The newsletter of the
International Association of Trauma Professionals, IATP, LLC

Mike Dubi, Editor
Chelsea Powell,  Associate Editor
May 2015
In This Issue

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Anger Management Treatment Provider (AMTP) online training and webinar
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June 28 - August 9, 2015 

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Certified Sex Offender Treatment Professional (CSOTP) online training and webinar
June 28 - August 9, 2015

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June 28 - August 9, 2015
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The Most Recently Certified Professionals


Barbara Lang Abramek 

David Adamusko 

Mercedes A. Altschul 

Iris Alvarez 

Jill Anderson 

Tricia M. Angilletta 

Kelly Austin 

Lidia Avendano 

Mary L. Azoy 

Deborah Mae Bakker 

Renee Bazile 

Brenda Beard 

Collin G. Beecher 

John Bensinger

Christina Berben

Margaret Berry

Lanette Best

Kristin E. Bieber

Jennifer, Ph.D. Bjerke

Stacey Bohlmann

Donna Boni

Sandra Booth

Kareema S. Boykin

Dana Branson

Lauren Breedlove

Jessica Brickey

Leah Brittnacher, Ph.D.

Erika Brooks

Diann Browell

Dick Brown

Laura Bryan

Sheila Bryan

Caroline Buckman

Ruth Anne Burnett

Jennifer Butler

Catherine Campbell

Elizabeth Capps-Conkle

Jor-El Caraballo

Kyle Cardwell

P. Anne Carey

Kathleen Chabot

Brandi Chamberlin

Jeanne Charleton

Sherry Lynne Chenell

Norma Chin

Ellen Chung

Sue Cirillo

Cynthia Clark

Leonard Clark

Melody Cline

Darlene Conde-Nadau

David I. Copeland

Bethea Coppola-Rios

Dianna L. Costa

Marcie L. Courter, Psy.D.

Ryan Cucunato

Teri Davis

Debra DeCordova

Lindsay Denker

Avital Yael Deskalo

Brian Dick

Renee DiGrigoli

Alissa Dillon

Barbara Dorsett

Leah Dudinski-Parduski

Rindie Eagle

Lisa Eimers

Sister Theresa Elitz

Rachele Epp

Analisa Estrada

Kathy C. Evans

Sarita L. Fager

Melissa Fenrich

Yanet Fernandez

Jessica Fidalgo

Luz N. Florio

Stephen Folven

Kem Frasier

Peggy Freeman

Clarisa Fujiwara

Emily Gately

Stuart Gerstein

Lisa Giarratana

Sarri Gilman

Courtney Glashow

Margaret Rose Glenn

Cynthia Glowacki

Jeanne Goins

Elizabeth Golden

Chad A. Graff

Teresa Green

Grant D. Greenberg

Lisa Gulino

Nichole Guthrie

Angela Gwinn

Lara Haagen

Jan Diane Halfin

Angie Hardage-Bundy

Allison Harter

Jennie Harvat

StarrLee Heady

Tara Hinman

Debra L. Hobaica

Jeffrey Hoerger

Mary Hoffman

David Holguin

David A. Holyan

Camille A. Hood, Ph.D.

Paula Hooton

Mindy Hopper

Valorie Howard-Windholz

Karen Hudson

Brian Hudzik

Erica Huertas

Kelly Ilsley

Cesz Islaya

Rachel Jackson

Teresa Jackson

Suzyn Jacobson

Karla Jeffreys

Gabrielle N. Johnson

Julie Johnson

Phlandra Johnson

Rori Johnson, Psy.D.

