016 he published and article in Counseling Today titled:  Getting Unstuck: Fostering Change with Teens that Have Co-occurring Disorders.





Jonathan Gerson, MA, LMHC


Jonathan Gerson MA/LMHC started working with a senior population in 1990 as an Activities Director at the University Adult Day Center in Seattle. This growth experience lead to a 5 year stint as Program Coordinator at Sunrise of Mercer Island.   In November of 2002, Mr. Gerson started working in activities for Cascade Vista in November of 2002.  In 2005 and started offering his original DreamRem® Groups to both Cascade Vista and Cascade Plaza.  It was in these groups that reminiscing about one’s life was found to have a positive effect on residents in both Assisted Living and Nursing Home settings.

Following  on this insight that reminiscing in a group setting adds to the quality of life in a senior community, in 2010, Mr. Gerson and his business partner Dr. Stephen Guild started the DreamRem® Institute. It is housed in the Cascade Plaza Assisted Living community.  The DreamRem® Institute’s mission is multi-faceted.  For some it is to help residents on the Cascade Campus to better adjust to their new home, make new friends and just have the opportunity to tell their life stories to a trained counselor and group of peers.    For others who are short-time guests it can be a way to continue life- long learning or make some new friends.   Furthermore, the DreamRem® Institute has plans to teach interested students, families and the general public in the DreamRem® Method of working with seniors with memory challenges.  As well, the Institute plans to have interns from the University of Washington’s highly ranked Nursing School to conduct research concerning special topics in aging.

Mr. Gerson has attended Whitman College, holds a BA in English from the University of Washington and a Master’s of Counseling from City University.  In 2011 he became certified as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor for the State of  Washington. 

Mr. Gerson’s  philosophy is that of Socrates “the unexamined life is not worth living” and that “all seniors have in their power the ability to make choices that can lead to a life filled with meaning, healthy connections and a sense of vitality.  It’s up to you!” See you in a group.’





Deborah Gray, MSW, MPA


Deborah Gray, MSW, MPA described as "attachment guru" by Adoptive Families Magazine, specializes in attachment, grief, and trauma issues of children in her practice, Nurturing Attachments. Her passion is to help families develop close, satisfying relationships.  A clinical social worker, she has worked over 25 years in foster and adopted children's therapies and placements.  She has also been a therapeutic foster parent.

Deborah is core faculty for the award-winning Post-Graduate Certificate Program in Foster and Adoption Therapy at Portland State University.  She is main faculty in the ATTACh-recognized Post-Graduate Attachment Therapy Certificate Program through Cascadia Training.  She has taught in the Trauma Certificate Program at the University of Washington and was the 2008 Henry W. Maier Practitioner in Residence at the School of Social Work at the University of Washington.

Deborah Gray is a popular presenter due to her practical and positive approaches.  She has keynoted conferences ranging from the Joint Council of International Children's Services to Orphan Conferences.  She continues to work in a clinical practice with parents and children, who help to teach her new approaches and techniques every day.  Visit her website at www.deborahdgray.com





Catherine Grytting, Ed.D


Dr. Catherine Grytting is a counselor, teacher, musician, artist, writer, Reiki Master and spiritual director who draws on creativity and weaves mind, body and spirit to assist individuals as they grow in authenticity and wholeness and deepen their relationship with Divine Source.  She began counseling in 2010 and has been providing energy healing and spiritual direction since 1997.  Catherine facilitates workshops and retreats on many topics, including creativity, spirituality, emotional intelligence, parent education, and the arts.  She also offers classes in energy healing and meditation.

Dr. Grytting has presented nationally, with Spiritual Directors International, regionally for the Delta Kappa Gamma Society International and the Pacific Northwest Association of Independent Schools and, locally, for the Archdiocese of Seattle and the now defunct StillPoint Center for Spirituality.  Publications include peer-reviewed journal articles on topics such as education, energy healing and spirituality.  Her doctorate, from Seattle University, includes the study of spiritual healing and a certificate in transforming spirituality.  Visit her website at www.catherinegrytting.com to learn more about Catherine Grytting and the services she provides.



