Conference Faculty Biography

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Program Director

Cathy Malchiodi

Cathy Malchiodi, PhD, ATR-BC, LPCC, LPAT, REAT holds a doctorate in research psychology and is a clinical mental health counselor, and expressive arts therapist specializing in the treatment of traumatic stress. Dr. Malchiodi is the author of 20 books, including Trauma and Expressive Arts Therapy: Brain, Body, and Imagination in the Healing Process and given over 500 invited keynotes and workshops around the world. She is the founder and director of Trauma-Informed Practices and Expressive Arts Therapy Institute that provides education and training on expressive approaches to psychotherapists, counselor, coaches, educators, and somatic practitioners. Dr. Malchiodi is a contributing writer for Psychology Today and has a readership of approximately 5.3 million. To learn more about her work and publications, see and

Program Co-director

Linda Thai

Linda Thai, MSW, ERYT-200, CLYL is an adjunct faculty member in the Social Work Department at the University of Alaska Fairbanks and specializes in trauma-informed care and compassion fatigue resilience skills; Mental health clinician at ND Systems, specializing in somatic therapies and trauma therapy. She assists internationally renowned psychiatrist and trauma expert, Dr. Bessel van der Kolk, with his private small group psychotherapy workshops aimed at healing attachment trauma. In her work at Fairbanks Memorial Hospital, she is responsible for training clinicians in all departments, including psychology, nursing and medicine. She has a Master of Social Work with an emphasis on the neurobiology of attachment and trauma.

Linda has studied Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Brainspotting, Havening, Internal Family Systems, and structural dissociation of the personality. Linda has worked in Fairbanks, AK with those recovering from addiction, trauma, and mental illness. She is passionate about yoga, meditation, and mindfulness and bringing those gifts to her community.


Shoshana Simons

Shoshana Simons, PhD, RDT is an expressive arts-centered drama therapist, voice actor, Professor and Interim-Chair of California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) MA Counseling Psychology program, Expressive Arts Therapy Concentration. Dr. Simons’s extensive training and experience in the UK and USA in community-based work with children & families, counseling, education, leadership and systems change informs her passionate commitment to preparing expressive arts therapy students to transform mental health systems into humane, equitable, creative, vibrant & culturally responsive communities of practice. Shoshana has presented nationally & internationally on the “NarrARTive” expressive arts approach she has been developing at CIIS for over a decade. She also offers coaching, workshops and courses through Key of Life Academy.


Lou Bergholz

Lou Bergholz is the chief knowledge officer at Edgework Consulting, has spent the last 20 years working on creating trauma-sensitive interventions in the US and abroad that apply academic research and clinical practice to populations, often without reliable access to definitive clinical care, including at the Justice Resource Institute, CARE International, and Street Soccer USA in Gaza and Thailand.


Dafna Lender

Dafna Lender, LCSW is an international trainer and supervisor for practitioners who work with children and families. She is a certified trainer and supervisor/consultant in both Theraplay and Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP). Dafna’s expertise is drawn from 25 years of working with families with attachment in many settings: at-risk after school programs, therapeutic foster care, in-home crisis stabilization, residential care and private practice. Dafna’s style, whether as a therapist or teacher, is combining the light-hearted with the profound by bringing a playful, intense and passionate presence to every encounter. She is as likely to break out into song as engage in serious intellectual discourse.


J.C. Hall

J.C. Hall, LMSW is a Hip Hop artist and social worker who runs the Hip Hop Therapy Studio program at Mott Haven Community High School, a “second-chance” transfer school in the South Bronx. In 2013, starting in an old storage room, J.C. built a professional recording studio in the school to provide youth the opportunity to engage in the therapeutic process through writing, recording, producing and performing their own music. The origins of the program are chronicled in the award-winning short documentary "Mott Haven," which showcases the efficacy of Hip Hop therapy in addressing grief and trauma in the wake of a school tragedy.

Over the years, the significant effect program participation has had on students’ socioemotional development and academic achievement has led to the studio more than doubling in size and investment. In addition to running the program daily, J.C. advocates for the use of Hip Hop therapy in his writings, in the press and at professional conferences internationally. J.C. has also developed a website ( to honor his late mentor Dr. Edgar Tyson, the originator of Hip Hop therapy, with the hopes of it serving as a centralized resource for those interested in learning about the approach.


Ruth Lanius

Ruth Lanius, MD, PhD is Professor of Psychiatry and the director of the posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) research unit at the University of Western Ontario.

She established the Traumatic Stress Service and the Traumatic Stress Service Workplace Program, both services that specialize in the treatment and research of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and related comorbid disorders.