Carol Jones

Tami Jones

Heather Kahl

Radhika Katyal

Brenda Kaylor

Alison Keene

Kathy Kehoe

Amy R. Keifer-Shaw

Vonita Kelly

Ellen M. Kelson

Lauren Kennedy

Charles O. Kerley

Kristina Kerr

Jaclyn Kimmel

Jennifer Kinsey

Lori Kovell

James Krebs

Adam Kurtek

Hannah Kyllo

Reginald Lawson

Brian Legg

Rachel Lentz

Deborah Lewis

Michelle M. Lewis

Daniel Linnenberg

Beata Peck Little

Catha Loomis

Laura Luebke

Timothy Magill

Kayla Mangen

Deanna Jeanice Mank

Carla Mannino

Jessica Marks

Charles D. Mastantuono Christopher McBride

Vanessa M. McClean

Joe McCormick

Angela McMahan

Sharon McNulty

Kathleen McShane

Lauren Mehr

Rebekah Mills

Renay M. Mitchell

Jennifer Mixan

David C. Moening

Susan Moitozo

Christopher Monceaux

Marette Monson

Angela Montgomery

Brenda Roberts Moosa

Alexander Murphy

Lorre Murphy

Alexander Mustafa

Dick Nbrown

Thanh Son Nguyen-Kelly Marianne Norris

Colleen Odell

Stephanie Olson

Courtney Osbourne

Patricia Pace 

Grizelli-Shane Padamada

Martha Palacio

Shantel Pausley

Nichelle Paz

Terri Pears

Corinne Pearson

Jody Pendleton

Elizabeth Perryman

Kristi Peterson

Cathy Pickett

Stacey Pocevich

Heide Ficken Posson

Rhonda Postell

Aaron Potratz

Philip Prewette

Jennifer Pritchett

Tracy Purnell

Heidi Quashie-Mckie

Stephanie Raines

Anni Rasmussen

Emily Resnik

Kathleen F. Rex

Stacey Rhoads

Collette M. Richard

Lauern Richter

Dana Robinson

Myisha Rodrigues-Scott

Najat Rosario

Kevin Ross

Andrea Rountree

Kevin Rumley

Yvette Ryans

Amanda Saltzman

Karen Sanchez

Colleen Sanford

Michelle Santana

Katherine Sargent

Lucille Saucier

Arianna Saykally-McAdams

Karen Schanck

Jennifer Schirmer

Danielle Schneider

Connie J. Schnoes, Ph.D. 

Daniel A. Schroeder, Ph.D. Rebekah Sedlock

Nathaniel Serra

Ashley Shearer

Diane Shelton

Shauna Shipps

Ralph Shirley

Deborah L. Shoman

Michael Sibrava 

Marjolein Sieczkowski 

Ann Sigafoos

Leslie Slingerland

Daniel C. Smith

June A. Smith

Robert J. Smith

Elizabeth Soukop-Taylor

Brenda M. Sparrold

Deborah A. Spira

Cristina Steiner

Carrie Steiner-Smith

Judith Stubanas

Delores L. Symontte

Wendy R Szczepanski

Hisae Takada

Elizabeth Taylor

Leslie Ten

Broeck Ann Thompson

Bridget M. Thoresen

Jennifer Tichy

Sarah Tilley

Peter Turco

Amy L. Turner, Psy.D.

Ndidi Uzowihe

Nicole VanNieuwenhoven

Anne Vargas-Leveriza

Christian L. Vasquez

Nichole L. Venable Kimberly Vogel

Stacy Vollands

Emily Wade

Amy Walker

Christina Walker

Lorie Welsh, Ph.D.

Maryann Whalen

Melanie Wheeler

Joan White

Tracy Wickham

Kaitlin Witmer Michelle

Woidneck Lee


Sharon Wright

Priscilla Zorichaks



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     IATP continues its mission of educating mental health professionals with the very latest techniques and concepts for treating those who are suffering from trauma in all its aspects. Along with our tried and true trainings of Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP), Sex Offender Treatment Provider (CSOTP), and Anger Management Treatment Professional (AMTP), I'm pleased to announce that we are launching a new training module: Certified Youth Trauma Treatment Professional.

     This new module (CYTP) will be taught by Gale Kelly, Ed.D., Clinical Director of the Child Protection Center in Sarasota, Florida. Gale has been treating childhood trauma for 10 years and brings an incredible wealth of experience to the IATP family. We expect this training to sell out quickly; class size is limited, so for those of you interested in childhood trauma, sign up now.

