2016 Trauma and Resiliency Conference Speakers and Presentations

List of Speakers:
Dr. Jessica Hamblen, Acting Deputy, Executive Director for the National Center for PTSD
Michele Louviere, Clinical Director, Celebration Hope Center
Dr. James Gordon, Founder, The Center for Mind Body Medicine
Dr. Tonya Hansel, LSU School of Medicine Psychiatry
Paula DavisLCSW-BACS, Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Baton Rouge
Amy Shinal, Faculty, The Center for Mind Body Medicine
Dr. Rita Anita Linger, Faculty, The Center for Mind Body Medicine
Cate Heroman, Education Chair, Knock Knock Children’s Museum
Bruce Buggs, Saucier Wellness Center, University of Louisiana Lafayette
Dr. Jose Calderon, Mindful Psychiatry
Dr. James Hussey, Asst. Secretary, Office of Behavioral Health
Dr. Jan Kasofsky, Executive Director, Capital Area Human Services District
Dr. Tony Speier, LSU Health Sciences
Dr. Stephen Phillippi, Director, Institute for Public Health & Justice, LSU School of Public Health
Michele Many, LSU Health Sciences
Dr. Rick Costa, Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry, LSUHSC School of Medicine
Dr. Michelle Moore, LSU Psychiatry Department
Toni Bankston, Executive Director, Baton Rouge Children’s Advocacy Center
Mindy Milam, LCSW, Faculty, The Center for Mind Body Medicine
Becky Young, Crisis Intervention Center
Sarah Backstrom, LMSW, Crisis Intervention Center
Aaron Blackledge, Crisis Intervention Center
Dr. Margo Abadie, Crisis Intervention Center

JAMES S. GORDON, MD, a Harvard educated psychiatrist, is a world-renowned expert in using mind-body medicine to heal depression, anxiety, and psychological trauma. He is the Founder and Executive Director of The Center for Mind-Body Medicine (CMBM), a Clinical Professor in the Departments of Psychiatry and Family Medicine at Georgetown Medical School, and served as Chairman of the White House Commission on Complementary and Alternative Medicine Policy. He also served as the first Chair of the Program Advisory Council of the National Institutes of Health’s Office of Alternative Medicine and is a former member of the Cancer Advisory Panel on Complementary and Alternative Medicine of the NIH. Dr. Gordon has devoted over 50 years to the exploration and practice of mind-body medicine. After graduating Harvard Medical School, he was a research psychiatrist at the National Institute of Mental Health. There he developed the first national program for runaway and homeless youth, edited the first comprehensive studies of alternative and holistic medicine, directed the Special Study on Alternative Services for President Carter’s Commission on Mental Health, and created a nationwide preceptorship program for medical students. Dr. Gordon has created ground-breaking programs of comprehensive mind-body healing for physicians, medical students, and other health professionals; for people with cancer, depression and other chronic illnesses; and for traumatized children and families in Bosnia, Kosovo, Israel, Gaza, Haiti, and Syrian refugees in Jordan; in post-9/11 New York and post-Katrina southern Louisiana; with Native Americans on Pine Ridge Reservation, and for U.S Military returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.

Shaking and Dancing 
Soft Belly Breathing

TONYA HANSEL, PhD., LMSW, is Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, where she currently serves as the Director of Evaluation and Clinical Research.  She also serves as adjunct faculty at Tulane University School of Social Work, teaching graduate level research methods and statistics.  Dr. Hansel has expertise in applied research, statistics, disaster mental health, and maximizing outcomes for social service agencies and programs.  

Louisiana Mental Health Services - Responses
Disaster PAST toolkit
Post Disaster Screening  - Presentation
Screener - Parent Report for Children - Floods 
Screener - Child Report  - Floods
BR Flood Screener Brief
Adult Screener

PAULA C. DAVIS, MSW, LCSW – BACS; Clinical Director of CCDBR Maternity, Adoption, and Behavioral Health Services. Paula has 23 years of experience in the social work profession and has been an adjunct instructor with the LSU School of Social Work for 16 years. She is a Board Approved Clinical Supervisor and is responsible for supervising social work staff and interns. Paula has been trained in Crisis Intervention and Psychological First Aid. She has presented at many, local, state and national conferences on a variety of issues, including resilience following a natural disaster. Paula currently serves on the I-CARE Advisory Committee and the Louisiana Law Institute’s Children’s Code Committee.

