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Joshua ArvidsonJoshua Arvidson, MSS, LCSW

Joshua Arvidson, LCSW is the Director of the Alaska Child Trauma Center at ACMHS, a center specializing in treating young children who have experienced complex trauma. Joshua is also the Founder and Director of the Anchorage Childcare Mental Health Consultation Program where he leads a multi-agency team providing trauma-informed mental health consultation to childcare and early learning programs. Joshua also serves as the statewide coordinator for Alaska’s Childcare Mental Health Consultation Network and the Alaska Early Childhood Mental Health Learning Network. He is a Director and former Board President for an Infant Learning and Early Education Program that provides developmental services to children 0-3 and teaches courses on child trauma for the University of Alaska Anchorage.

Beth BartoBeth Barto, LMHC

Beth Barto, LMHC is a licensed mental health counselor in Massachusetts, with a Masters in Counseling Psychology concentrating in Child and Family Therapy. She is the Chief Executive Officer for LUK, Inc. Past accomplishments include being the Principal Investigator for the Category III NCTSN Central Massachusetts Child Trauma Center (CMCTC) a program of LUK, inc. Beth continues to coordinate the Massachusetts Child Trauma Project dissemination efforts.  MCTP is a collaborative effort between the Department of Children and Families, Justice Resource Institute, Boston Medical Center’s: Child Witness to Violence Program and the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Beth’s professional experience has ranged from a clinician, supervisor, manager and director in a variety of mental health settings serving children and families.  She is passionate about assisting systems in understanding the impact of trauma in order to promote well-being outcomes for the most vulnerable children. Beth is part of the Child Welfare NCTSN leadership team and is the emeritus co-chair of the NCTSN Resource Parent committee.  Beth is an ARC trainer and provides a variety of trauma-informed trainings using National Child Traumatic Stress Network products.

Laurie Brown, LICSW

Laurie Brown, LICSW is a clinician at the University of Vermont, in the office of Counseling and Psychiatric Services. In 2005, Laurie completed the certificate program in Traumatic Stress Studies at the Trauma Center at JRI, where she was first introduced to Attachment, Regulation and Competency (ARC). She has since been a student, implementer, champion, and trainer of the framework.   Laurie has spent much of her career working in residential schools serving students whose lives have been impacted by developmental trauma. In addition, Laurie has worked in system level change serving as the co-director for the Vermont Child Trauma Collaborative working to build a state-wide trauma-informed community mental health system through the implementation of ARC. While her passion is direct service, she finds herself dabbling in macro level change attempting to move programs, agencies, and systems toward a more trauma-informed approach.

Carlson_TracieTracie Carlson, LCMHC

Tracie Carlson, LCMHC, is Program Director of the Diagnostic Assessment Program and Community Based Services at NFI-VT in South Burlington, VT. NFI-VT is a special services agency that provides outpatient and evaluation services, community based services, Therapeutic Foster Care, residential programs and independent schools.  Previous to this, Tracie worked at the Howardcenter, Burlington, VT’s designated children’s mental health agency, for 10 years holding several leadership roles in children’s mental health wraparound and residential programs. Tracie is a trainer for the Vermont Child Trauma Collaborative and has been providing ARC training around the state for several years. Trace is an adjunct professor with Southern New Hampshire University’s Program in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. She resides in Essex Junction, VT with her husband and their 2 active sons.

Ebert_JonJon Ebert, Psy.D.

Dr. Ebert is Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and is a licensed clinical psychologist with extensive clinical and consultation expertise in the assessment and delivery of services to children and families who have experienced traumatic stress and mental health challenges. Dr. Ebert is Director of the Vanderbilt Center of Excellence for Children in State Custody (COE) which is part of a statewide network funded under an agreement with the State of Tennessee to improve the public health by enhancing the quality of services provided to children in or at-risk of entering the Tennessee child welfare or juvenile justice systems.

As seen on a Sussex Directories Inc siteAmy Fingland, Psy.D.

Amy Fingland, Psy.D. is a staff clinician at the Trauma Center and is the director of trauma-informed services at three JRI residential and group home settings for children, adolescents, and young adults. She received her Master’s degree and her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology. Her prior clinical training experiences include work with trauma-impacted children, adolescents, and adults in school, day, residential, outpatient, and inpatient treatment settings. Dr. Fingland’s clinical training and practice has focused primarily on the understanding and integrative treatment of Complex trauma and dissociation.