Cynthia Hedlund, MA, LMHC


Cynthia is a graduate of Seattle University and a licensed mental health counselor.  She has maintained a thriving private practice for over 20 years.  She began her career in community mental health at Seattle Mental Health Institute and later at Far West Family Services.  She advanced in her field to lead case consultation groups designed to focus on client welfare, ethics and therapist professional development.  Cynthia is an approved Washington State supervisor who has worked with associates seeking licensure.

As a founder of Wallingford Counseling and Consultation in Seattle, Cynthia specializes in treating anxiety and depressive disorders in adults and older teens.  Her approach is psychodynamic, developmental, humanistic and spiritually oriented.  She also provides relationship counseling with intensive training in Emotionally Focused Therapy for couples.  Along with her dedication to her clients, Cynthia enjoys contributing to the lively exchange of ideas within the therapist community for the purpose of advancing collective professional excellence.

You can visit her website at: www.cynthiahedlund.com

 





Jennifer D Hudson, MA, LMHC, CMHS


Jennifer Hudson, MA, LMHC, CMHS has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Human Services from Western Washington University and a Masters in Applied Behavioral Sciences from Bastyr University, Leadership Institute of Seattle. 

Jennifer started out in community mental health working for Compass Health in the Child Advocacy Program at Dawson Place where she helped children, teens, young adults and parents heal from the impact of sexual abuse.  From there she started a private practice working with clients 13 years and older before becoming a Mental Health Support Specialist for the Lake Stevens School District providing mental health support services, program planning, staff consultation, and collaboration with outside providers. 





Roy Huggins, LPC, NCC


Roy Huggins earned his BA from Grinnell College with a major in music.  In an interesting twist of fate, his studies in music lead straight in to professional Web development as co-owner and manager of TUG Internet Specialists, a Web development and consulting firm in Grinnell, IA.  After a couple years, the firm broke up and Roy moved in to a solo career, where he not only built websites and internet-based software systems, but consulted with clients on marketing concerns both practical and ethical, web-based business plans and web presence expansion.

In 2007, Mr. Huggins received his Masters of Science in Counseling.  He spent 3 years in Sapporo, Japan where he practiced on weekends, then returned to Portland, OR and set up a full-time practice in 2010.  That practice continues today.

Roy has since done consulting and training on digital ethics issues for hundreds of health care colleagues as well as teaching a class on building websites for mental health private practices.  Roy is now the Tech Committee Chair for the unified Oregon Counseling Association, a member of the Zur Institute Advisory Board, and an adjunct faculty member at Portland State University's Department of Counselor Education.

In addition to clinical practice, Roy's work is focused on helping colleagues clinicians to navigate the modern digital world both ethically and effectively, with "conscientious courage" so that we can meet the people we serve where they are in safe and useful ways.

To get more information about Roy:  www.personcenteredtech.com





Randi Jensen, MA, LMHC, CCDC


Randi Jensen, MA, LMHC, CCDC received her B.A. in Psychology from the University of Washington and began her career in social service as a Resource and Education Counselor working with the seriously mental ill.

Randi obtained a Washington State Certification in Chemical Dependency Counseling and Chemical Dependency Professional Certification.  She then went on to obtain a Master of Arts in Counseling from Antioch University, Seattle.  

In 2010 through 2013, Randi was the Director of The Soldiers Project Washington, a non-profit organization providing no cost, no report mental health counseling to current and former military members, their families and concerned others.  

In addition to specializing in treatment of suicidality, Randy provides counseling to those dealing with substance abuse, gambling and military trauma.

Randi also provides trainings for Washington State Behavioral Health Conference, Evergreen Council on Program Gambling, Delaware Council on Gambling Problems, various employment assistance programs, and individual health agencies.  Randy also specializes in developing Suicide Prevention Programs for Native American communities as well as various youth mental health programs.

Ms Jensen is the author of Just Because You're Suicidal Doesn't Mean You're Crazy: The Psychobiology of Suicide, a book about overcoming chronic suicidality through peer support.  She is currently writing her second book called, How to Talk to Kids about Suicide: A book for all ages" as well as collecting stories of triumph for her book, "Just Because I Tried to Kill Myself Doesn't Mean I want to Die: Lessons Learned in Recovery from Suicidality. 





