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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.
Kristin Baber, MSW, LICSW
Kristin Baber, MSW, LICSW, 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, and completed the Certificate Program in Adoption and Foster Care Therapy in 2008.
Ms. Baber has been a practicing clinician for ten years, and in addition to her private practice, is the lead clinical social worker at the largest neurodevelopmental center in the state of Washington. Kristie 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. Since its inception, she has sat on the Advisory Board for the University of Washington's post-graduate Psychological Trauma Certificate Program. Her practice specialty is Infant Mental Health and Early Childhood Development.
Rob Baker, MA, LMFT, LMHC, CSAT
Rob Baker, MA, LMFT, LMHC, CSAT, received his Masters Degree in Counseling from the University of San Francisco in 1979. He is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Certified Sex Addiction Therapist. Rob provides marriage, individual, group and family therapy sessions through his private practice, Next Step Counseling & Coaching, in Bellevue.
In addition to his private practice, Rob worked previously for 5 years with Bellevue Community Services as part of their sexual deviancy treatment program therapy team providing individual assessments, individual and group therapy services and participating in team consultations.
Renee Balodis-Cox, MA, LMHC
Renee Balodis-Cox, MA, LMHC, holds a Master of Arts degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from City University and a Master of Science in behavioral medicine from the Behavioral Physiology Institute. Renee is a licensed mental health counselor and child mental health specialist.
Currently working in private practice, Renee spend 11 years in community mental health working in a variety of roles from the chronically mentally ill, to child and family therapy, and finally becoming a clinical manager.
In addition to her private practice, Renee was president of the Washington Mental Health Counselors Association in 2007-08. She has also conducted seminars for law enforcement on de-escalation of mentally ill individuals. Currently she teaches graduate students in Psychopathology and Psychopharmacology.
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
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. In 2009, Dr. Cash Co-Founded and became the Co-Director of reStart: Internet Addiction Recovery Program in Fall City, WA, the first dedicated in-patient facility for video game internet addictions in North America.
Yolanda Comparan, MSW
Yolanda Comparan, MSW is the founder of Adoption Referral and Information Services (ARIS) and Adoption Success Coach (ASC), created to respond to pre-adoptive families, adoptive families and adoption professionals having a difficult time finding each other. She has expertise in both domestic and international adoption.
Yolanda and her husband adopted their teen daughter and son at the age of 39 months while living in San Diego. They have an open adoption with both children's birth families.
For more information on Yolanda, ARIS and ASC:
Mary-Carter Creech, MA, LMHC
Mary-Carter Creech, MA, LMHC, has worked nearly 20 years with families who have come together through foster care and adoption. Her private practice is in association with Deborah Gray, MSW, the founder of Nurturing Attachments. Mary-Carter 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 using an in-home therapy model. Ms. Creech is one of the founders and instructors of the Certificate Program in Adoption and Foster Care Therapy.
Astrid Dabbeni, has led youth adoption support groups, and worked and volunteered for adoption related organizations for over 14 years. Astrid's life-long interest in adoption is rooted in her own adoption at the age of four with her older sister from Colombia, South America. Astrid is the Executive Director of Adoption Mosaic, based in Portland, OR.
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, provides individual psychotherapy, case consultation and clinical supervision from her office in Seattle. She is influenced by object relations and likes doing in-depth psychotherapy with a developmental perspective. She has been in private practice since 1987 specializing in working with adult giftedness, addictions, depression, Axis II diagnoses, and/or histories of physical and sexual abuse.
Lisa graduated from the University of Kansas in 1975 with a double major in psychology and human development and family life. She got her masters of science degree in counseling psychology in 1981 from the University of Kansas.
Lisa has trained other clinicians since the late 1970's. She has taught substance abuse treatment in the graduate psychology program at Antioch University since the late 1980's and professional ethics periodically since 2003. She has also taught many continuing education programs around the state.
She is the past president of the Seattle Counselors Association, the Washington Mental Health Counselors Association and is a past co-chair of the Department of Health Advisory Committee for Licensed Mental Health Counselors, Marriage and Family Therapists and Social Workers.
For more information about Lisa, visit her website: www.LisaErickson.net.
Deborah Gray, MSW, MPA
Deborah Gray, MSW, MPA, specializes in attachment, grief, and trauma. She has spent over 15,000 hours in the last 15 years counseling children who have been fostered or adopted from the United States or internationally. Her private practice philosophy is one of empowering parents with information and techniques so that their skills and styles are used in meeting the needs of their children. Her passion is to help children and their families to develop close, satisfying relationships.