Ruth currently holds the Harris-Woodman Chair in Mind-Body Medicine at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry at the University of Western Ontario. Her research interests focus on studying the neurobiology of PTSD and treatment outcome research examining various pharmacological and psychotherapeutic methods.

Ruth has authored more than 100 published papers and chapters in the field of traumatic stress and is currently funded by several federal funding agencies. She regularly lectures on the topic of PTSD nationally and internationally. She has recently published a book Healing the traumatized self: consciousness, neuroscience, treatment with Paul Frewen.


Cornelia Elbrecht

Cornelia Elbrecht BA. MA. (Art Ed), AThR, SEP has more than 40 years of experience as an art therapist. She is also a Somatic Experiencing trauma therapist (SEP). She has studied at the School for Initiatic Art Therapy in Germany, also Jungian and Gestalt therapy, Bioenergetics and bodywork. She is founder and director of the Institute for Sensorimotor Art Therapy, School for Initiatic Art Therapy. She has lectured in Art Therapy at RMIT, Melbourne. Cornelia is a registered professional member of ANZACATA, the Australian, New Zealand and Asia Art Therapy Association and IEATA, the International Expressive Arts Therapies Association. She is an accredited art therapy supervisor. She has authored four books, a multitude of online training courses and peer-reviewed essays.

Keynote Faculty

Eboni Webb

Eboni Webb, PsyD, HSP earned her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the Minnesota School of Professional Psychology (MSPP). She began her clinical work as assistant clinical director and program director at Mental Health Systems, PC (MHS), one of the largest providers of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) in the United States. At MHS, Dr. Webb developed two specialized DBT treatment programs for clients with developmental disabilities and borderline-intellectual functioning.

Dr. Webb is a highly rated international trainer in DBT, and she serves as an advisor to the Dialectical Behavior Therapy National Certification and Accreditation Association (DBTNCAA). Organizations Dr. Webb trains for include PESI, Jack Hirose and Associates, and Lane Pederson and Associates.

In 2010 Dr. Webb opened the private practice Kairos in Middle Tennessee. Kairos, now The Village of Kairos, offers diverse DBT specializations including DBT for trauma-based disorders and co-occurring disorders. The Village of Kairos has expanded therapy programs, better known as Restorative Services, to include individual and group therapy sessions for adolescents, parents, families, and adults including pre-and post-adoption services and in-the-moment coaching for clients. The vision of The Village of Kairos is to help clients build a life worth living alongside a village of practitioners with lives worth sharing.


Beverly Naidus

Beverly Naidus, MFA; Beverly's art and writing investigates the ecological and social issues that have adversely affected her and those around her. Healing personal trauma while remediating the damage done to the world around her, as well as reimagining the future, are key concepts that guide her work. Her visual art forms are audience-participatory installations, photo/text projects, and artist’s books. Primary mentors have been Joanna Macy, Thich Nhat Hanh & Augusto Boal. Her work has been written about in many books and journals and has developed an international audience. After an active career in NYC, LA and elsewhere, she settled in the Pacific Northwest in 2003. At UW Tacoma, she shaped a pioneering studio arts curriculum in art for social change and healing; that work will soon be launched via the non-profit, SEEDS, online. Her book, Arts for Change: Teaching Outside the Frame, her essays, and her workshops have had a broad & interdisciplinary influence.

Keynote Faculty

Judy Atkinson

Judy Atkinson PhD, OAM, Emeritus Professor is a Jiman Bundjalung (Aboriginal Australia) woman Previously Head of College and Professor of Indigenous Australian Studies at Southern Cross University, her primary academic and research focus is in the area of violence and relational trauma, and healing for Indigenous, and indeed all peoples. She was awarded the Carrick (Neville Bonner) Award in 2006 for her Innovative Curriculum Development and Teaching Practice, and in 2011 the Fritz Redlich award for Mental Health and Human Rights from the Harvard University Global Mental Health Trauma and Recovery program. Judy retired at the end of 2010, so she can focus on working with communities in Australia, Timor Leste and Papua New Guinea in trauma informed and trauma specific educational – healing work, what she calls educaring. She co-developed and delivered the Wollongong University Indigenous Trauma Recovery Practice Graduate Certificate; wrote the educational program to be delivered to the 14 Family Violence Prevention Legal Services across Australia; and is presently working with a group of scholars to design and deliver a Masters of Indigenous Healing Practices with a specific focus on healing recovery from the trans-generational trauma resulting from colonization and oppression of Indigenous Peoples.