     You can register at for all of the above 6-week, online asynchronous trainings, which begin on June 28, 2015. The cost is $200. Learn more about each of the course outlines and object-ives under the TRAINING tab on the website.

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Introducing as a NEW CLASS:
Certified Youth Trauma Treatment Professional (CYTP)
Assessing and Treating Traumatized Children and Adolescents

      According to the Children's Defense Fund (2014) each day in America: (4) children are killed by abuse or neglect; (5) children or teens commit suicide; (7) children or teens are killed by guns; (24) children or teens die from accidents; (66) babies die before their first birthdays; (838) public school students are corporally punished; and, (1,837) children are confirmed as abused or neglected. Today's working definition of child maltreatment as provided by the Child Abuse Prevention & Treatment Act (2003) is any recent act or failure to act on the part of a parent or caretaker which results in: death; serious physical or emotional harm; sexual abuse or exploitation; or, an act or failure to act, which presents imminent risk or serious harm to a child. It is an experienced event that results in a variety of physical and emotional problems that become the focus of clinical treatment.

     Initially, removal from the home and medical treatment protocols targeting external and internal injuries were the primary interventions available to abused children. While physical injuries sustained as a result of trauma have been routinely treated with medical interventions, the effects of psychological trauma have gone mostly untreated until the past 25 years. Early attempts employed interventions that were successfully used with treating adults experiencing Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and utilizing them with children. Other efforts involved interventions targeting symptoms such as anxiety or depression in non-traumatized children and applying them to traumatized children.

     Gleaned from 'Tips for Talking with and Helping Children and Youth Cope after a Disaster or Traumatic Event' (2013), possible reactions to traumatic events include the following according to age range:
Infants & toddlers (0-2 years old)  - Cannot understand that a trauma is happening & take their cues from caregivers
Children (3-5 years old)  - Can understand the effects of trauma, but may have trouble adjusting to change & loss & depend on caregivers for comfort
Children (6-10 years old)  - May fear going to school, stop playing with friends, difficulty concentrating, may exhibit aggressive or regressive behaviors
Youth & Adolescents (11-19 years old)  - Go through a lot of physical & emotional changes because of their developmental stage, may deny their reactions, complain about physical aches, or exhibit aggressive or risky behaviors.

     These diverse reactions emphasize the need for age-specific treatment consideration and interventions. Children are not small adults and their healing requires techniques that address their specific symptomatolgy, and can be delivered in a child friendly manner that engages not only the child, but the caregiver as well.

The Instructor: Gale Kelley, Ed.D.

     Gale Kelley is currently the Clinical Director of the Child Protection Center in Sarasota, FL where since 2007 she has provided individual, family, group psychotherapy, and psycho-educational services to more than 750 traumatized children, adolescents, and their family members. Gale specializes in treating issues related to sexual, physical, emotional abuse, neglect, and other trauma-related difficulties (i.e. witnessing murder/suicide, major catastrophes, etc.). She has been practicing psychotherapy for more than ten years and her qualifications include Florida Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC), Certified Expert Trauma Professional (CETP), National Certified Counselor (NCC), Military and Family Life Counselor (MFLC) approved service provider with the Department of Defense (DOD) Mental Health Network Government Services (MHNGS), Qualified Supervisor for Mental Health Counseling and Marriage and Family Therapy, Approved Clinical Supervisor (ACS) with the Center for Credentialing Education (CCE), and Expert Witness in the Circuit Court of the Twelfth Judicial Circuit.

     Gale is the founder of Trauma Treatment and Mental Health Services which provides individual and family therapy, clinical testing and comprehensive assessments, consultation, and program development and evaluation. Her affiliations include the American Counseling Association, the American Mental Health Counselors Association, the Association of Creativity in Counseling, the National Board for Certified Counselors, the International Association of Trauma Professionals, and the Florida Counseling Association.

