The Desiderata Company
The speaker has spent her entire career in various roles in emergency response and crisis response. She spent more than a decade in the Chicagoland area serving as a firefighter/paramedic & Hazardous Materials Technician, as well as a fire peer and training officer for one of the oldest, busiest, and largest peer response teams in the nation. After a move to Los Angeles, she has maintained an active role on the Mayor’s Crisis Response Team. She also provides private coaching, consulting, and training to private companies and public entities and has responded to disasters internationally.
Brian is a marketing entrepreneur and one of the 40 million adults in the US alive today who grew up living with domestic violence in their childhood home. He is also the author of the New York Times Bestseller, INVINCIBLE, executive producer of the award-winning documentary, The Children Next Door, and co-creator of the Emmy-nominated children’s program, Family Secrets: When Violence Hits Home.
The impact of Brian’s childhood experience lasted into adulthood, but his quest for answers to long-unasked questions eventually led him to a revelation: the unlikely gifts and hidden truths that the experience gave him – and has given others who have lived through the same circumstances.
Brian and his work have been featured in New York Times, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, and Forbes. He has testified before Congress, and appeared on national television programs including Dr. Phil.
Professor, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, Crisis Interventionist
San Diego City College, Private Practice, San Diego Police Department
Ashlee Martlage, MA, is an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Behavioral Sciences at San Diego City College. She has a Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from Pepperdine University’s Graduate School of Education and Psychology. She is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the state of California and is currently working in private practice. She serves as a member of the Crisis Intervention Team with the San Diego Police Department. She is a volunteer for the Disaster Mental Health Services Response Team with the Red Cross.
Assistant Professor in Psychiatry,Consultant Psychiatrist,Chairman of Clinical Medical Department
Almaarefa Medical Colleges
Khaldoun Marwa, is an assistant professor and a consultant psychiatrist ,chairman of clinical medical sciences at Al Maarefa colleges in Riyadh,Saudi Arabia . Dr. Marwa has authored a number of research articles and books, and currently is the Head of Trans-cultural & Spiritual Psychiatry Section in Arab Federation of Psychiatrists. Being a originally Syrian, the Syrian conflict has inspired him to work for it, as a psycho-social supporter. He is an approved Instructor in Crisis Intervention, and has spread the concept of (CISM) recently in the Arab Region.
Peer Support Coordinator / Yoga Warriors, Registered Yoga Teacher
Peel Regional Police
I have worked with Peel Regional Police for 17 years, I began my career as a Communicator – Dispatching and Call taking for 8 years before being assigned to the Organizational Wellness Bureau where I am today. I work with First Responder’s and members with Critical Incident Stress and Peer Support. I have one on one Peer Support with members and I coordinate and participate in debriefs for our CIRT (critical incident response team) I am a registered Yoga Teacher at my own studio where I teach Yoga Warriors for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Hatha Yoga.
Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist
Sharp Mesa Vista, Private Practice
Ryan McDade is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist working in San Diego, CA. Ryan has been the primary therapist for Sharp Mesa Vista Hospital’s Dual Recovery, PTSD Intensive Outpatient Program for the past two years, as well as part of the founding team to develop the Sharp Mesa Vista Hospital’s Veterans Program. Ryan is also a therapist in private practice, primarily serving military families, both active duty and veterans, for the past six years. He specializes in a trauma-informed care approach with EMDR as a primary modality.
Presented by Jennifer McMahon BHACS, Dip CSM, Clinical Consultant, Communities Respond, with over twenty years experience in Trauma Counselling, Crisis Response, Critical Incident Stress Management & Emergency Preparedness including presentations at the:
- ACISA International Conference (2004)
- World Disaster Management Conference, Toronto
- Australian & New Zealand International Disaster Management Conference
- Crisis Intervention & Management Australasia (CIMA) International Conference
- ICISF World Congress, Baltimore
- Safe Cities Conference, Melbourne
Marlene R. Mirasty
Beardy’s & Okemasis First Nations
Marlene Mirasty has been a registered nurse for 24 years. She is the Team Lead for the Mental Health & Addictions Programs with Beardy’s & Okemasis First Nation. She has been the Clinical Supervisor for Mental Health programs with Saskatoon Tribal Council (STC), and assisted in developing crisis response teams and was their team leader. Marlene is an ICISF instructor, an ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) Instructor, and also teaches Mental Health First Aid. She is currently co-authoring a new ICISF curriculum of crisis intervention for Indigenous People.
Clinical Professor of Emergency Health Services
University of Maryland Baltimore County
effrey T. Mitchell, PhD is Clinical Professor of Emergency Health Services at the University of Maryland in Baltimore County, Maryland and President Emeritus of the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation. He earned his Ph.D. in Human Development from the University of Maryland. He serves on the graduate faculty of UMBC and also has served as a dissertation reviewer for numerous graduate students in international universities when their dissertations were related to emergency personnel. After serving as a firefighter/paramedic he developed a comprehensive, integrated, systematic, and multi-component crisis intervention program called “Critical Incident Stress Management.” He has authored over 250 articles and 16 books in the stress and crisis intervention fields. He serves as an adjunct faculty member of the Emergency Management Institute of the Federal Emergency Management Agency. He is a reviewer for the Journal of the American Medical Association and the International Journal of Emergency Mental Health. He received the Austrian Red Cross Bronze Medal for his work in Crisis Intervention in the aftermath of the Kaprum Train tunnel fire. The Association of Traumatic Stress Specialists approved Dr. Mitchell as a Certified Trauma Specialist. The United Nations appointed him to the United Nations Department of Safety and Security Working Group on Stress. He actively teaches CISM and consults with emergency services, military personnel, Hospitals, business and industries on a regular basis. He has presented at conferences in twenty-eight nations around the globe.
Edmonton Police Service
Sgt. Colleen Mooney is a 16 year member of the Edmonton Police Service. She is currently a Patrol Sergeant in Southeast Division and is a member of the Edmonton Police Service Re-integration Team. Sgt. Mooney has worked in Patrol, Beats, Police Training Officer Unit, and Firearms Training Unit. Additionally, Sergeant Mooney is a member of the Edmonton Police Service CISM Team. Prior to joining the Edmonton Police Service, Sgt. Mooney was a biathlete, competing at the national level.
CISM Educator for Aviation Professionals
Federal Aviation Administration (retired)
Tom was born and raised in Keene, NH. After high school, he attended Daniel Webster College in Nashua, NH and graduated with a BS in Aviation Management/Air Traffic Control in 1987. He then began work for the FAA at the Boston ARTCC in Nashua, NH. After becoming fully certified, Tom attended graduate school at Rivier College obtaining his Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling in May, 1994. Later that year he joined a work group to form the FAA’s first CISM program. Tom retired in 2014 and continues working with the air traffic control team as their ICISF trainer and advisor.