Heather Risk was the former Project Director of the Child and Adolescent Trauma Treatment and Training Institute at the University of Kentucky, Center on Trauma and Children. She now owns Heather Risk, PsyD & Associates, PLLC which is a private practice devoted to the treatment of children and adolescents who have experienced trauma. Training and consultation services regarding TF-CBT and various topics related to trauma are also provided to mental health professionals, foster parents, and the child welfare, judicial, and school systems. www.heatherriskandassociates.com
James J. Clark is currently Dean & Professor of the College of Social Work at Florida State University. He has had a long career in higher education, which began as an adjunct professor of social work in 1985. Jim was at the University of Kentucky for 21 years at the College of Social Work, where he served as Doctoral Program Director, and then as the Associate Dean for Research. He also held a joint appointment in the College of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry, and was co-founder of the UK Center on Trauma & Children, where he served as associate director. From 2012-2015 he was Director of the School of Social Work in the University of Cincinnati’s College of Allied Health Science. Jim has served as co-chair of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network’s Justice Committee and co-designed The NCTSN Bench Card for the Trauma-Informed Judge. He has worked as a forensic mental health clinician, consultant, and researcher since 1991. Clark has published widely in peer-reviewed journals in the areas of mental health and the law, interpersonal violence, addiction, and evidence-based clinical practice. He has participated on capital case mitigation teams in several states and has testified as an expert in federal and state courts on the life histories of accused and imprisoned persons. Clark is currently co-editing a book on death penalty mitigation scheduled for publication in 2016 by the American Bar Association. He is writing a biographical study of the American public intellectual and child psychiatrist, Robert Coles.
Ricardo A. Rubiales, LCSW was the former Clinical Supervisor at Kristi House, Inc., a non-profit agency and child advocacy center that serves victims of abuse and their non-offending caregivers in Miami-Dade County, Florida. He has been nationally certified in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) and completed the Train-the-Supervisor and consultation programs with the developers of the model, with Train-the-Trainer in progress. He is also trained in Problematic Sexual Behavior (PSB-) CBT, working with victims of human trafficking/CSEC, and other populations and modalities. Ricardo has now opened his own part-time private practice as he continues to work as a therapist, supervisor, and consultant with other local community agencies and professionals serving at risk youth and their families.
Mollie Marr was the Evaluation Coordinator for the NYC initiative Creating Trauma-Informed Care in Juvenile Secure Detention. She is currently pursuing an MD/PhD in Behavioral Neuroscience at Oregon Health and Science University and is interested in neurosceince of PTSD, trauma in juvenile justice and child welfare settings, and advocacy and policy.
Dr. Gomez was previously faculty at the Center on Child Abuse and Neglect at the OU Health and Sciences Center in Oklahoma City where he specialized in Trauma-Focused CBT, treament adolescents with problematic sexual behaviors (PSB), parent-child interaction therapy, and assessment of autism spectrum disorders. He is a Nationally Certified TF-CBT therapist, completed the Train the Consultant TF-CBT program, and is currently in the Train-the-Train TF-CBT cohort with Dr. Cohen, Dr. Deblinger, and Dr. Mannarino. Dr. Gomez now is the Director of Child and Adolescent Mental Health at the Department of Pediatrics at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center where he remains committeed to dissemination of evidence based practices in psychology.
Joy Solano was an Intake Therapist and Community Representative for the Youth Trauma Center at Youth and Family Services in Rapid City, SD. She is TF-CBT certified and trained in CBITS. She now works for Canvas Health out of North Branch, MN as part of a mobile crisis response team in rural communities.
Jeff completed his Ph.D. at the University of Southern Mississippi, and he earned the Diplomate in Clinical Psychology awarded by the American Board of Professional Psychology. He has worked with residential populations, foster children, and with outpatients. Jeff was the CEO of Children’s Advocacy Services of Greater St. Louis, where he also was involved in training, outpatient work with sexually abused children, and research. He has been a tenured professor at four universities. He directs the Research Institute of the Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center. Jeff was named as an “Integrated Scholar” at Texas Tech University and received the “Outstanding Professional Award” in 2013 from the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children. His interests include sexual abuse, PTSD, assessment, and treatment. Jeff has published over 40 journal articles; has made over 250 presentations; and has received foundation and grant support in excess of $5.0 million. He and his wife of 38 years have one delightful daughter, a wonderful son-in-law, and two adorable granddaughters.
Lynn Garst, M.Ed. has joined the Office of Emergency Preparedness and Response at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment as a disaster behavior health specialist. He recently retired from the Mental Health Center of Denver as the Director of Community Services for the Child and Family Department. He also served as the Disaster Response Coordinator for MHCD. He established and managed the Intensive Psychiatric Day Treatment Program at MHCD and also managed school-based, community-based and outpatient programs. He has worked closely with a number of community, state, and national agencies and organizations to improve mental health and disaster behavioral health services to children, youth, and families. Mr. Garst is active in the National Child Traumatic Stress Network, where he co-chairs the School Committee and serves on the Terrorism and Disaster Committee and Affiliate Advisory Group. He worked as the Principal Investigator and Project Director for a SAMHSA HIV Targeted Capacity Expansion Grant focusing on homeless and high risk emerging adults and for a SAMHSA National Child Traumatic Stress Initiative Grant serving gang-involved and at-risk youth. He is a nationally recognized expert in child trauma, has authored several publications and served as a keynote speaker and presenter on child trauma at state and national conferences. Prior to joining MHCD in 2001, Mr. Garst spent 12 years at The Children’s Hospital in Denver and previously worked in public school and private industry settings.
Kristen Garvin was the former Project Director and Trauma Clinician of the Children's Treatment & Recovery Center in Providence, RI. She is one of four providers in the state to be certified in Trauma-Focused CBT. She is now working in the private practice setting in Providence, RI and continues to be dedicated to helping children and adults recover from traumatic events. She utilizes evidence-based interventions as well as her therapy dog to facilitate progress and growth in children, individuals, and families.