Jenny Almanzar, LCSW-R is the Director of The Journey Project at Family and Children's Counseling Services. The Journey Project is a trauma treatment program for families impacted by sexual abuse. Jenny has been a clinician in the program since 2002 and Director for the last seven years. During her time as Director she has implemented several evidenced based treatment programs to include PSB-CBT for both school aged children and adolescents, Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy as well as, Parent Child Interaction Therapy. The program also serves adults who have sexually offended and are members of the National Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers. Jenny serves on multi county multidisciplinary teams for her local Child Advocacy Centers, is a member of the Broome County Family Violence Prevention council where she has served as chair and vice chair and is currently co-chair of the Broome County Sexually Aggressive Youth Intervention Team, which serves to help identify, connect to services and safety plan for adolescents with illegal and problematic sexual behaviors. Jenny recently became a trainer and consultant working with Oklahoma University Health Sciences Center for the NY learning collaborative of PSB-A.
Lori Anderson, BS, is a program analyst for the Child and Youth Advocacy Program (CYAP) within the Office of Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Military Community and Family Policy. Ms. Anderson is responsible for assisting in the planning, direction, operation, control, and coordination of programs and policies addressing harmful behavior between children and youth and its impact on military youth, families, and communities. Ms Anderson has served Military families for over 30 years in a variety of installation, Headquarters and DoD positions developing and disseminating policy and standards leading to improved family well-being, readiness, and quality of life programs and activities. Ms Anderson spent the majority of her career as a child and youth program expert, providing oversight, technical direction, and evaluation to military installation leadership and child and youth programs including ensuring congressionally mandated accreditation and DoD certification of child development and school-age programs. She served as the senior advisor to commanders for family, youth and child related requirements at various AF installations which included consulting with schools and community leadership officials on family readiness strategy and goals. Prior to joining CYAP, Ms. Anderson was a data analyst for Military Community Support Programs providing decision makers actionable intelligence for data driven decisions to direct Military Family Life Counseling prevention and intervention support towards trending issues.
Ms. Anderson hails from North Dakota where she completed her Bachelor of Science in Elementary /Early Childhood Education at the University of North Dakota but has lived around the world during her DOD Career.
Ariel Berman is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Boston Child Study Center and a visiting scholar at Brandeis University, where he studies with Raymond Knight. He completed his predoctoral internship at the University of Oklahoma Health Science Center in 2021. Ariel's research interests include interpersonal violence, problematic sexual behavior in youth, microaggressions, effects of racism on health, and the prevention of dating violence and sexual abuse in youth. His clinical interests include working with families of children with behavior problems, youth with problematic sexual behaviors, and Transgender and non-binary youth and their families.
Dolores Subia BigFoot, PhD, is trained as a child psychologist and is a Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center (OUHSC).She is the Director of the Native American Programs at the Center on Child Abuse and Neglect at OUHSC. She has directed Project Making Medicine since 2003 and currently directs the Indian Country Child Trauma Center where she was instrumental in the culturally adapted interventions of evidence based treatments that form the Honoring Children Series. Each of these models incorporates AI/AN teachings, practices, rituals, traditions, and cultural orientation while maintaining the guiding principles and theory.
Curtis Brownlee, MS, LCMHC, is a 2009 graduate of North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University of the community agency counseling program. Currently Curtis serves in the role of outpatient therapist in private practice setting and PSB-CBT clinician with the North Carolina Child Treatment Program (NC CTP) at the Center for Child and Family Health. Curtis is implementing Problematic Sexual Behavior Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (PSB-CBT) to school-age children and their caregivers in both the group and family modalities. Additionally, he is being trained in the adolescent model and will be providing treatment in the group and family modalities as well. Curtis is also trained in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Cognitive Processing Therapy.
Mary E. “Tib” Campise, MSW, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker currently serving as the Associate Director for the Child and Youth Advocacy Program, and the DoD Tiger Team lead for developing policy and programs related to Harmful Behavior between Children and Youth (HBCY) and Problematic Sexual Behavior in Children and Youth (PSB-CY). She began her work in the child abuse and neglect and domestic abuse field in 1987 and became a DoD Senior Program Analyst in the Family Advocacy Program (FAP) in 2007 primarily focusing on child abuse and neglect and early home visiting. Currently, she has responsibility for policy development and oversight of the DoD intervention and response to HBCY and PSB-CY in military families. She works closely with DoD counterparts (DoDEA schools, Child and Youth Programs, Military Law Enforcement, FAP) and civilian federal partners, academics, and non-profits to promote and sustain effective policies and programs.