Finn_HHeather Finn, LICSW

Heather Finn, LICSW is the Assistant Clinical Director, clinician, supervisor and trainer at the Trauma Center. Heather specializes the treatment of children, adolescents, adults and families whose lives have been impacted by complex trauma, and has particular interest in the areas of adoption/foster care, attachment and resiliency. She is trained in EMDR (level 2), Sensorimotor Psychotherapy (level 1), Attachment, Regulation and Competency (ARC), Sensory Motor Arousal Regulation Therapy (SMART) and Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT-A) approaches to treatment. Heather is also a trainer and consultant for the SMART and ARC programs at the center. Prior to her work at the Trauma Center, Heather has clinical experience working with children and families in shelter, residential treatment and outpatient mental health treatment settings. She graduated from Smith College School for Social Work in 2001.

Forrest_SStacey Forrest, M.Ed.

Stacey Forrest, M.Ed., is currently the Director of The Susan Wayne Center of Excellence and the Susan Wayne Center Clinical Day School of JRI. Stacey has been with JRI for nine years, seven of which were at The van der Kolk Center, Glenhaven Academy, prior to moving to JRI’s Connecticut Division. As an administrator and later Director of several residential treatment settings, Stacey assisted with several major programmatic change initiatives, with a special focus on transitioning programs to more trauma-informed practices and the implementation of the Attachment, Self-Regulation, and Attachment (ARC) model. Stacey has also played key roles in staff development initiatives, as well as the creation of an agency-wide intervention model. As an adjunct training faculty for The Trauma Center at JRI, Stacey provides training to organizations seeking to adopt trauma-informed treatment models, as well as presents on this topic nationwide.

Hodgdon_HHilary Hodgdon, Ph.D.

Hilary Hodgdon is the Associate Director of Research at the Trauma Center and Director of Trauma Informed Services at the van der Kolk Center, a residential treatment facility for youth ages 12 to 22 years specializing the treatment of complex trauma. She also serves as an Associate Director of the Complex Trauma Treatment Network, a SAMSHA Category II training network housed at the Trauma Center. Dr. Hodgdon received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at Temple University in Philadelphia in 2010 and has worked clinically with children and families in community mental health settings. Her research interests center on the crossover of youth from the child welfare to juvenile justice systems, the impact of early trauma on the development of psychopathology during adolescence, longitudinal outcomes of trauma-impacted youth and alternative treatments for complex trauma. Dr. Hodgdon is particularly interested in the assessment of children and youth involved in foster care and in issues related to the overlap between the mental health, child welfare and juvenile justice systems. She is trained in sensory-motor therapy for children (SMART), Eye Movement Desensitization Training (EMDR), EEG biofeedback (Neurofeedback) and Trauma-focused CBT.


Jeremy Karpen is the Director of Learning and Devleopment at Mercy Home for Boys and Girls in Chicago, IL. Jeremy has worked in residential care with youth between the ages of 11-25 as a therapist, direct care supervisor, and staff trainer since 2008. Currently, Jeremy directs Mercy Home’s staff learning and development program. In addition to joining the National ARC training team in 2016, Jeremy is a certified instructor for the following curricula: Crisis Prevention Institute Nonviolent Crisis Intervention, National Resource Center for Youth Services’ Residential Child & Youth Care Professional, Red Cross adult and pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED, and the Archdiocese of Chicago’s Protecting God’s Children. Jeremy received his BA from Macalester College in Saint Paul, MN and his MA in Forensic Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Jeremy is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) in Illinois. In addition to residential care, his clinical experience includes domestic violence and partner abuse intervention. He is currently pursuing certification in the Child Trauma Academy’s Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics (NMT).

Krpata_VValerie Krpata, LICSW

Valerie Krpata, LICSW is the senior clinical director for JRI group homes and co-director of Trauma Drama. She received her Master’s degree in social work from Simmons College. She has extensive experience working with the adolescent and transitional age youth population through individual, group and family therapy within the group homes and community. She has special interest in working with transitional-age youth who have experienced complex trauma.

Rachel Liebman, Ph.D.