Deborah stresses practical approaches of promoting attachment, shaping behavior, and working through trauma and grief. She was a keynote speaker for the 2005 ATTACh conference and has keynoted national conferences including the Joint Council of International Children's Services, American Association of Adoption Attorneys, Midwest Adoption Conference and Families for Russian and Ukrainian Adoption. She is a faculty member for the University of Washington's Trauma Certificate program and has taught for Portland State University and Northwest Adoption Exchange post-graduate foster care and adoption therapy programs. She trains regularly for public and non-profit foster care and adoption programs.
Deborah Gray is the author of numerous articles and the books, Attaching in Adoption: Practical Tools for Today's Parents, Perspectives Press, 2002. and her second book, Nurturing Adoptions: Creating Resilience after Neglect and Trauma.
Jullie Gray, MSW, LICSW, CMC, CPG
Jullie Gray is a healthcare and aging expert with over 25 years of experience. She is the principal of Aging Wisdom, a care management and consulting firm in the Seattle area.
Jullie holds a Master's degree in Social Work from the University of Washington where she specialized in healthcare. She is licensed as an independent clinical social worker and holds certificates in the following areas: as a care manager, a professional guardian and in geriatric mental health.
She is a published author, enjoys teaching and frequently speaks to community groups. As former Vice Chair of the City of Kirkland's Senior Council, Jullie co-wrote and produced a multi award winning educational video about elder abuse and lead a community campaign to prevent falls among older adults.
All of Jullie's training and experience in the field supports her work as a versatile, dedicated and practical advocate for seniors and their families.
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
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 Randi became the Director of The Soldiers Project Northwest, a non-profit organization providing unlimited, no cost, no report mental health counseling to current and former military members, their families and concerned others.
Randi maintains a small counseling clientele providing services to those dealing with the devastation created by substance abuse and military trauma.
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 The JSP3 Field Guide for Battle Buddies due to be published in June, 2013.
Samara C Kezelle Fritchman, CEAP, EAS-C, LMHC, JD, PhD
Samara C. Kezelle Fritchman has been a national presenter/instructor for 10 years speaking on Ethical Standards and Ethical Competencies, Multiculturalism, and Complex Clients. As a Certified Employee Assistance Professional, EAP Counselor and EA Specialist-Clinical, Samara has knowledge and clinical practice in suicide intervention and management.
Samara has 35+ years of experience in employee assistance program work, working with all levels of staff spanning a variety of job classifications, ethical backgrounds and educational level-providing consultation, counseling and professional development training services as an external employee assistance professional. She has, through her professional development training programs, covered topics in psychology, human relations, job skills and general business. Her seminars are always current and up-to-date with the latest and most relevant needs in the field.
Samara has a bachelor degree in Business/Behavioral Science and a Masters in Counseling Psychology. She is a Washington State Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC), a National Certified Counselor (NCC), and a Certified Employee Assistance Professional (CEAP). She is also a certified Employee Assistance Professional-Clinical (EAS-C). Additionally, she has completed the following professional development, business, and/or academic programs 1) Certified Facilitator and Trainer for Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM); 2) Mediation Training; 3) US Legal Studies, (JD); and, 4) Educational Psychology, (PhD).
For more information, visit: www.samdia.com
Michael Mayer, Ph.D
Michael Mayer, Ph.D is a licensed psychologist, hypnotherapist and Qigong/Tai Chi teacher who specializes in giving his patients self-healing methods for health problems. Dr. Mayer presents his approach to bodymind healing at professional conferences, national/international workshops, universities and hospitals; and he is a keynote speaker. He is a co-founder of, and a practitioner at, The Health Medicine Center, a multi-disciplinary medical clinic practicing integrative health-care. Dr. Mayer pioneered the integration of Qigong and psychotherapy, and was the first person in the United States to train doctoral psychology students in these methods.
Dr. Mayer is the author of twenty publications and various peer reviewed articles. His peer reviewed article on Qigong and hypertension appeared in The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine; it was updated in the book Healing, Intention and Energy Medicine, by Dr. Wayne Jonas, past director of the National Institute of Health, Office of Alternative Medicine; and it was recently featured on the website Natural Standard: The Authority on Integrative Medicine. Dr. Mayer has served as a peer reviewer for The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, Complementary Therapies in Medicine, and Annals of Internal Medicine. His Bodymind Healing Qigong DVD is currently being used in training of trauma therapists by Dr. Bessel van der Kolk, Medical Director, The Trauma Center, Boston University School of Medicine.
Dr. Mayer has certification programs which include Bodymind Healing Qigong for Qigong practitioners/teachers, and a Bodymind Health Practitioner's Certification Program for health professionals. His book, Bodymind Healing Psychotherapy (2007) has been released in trade paperback called Energy Psychology by North Atlantic/Random House, 2009. They have both receive endorsements from leaders in mind-body medicine, and from the journal PsycCritiques. His latest Ben Franklin award-winning book is The Path of a Reluctant Metaphysician, Stories and Practices for Troubled Times (Bodymind Healing Publications, 2012) Michael's guiding image of "two streams becoming one" guides him as he joins East/West, mind/body and ancient/modern in his work.