Sam Louie, MA, LMHC


Sam Louis, MA, LMHC is a psychotherapist who built his private practice in less than three years time through marketing, blogging and social media.  He specializes in sex addiction, Christian counseling and Asian-American issues.  His therapy experience includes working at Asian Counseling and Referral Services, Friends of Youth and Community Psychiatric Clinic.

Sam is also an Emmy Award-Winning former news reporter with more than a decade's worth of journalism experience where he has researched, produced, and reported on a number of stories related to psychology, addictions and culture.  He has written a book, Asian Shame & Addiction:  Suffering in Silence that touches on themes of Asian culture and addictions.  His book and counseling practice information can be found on his website at: samlouiemft.com





Christina Malecka, MA, LMHC


Christina's early career was spent in the non-profit sector as a grassroots community organizer, trainer, administrator and strategic planner working towards social justice and reform of human service systems.  In the past 40 years, Christina has worked both professionally and personally for environmental justice, corporate accountability, LGBTQ rights, women's rights, dependency and juvenile justice system reform, ending domestic violence and immigration and refugee human rights.

In 2006, Christina completed a Master's degree in Mental Health Counseling and made a career shift to practicing psychotherapy-a move she considers a transition from macro social change to micro social change.  She is a queer-identified Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Certified Adoption and Foster Care Therapist with a private practice in downtown Seattle.  Christina works with people who experience themselves as outsiders to the dominate culture:  creative artists, performers, activists, LGBTQ, trans*, and gender-nonconforming folks, and anyone else who feels "other" due to cultural or family bias.  In her practice she sees children, teens, families and adults.





Cary McAdams Hamilton, MA, MFT, LMHC, CMHS, RPT-S


Cary McAdams Hamilton is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor with diverse experience working in private practice, non-profit mental health service providers, juvenile justice, public education, residential treatment center and county assistance programs.  She is focused on working with children, adolescents and their families.

Cary is the President of Olympia Therapy, she is an Adjunct Professor at Brandman University in Lacey, WA and past Adjunct Professor at George Fox University in Salem, OR.  

You can find out more about Cary McAdams Hamilton at: Olympiatherapy.com





Rose Ness, MA, LMHC, CDP


Rose Ness is a Certified Chemical Dependency Professional and Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the state of Washington.  She has worked in the field of behavioral health for over two decades.  Rose is an experienced and seasoned clinician whose clientele range from individuals and families to larger systems in various settings including mental health, involuntary treatment and private practice.

Beyond delivering direct care she is also involved in workforce development, which provides direct supervision to other professionals who are beginning and looking to advance their careers in social service.  Believing in whole person health, Rose and her team of behavioral health experts support integrated physical and behavioral healthcare and are committed to healthcare transformation in Washington state.

Rose is currently a consultant, advisor and trainer for Sound Integration for Behavioral Healthcare in Arlington WA.  She also is an Adjunct Faculty Member at Skagit Valley College where she teaches every Winter quarter.





Yvonne Owen, PhD


Yvonne Owen, PhD, is a clinical psychologist retired from Seattle University after about 30 years. She received her B.S. degree in Psychology from the University of Washington in 1967 and a PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Washington in 1978.  Dr. Owen has provided clinical supervision to Master's level students for over 30 years.  She also leads consultation groups and provides supervision for pre-licensure professionals.  She developed the diagnosis and assessment class for master's students in the mental health counseling program, and has taught this course since the manual in use was the DSM-II: she has evolved with the course in her knowledge and experience.

Ms. Owen has a new title, Professor Emerita. She maintains a private practice in Seattle and has been teaching classes for Cascadia Training for over 10 years.  Yvonne is known for her inviting, engaging and humorous style.  