Ms. Campise received her MSW degree from the University of Kansas and completed post-graduate certification in Advanced Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy at Boston University and a post-graduate fellowship in child and adolescent clinical services at McLean Hospital in Belmont, MA.
Ben Cobb, MSc is the Program Manager and Improvement Advisor for the North Carolina Child Treatment Program's PSB-CBT Program. Ben has a background in global health implementation and mental health care coordination for formerly homeless individuals. Ben received his Master's of Science in Global Health from Duke University, and currently coordinates PSB-CBT training logistics and manages the PSB-CBT data collection and reporting process. Ben is involved in the development of material created to support implementation and sustainability of PSB assessment and treatment throughout North Carolina, such as the Clinical Service Delivery Time Model, data reports, and North Carolina Child Advocacy Center support material.
Jenny Coleman, MA, LMHC has been working on behalf of children and families for 30 years. In 2011, she joined Stop It Now! as their Helpline Director and now serves as Now!'s Director, overseeing a national child sexual abuse prevention program. She presents globally; training youth serving organizations, live and electronically. She's a member of the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers (ATSA), serving on their prevention committee, and is a member of the National Association to Prevent Child Sexual Abuse. Interviewed by national news outlets, Jenny has written on Title IX, Abuse in Faith-Based Institutions and other prevention topics. Her recent work includes published research, "I Didn't Know Where To Go": An Examination of Stop It Now!'s Sexual Abuse Prevention Helpline., and she is a contributing author on several "soon-to-be-published" chapters and papers reviewing the role of Stop It Now! in the sexual abuse prevention field. Currently, she is leading a new initiative to open up the first confidential helpline for youth seeking support with their own sexual behavior problems.
Mattie Critchfield Dodds, LMSW, is a therapist, forensic interviewer and co-facilitator of PSB-CBT groups at Dee Norton Child Advocacy Center in Charleston, South Carolina. She received her Master of Social Work with a specialization in trauma treatment for youth at Fordham University in New York City, New York. She is trained in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (including adaptations for young children and commercially sexually exploited or trafficked youth), Problematic Sexual Behavior Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and is currently being trained in Risk Reduction through Family Therapy. She has completed forensic interview training in both ChildFirst and Child Sex Trafficking FI protocols. She is actively involved in providing both forensic and clinical services to youth who have exhibited problematic sexual behaviors as well as commercially sexually exploited or trafficked youth in her role at Dee Norton.
Nikki Croteau-Johnson, MA, LPA, is the Clinical Director of the Problematic Sexual Behavior Program with the North Carolina Child Treatment Program (NC CTP) at the Center for Child and Family Health in Durham, NC. She provides oversight of the implementation of a statewide PSB program; developing a clinical workforce as well as stakeholder education, engagement and sustainability initiatives. Additionally, she provides Problematic Sexual Behavior - Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (PSB-CBT) to school-age children, adolescents and their families in both the group and family modalities.
Gail Dines, PhD, is a Professor Emerita of Sociology, has been researching and writing about the harms of pornography for well over thirty years. She is a recipient of the Myers Center Award for the Study of Human Rights in North America, and author of numerous books and articles. Her latest book, Pornland: How Porn Has Hijacked Our Sexuality, has been translated into five languages. Dr. Dines is the founding president and CEO of the non-profit, Culture Reframed. Dedicated to building resilience and resistance in children and youth to the harms of a hypersexualized and pornified society, Culture Reframed develops cutting-edge educational programs that promote healthy development, relationships, and sexuality. Dr. Dines has
worked with organizations such as the American Academy of Pediatrics, The Centers for Disease Control, The International Institute for Trauma and Addiction Professionals, as well as government bodies in the US, Brazil, UK, Sweden, Iceland, Norway, Colombia, and Canada. She regularly appears on CNN, NPR, BBC, CBC, and writes for media outlets such as The Guardian, The Washington Post, Newsweek, and The New York Times.
Sharise E. Eldredge, MSW, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) currently serving in the Child and Youth Advocacy Program, and on the DoD Tiger Team for developing policy and programs related to Harmful Behavior between Children and Youth (HBCY) and Problematic Sexual Behavior in Children and Youth (PSB-CY). She began her work in child abuse, neglect, and domestic violence in 2013 and became a chief in the Family Advocacy Program (FAP) in 2018 where she specialized in leading multi-disciplinary teams (MDT) to respond to PSB-CY. Through her work with the PSB-CY MDT, she earned the 2019 Air Force Best Crisis Communication Award. Currently, she has the responsibility for policy development and oversight of the DoD intervention and response to PSB-CY in military families. She works closely with DoD counterparts (DoDEA schools, Child and Youth Programs, Military Law Enforcement, FAP) and civilian federal partners in academics, and non-profits to promote and sustain effective policies and programs.