AMY SHINAL, MSW, LCSW, is an Integrative Psychotherapist in private practice, and Clinical Director at The Center for Mind-Body Medicine in Washington, DC. In her role as Clinical Director, Amy consults on program development and implementation for the Center’s professional training programs and supervises medical and mental health professionals as they integrate mind-body medicine into their personal and professional lives. She is a Senior Faculty member for Center programs including Mind-Body Medicine, CancerGuides® and Global Trauma Relief, and has been part-time faculty at Saybrook University in the College of Mind-Body Medicine. As the Clinical Supervisor for the Center’s trauma relief work in Israel, Gaza, New Orleans and Haiti, Amy supervises professionals in the US and overseas who are interested in deepening their skills. In her private practice, Amy utilizes EMDR, meditation, guided imagery, movement, writing, drawing, and other experiential modalities to help individuals move past their stuck points to become who they are truly meant to be. Her experience working with trauma and the challenges of life, coupled with her desire to foster self awareness and soul growth, which recognizes and builds on the inherent strengths and gifts of the individual, results in a collaborative and transformational approach to healing.

DR. RITA ANITA LINGER is a Human Scientist, Community Strategist, Compassionate Economics facilitator, Purpose Built Communities Advocate, Integrative Health Practitioner, Mind-Body Therapist and the CEO of SERA, Inc. in Raleigh, North Carolina, a capacity building and public health organization which strives to enhance the quality of life for families, youth, women, men and seniors in all aspects of life from health and wellness to financial empowerment and sustainability. Rita Anita is a graduate of The Center for Mind Body Medicine in Washington, DC.,  and a graduate of Duke University Integrative Medicine's Health Coach Professional Training Program in Durham, NC. Rita Anita is a licensed HeartMath biofeedback provider, receiving licensure at the Institute of HeartMath, Boulder Creek, CA.  She is a Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) facilitator and practitioner for over 16 years as well as a licensed personality/temperament typology expert having been trained by True Colors International in Santa Ana, California. Dr. Linger is also a certified mediator and conflict resolution trainer/facilitator for twenty eight years, having received certification from the NYS Mediation Association in Albany, NY.  

CATE HEROMAN is passionate about helping young children become successful learners and socially competent. She is an early childhood consultant with 40 years in the field as a teacher, Louisiana state early childhood administrator, trainer, keynote speaker, corporate vice president and author. She has authored numerous early childhood publications including The Creative Curriculum for Preschool, Teaching Strategies GOLD, Coaching to Fidelity,  Building Your Baby’s Brain, Helping Children Rebound: Strategies for Preschool Teachers, Helping Children Rebound: Strategies for Infant Toddler Teachers and more. Cate is currently volunteering as Board Education Chair of Knock Knock Children’s Museum, an emerging museum for children birth to age eight. Cate was recently recognized as the 2016Alumnus of the Year for the LSU College of Human Sciences and Education and received the 2015 Excalibur Volunteer Recognition Award.
Helping Children Rebound after Traumatic Events - Free Resources

BRUCE BUGGS II is a licensed professional counselor with the Saucier Wellness Center at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Bruce has 13 years of experience in substance abuse/dependence which included working with clients with co-occurring disorders.
Motivational Interviewing Presentation

DR. CALDERON is board certified in psychiatry and addiction medicine, with an additional certification in mind-body medicine. He has been an Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry with LSU School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry for over 13 years and is teaching clinical faculty at Tulane University. He is also faculty at the Center for Mind- Body Medicine in Washington DC where he conducts national and international trainings and supervision in mind-body medicine skills for healthcare providers and the department of defense. He uses a Whole Body Mental Healthã approach in psychiatry combining biological psychiatry, mind-body medicine and functional medicine for mental health, wellness and addictions. This innovative approach is feature in his weekly iTunes podcast and radio show Whole Body Mental Health Radio. Dr. Calderón is interested in integrative and functional approaches in healthcare, prevention, education, research and treatment of psychiatric conditions and addictions. He is the author of several national and international scientific publications in disaster medicine, the reconstruction of mental health services post hurricane Katrina, and mind-body approaches to care for healthcare providers. His mindfulness informed mental health practice has been featured in the book Essential Mindfulness by Lisa Dale Miller, and Univision’s Juan Rivera, M.D. “Improve your health little by little” . He is currently developing mind-body approaches for addictions, and is studying functional medicine approaches in psychiatry, and the psychosocial effects of violence related to organized crime and the war on drugs in México. He testified at the US Congress hearings on violence reduction in support of mind-body medicine and mental health initiatives, and on mind-body interventions in healthcare, education and crime rehabilitation during H.H. Dalai Lama’s visit to New Orleans. He is a consultant to the Mexican government and is trainer and consultant for Tulane University’s mindfulness initiative. In addition, he teaches meditation at the Tibetan House, corporations, religious and secular institutions, and is teacher trainer at Freret Street Yoga in New Orleans. Dr. Calderon is currently the Associate Medical Director of the Co-Occurring Disorders Unit at University Medical Center. The unit is the first one of its type in the State of Louisiana using integrative approaches for addiction including biomedicine and mind-body approaches. He is the director of the Mindful Living Program©2009, leading stress reduction efforts in New Orleans using mind-body medicine practices, and is the co-founder and faculty of the Mind Body Center of Louisiana, a non-profit organization devoted to the dissemination of mind-body practices in healthcare. Dr. Calderón graduated with honors form the National Autonomous University of México and pursued his residency in psychiatry at Sinai Hospital of Detroit/Wayne State University. He worked for the State of Michigan and was Clinical Faculty for Michigan State University where he treated individuals with severe self-injurious behaviors. Dr. Calderón was born in México City and currently lives in New Orleans with his family.