Rachel Liebman, Ph.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist and Instructor in Psychology at Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School.  Dr. Liebman has over eight years of experience working with trauma-impacted children, adolescents, and adults in residential, outpatient, and community mental health settings.  She trains, consults and supervises in the area of trauma-informed care nationwide.  Dr. Liebman has a special interest in the intersection between trauma and risk taking behaviors, including eating disorders and substance use.  Her research focuses on the overlap between trauma and risk taking behaviors (e.g. substance use, eating disorders, risky sexual behaviors) and the dissemination and implementation of evidence based trauma-informed treatments for comorbid trauma and risk taking.  Dr. Liebman also has specialized training in the treatment of dissociation, substance use, and eating disorders.

Naste_TiffanyTiffany M. Naste, LICSW

Tiffany M. Naste, LICSW, is the Director of Clinical Support and Training for JRI’s Community-Based Services (CBS) Division. She leads the JRI CBS Division’s internal ARC  (Attachment, Regulation, Competency) leadership team and is a member of JRI’s Trauma Response Network (TRN), providing education, support, emergency assistance and counseling in response to terrorism, disasters, community violence and other acute traumatic incidents impacting the Greater Boston community. In addition to her work at JRI she has worked in residential treatment, schools, and hospital settings providing therapy, teaching and consultation.

Emily Neal, LCSW

Emily Neal, LCSW, is the Clinical Director at Mercy Home for Boys and Girls, a residential treatment, aftercare and youth mentoring program in Chicago, IL. She received her Master’s in Social Work from the University of Chicago in 2002.  Her work and training has focused on providing trauma-informed interventions to children, adolescents, young adults, and families in a variety of settings including residential treatment, outpatient mental health, schools and juvenile corrections. Emily has held a number of positions at Mercy Home including Milieu Therapist, Training Manager, Admissions Director and her current role as the Clinical Director for the agency.  Her first exposure to the ARC framework was in 2013 at the Trauma Center’s Summer Institute.  Since that experience, she has co-lead the adoption and implementation of the framework at Mercy Home.

Neubacher_KKatrin Neubacher, Psy.D.

Katrin Neubacher, Psy.D. is a Psychologist and a certified ARC trainer for Europe living and working in Vienna, Austria. She received her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University New England and completed her postdoctoral fellowship at the Trauma Center at JRI, with a focus on ARC project coordination and treatment of complex trauma in children, youth and adults.  Dr. Neubacher has clinical experience with traumatized children, adolescents, and adults in inpatient and outpatient settings. She worked at the Dartmouth Trauma Interventions Research Center where she followed her research interests focusing on the treatment of trauma in children involved in the child welfare system. Dr. Neubacher has a special interest in the treatment of complicated grief and complex trauma in treatment-resistant children and adolescents. She is trained in Sensory Motor Arousal Regulation Treatment (SMART), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Child Parent Psychotherapy (CPP) and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT).

Pratt_KKelly Pratt, LICSW

Kelly Pratt, LICSW, is a staff clinician, consultant, supervisor and faculty trainer at the Trauma Center. Ms. Pratt received her MSW from Boston University and has worked clinically with child and adult survivors of chronic/complex trauma in individual and family therapy for over a decade. She has worked in a variety of settings including hospitals, community mental health agencies and residential programs. As a member of the training faculty at the Trauma Center, Ms. Pratt has provided local and national trainings on the impact across the lifespan. Ms. Pratt has a particular interest in dissociative coping and complex adaptations to trauma and draws from psychological, feminist relational and body-based perspectives.

Pressley_JJana Pressley, Psy.D.

Jana Pressley, Psy.D. is Director of Training and Professional Development at the Trauma Center, and an Adjunct Associate Professor at Richmont Graduate University. Dr. Pressley was formerly the Clinical Training and Associate Professor in the Clinical Psychology doctoral program at Wheaton College Graduate School. Her research interests are focused on the experience of court-involved young adults who have suffered relational trauma in the midst of chronic poverty and community violence, as well as the impact of complex trauma history on adult spirituality and meaning-making. Dr. Pressley teaches trauma-related courses at the graduate level, and has designed and implemented trauma counseling specialization courses for graduate programs in close collaboration with the Trauma Center senior leadership. Clinically, Dr. Pressley serves as a therapist and supervisor at a community-based counseling center, where she specializes in the treatment of individuals and families whose lives have been impacted by complex trauma. Dr. Pressley founded and directed a non-profit agency for uninsured/underinsured individuals and families in Chattanooga, TN. She is is a national ARC trainer and consultant, and also trains on the impact of trauma on adult spirituality.