Ms. Eldredge received her MSW degree from the University of Southern California.
Cheri Ely, MA works for the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges. She is the Program Director for the council's work in juvenile justice. She also manages military juvenile justice partnerships. She brings a wealth of information from the legal system and how jurisdictions manage juvenile cases across the United States.
Ashley P. Galsky, Ph.D. is a second-year Child Maltreatment Postdoctoral Resident at the Center on Child Abuse and Neglect (CCAN) at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center (OUHSC). She received her doctoral degree from Louisiana State University and completed her pre-doctoral internship at OUHSC as a Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA-Track) intern with an emphasis in Integrated Behavioral Health for Underserved Populations (IBSUP). Dr. Galsky serves as a lead therapist as part of the treatment team for Adolescents with Illegal and Problematic Sexual Behavior (PSB-CBT-A) and is part of the Training and Technical Assistance Team. She also has extensive training in administering Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT). As she is bilingual, Dr. Galsky maintains a caseload of Latinx families across treatment modalities. She has worked to increase access for these families by developing translated materials for use during treatment. Currently, Dr. Galsky is on track to complete her certification as a within-agency trainer in the CE-CERT (Components for Enhancing Clinician Experience and Reducing Trauma) model.
Dana Hagele, MD, MPH is a co-founder and director of the North Carolina Child Treatment Program, a platform for the statewide dissemination of evidence-based, child mental health treatment models (EBTs) in North Carolina. Dr. Hagele focuses on initiatives to expand the clinical mental health workforce, while addressing systems-level barriers to sustainable model implementation. As a board-certified child abuse pediatrician, Dr. Hagele also maintains a clinical practice within a Child Advocacy Center in Burlington, NC.
Margaret Hensley, LMFT, has been with YOS since 2016, and started as a family therapist providing outpatient therapy services to youth and families in Cook County. Margaret is currently the program manager for the Multisystemic therapy (MST) and Multisystemic therapy for youth who have had problematic sexual behavior (MST PSB) programs . Margaret is a PSB CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy for youth with problematic sexual behavior) therapist trainer, and group facilitator, and co-supervised YOS' Trauma Focused CBT program with Peggy Moulton.
Abe Hickey, MA, LCMHCS is the Clinical Director and a clinician with Aspiring Hearts Counseling in Raleigh, NC where he provides Counselor Supervision and counseling services including TF-CBT. Abe is also a clinician with the Center for Child and Family Health in Durham, NC providing Problematic Sexual Behavior - Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (PSB-CBT) to school-age children, adolescents, and their families in both the group and family modalities. Additionally, Abe has education and certifications in technology, and works to integrate technology with existing therapeutic practices.
Emily Hitchcock, MA, LMHC, Program Coordinator for the Children Affected by Substance Abuse (CASA) Program, is a licensed Mental Health Counselor and has worked in the following settings; residential treatment facilities, substance abuse and mental health outpatient treatment settings, and a child advocacy center. Emily is trained in Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, EMDR, Adolescent Problematic Sexual Behaviors, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing. Currently, Emily provides direct supervision to the advocates and therapist in the CASA program, facilitates quarterly MDT meetings, provides training to the community on the CASA program, gathers and analyzes data from our local partnerships, and facilitates a weekly therapy group for children in the CASA program.
Allyson Kelley, DrPH, is a senior community health scientist and the founder of Allyson Kelley & Associates PLLC. Allyson supports research and evaluation efforts as a qualitative researcher and writer for the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center National Center on the Sexual Behavior of Youth. Since 2005, Allyson has worked as a researcher, expert public health consultant, lead evaluator, methodologist, epidemiologist, writer, and educator. Her research interests include building community capacity to address the cultural, social, and environmental factors that contribute to differences in health outcomes among underserved populations in the United States. Allyson earned her Master's degree in Public Health Practice from the University of Alaska Anchorage and her Doctorate in Public Health from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She is the author of more than 30 peer reviewed publications, and the author of two textbooks, Evaluation in Rural Communities and Public Health Evaluation and the Social Determinants of Health by Routledge. Allyson currently resides in the mountains of central Oregon. She loves the outdoors, a good book, and adventure.