George A Parks, PhD


George A. Parks, PhD is a clinical psychologist licensed in the State of Washington who was associated with the Addictive Behaviors Research Center in the Department of Psychology at the University of Washington and served the University of Washington for over 30 years as a faculty member, student counselor, research scientist or administrator.  Dr. Parks has conducted research on alcohol abuse in college students, the use of alcohol and drugs by Native Americans, and the effectiveness of treatment for substance-abusing offenders.  In addition to his academic duties, George also served as a trainer, technical advisor, and consultant on evidence-based alcohol and drug prevention and treatment such as Motivational Interviewing and Relapse Prevention Therapy for numerous private and public colleges and universities, substance abuse treatment centers, mental health centers, correctional facilities as well as State, Provincial and National Government Offices in the U.S., Canada, Malta and Chile. 

Dr. Parks has conducted research on Vipassana (Mindfulness Meditation) and is a co-developer of Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention (MBRP) program.  He has been a student of Mindful Love for many years.





Julie M Rosenzweig, Ph.D, LCSW


Julie M. Rosenzweig, Ph.D., L.C.S.W. is an unabashed neuro-geek who is
frequently heard in workshops translating neuroscience into personal and
professional applications. With humor and passion, Dr. Julie happily shares her
knowledge about the brain, on topics such as toxic stress effects, attachment
disruptions, trauma-informed care, vicarious traumatization, clinical supervision,
and technology stress. Dr. Julie has been involved in the trauma field as a
therapist, consultant, and author for over 30 years, including service as a mental
health worker with the Red Cross in New York shortly after 9/11. Her clinical
practice includes individuals, couples and consultation groups. An experienced
educator and researcher, she is a Professor Emerita at Portland State University
and author of numerous journal articles, including The Neurobiology of Toxic
Stress: Implications for Social Work, a chapter in the Social Workers Desk
Reference (2015).



Frances Schopick, JD, MSW, LICSW


Frances Shopick, has worked for nearly 20 years as a mental health diagnostician and clinician in agency, research and private practice.  She is on the faculty of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (fka the Mount Sinai School of Medicine) in New York City in the Departments of Psychiatry and Preventive Medicine, and was formerly on the faulty of Harvard Medical School in the Department of Psychiatry.  Research publications, abstracts, and presentation reflect her work in Mood and Personality Disorders.  More recently, she has investigated high conflict custody issues as an evaluator for Family Law Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA), and is trained as a Guardian ad Litem (GAL).  As an attorney, her focus is on Family Law dissolutions (divorces) and helping counselors with ethical challenges that put them at risk for DOH complaints.  Ms. Schopick has presented to the Washington State NASW on Ethical Issues in Social Work Practice, Washington State Superior Court Judges' and Administrators' (SCJA) 2013 Spring Conference and the Washington State Bar Association Disciplinary Counsel on mental health issues.  Ms. Schopick completed her BA at Barnard College at Columbia University in New York City, a Master's Degree in Social Work (MSW) at the Hunter College School of Social Work, and Juris Doctor (JD) at the University of New Hampshire.  She holds Washington licensure as both an attorney and LICSW.



Byram Simpson, BSW


Byram began their career in social work 5 years ago and has been working as a full time Behavioral Health Counselor in eating disorder treatment for 3 years.  They have centered social justice and anti-oppressive practice in their work and personal life, initially focusing on LGBTQ advocacy 14 years ago and over time expanding their efforts to include different and intersectional marginalized identities.

Over the past 3 years of their professional career, Byram has initiated an LGBTQ group for adults as well as adolescents, facilitated LGBTQ trainings for their work place and others, been interviewed for a national news media outlet regarding LGBTQ people and eating disorders, and now facilitates monthly cultural competence trainings for new staff.  Byram believes that change occurs on micro as well as macro levels, and sees the personal sphere as inseparable from the broader socio-cultural sphere.  Macro change, that is to say, requires micro change.





Robert E. Smith, Attorney-at-Law


Robert E. Smith is a Member of the law firm Advocates Law Group, PLLC.   He received two degrees from the University of Washington, an undergraduate degree in Psychology and a graduate law degree. The entirety of this professional career has been spent in the greater Seattle area.

Mr. Smith began his career by representing a specialty hospital and its various programs.  From that time to the present, he has gradually but continually expanded the legal services he provides to an increasing number of health care providers and agencies.  Many of his health care clients are providers of behavioral health care services.