DR. JAMES HUSSEY is the Medical Director/ Assistant Secretary for the Office of Behavioral Health and the former Behavioral Health Medical Director for Louisiana Medicaid. He is Board- Certified in General Psychiatry. The FEMA-funded and SAMHSA-managed Crisis Counseling Program Grant is implemented through the Louisiana Office of Behavioral Health in response to Presidential-declared emergencies, and Dr. Hussey has worked with SAMHSA, USPHS, GOHSEP, American Red Cross, FEMA and Local Governing Entities in Louisiana to implement crisis response during both the March and August 2016 flooding episodes.

DR. JAN KASOFSKY has over 27 years of healthcare administration experience as a senior administrator. She has been the Executive Director of the Capital Area Human Services District (CAHSD) for the past 20 years. She currently leads this $26-$30M, seven parish, quasi-governmental agency, providing directly, or contracting for, community-based mental health, addictive disorders, and developmental disabilities programs serving 14,000+ individuals annually. CAHS provides CARF accredited outpatient and residential treatment services to address the most critical/greatest needs for individual and population health. Some of her most innovative programmatic work includes trauma treatment and crisis services, gender specific responses to addiction, pre-natal substance use screening and brief intervention in obstetrical offices and clinics, school-based therapy in over 30 schools, jail/prison in-reach/reentry services, specific programs to prevent re-arrest for justice-involved individuals, clinical rotations for nursing students and medical residents, whole health/integrated behavioral and physical health integration in a variety of settings, an autism program for 2-5 year olds, community-wide disaster management for special populations, and specialized training for law enforcement to support public safety. She has served as a critical incident commander in response to natural disasters occurring in the Greater Baton Rouge Area for over 12 years. Dr. Kasofsky is a leader in innovative approaches to community problems involving behavioral health and needs of persons with developmental disabilities.

ANTHONY H. SPEIER, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry in the Department of Psychiatry at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center (LSUHSC). He is the former Assistant Secretary of the Louisiana Office of Behavioral Health. Dr. Speier has served as the state-wide director for disaster behavioral health for 20 years. He has been the PI on numerous federal disaster response grants including the Hurricane Katrina response, which he managed via the principles of a Community-Based Resilience model, He has spent over 30 years in the public mental health system working directly with local communities in the Gulf region. He was recognized by FEMA and SAMHSAs Center for Mental Health Services in 1999 for Exceptional Achievement in Disaster Mental Health, and in 2013 received the Dunbar Award for Exceptional Public Service to the State of Louisiana. Dr. Speier is currently working on the Four State Mental Health and Behavioral Health Capacity Project development team for integrated care, and the recently awarded federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s five year award to LSUHSC-Psychiatry. This National Child Traumatic Stress Network project addresses terrorism and disaster preparedness and responses capacities through building national network coalitions supporting child and family resilience within different regions of the United States.

STEPHEN PHILLIPPI, PhD is the Chair of Behavioral & Community Health Sciences at the LSU School of Public Health. Dr. Phillippi is also the Director of the Institute for Public Health & Justice working to bring evidence-based practices and supportive policies to states and local communities. He received his PhD from LSU, MSW from Tulane, and BA from Loyola New Orleans. He is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Clinically Certified Forensic Counselor. He has a twenty-year history of developing, managing, evaluating, and providing direct services. Dr. Phillippi is the PI on several studies, teaches, writes, consults, and participates in a number of professional and public service boards.