Kelly Kinnish, PhD, is a Clinical Psychologist and the Director of Clinical Services at the Georgia Center for Child Advocacy in Atlanta GA. She oversees GCCA's clinical service programs and has over 25 years' experience working with maltreated and at-risk children and families in clinical, research, and administrative capacities. Dr. Kinnish is the Director of and Project Intersect and the Envision Project, federally funded programs focused on improving the well-being of commercially sexually exploited and trafficked children. She is active in both state and national task forces and working groups addressing this complex public health concern with particular focus on effective interventions and collaborative systems response, including serving as Chair of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network Child Sex Trafficking Workgroup. She is a Trauma-focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) National Trainer with specific expertise in applications of this evidence-based treatment with commercially sexually exploited and trafficked children.
Rachel Maid, MSW, LCSW, is an Improvement Advisor and PSB-CBT clinician with the North Carolina Child Treatment Program (NC CTP) at the Center for Child and Family Health. She assists agency leadership with implementing and sustaining evidence-based treatments. She also provides Problematic Sexual Behavior - Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (PSB-CBT) to school-age children and their caregivers in both the group and family modalities. Additionally, she is trained in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT).
Sharon “Shel” Millington, M.A., is a Licensed Professional Counselor at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center and the Director of Behavioral Health at the Oklahoma Office of Juvenile Affairs. She received her Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology from the University of Central Oklahoma in 2014. Ms. Millington is a trainer in University of Oklahoma Problematic Sexual Behavior – Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (PSB-CBT) models for school-age and adolescent, providing training to students, as well as state and regional providers. Her clinical experiences include evidence-based interventions for children with disruptive behavior disorders, children and adolescents with problematic sexual behavior, and assessment of children prenatally exposed to drugs and alcohol. Ms. Millington is a lead adviser of our PSB-CBT Youth Partnership Board (YPB), which is comprised of youth who successfully completed PSB-CBT treatment, those nearing completion, and those who did not complete the program. The YPB members play a vital role in informing patient care, patient- centered research, and best practices.
Amanda Mitten, M.A., is a Licensed Professional Counselor at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Center on Child Abuse and Neglect. Ms. Mitten received her Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology from the University of Central Oklahoma in 2014. Her clinical experiences include evidence-based interventions for children with disruptive behavior disorders, posttraumatic stress disorder and other trauma-related disorders, children with problematic sexual behavior, and assessment of children prenatally exposed to drugs and alcohol. Ms. Mitten also serves as the Co-Director for CCAN's Child Trauma Services Program (CTSP). Ms. Mitten is a master trainer in the University of Oklahoma Problematic Sexual Behavior - Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (PSB-CBT) model, in which she provides national training and consultation in the PSB-CBT school age model, assists with the initial assessment of needs and design a training plan to facilitate teams use of the evidence-based program, collaborative care, and engagement of stakeholders. Ms. Mitten also collaborated with national TF-CBT trainers to develop an advanced training in TF-CBT that will include adaptations for work with children with problematic sexual behavior. Additionally, she played a role in reviewing and advising on the Foster Parent College.com training series on children with problematic sexual behavior.
Andrew Monroe, LCSW completed his undergraduate studies at Auburn University where he received a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work. He completed his Master of Social Work at The University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, AL. Andrew has experience working with and developing programs for youth with problematic sexual behaviors as well as trauma survivors in urban and rural settings. He is certified in several evidence-based treatment models, including Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) and Problematic Sexual Behavior Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (PSB-CBT). Mr. Monroe was an adjunct instructor for the University of Alabama’s School of Social Work, teaching clinical and human behavior classes. Andrew is currently a clinician and trainer with the National Center on the Sexual Behavior of Youth (NCSBY) located at The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center.
Peggy Moulton, LCSW, has been with YOS since 2012, when she started as a Multisystemic Therapist (MST) and MST PSB therapist, providing intensive in-home therapy to youth and families in Cook County. She is now the program manager for YOS'PSB CBT program for adolescents (cognitive behavioral therapy for youth with problematic sexual behavior). She previously supervised YOS' wrap program through CCN for youth dually involved in DCFS and the juvenile justice system and co-supervised YOS' Trauma Focused CBT program with Margaret Hensley.