Kai Cheng Thom

Kai Cheng Thom, MSW is an internationally known author, performer, somatic coach and conflict resolution practitioner based in Toronto aka tkaronto, Canada. A former social worker-psychotherapist, she has many years’ experience working in clinical and community mental health settings, as well as the artistic and holistic wellness industries with additional certifications in somatic breathwork, meditation teaching, Thai Massage, and conflict mediation. A prolific author, Kai Cheng has published books in various genres, including children’s fiction, adult fiction, poetry, and memoir. A proud trans woman of colour, Kai Cheng has spent the majority of her career working in social justice-oriented spaces with marginalized communities. In recent years, Kai Cheng has focused her work on developing body-based methodologies for loving, trauma-informed conflict resolution rooted in Transformative Justice and prison abolition.


Diane Austin

Diane Austin DA, LCAT is the Director of the Music Psychotherapy Center in New York City where she offers a two-year post-graduate certificate program in Vocal Psychotherapy. Dr. Austin has maintained a private practice in music, expressive psychotherapy and supervision for over 25 years, and teaches in the graduate music therapy department at New York University. She has lectured and taught Vocal Psychotherapy trainings internationally and her work has been published in numerous journals and books and translated into several languages. Diane created the first distance training program in Vocal Psychotherapy in Vancouver, B.C. and had a distance training program in Seoul, Korea for ten years. Her first international/multicultural training program in Vocal Psychotherapy began in 2018 at Mayfield Farm in England (about an hour from London). Her book, “ The Theory and Practice of Vocal Psychotherapy: Songs of the Self” was published by Jessica Kingsley in 2010 and codified the first voice-based model of music psychotherapy.


Jamie Marich

Jamie Marich, PhD, LPCC-S, LICDC-CS, REAT, RYT-500, RMT travels internationally speaking on topics related to EMDR therapy, trauma, addiction, expressive arts and mindfulness while maintaining a private practice and online education operations in her home base of Warren, OH. She is the developer of the Dancing Mindfulness approach to expressive arts therapy, the co-creator of the Yoga Unchained approach to trauma-informed yoga, and the developer of Yoga for Clinicians. Jamie is the author of numerous books, including the popular EMDR Made Simple and EMDR Therapy and Mindfulness for Trauma Focused Care) written in collaboration with Dr. Stephen Dansiger. North Atlantic Books published a revised and expanded edition of Trauma and the 12 Steps in the Summer of 2020. For more information on how to connect with her work, go to:


Bessel van der Kolk

Bessel van der Kolk, MD is a pioneer clinician, researcher and teacher in the area of posttraumatic stress. His work uniquely integrates developmental, neurobiological, psychodynamic, somatic and interpersonal aspects of the impact of trauma and its treatment.

His #1 New York Times Science best seller, The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Treatment of Trauma transforms our understanding of traumatic stress, revealing how it literally rearranges the brain’s wiring—specifically areas dedicated to pleasure, engagement, control, and trust. He shows how these areas can be reactivated through innovative treatments including body work, psychodrama, mindfulness techniques, parts work, yoga, and neurofeedback, Dr. van der Kolk and his various collaborators have published extensively on the impact of trauma on development, such as dissociative problems, borderline personality and self-mutilation, cognitive development, memory, and the psychobiology of trauma. He has published over 150 peer reviewed scientific articles on such diverse topics as neuroimaging, self-injury, memory, neurofeedback, Developmental Trauma, yoga, theater and EMDR.

He is founder of the Trauma Center (now the Trauma Research Foundation) in Boston, MA; past President of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, and Professor of Psychiatry at Boston University Medical School. He regularly teaches at universities and hospitals around the world.


Michelle Esrick

Michelle Esrick is an award-winning Director, Producer, Activist and Trauma Awareness Advocate. Her critically acclaimed film, Cracked Up, reveals the impact of childhood trauma across a lifetime through the story of SNL legend Darrell Hammond. The film was released on Netflix in 2020 as well as Educational distribution.

Chris Lyford of Psychotherapy Networker wrote,

The clinical community is singing its praises! “The world desperately needs to see this movie!” said trauma expert Bessel van der Kolk.”

And Maureen Seaberg of Psychology Today wrote,

"I came to learn the film is much more than a film. It’s not just a movie; it’s a movement.” -

Appearing before Congress, Michelle and Darrell helped add nine provisions for trauma informed care into the ‘Support for Patients and Communities Act’ which was signed into law in October 2018.

In May 2020, at the height of the pandemic, Michelle created a powerful and inspiring virtual series called Cracked Up, The Evolving Conversation, exploring the many different areas of trauma and recovery, featuring leaders in the field of trauma and luminaries such as, Bessel van der Kolk, Gabor Maté, Jacob Ham, Jane Stevens, Darrell Hammond, Jane Fonda, V (formerly known as Eve Ensler), and more.