MICHELE MANY is a primary clinician in several of LSU’s multidisciplinary teams including the Orleans Parish Infant Team and the Orleans Parish Baby Court Team, both of which work with infants and toddlers in the foster care system and in Dependency Court. Ms. Many coordinated LSU’s First Responder Support Program in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and is a trainer for NCTSN’s Psychological First Aid. Areas of professional interest include vicarious trauma and secondary traumatic stress, disaster recovery and grief and loss.
Psychological First Aid Slides

DR. RICHARD “RICK” COSTA is a Louisiana licensed Clinical and Medical Psychologist who serves as an Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at the LSU Health Sciences Center School (LSUHSC) of Medicine’s Department of Psychiatry. He has served as the Coordinator for Clinical Training as well as Project Coordinator of the Louisiana Rural Trauma Services Center which was funded by the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) where he first developed collaborative relationships with various public school and juvenile court systems in St. James, St. Bernard, St. John the Baptist and West Feliciana Parishes. He currently provides mental health services and collaborations via the Mental and Behavioral Health Capacity Project (MBHCP) where he practices in various regional primary care clinic settings serving a diverse population of indigent children, adolescents, and adults regardless of their ability to pay for treatment. Dr. Costa lives and practices in the New Orleans area where he provides urgently needed and trauma-informed behavioral/emotional and crisis management mental health services to a diverse population of infant, child, adolescent, adult, and family clients. In his capacity of Associate Director of Postdoctoral Training and as past Clinical Psychology Predoctoral Internship Director, Dr. Costa has and continues to play a critical role in recruiting and training mental health providers. He also lectures on various clinical topics such as psychological trauma and secondary traumatic stress, psychopharmacology, bullying and suicide prevention, multicultural counseling and GLBTQ issues.

DR. MICHELLE MOORE is a Clinical Psychologist and Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at LSU Health Sciences Center.  Dr. Moore has provided therapeutic services and consultation in schools effected by disasters for almost ten years. She also works in federally qualified health centers with children and families in underserved communities around the New Orleans metro area.  In addition to her clinical work, Dr. Moore provides training and supervision to psychology interns and psychiatry residents regarding working with populations that have been effected by traumatic events. 
Building Resiliency In Children After Trauma

MINDY MILAM, L.C.S.W. is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Certified Mind-Body Medicine Practitioner with over 25 years experience as a psychotherapist.  In her private practice, Mindy combines traditional psychotherapy with mind-body techniques while working with individuals and couples.  Mindy facilitates mind-body skills groups and presents workshops for the public and for businesses in mind-body skills.  Mindy became passionate about using and teaching mind-body skills after she attended her first Center for Mind-Body Medicine training.  She used these skills consistently throughout the rebuilding of her home and private practice, which were both destroyed following Hurricane Katrina.  Mindy is a proud co-founder of the Mind-Body Center of Louisiana.

TONI BANKSTON, LCSW, BACS currently serves as the Executive Director of the Baton Rouge Children’s Advocacy Center.  A native of Baton Rouge, she has been a child and family psychotherapist for 28 years in the area of trauma and resiliency.  Her work in developing and executing several therapeutic curricula for children impacted by trauma and disaster has been published in professional journals.  She serves as needed with the Center for Mind-Body Medicine, D.C. as a member of the U.S. Faculty and Global Trauma Relief Team in Haiti, Israel and the Gaza territories. In this capacity she has developed programs and trained other healthcare professionals in trauma recovery, with an emphasis on programs for youth and secondary stress in their caregivers and providers.  Locally, her local work in Louisiana has included bringing wellness programs to disadvantaged populations, including the street homeless in Baton Rouge, children in urban school-based settings, and working with Coastal residents in the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, Gustav, Isaac and the Horizon BP Oil Spill.  She has also served as Adjunct Faculty at the LSU School of Social Work.  Toni is a wife and mother of four teenagers.  

BECKY YOUNG, M.Ed., currently works part time at the Crisis Intervention Center (CIC), located in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where she serves as a trainer for the PHONE volunteers who answer the 24/7-crisis line. Prior to this role she coordinated the Traumatic Loss Outreach Program for over a year, where she recruited and trained community volunteers to respond to families, at the invitation of the EBR Coroner, Dr. Beau Clark. Becky is an internationally certified Prevention Specialist, a Licensed Prevention Professional and Supervisor for Prevention Specialists in Training, in addition to holding a bachelor’s and master’s degree in education with certification in Supervision and Administration from Louisiana State University. As a certified Living Works Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) and SAFE Talk trainer since 1998, she has conducted numerous trainings in partnership with CIC staff and other ASIST trainers. Becky retired from the East Baton Rouge Parish School System in 2012 after 34 years of service, including seven years of teaching, 20 years as a prevention specialist and then seven (7) years as the Director of the I CARE Program (the alcohol, drug and violence prevention program jointly owned by the EBR Community and the EBRP School System, which provides the Safe and Drug-Free Schools program for the parish) as well as the Director of Guidance and School Counseling for four (4) of those years. Becky worked in and coordinated crisis response in areas including, but not limited to: school and community settings, disaster response, post-disaster incident response, grief counseling, suicide assessment and prevention. In addition to receiving regular and intensive training provided by the CIC staff for the past 27 years, she received extensive training in postvention and crisis/critical incident and disaster from local, state and national organizations, agencies and associations including but not limited to training provided by the United States Department of Education, FEMA, the Department of Justice, the Louisiana Association of Safe and Drug Free Schools, and the Louisiana State Department of Education.