Ingrid Murrle, MA, LMFT, Working in the provision of mental health services for over 30 years, Ingrid has used her bilingual and bicultural skills to facilitate her work with Latino families. As a Social Worker in Alexandria, Virginia, Ingrid assisted with emergency work in Child Protection Services, the police, and other departmental needs at the Department of Social Services. After relocating to Southern California and settling in at Children's Institute for the last 22 years, Ingrid has provided direct clinical services to hundreds of children and families who have experienced child abuse and neglect, family, and community violence. She additionally provides expertise in working with victims of sexual abuse and youth with problematic sexual behavior problems. In her current role as the NCTSN Clinical Training Manager at CII, Ingrid is primarily focused on raising the standard of care to improve services to traumatized children, their families, and communities in Los Angeles.
Abbie Newman, RN, JD, is a founder and CEO of Mission Kids Child Advocacy Center (CAC) of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, a nationally Accredited CAC. She represents Mission Kids statewide, nationally, and internationally to help victims of child abuse, including victims of human trafficking and other forms of commercial sexual exploitation. She is an elected member of the Pennsylvania Chapter of CACs' Board of Directors, current and founding chair of the chapter's External Affairs Committee, and serves on Pennsylvania's Children's Advocacy Center Advisory Committee. In 2018, she was reappointed by Governor Wolf to Pennsylvania's Victim Services Advisory Committee. Abbie works with state and national level legislators to strengthen child protection laws, increase funding to agencies serving victims of child abuse and neglect, and develop and sustain child advocacy centers as a model for child abuse investigation and prevention. She presents nationally and internationally on child sexual abuse and collaborative responses to child abuse, and has developed international partnerships to best respond to child abuse globally.
Jacqueline Page, Psy.D. is a Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. She has over 30 years of experience specializing in victims of sexual abuse, children with sexual behavior problems, adolescents who have engaged in sexually abusive behavior, sibling abuse, reunification and juvenile justice issues. She served as the subject matter expert on children and youth with problematic sexual behaviors for the Tennessee Department of Children's Services for 19 years. She is an approved forensic evaluator in the state of Tennessee and is experienced in case consultation, system consultation, program development and evidence-informed program evaluation. Dr. Page was the co-chair for the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers (ATSA) Adolescent Practice Guidelines Committee and served on ATSA's board for two terms. She currently serves on ATSA's Juvenile Committee. She has published in the field and presents on a regular basis nationally and internationally.
Heather Petrus, MS, is employed as the Executive Director of Cayuga Counseling Services and has been committed to and passionate about victim services since her career began. She has worked in the field for over 20 years, all of which have been at CCS. Heather has a demonstrated long and extensive accomplished history of program development and operations as well as grant implementation and oversight and a sound understanding of finance. Heather serves on many state, regional and local committees committed to program development and system redesign including the State Children's Mental Health Medicaid Redesign Team that re-wrote the state regulations for Child/Adolescent Day Treatment Program. In 2006, Ms. Petrus was awarded the Mental Health Provider of the Year as well as the Director of the Program that won the Program of the Year. Since 2011, Ms. Petrus has been instrumental in developing programs for youth with problematic sexual behavior and has been an advocate for system change to better serve these youth in the least restrictive environment.
Amanda Pryor, MSW, LCSW, CSAYC is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over thirteen years of experience. Her experiences include psychosexual risk assessments, outpatient, and residential treatment. Her specialty is working with adolescent sexually maladaptive behavior. She is the Director and is credentialed with IN-AJSOP, Indiana's Initiative to Advance the Treatment of Sexually Maladaptive Youth. She provides training for clinicians in the process
of obtaining credentialing through IN-AJSOP. Ms. Pryor is also the current ATSA Board Representative for the Juvenile Practice.
Ericka Purcell, LCMFT, is the Clinical Manager for the Child Advocacy Center of Sedgwick County. She has been with the CACSC since 2012, but has been working professionally with children and families since 2003.Ericka specializes in trauma therapy and works primarily with child victims of sexual abuse, including victims of human trafficking. She is nationally certified in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) and is trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR), as well as Problematic Sexual Behavior Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (PSB-CBT).Ericka has a background in Music Therapy and enjoys exploring avenues of creative expression (i.e. music, art) with children and families in effort to help them find resolution and healing. Ericka received her undergraduate degree from KU in Music Therapy and her Master's Degree from Friends University in Marriage and Family Therapy.
