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The newsletter of the
International Association of Trauma Professionals

Mike Dubi, Editor
Chelsea Powell,
Associate Editor
JANUARY 2014    
In This Issue
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The Most Recent Certified
New Certification And Recertification Policies
Treatment of Trauma, Abuse and Deprivation
An Interview with Dr. George Woods
Cutting-Edge Graduate Curriculum
Facing Trauma
"The Face is the Mirror of the Soul...."
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Advanced enrollment begins now for our Spring 2014 Certified Expert Trauma Professional (CETP) Course


Enroll now to join the next level to becoming a trauma expert!  This distance learning program consists of both online and webinar activities for 15 weeks, followed by 9 weeks live supervision with world-renowned traumatologists.


To be eligible for the CETP, you must already have the Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP) credential.  Course fee is $2,000, all materials included.



 The Most Recent Certified Professionals


Vivian Acton

Lee Anne Adamson

Lu Ann Ahrens

Megan J. Aldridge

Sandra H. Allen

Karen Alvarez

Jordan Anderson

Kim Armit

Alexandria M. Asirvadam

Jaime L. Bacon

George Bacon

Steve Bailley, Ph.D.

Brooke Baker

Marilyn F. Baldwin

Faith Tarver Baltz

Ellen Barney

Annette J. Benneche

Christine Bergman

S. Todd Bolin

Leah Bonde-Lagenfeld

Jeffrey J. Boorse

Betsy Bowman

Beth Bowman

David H. Brock, Ph.D.

Rachel Brooks

Andy Brown

Madison L. Brunswick

Talibah E. Buchanan

Emma Ann Buoch

Linda Burke

Mary S. Cadden

Joni Caldwell

Janet Cameron

Fanita Capello

Michael A. Carlish, Ph.D.

Brad A. Carmichael

Robert Carswell

Margaret M. Casteel

Paul Chambers

Julie Chen

Charlene Childs

Michele Coakley

Ron Cochran

Rosanne T. Composto

Lara Conley

Krista Abbott Conway

David H. Cook

Evone K. Coombs

Stephanie Corneliussen

Vivienne Cotton

Stephanie D. Cowie

Gerald Kenneth Crete

Jennifer Croyle

Devina Cruikshank

Debra Cruser

Lori Cunnington

Christa Damrow

Sharon Daniels-Hines

Teresa C. Del Castillo

Melissa DeLuigi

Katherine Ann Doyle

Eleanor M. Dragonetti

Lana Dreyfuss

Barbara Ann Foley Droy

Susanne Drury

Kate Duncan

Ella M. Duncan, Ph.D.

Katherine Evangeliste

Kate Ferris

Traci-Shara Fields

Alma N. Flores

Araceli Flores

William Foley

Jeanine L. Foreman

Barbara Fouts

Debbie Frank

Rick Frank

Melissa Freedman

Judith H. Frost

Karen E. Fuller

Toni R. Galace, Psy.D.

Brenda Garcia

Christopher Albert Garcia

Christine Gardner

Artisetta Margaret Garvin

Naomi Gautier

Anya Genieser-DeRosa, Psy.D.

Debbie Gentry

Myriam Gerstein

Ebony Gholston

Karen R. Gill

Robert I. Gross

Jennifer B. Grube

Klarece Grudzinki

Magdalena Guevera

Amy Guier

Charlotte Guth

Angelika F. Haas

Kathleen Hald

Allison Hale

Kelly Lorene Hamlin

Babette Hankey

Veronica Hardy

Kristen Hartz-McCleery

Nabila Hassan

Mindy M. Hawkins

Heather Haycock

Ronya Hemenway

Abby Hendrix

Angelica Hernandez

Rachel Herrian

Margaret L. Herring

Tisa LaVon Hester

Veronica Hewlett

Jeriesha Janell Hodge


Paul L. Hokemeyer

Mike P. Homan

Victoria Hopkins-Coates

Crystalene House-Danforth

Ruth H. Housman

Abby Howard

Donna M. Ingraham

Jessica Jefferson

Lisa A. Jensen

Christine Jensen

Geri Johnson

Elena Johnson

Mariel C. Johnson

Sandra Joseph

James W. Keenan

Patricia Kelleher

Garnita Kelly

Elizabeth Kent

Victoria Kildal

Janet Killough-Butler

Brad Kinnear

Richard Klimek

Carin Klinger

Christine Knapp

Elizabeth Koritz

Carol A. Kuhlow

Jennifer Kurzmiller

Talia Kuykendall

Gayle LaBissoniere

Catherine Lamme

Natalie Lampkin

Jackie Lanterman

Amber Lee

W. Vernon Lee

Nicole Leitner

Jeffrey Leoni

Shanay Lilly

Janet Limperis

Ellen K. Linsley

Dale Lolar

Jeremy Long

Terry P. Lowe

Alfonso C. Lozada

Linda J. Lucas

Elizabeth Lugo

Rosemary Luque

Dennis J. Luster

Michele Madle

Maria Maldonado

Alfred J. Malinowski

Gale Mangold

Lisa Capizzi Marain

Joel Martinez

Jessica Mathwig

Elizabeth King McConnon

Carol McCrea, Ph.D.

Brandon M. McKinney

Lisa McLean

Sharon McNulty

Veronica S. McPhatter

Stacey R. Merlin

Karen H. Merry

Scott Michielli

Monica Milian

Jonathan Miller

Amber L. Miller

Holly D. Mims

Marie Mitchell

Ellen P. Mitchell

Dan Montgomery, Ph.D.

