Field Traumatology: A Hands On Approach
Green Cross Academy of Traumatology
Dr. Mary Schoenfeldt is considered an expert in the field of CISM and Disaster Mental Health and Emergency Management. Her work has taken her to New Orleans, Haiti, into School Shootings and various other incidents around the world. She is a practiced responder who also is an acclaimed educator and speaker. Mary has presented to packed rooms at ICISF as well as other conferences. Her books and articles have provided guidance to countless field practitioners.
Houston Fire Dept.
With 18 years of CISM experience, Scott has dealt with multiple suicides in the fire service. Assisting survivors, both coworkers and family members, has given him a passion for suicide prevention. Being a survivor himself provides additional insight. He understands that lasting prevention must include addressing the underlying causes that lead to a person losing hope, and has insisted on suicide prevention being a perpetual effort rather than a single dose treatment. He also knows that, inside the inherent culture of first responders, peer support is imperative to any successful suicide prevention program.
Licensed Psychologist and Marriage & Family Therapist
The Counseling Team International
Deborah Silveria, Ph.D., is a Licensed Psychologist and Marriage and Family Therapist who has maintained a part-time private practice since 1993. Dr. Silveria teaches workshops for continuing education on Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), child abuse and group psychotherapy. She also provides workshops for corporate clients and EAPs on various topics such as stress management, anger management and trauma preparedness. She is part of TCTI’s CISM team and has responded to large-scale events such as the Big Bear Manhunt (Dorner Case) and the San Bernardino terrorist attack.
Jim Skillington, the director of the Center for Public Violence Recovery, is that rare visionary with an eye for practical details. Known as a passionate and entertaining speaker he is the recipient of many national awards for his research and writing. A United Methodist minister, he was named Communicator of the Year for that denomination. He was the founder of the Disaster News Network and Village Life, the first online social justice magazine. Early in his career a series of articles he wrote about alcohol-related accidents led to the creation of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD).
Employee Assistance Specialist
Agnieszka Smetana is responsible for the Peer Support Team for cabin crew and pilots (800 members) and the Psychological First Aid vision to broaden the scope of Peer Support and Psychological First Aid across the business. Agnieszka’s goal in her current role is to promote the concept of Peer Support and Psychological First Aid- colleagues support among the multicultural expat aviation population being away from home, with no family support nearby and help people to overcome a stigma associated with psychological help.
Carol Staben-Burroughs Counseling, Inc.
Carol is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in private practice in Bozeman, MT. She provides individual, couple and family counseling on a wide variety of issues, and often works with high risk professionals and their families. She is a approved trainer for the ICISF in Basic and Advanced Group Crisis Intervention courses and the Individual Crisis Intervention course. Carol is on the faculty at Montana state University where she has taught for over 25 years. She is the Clinical Director of the Gallatin County CISM team and is on the Montana CISM Network board.
Victor Stagnaro joined the staff of the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation in early 2010. He serves as the Director of Fire Service Programs, which includes the Everyone Goes Home®, the Local Assistance State Teams and the Taking Care of Our Own programs and courses. Victor’s involvement with the NFFF dates back to 1998, when he served as the Incident Commander for the Memorial Weekend, a post he held for several years. He also assisted with the Foundations New York Response Team on 9/11. Prior to be hired by the NFFF, he worked for the Prince George’s County Fire/Emergency Medical Services Department. In addition to having served as a firefighter and station officer, he has been a fire instructor, Public Information Officer, Battalion Chief, Executive Officer to the Fire Chief, Fire Marshal, and Operations Shift Chief, Victor served as the Deputy Chief of Emergency Operations prior to his departure from the department in 2010. He authored a chapter in Fire Engineering’s Handbook for Firefighter I and II on EMS in the Fire Service
Patty Stewart McCord
Consultant/ Team Leader
Ministry of Environment CISM Team
Patty Stewart McCord has 25 years of experience in the field of crisis intervention and trauma response in Canada and the United States. She facilitates a number of ICISF courses for First Nations people throughout the Prairie Provinces and recognizes the unique cultures, traditions and challenges of Indigenous People, particularly in the remote regions of the north. Patty is currently co-authoring a new ICISF curriculum to develop skills in managing crises for Indigenous People throughout North America.