Sue Righthand, PhD is a clinical and consulting psychologist in independent practice. She has a Master's degree in Criminal Justice and a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology. She has extensive experience working with youth and adults who have offended sexually, as well as individuals who have experienced or initiated child maltreatment and other forms of violence. Dr. Righthand is affiliated with the University of Maine where she is an Associate Research Professor. She is a consultant to the National Center for Sexual Behavior in Youth (NCSBY). Dr. Righthand provides training, program evaluations, and consultations. Dr. Righthand's recent collaborations include the development of the Youth Needs and Progress Scale and two books:
Effective Intervention with Adolescents Who Have Offended Sexually: Translating Research Into Practice and the Safer Society Handbook of Assessment and Treatment of Adolescents who have Sexually Offended. She also co-authored the Juvenile Sex Offender Assessment Protocol II and related research.
Janet Rosenzweig, PhD makes life safer for children, easier for parents, and more rewarding for professionals who have dedicated their careers to serving children and families. From juvenile jails to suburban classrooms, from rural child abuse investigations to statewide service systems, Dr. Rosenzweig has served children and families from a host of perspectives. She combines the expertise developed through impeccable academic credentials with boots-on-the ground experience to offer practical and inspirational insights into child welfare, sex education, child protection, and juvenile justice. She has diverse experience in every form of child safety and welfare, combined with prestigious credentials including a PhD in social work, an MPA from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, a MS in health education, and a BS in family studies. Her book, The Sex-Wise parent is a valued reference by both sex abuse prevention programs and parents. Dr. Rosenzweig has served a national constituency as Vice President of Prevent Child Abuse America and Executive Director of the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (APSAC) and as a member of the Steering Committee of The National Coalition to Prevent Sexual Abuse and Exploitation of Children.
Emily Satifka, Esq. (she/her) is the 18th Zubrow Fellow at the Juvenile Law Center. Her work has focused on the abolition of putting youth on sex offender registries, as well as advocating against human rights abuses committed against children in carceral facilities. She will be joining the New Jersey Office of the Public Defender in fall 2021 where she will work in the Special Hearings Unit representing both youth and adults in Megan's Law Tier Classification Hearings and appeals.
Dr. Susan Schmidt is a licensed counseling psychologist and Associate Professor at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. Dr. Schmidt is a member of the national Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Trainer Network. She is the Director of Oklahoma TF-CBT, which provided statewide and national professional training and consultation in child trauma assessment and TF-CBT treatment. Dr. Schmidt serves as the Co-Director of the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center Child Trauma Services Program, which specializes in family and group-based TF-CBT, graduate-level clinical training and supervision in child trauma assessment and treatment, and clinical research on childhood posttraumatic stress. Additionally, Dr. Schmidt conducts clinical treatment and professional training in the Adolescents with Illegal Sexual Behavior Treatment Program.
Dr. Paul Shawler serves as the Chief Psychologist for the Office of Juvenile Affairs and is an assistant professor at OUHSC. He is a strong advocate for data-driven policy and family-centered services. His focus includes policy impact on treatment trajectory for youth, specifically early intervention. His clinical interests have led to research in early childhood intervention, prevention of child abuse and neglect, and prevention and intervention programs designed to improve healthy relationships and reduce problematic sexual behavior in children and adolescents. He received a gubernatorial appointment in 2017 to serve on the State Advisory Group for Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, which works to identify the root causes of juvenile crime, solicit intervention and prevention strategies and advise the governor and Legislature concerning delinquency prevention and juvenile justice matters.
Jennifer Daer Shields, Ph.D., is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and Assistant Professor at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center (OUHSC). Dr. Shields has been a member of various research, clinical, and training teams at the Center on Child Abuse and Neglect at OUHSC since 2013. She received both her masters and doctorate degrees in Clinical Psychology from Oklahoma State University and completed her pre-doctoral clinical internship and post-doctoral fellowship in clinical psychology at the OUHSC College of Medicine. Dr. Shields is a past recipient of a competitive Doris Duke fellowship where she conducted research examining factors impacting engagement in treatment for families of youth with problematic sexual behavior. Broadly, Dr. Shields conducts research related to the dissemination and implementation of evidence based practice for children exposed to abuse and neglect.
Dr. Shields currently leads the PSB-CBT Caregiver Partnership Board at the OU Child Study Center, which is comprised of caregivers who successfully completed PSB-CBT treatment with their children. Board members play a vital role in informing patient care, patient- centered research, and best practices. Dr. Shields serves as a national trainer in the University of Oklahoma Problematic Sexual Behavior - Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (PSB-CBT) model and is a nationally certified therapist in Parent Child Interaction Therapy and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT).