Visit Dr. Mayer's website @ www.bodymindhealing.com
Lisa Mayfield, MA, LMHC
Lisa Mayfield, MA, LMHC, is a mental health counselor in the Seattle area. In addition to her private practice, Lisa is an Adjunct Faculty member at Antioch University, Seattle, and a past president of the Washington Mental Health Counselors Association. She is a geriatric mental health specialist, certified care manager and national certified counselor. Lisa is an active board member of the Western Chapter of the National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers and has been working in the mental health field for over fifteen years. Ms. Mayfield also teaches workshops on practice building, working with older adults and practice development. Visit her website at: www.agingwisdom.com.
Yvonne Owen, PhD
Yvonne Owen, PhD, is a clinical psychologist recently 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 nearly 10 years.
John Preston, Psy.D, ABPP
John Preston, Psy.D, ABPP is professor emeritus with Alliant International University, California School of Professional Psychology. He has also taught with the University of California at Davis, School of Medicine. Dr. Preston is the author of 21 books on various topics including: Integrative Brief Therapy: Cognitive,Psychodynamic, Humanistic and Neurobehavioral Approaches and Handbook of Clinical Psychopharmacolgy for Therapists. He has lectured in the United States, Europe, Canada, Africa and Russia
Lou Schmitz, GCPH, PCMH, CCE
Ms. Lou Schmitz has over 21 years of service in healthcare and public health. Her areas of experience include community health department management (behavioral health, medical and dental) electronic health record implementation, health programs planning and design, community based participatory research, public health emergency preparedness, intergovernmental collaboration, quality assurance, data management and grant development. She has designed and successfully implemented quality assurance measures for various clinical, prevention and community health programs. Ms. Schmitz is an alumnus of the Northwest Public Health Leadership Institute and has a Graduate Certificate in Public Health from the University of Washington. Lou is a National Commitee for Quality Assurance Patient Centered Medical Home Certified Content Expert. Ms. Schmitz is an Affiliate Instructor for the University of Washington School of Nursing Department of Psychosocial and Community Health. She has facilitated a series of workshops to health care providers on the Affordable Care Act.
Lou is an Executive Consultant for Peer Consulting, LLC.
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 39 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 semimars 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.
Richard J. Stride, Psy.D, LPC, LMHC
Richard J. Stride, Psy.D, LPC, LMHC, has been in the counseling & forensic mental health field since 1990. He is currently the Clinical and Internal Operations Director at Catholic Family & Child Services in Wenatchee, WA. He has been with Catholic Family & Child Services since 2003.
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 an NCP, as well as a Board Certified Psychotherapist by the North American Association of Masters in Psychology Professional Psychologist Certification Board (PPCB), and in addition is certified by the National Board of Forensic Evaluators (NBFE), as a Certified Forensic Mental Health Evaluator and a Certified Child Custody Evaluator.
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.
For more information about Dr. Stride: www.drrichardstride.com
Barry F. Thompson, MD, MA
Barry F. Thompson, MD, MA, received his Medical Degree from the University of Southern California School of Medicine, Los Angeles, California, After completing a general medical internship, neurology residency, and fellowship he practiced Neurology for 14 years in Memphis, TN. After leaving practice in the late 1990's and moving to the Seattle area in the summer of 2000, Dr. Thompson ultimately went back to school to obtain a Master's degree in mental health counseling from Seattle University; along the way he became a ballet photographer as well. He currently has a private general mental health counseling practice in downtown Redmond, WA, writes a medical blog for the Seattle PI, and publishes a medical newsletter for counselors and psychologist.
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 andpsycho-socially oriented.
Before advancing to his second biologically-oriented training in the United States, Dr. Trivisonno held the positions of Residents Instructor and Attending Psychiatrist in the Adolescent Inpatient Unit of the above-mentioned hospital.
During that early period in his career, he held the position of Chief Resident and Psychiatry Instructor, and worked as a Psychiatric Consultant in the area of geriatrics.
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
Benjamin Wahl, MSW
Benjamin Wahl, MSW received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT and his Master of Social Work from the University of Washington in Seattle, WA.
Ben has worked for Ryther Child Center since 2003 where he founded and is the program director of the Aspiring Youth Program, which provides group and individual services for children, adolescents and young adults.
Mr Wahl has presented on a variety of subjects pertaining to children, adolescents and young adults both nationally and internationally.
To find out more about the Aspiring Youth Program, visit their website