SARAH BACKSTRM, a Licensed Master Social Worker, joined the clinical team of the Crisis Intervention Center (CIC) in August of 2014. Sarah earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from LSU in Sociology, with a minor in Psychology, and went on to obtain her Master of Social Work Degree from the same educational institution.
Sarah has garnered clinical experience from numerous volunteer involvements as well as her participation in two clinical internships while in graduate school. As an intern at Jefferson Oaks Behavioral Health and the Sexual Trauma Awareness and Response Center, Sarah provided direct services to clients and engaged in education, advocacy, and outreach work for these organizations. Sarah has been trained as a grief group counselor and a sexual assault advocate. Sarah served as a member of the associate board of Boys Hope Girls Hope of Baton Rouge and has served on various committees for non-profit organizations throughout the city. Sarah is currently the Clinical Supervisor and PHONE Coordinator for CIC, and she is also the LMSW task supervisor for the Center’s MSW interns. In this position, Sarah is responsible for providing prevention, intervention, postvention, educational presentations/training and counseling services appropriate to CIC and its program areas and services. She is also tasked with overseeing quality assurance of employees and volunteers on the PHONE through feedback, shift reviews, and other evaluative measures. Sarah handles payroll for Advanced Call Specialists and develops, implements, maintains, and reports on program goals and objectives. Sarah provides clinical oversight and supervision to other clinical staff members, MSW interns, and staff and volunteers in the Contact Center.

MARGO M. ABADIE, Ph. D., L.C.S.W., B.A.C.S – Dr. Abadie currently serves as the Clinical Director for the Crisis Intervention Center providing clinical direction and supervision for the licensed clinical staff (this includes individual and group clinical supervision in accordance with the Louisiana Board of Social Workers) as well as overseeing supervision for the graduate student interns at the Center.  Dr. Abadie has been employed at the Center for 21 years and her responsibilities include initiating and maintaining clinical benchmarks for quality care and productivity, ensuring that proper care is being provided in accordance with the various program, developing and providing ongoing clinical and administrative staff development and program planning as driven by the mission of the agency. A key component of her responsibilities include working to create both formal and informal relationships with other organizations that assist the mentally ill, such as social services agencies, educational institutions and mental health providers.   Partnering with the Executive Director, she works to maintain the highest level of integrity, responsibility, accountability, and ethics in accordance to HIPPA and other regulatory boards. In addition to her work at the Center, Dr. Abadie is an Associate Professor at Louisiana State University, School of Social Work.  She has taught for thirty five years in the LSU system both in Rehabilitation Counseling and the School of Social Work.  She has published numerous articles contributing to the knowledge and foundation of care management as it relates to mental health issues and has delivered state, local, national and international conference presentations.  During her service at LSU, she has taught internationally in Great Britain and Central America.  Her area of research and interest has been crisis intervention, mental health issues and particularly the impact mental illness has on families and loved ones.  

AARON G. BLACKLEDE is currently the Executive Director of the Crisis Intervention Center (CIC) founded in Baton Rouge in 1970. He has held various leadership positions in the healthcare field for the past 15 years developing new and innovative delivery systems related to mental and behavioral health. The past 10 years have been spent specifically evolving crisis centers throughout the U.S. and Canada with a focus on suicide prevention, emotional support, de-escalation, and community crisis response. Projects have included work with DoSomething.org (Crisis Text Line), National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, ContactUSA (CrisisChat.org), MindYourMind (Canada,) and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The focus of his work involves the direct integration of telephonic crisis intervention and care management into the mental and behavioral healthcare continuum. During his short time as Executive Director of CIC, he has taken the organization from a locally focused, community, non-profit to a statewide entity providing services through CIC's recently launched Crisis Response Network. Aaron has served on numerous local and national for-profit and non-profit boards and is highly sought after for his knowledge of sustainable delivery systems supporting populations with chronic mental and behavioral health issues. He completed his undergraduate studies at Louisiana State University with additional advanced coursework from the University of Texas-Austin.