Geoff Sidoli, MSW, LCSW, is the current Executive Director of the Mountain Child Advocacy Center in Asheville, NC where he supervises a clinical department that assesses and treats trauma and sexual problematic behavior in children with an evidence supported curriculum that he has developed. Geoff has an broad history of work with sexual violence for over 30 years including the assessment and treatment of individuals that have caused sexual harm. He speaks regionally and nationally on the topic of sexual trauma treatment and prevention. He serves on several state and national boards that focus on assessment, intervention and prevention of sexual harm and trauma.
Jane F. Silovsky, PhD, serves as the CMRI/Jean Gumerson Endowed Chair, Director of the Center on Child Abuse and Neglect and the National Center on the Sexual Behavior of Youth, a training and technical assistance center. Dr. Silovsky received her doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Alabama. Since 1997, she has been the Director of the Children with Problematic Sexual Behavior program, an assessment, treatment, and research program for preschool and school age children with problematic sexual behavior, while researching systems change, culturally congruent services, and implementation of prevention and treatment programs.
Clifford A. Sipes is currently a youth specialist at the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, and also works with The National Center on the Sexual Behavior of Youth. He served a fulltime church service mission in Long Beach California for two years. He specializes in getting youth and young adults involved in training the professionals that serve them such law enforcement, educators, clinical providers, and creating youth advisory groups. He is Cheyenne with family ties in both Oklahoma and Montana.
Jerri Sites, MA, is a training consultant with 28 years of experience working in the field of child abuse investigations. She has conducted over 2100 Forensic Interviews and has testified numerous times as an expert witness. Jerri co-authored “The Child Abuse Investigative Field Guide” published in 2015 and as a former Regional Training Specialist for the Southern Regional Children’s Advocacy Center authored “Research to Practice” publications. She specializes in “MDT Response” presentations on specific topics to include: Recantation, Children with Problem Sexual Behaviors, Identifying Corroborative Evidence in the Forensic Interview, and the Trauma-Informed MDT.
Anna Smalling, BS, MSW, is currently the program coordinator at Dee Norton Child Advocacy Center for youth at-risk as well as youth that are identified as being commercially sexually exploited. She has a research background in health disparities, interpersonal violence, risk/resiliency, and suicide prevention. Anna's prior work also includes providing therapy to sexual assault and domestic violence survivors at the MUSC National Crime Victims Center. Currently, Anna coordinates the IMPACT program (funded by the OVC) which was implemented at Dee Norton to develop and strengthen our community's response to youth victims of human trafficking and to provide coordinated interventions that reduce the negative impact of trafficking on child trafficking victims. Anna provides internal case coordination, consultation for parents and service providers, and training for the community. Anna is passionate about finding solutions for global social change through spreading awareness and cultivating empathy.
Dr. Annick St-Amand is a researcher at the SIAM (Child Advocacy Centre in Quebec city), and an associate professor at the Département de psychoéducation, Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières. Dr. St-Amand is graduated in social work (Ph.D.). She is a regular researcher at the Centre de recherche universitaire sur les jeunes et les familles du CIUSSS de la Capitale Nationale (CRUJeF). One of her main field of research is program and policy evaluation. As such, she has been involved in the evaluation of the implementation of governmental and non-governmental projects and initiatives for the past 15 years. She is also conducting researches in child sexual behavior problems, child externalized behavior problems and child sexual abuse.
Erin K. Taylor, PhD, is an Assistant Professor at the Center for Child Abuse and Neglect (CCAN) at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. She completed her doctoral work in clinical child psychology at the University of Missouri. She is a lead clinical trainer for the treatment model, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Problematic Sexual Behavior (PSB-CBT) for school-age children, and she is Co-Director of the preschool PSB-CBT program at CCAN. Her
research interests include the dissemination and implementation of evidence based treatments for youth, child abuse and neglect, and problematic sexual behavior of children.
Dafna Tener, PhD. is a senior faculty member at the Paul Baerwald School of Social Work at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She has studied child sexual abuse for 14 years, conducting numerous research projects on survivors', families' and professionals' perceptions of child sexual abuse. In recent years she focused on sibling sexual abuse, preadolescent child sexual abuse and child sexual abuse within specific social and cultural contexts, such as the ultra-Orthodox Jewish community and the LGBTQ+ community. Dr. Tener is a research fellow at the Haruv Institute, a training and research center for child maltreatment.