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Molly Quillin-McEwan

Molly Quillin-McEwan, RN, BSN, CCRN is the clinical lead educator for MICU/SICU at Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center in San Diego. Areas of interest and expertise include the recovery of open heart surgery patients, hospital-wide rapid response, and ongoing nursing education. She is responsible for maintaining the ongoing clinical competencies of the department and researching evidence and best practice to inform nursing care at the bedside. She designs and teaches ongoing classes for both new and experienced ICU nurses, and is responsible for the clinical onboarding of new staff to the Intensive Care Unit. Molly authors a bi-monthly newsletter tackling larger issues within the ICU and nursing, including burnout, grief and stress, and teamwork. The recipient of multiple awards within the Sharp Hospital System and the community for the caliber and quality of her nursing care, Molly is also an accomplished self-taught oil painter and sketch artist.

Keynote Faculty

Amber Elizabeth Lynn Gray

Amber Elizabeth Lynn Gray, PhD, MPH, LPCC, BC-DMT, NCC is the Executive Director of Restorative Resources LLC, The Kint Institute and her own planetary rights non-profit, Trauma Resources International, is an award winning dance movement therapist, a human rights psychotherapist, a long time practitioner and teacher of yoga, and an authorized Continuum teacher. Amber has worked for 24 years with people who have survived human rights abuses, war and torture. Amber originated Restorative Movement Psychotherapy , the only framework for dance, movement, mindfulness and creative arts therapies with refugees and survivors of torture, and Polyvagal-informed Dance/Movement and Somatic Therapies for trauma, based on a deep immersion into Polyvagal Theory. Amber provides training and consultation nationally and internationally on restorative treatment for survivors of relational, social, collective and ancestral trauma. She is an innovator in the field of staff care for first responders in disasters and complex humanitarian emergencies. Her expertise is the integration of creative arts and body-based psychotherapy into “mainstream”, multi-cultural clinical, psychotherapeutic and healing practices, often in low resource contexts. She is a regular conference presenter and keynote speaker, and has authored many peer-reviewed publications on movement therapies and trauma. She regularly leads eco-somatic, “wild-zeness” retreats for survivors of trauma.


Stephen W. Porges

Stephen W. Porges, PhD is Distinguished University Scientist at Indiana University where he is the founding director of the Traumatic Stress Research Consortium. He is Professor of Psychiatry at the University of North Carolina, and Professor Emeritus at both the University of Illinois at Chicago and the University of Maryland. He served as president of the Society for Psychophysiological Research and the Federation of Associations in Behavioral & Brain Sciences and is a former recipient of a National Institute of Mental Health Research Scientist Development Award. He has published more than 350 peer‐reviewed scientific papers across several disciplines that have been cited in approximately 40,000 peer-reviewed papers. He holds several patents involved in monitoring and regulating autonomic state. He is the originator of the Polyvagal Theory, a


Corrine Sanchez

Corrine Sanchez, PhD is Director of Tewa Women United and the former Program Manager of TWU’s V.O.I.C.E.S. Program, a cultural and linguistic-based model for responding and intervening to sexual violence in Indian Country for child, youth and adult survivors. Corrine is a Forensic Interviewer with over 14 years of experience in the field.

Corrine founded Brave Voices Forensic Interviewing Program in 2003 in Espanola, NM. She was instrumental in the development and establishment of the Rio Arriba/ Los Alamos/ N. Santa Fe County MDT and the Regional Federal MDT. With over 14 years in the development, coordination and facilitation of multi-disciplinary teams, Corinne conducts training on state, city, tribal, federal and international level on responding to and addressing child sexual abuse, sexual assault, cultural competency/ sensitivity, forensic interviewing, advocacy, mandatory reporting, multi-disciplinary teams, youth development, environmental justice, reproductive justice and the empowerment of Indigenous women and girls. She also helped to create the first co-location site in New Mexico for child sexual abuse investigations.

Corinne is a former President of the New Mexico Children’s Safehouse Network, a former board member of the Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Board, a former Chair of the Native American Fund of the Santa Fe Community Foundation, a former Vice-President of the NM Environmental Law Center, and is currently the President of the Native American Children’s Alliance, a national organization, addressing child sexual abuse and promoting MDT development in Indian Country.


Elder Kathy ‘Wan Povi’ Sanchez

Elder Kathy ‘Wan Povi’ Sanchez is a community activist from San Ildefonso Pueblo, New Mexico. Kathy has worked women’s issues related to culture, the environment, and social change for most of her life. She was among the co-founding mothers of Tewa Women United, a group that raises awareness about issues relating to colonization.


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