Russell_ChristinaChristina Russel, MSW, LICSW

Christina Russell, MSW, LICSW (Boston University, 2005, 2008), is an ARC-certified trainer who has worked with children and families in both residential and out-patient settings for twenty years.  In 2012 she researched and co-wrote an innovative $383,000 3-year grant bringing trauma-Informed training to a shelter for homeless women recovering from addiction and their children. This grant initiated an unusual partnership with the Justice Resource Institute, who had not, until that time, utilized ARC principles to work with traumatized newborns and infants. She helped to create a therapeutic day care environment centered on the needs of these children and successfully advocated for change in the way Cape Cod Hospital treats NAS infants. In addition to building her own home and farmstead in Chatham, MA and commercially shell fishing, Christina maintains a private behavioral health family practice specializing in creative, extra-office therapy.

Sagor_TTara Sagor, CAGS, LMHC

Tara Sagor, CAGS, LMHC is the Director of Training and Trauma Response for Justice Resource Institute. She received her Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in counselling psychology from Lesley University where she is currently an adjunct professor in their graduate department. She has 14 years of experience within residential programs in various roles across departments including educationally, clinically and within the residential milieu. She has spent the majority of her professional career working with adolescents and their caregivers at the van der Kolk Center, a facility specializing in the treatment of complex trauma. She has also worked within inpatient settings and for child advocacy centers. She is trained in Sensory-Motor Arousal Regulation Treatment (SMART), Neurofeedback and Trauma-focused CBT. She has led multiple training initiatives and implementation teams to establish high standards of trauma-informed treatment within programs both internally and through her role as a consultant.

Simon-Roper_LLiza Simon Roper, ACSW, LCSW

Liza Simon Roper is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Illinois and Wisconsin. Over the past 25 years she has worked in private practice, community counseling centers, residential programs and trauma treatment services. For the past fifteen years Ms. Simon Roper has been a supervisor of Outpatient Counseling Services at One Hope United, and the Project Director for the Healing Path: A Trauma Treatment Program for Youth, a category III NCTSN program. Ms. Simon Roper was initially trained in ARC in 2011, and has worked to implement this model across the counseling programs at One Hope United. She has a strong interest in program development and implementation of evidence based programs for children and families in both the juvenile justice and child welfare systems. She is trained in EMDR and is a trainer for the National Childhood Traumatic Stress Network’s Resource Parent Curriculum. When balancing life and work, Ms. Simon Roper enjoys training and competing in performance events with her two Golden Retrievers.

joe_spinazzolaJoseph Spinazzola, Ph.D.,

Joseph Spinazzola, Ph.D., a trauma-specialty psychotherapist, trainer and consultant in private practice, is the Executive Director of the Foundation Trust, an Adjunct Professor at Richmont Graduate University, and a member of the Forensic Panel. For nearly two decades, Dr. Spinazzola was a researcher, clinical supervisor, director and national trainer for the Trauma Center in Brookline, MA. An internationally recognized leader in the area of complex traumatic stress, Dr. Spinazzola founded the Complex Trauma Treatment Network and the Complex Trauma Workgroup of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network. He co-authored the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies’ expert guidelines for the treatment of Complex PTSD as well as the forthcoming guidelines for the treatment of Complex PTSD being jointly developed by the American Psychological Association and the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation. Dr. Spinazzola was Co-Principal Investigator of the Developmental Trauma Disorder national field trials. He has published over 60 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters on diagnosis, assessment and treatment of complex trauma in children and adults. Dr. Spinazzola is the lead developer of Trauma Drama, an improvisational theater-based tertiary youth violence prevention and trauma intervention model; and co-lead developer of Component-Based Psychotherapy, an adult complex trauma treatment model. Dr. Spinazzola co-authored the book Treating Adult Survivors of Childhood Emotional Abuse and Neglect: Component-Based Psychotherapy,through The Guilford Press.