Sarah VanDoren, BA Director of Victim Services at Cayuga Counseling Services, Inc., has worked in Human Services for over 12 years with an emphasis on sexual assault, domestic violence, child abuse and homelessness services. Sarah has been involved with the development and implementation of several programs throughout her career including opening a supervised visitation/safe exchange program for victims of domestic violence, transitional and supportive housing programs for victims, a Child Fatality Review Team, Youth with Problematic Sexual Behavior program, Children Affected by Substance Abuse Program, DV/CPS Colocation Program and several other collaborative programs. Sarah has been involved in the development of the PSB treatment program for youth and adolescents in Cayuga County and has been an advocate for system change to best serve these children.
Roy Van Tassell, MA, is Director of Trauma and Evidence-Based Interventions for Centene Health, a licensed professional counselor and approved LPC supervisor. He has provided training in child trauma and evidenced-based practices to providers in over 25 states. A member of the SAMHSA funded National Child Traumatic Stress Network since 2003 he co-chairs the NCTSN Child Sexual Abuse subcommittee for Children with Problem Sexual Behaviors. Roy has a diverse professional and clinical background of 40 years, specializing for the last 20years in child trauma. He is one of 70 approved master trainers for Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) and for the application of TF-CBT for children with Problematic Sexual Behaviors. Roy is also an approved trainer for Components for Enhancing Clinician Experience and Reducing Trauma (CE-CERT), for secondary trauma; and for the Child Adult Relationship Enhancement (CARE) model, a non-clinical approach to improve adult interactions with children. Since 2005 he has partnered with the Oklahoma Dept. of Mental Health's statewide TF-CBT training along with the University of Oklahoma Center on Child Abuse and Neglect, and co-authored one article: An Overview of the Special Issue on Child Trauma for the Juvenile and Family Court Journal [Maze, Van Tassell, Marsh and Fransein; 09/2008; 59(4):3-5]
Marie-Pierre Villeneuve, Ph.D. in social work, Assistant professor, Department of psychoeducation, Université de Sherbrooke (Québec, Canada). She is a researcher at the Groupe de recherche et d'intervention sur les adaptations sociales de l'enfance (GRISE) at the Université de Sherbrooke. Her research focuses on desistance from serious and persistent offending in adolescence, juvenile justice system interventions favorable to desistance, and youth exhibiting sexual behavior problems. Over the past few years, she dedicated her work to the development of a strengths-based practice for young offenders and their families. A new academic, she contributed to the development of a theoretical model of the impact of court-mandated interventions on desistance processes.
Dionna Weixel, MS, is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Center on Child Abuse and Neglect (CCAN). Ms. Weixel received her Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Central Oklahoma in 2017. Her clinical interests and work focus on providing evidence-based interventions for children with problematic sexual behaviors, disruptive behavior disorders, and trauma-related disorders. Ms. Weixel is trained in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), an evidence-based treatment for children and adolescents who are experiencing trauma symptoms and their caregivers, Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), an evidence-based treatment for young children exhibiting disruptive behaviors, and Problematic Sexual Behavior-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (PSB-CBT) for school-age and preschool children.
Jimmy Widdifield, Jr., MA, is the Freestanding Multidisciplinary Teams (FSMDT) Program Manager at the Oklahoma Commission on Children and Youth in Oklahoma City, OK. He is responsible for supporting and monitoring more than 35 FSMDTs in Oklahoma and providing training and technical assistance to multidisciplinary professionals. He is a Master Trainer (inactive) in Problematic Sexual Behavior - Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy and has extensive
experience providing training/technical assistance and presenting locally, nationally, and internationally on the research and treatment of youth with problematic sexual behavior. Mr. Widdifield is a Licensed Professional Counselor and currently provides group treatment to adolescents with illegal sexual behavior. He is a graduate of the Interdisciplinary Training Program in Child Abuse and Neglect at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center.
Vic Wiener, Esq. (they/them) is a Skadden Fellow at Juvenile Law Center where their work focuses on ending the practice of placing children and youth on sex offender registries through litigation and policy advocacy. Wiener's current work is informed by their five years of experience working with youth and five years volunteering and working with victims and survivors of sexual and domestic violence. Wiener invested in extricating social responses to harm from the criminal and juvenile legal systems.
Tabitha Winter, a Licensed Professional Counselor, is a therapist at the Child Advocacy Center of Sedgwick County working with children with problematic sexual behavior. She is trained in PSB-CBT, TF-CBT and EMDR. Tabitha received her master's degree from Fort Hays State University and brings her passion for working with children and families to the CACSC.