Mr. Smith is a presenter at seminars for continuing education credits for attorneys and for various groups of DOH licensed health care providers.  His trainings frequently include the privacy and security issues of HIPAA, 42 DFR Part 2, and the Uniform Healthcare Information Act.  He is available for in-house presentations to specific audiences.

His practice also includes general business law, estate administration and estate planning. 





Bruce J. Spencer, MA, LMHC, LPCC, LMSW, NCC


Bruce J. Spencer, MA, PhD, LMHC, LPCC, LMSW, NCC, has over 40 years of experience as a clinician and administrator of inpatient mental health, and chemical dependency programs, including 10 years of independent clinical practice.  He has a doctorate in psychology and has 10 years experience as an adjunct professor of psychology. Specializing in ethical issues, he has over 1,000 hours of advanced education in ethics, certification in Advanced Ethical Studies, and has presented ethics seminars for 30 years. He has written curricula for ethics and solution-focused treatment, published numerous articles about ethics, and has presented over 100 day-long seminars nationwide.  

Mr Spencer is licensed in Washington (LMHC), New Mexico (LPCC) and Michigan (LMSW) as well as by the National Board of Counselors.  He is currently an ethics consultant and educator. 





Katie Stallman, LICSW, CGE


Katie has been a licensed clinician since 1998 and working in the field of adoption/foster care for over 20 years.  She has experience with both public and private child welfare agencies.  After recently completing the Certificate Program in Adoption and Foster Care Therapy and The Attachment Certificate Programs, along with many years of work at a small private agency, she helped launch Open Adoption and Family Services' Origins Therapy program and started a private practice.  Katie most enjoys educating and helping birth, adoptive and foster families collaborate and navigate the intricacies of open adoption relationships.



Richard J. Stride, Psy.D, LPC, LMHC


Richard J. Stride, Psy.D, LPC, LMHC, has worked in Community Mental Health, counseling and the forensic mental health field since 1997.  He is currently the Chief Executive Officer at Cascade Mental Health Care in Centralia Washington.

Dr. Stride licensed in mental health both in Washington state and Colorado as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Licensed Professional Counselor, respectively. He is a National Certified Counselor by the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC), and an Approved Clinical Supervisor by The Center for Credentialing and Education, affiliated with NBCC.  He also holds certifications by The National Board of Forensic Evaluators (NBFE), as a Certified Forensic Mental Health Evaluator and a Certified Child Custody Evaluator.  He is a board member and Chair of the orals review committee for NBFE.  In addition he is the current president of Washington Mental Health Counselors Association.

Dr. Stride has taught psychology courses at the college level and conducts workshops on ethics, professional practice, mental health forensic services and working with the legal system. His expertise is sought by attorneys and courts for consultation in legal cases and forensic services.  He has also consulted with private and non-profit agencies concerning community mental health practice and procedures. 

Dr. Stride can be reached at Cascade Mental Health Care-360.330.9044





Eric Strom, Attorney at Law, LMHC


Eric Strom is an attorney and Licensed Mental Health Counselor.  As an attorney, Eric provides legal counsel, consultation and guidance to mental health professionals.  The focus of Eric's clinical practice is providing mental health counseling services to combat veterans.  Eric is currently serving as the ethics advisor for the Washington Mental Health Counselors Association.

Eric has provided legal counsel to the US Naval medical facilities throughout the Western United States and the Pacific as a Lieutenant Commander in the United States Navy JAG Corps Reserve.  Eric has taught a range of courses in professional ethics at a wide variety of graduate and undergraduate programs, including Argosy University, Seattle University, and Edmonds Community College.

Eric graduated cum laude from Wayne State University School of Law in Detroit MI, attended the Hague Academy of International law in Hague, Netherlands, received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Linguistics from the University of Michigan, earned a Master of Arts Degree in Counseling Psychology from the Northwest School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University, Seattle, and is currently working towards his PhD in Counseling at Oregon State University.





Sivie Suckerman, MA, LMHC


Sivie Suckerman, MA, LMHC received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Cornish College of the Arts in Acting in 1998.  She received her Masters of Arts in Clinical Psychology: Counseling Specialization from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology in 2007 and in 2014 received her Certification in Mindfulness in Education for Children and Adolescents from Mindful Schools.