Kati Taunt, Clinical Child & Adolescent Mental Health Social Worker

Kati Taunt is a clinical child and adolescent mental health social worker, cognitive behavioral therapist, experienced trainer and systemic practitioner based on Hertfordshire, United Kingdom.  She has been working in the field of child and adolescent mental health for the past 19 years.  Currently, Kati manages the trauma and bereavement services for a child mental health charity in Bedfordshire.  Kati became the first licensed ARC trainer outside of the United States in May 2016 and has been busy with a number of ARC-based projects since then.  She has trained and implemented the ARC model in two private foster care agencies.  She also continues to support a number of services using the ARC model within the Hertfordshire County Council, including both specialist and mainstream foster care, social workers, teachers, special guardians, post-adoption workers, residential child care services, and parents.  Kati is currently working with Islington CAMHS and education services on a pilot study using the ARC model to create trauma-informed schools in 6 primary schools and special education settings.  Kati is currently training to become a licensed System Centered Practitioner to further develop her work with children and adolescents who have experienced early childhood trauma.

Julie Thayer, Psy.D.

Julie Thayer, Psy.D. is a licensed psychologist whose clinical work focuses on the assessment and treatment of children, adolescents, and adults impacted by complex trauma. She is currently Assistant Clinical Director at the Trauma Center and Metrowest Behavioral Health Center at JRI, and provides individual and family therapy, as well as trauma-informed parent consultation and parenting groups. Dr. Thayer received her master’s and doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology in June 2014. Prior to completing her postdoctoral fellowship at Metrowest Behavioral Health Center, Dr. Thayer had experience providing a range of clinical services in school-based, in-home, college counseling, outpatient, and inpatient settings. She has pursued training in the treatment of dissociation, as well as in treatment models including Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Sensory Motor Arousal Regulation Treatment (SMART), and Parent Child Interaction Therapy – Adaptations (PCIT-A). 

Turner_NatalieNatalie Turner, Ph.D.

Dr. Natalie Turner is the Associate Director for the Child and Family Research Unit and CLEAR Trauma Center at Washington State University in Spokane. Dr. Turner’s areas of specialization include Children’s Mental Health, K-12 Education, Family Violence and the integration of Complex Trauma knowledge and practice into systems. She is a co-developer and serves as project director for CLEAR (Collaborative Learning for Educational Achievement and Resilience), a framework for implementation of trauma-informed education systems, which is currently being implemented in multiple school districts across Washington State and California.  Dr. Turner’s current research focus is on development of trauma-informed practice in school settings, and to date she has provided training and consultation to over 10,000 individuals locally and nationally in content related to understanding the impacts of complex trauma exposure on learning, development and behavior.

Wyss_DanaDana Wyss, LMFT, ATR

Dana Wyss, LMFT and registered art therapist is currently pursuing a Ph.D. from Lesley University in Expressive Therapy.  Dana is an ATD Certified Master Trainer and facilitates training on topics ranging from clinical modalities to safety/OSHA subjects to leadership. She uses her compassion, leadership skills, and creativity in her position as Director of training at a locked psychiatric hospital, group home, and nonpublic school setting, to manage crisis, conduct trainings, coach staff, and support children and families who have experienced complex developmental trauma. She has a passion for working with all populations of people aiding them in reconnecting with their passion, creativity and hope. In addition, she uses her unique style, empathy, and art to reach those who are often considered unreachable. Although she has many research interests, her current research focuses are using art-based research to build empathy and understanding for self-injurious behaviors, the use of exotic animal assisted therapy in residential treatment, and the impact and effect of non-traditional materials in art therapy sessions and group therapy.

Yacevich_Ilya2Ilya Yacevich, LMFT

Ilya Yacevich is a trauma clinician, specializing in work with children, families, and adults who’ve experienced multi-layers of stress and complex trauma. She is the founder and Executive Director of Global Trauma Project. She has worked as an Organizational Consultant/ Trainer, specializing in developing and strengthening trauma-informed systems in outpatient clinics, residential treatment centers, Department of Children & Families, group homes, community-based programs, etc.
Ms. Yacevich is the developer and author of “Trauma-Informed Community Empowerment” (TICE), a capacity building framework for strengthening community-based, trauma-informed systems in low-resource settings.


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