     Gale has presented trainings/workshops with the Florida Counseling Association (FCA) Convention, the Seminole County Child Protection Conference, the Traumatology Symposium - Argosy University, Webster University, and Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF). She developed and implemented the Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) Title II Grant Programs that provided therapeutic services to traumatized children from age 4 through 18 years old. Gale's current research continues to focus on developing effective and engaging techniques and interventions that target the very youngest children through adolescent trauma survivors.

Assessing and Treating Traumatized Children and Adolescents

     Gale was invited to develop this training module for the International Association of Trauma Professionals (IATP). The training encompasses the causes and effects of childhood trauma, commonly incorporated coping strategies of children, evidence-based assessment instruments and techniques, and best practices treatment considerations and interventions. This training fulfills all educational requirements for the Certified Youth Trauma Professional (CYTP) credential. After completion of this training you will be eligible to apply for certification through IATP. The information, techniques, and skills you will derive from this training have been gleaned from the more than ten years of research and treatment Gale has carried out with young trauma survivors and their caregivers.


Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA) (2003). Retrieved February 14, 2015 from

Children's Defense Fund (2014). Each day in America. Retrieved on January 27, 2015 from

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) (2013). Tips for Talking with and Helping Children and Youth Cope after a Disaster or Traumatic Event. Retrieved on October 5, 2014 from
Domestic Violence

Corrie M. Avila



        Outside my front door lies a lush butterfly garden that I planted. My hope was to help increase the rapidly dwindling population of Monarch butterflies. While observing the butterfly garden, it was enriching to watch the different stages of caterpillars. Some would even grow up to be big fat caterpillars! One hot summer's day, I came home from running errands with my son, and we watched with horror as a wasp was eating our very hungry caterpillar. My son started yelling at the wasp and began to cry as we watched helplessly. We were unable to do anything to save the caterpillar because it was already gone.


      Later that year, I had the pleasure and privilege of working under a Community Mental Health grant. This grant enabled me to stretch my wings out of the clinical office and into our local Domestic Violence (DV) shelter. Even with varying areas of experience over the past ten years, I was completely unprepared for the world of DV and the level of trauma and intensity that each DV survivor brings.


      The multifaceted roles I participated in within the DV shelter included providing crisis therapy, offering parenting support and running the weekly community DV therapy group. Every time I thought I had heard something that was the "worst thing anyone would have to face," I then heard something even more egregious and traumatic. Many of these DV survivors have stared in the face of death and lived to speak about it. DV does not discriminate against race, financial status, sexual orientation or religion. DV has a reach that is wide and far. Just this past week our local sleepy little beach town experienced a husband who shot and murdered his wife in their own home.


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A Letter to Law
Enforcement Officers

Carrie Steiner


         Law Enforcement Officers are taught how to use the tactical tools on their gun belt and what use of force is appropriate for the situation. However, it is not often that officers are taught about how to have "emotional tools" for different situations. How should an officer act/feel/think when they see a suicide, homicide, get into a shooting, see an abused child, etc. This article will explain how to start building your own personal emotional tool belt for police emotional survival and long lasting well-being.


Emotional Tools

  • Social support: It is important to have police officers as friends who understand what you go through on a daily basis. However, it is also important for you to have friends outside the department who do not completely understand the Law Enforcement Officer (LEO) lifestyle, so they can be reminders that what you are going through is not the normal experience. They will likely have an outlook on life that is not quite as jaded, unsafe, and untrustworthy as your own. It is important to look through their "rose-colored glasses" as a reminder that people can be good and safe. Remember, more people helped others during 9/11 and the Boston bombing than hurt others, and many people continue to contribute to these causes. Most people are good-hearted, but officers deal with people that are manipulators, antisocial, and are having their worst experience, so it is not a surprise that officers start to feel that everyone is probably "a jerk".
  • Have fun: Participate in healthy and safe activities regularly. Enjoy time with significant others or friends by choosing places and people where you will unlikely have to "be the police". Try a park or bowling alley rather than a bar or huge festival where things are more likely to get out of hand. Choose nature and outdoor activities as these are soothing and feel natural to the body. Go camping, hiking, or boating. Minimum of once a week.

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