Sivie currently works out of her private practice in Bellevue, WA where she provides individual, family, and group counseling focused on mindfulness based strategies.  Prior to this, she worked for Mercer Island Youth and Family Services on Mercer Island where she was an Elementary School Counselor and Mindfulness Educator Lead, for Ryther Child Center as a Child and Family Therapist, and for the YMCA of Greater Seattle/Family Services & Mental Health/CCORS Program in Seattle as a Clinical Supervisor I.





Rodolfo Trivisonno, MD


Rodolfo A. Trivisonno, M.D. (known by his patients as "Dr T") received his doctorate in medicine from the University of Buenos Aires School of Medicine in 1986.  After completing medical school, Dr. Trivisonno became involved in research in the field of Hyperbaric Medicine,free radicals and aging.

In 1988, Dr Trivisonno began the first of his two psychiatric trainings at the "Psychiatric Emergencies Hospital of Buenos Aires T. de Alvear," (a University of Buenos Aires Medical School affiliate).  This first post-medical school training was psychodynamically and psycho-socially oriented. Dr. Trivisonno held the positions of Residents Instructor and Attending Psychiatrist in the Adolescent Inpatient Unit of the above-mentioned hospital. 

Dr. Trivisonno completed his second psychiatric residency in the United States at the University of Miami/ VAMC /Jackson Memorial/Mount Sinai Psychiatric Program.  This second specialty training was carried out to expand Dr Trivisonno's expertise in the area of biological psychiatry, neuropsychiatry and geriatric psychiatry.  This training was completed at a biologically-oriented program with an emphasis on a Bio-Psycho-Social approach to psychiatric treatment.  During those years, Dr Trivisonno gained experienced in the areas of neuropsychiatry and geriatric psychiatry.

In 1997, Dr Trivisonno relocated to Washington State, where he held the position of Bilingual Attending Psychiatrist at Central Washington Comprehensive Mental Health, serving minority populations, particularly hispanic.

Over the years, Dr. Trivisonno has participated in multiple teaching activities.  He has taught medical students and residents in Argentina and in the United States.  The most recent of these academic activities took place in the University of Washington MEDEX program and previously in his role of assistant in teaching with the University of Washington Family Medicine Residency (from 1997 to 2005) .

Dr Trivisonno is fluent in both English and Spanish and is certified as a medical interpreter.  Check out his website at: http://drtpsychiatry.com





Ron Unger, LCSW


Ron Unger is a therapist with 13 years experience specializing in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for Psychosis, and an educator with extensive experience teaching continuing education seminars on that and on related topics. He serves as adjunct faculty at Portland State University, and teaches regularly at JFK University in Berkeley CA as well. He is also chairperson of the education committee for the US Chapter of the International Society for Psychological and Social Approaches for Psychosis (ISPS).





Sandy Voit, MS, EdS, LMHC, CDFA


Sandy Voit has a BA major in History and minor in Organizational Behavior from Binghamton University, NY and an Ed.S and M.S. in Counseling & Personnel Services from Albany University, NY.

From 1990-91 & 1993-94 Sandy was the President of Puget Consumer Cooperative.  The largest food co-op in the country.  Mr. Voit also served as Executive Director of Temple Beth Am in Seattle from 2001-2006.

Since 2007, Sandy has been the Owner of Tangible Solutions in Kirkland WA.  He is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst, and has conducted 40+workshops/presentations at national conventions, regional/state conferences, campuses and organizations on human resources, budgeting, working with non-traditional populations, leadership development, program development, communications and outreach.





Rochelle Wright, MS, LMHC, CDP


Rochelle Wright is a Washington State Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Licensed Chemical Dependency Professional, and EMDR Certified Therapist.  She has been a counselor for over 22 years, specializing in trauma.  She developed the method of psychotherapy named Guided Afterlife Connections that enables people to connect with their loved ones who have passed into the next plane of life.  She is co-author with Craig Hogan of the book, Repair and Reattachment Grief Therapy which was revised December, 2015.
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