D. Paul Morton

Rico Mosby, Ph.D.

Ayesha G. Mutope-Johnson

Beth Myers

Renelle E. Nelson

Margaret Newhart

Chienthang T. Nguyen

Jeannine Nielson

Jodi Niswonger

Michael W. Nuckolls

Jane Ogden

Claudia  R. Ospina

Thomas C. Overton

Ruth B. Palmer

JoAnna Parsick

Josephine A. Paul

James M. Pease

Tamera Jean Pedersen

Terri Pendleton

Edward J. Pennell

Wendy Perez

Rachel Perrin

Deborah Phillips

Stephanie Phillips

Nicole Ponce

Lias A. Prudenti

Anastasia Pytal

Kruti Quazi

Soudabeh Rahmankhah

Sandra Raptis

Nicolette Re

Frances Red Arrow

Randi L. Redmon

Michael Rehm

Karaleah S. Reichart

Monica Reps

Tamara Richardson

Cherl L. Simmons Ritter

Barbara A. Roba

James H. Roberts

S. Diana Robinson

Olga Rodriguez-Burgos

Constance M. Romer-Quirin

Ann Hayes Ronald

Jami Ross

Laurie Scheid Rudolph

Regina Ruelle

Shellie Ruge

Mary Hooton Rutherof

Wendy Ryan

Attia Saeed

Kalli Saibara-Cook

Suruchi Saini

Elia Awwad Salem, Ph.D.

Deborah Saley

Debra Schanck

Shannon J. Schiefer

Selma Schlesinger

Gina Searle

Ryan Seay, Ph.D.

Jennifer Shai

Tess D. Shellenbarger

Jacqueline R. Sikora

Lauri A. Sippel

Joseph Smith

Pamela Smith

W. James Smith

Judy R. Spring

Cheryl Springer, Ph.D.

Roxsanna Stanuis

Mark D. Stevens

Emiliie I. Stewart

Holly Strelow

Cassandra S. Stringer

Alice E. Sweet Faatz

William P. Swenson

Carolyn S. Szafran

Emy Tafelski

Zoe Tallidis

Joanna Tang

Sue Henderson Tepper

Frederick L. Theobold

Jada Tidwell

Sylvia Torres

Ann Tucker

Jennifer Tyler

Deanne Updike-Wyssmann

Katharinavan Gersdorff

Angela Vaslavksy

Daisy Surjo Vergara

Joy Villarreal

Julie Walker

Jeffery Walker

Donya Wallace

Denise M. Wallace

Virginia Cynthia Walsh

Veronica Walsh

Dr Randolph Walters

Susan Waters

Jaclyn Weiss

D. Harriet Williams

Louis Wilson

James V. Wilson

Tom A. Winterfeld

Diane Wizner

Gail Wodkiewicz

Lourdes Wong

Mala Xiong

Jennifer Young

Cora Zimbato







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On behalf of the IATP Board, I would like to wish you all a happy and healthy 2014.


The past year - 2013 - has been an outstanding one for IATP. By New Year's Eve we had more 1,100 members certified as Clinical Trauma Professionals, Compassion Fatigue Professionals and Sex Offender Treatment Professionals. Last year, IATP trained more than 3,500 trauma professionals.


IATP continues to expand. We have entered into negotiations with a group in Brazil to provide certification there and throughout Latin America. We have almost completed the first Certified Expert Trauma Professional training and are planning to begin a second training in early spring. We are also developing new training programs in anger management and for treating dissociative disorders.


Our new website www.traumapro.net - is up and running.  Take a look and let us know what you think. Also, we are in the process of launching our journal - The International Journal of Trauma Practice and Research - in conjunction with Ottawa University in Phoenix AZ, sometime in the Spring of 2014.


All in all, it was a busy and productive year and 2014 is shaping up to be even better.


Many thanks for your support of IATP, for participation in its programs, and most of all, for your work with those who have been impacted by crisis and trauma.


Mike Dubi, President


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IATP Announces New Certification and Recertification Policies
To date, IATP has certified more than 1,100 professionals in three disciplines: Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP); Certified Compassion Fatigue Professional (CCFP); and Certified Sex-Offender Treatment Professional (CSOTP). 

The following is an outline of the changes in application and recertification policies and fees effective March 1, 2014



As of March 1, 2014, the fee will be $99.  All other requirements stay the same.


Up to February 28, 2014, the fee will remain at $75. Download the application here or visit our site to apply online.



As of March 1, 2014, in order to re-certify, the fees are:

     1 year recertification: $49

     2-year recertification: $79

     3-year recertification: $89


In addition, you will have to meet the following Continuing Education requirements:

     1 year recertification: 6 CEs

     2-year recertification: 12 CEs

     3-year recertification: 18 CEs


IATP will email you the new application form within a few weeks, as well as publishing it on the website.


Up until February 28, 2014 you can apply for recertification at the current rate of $25 for one year.


Download the application here or visit our site to apply online.  For those who have expired or will expire by then, by sending in your recertification application along with the fee, you will be extended for one more year from your original expiration date; we will send out reminders. 

Treatment of Trauma,
Abuse and Deprivation 

by Bob Rhoton, Psy.D.


Having worked with children and families, it has always been interesting over the years to see what foods they enjoy blending in their act of creating something that they enjoy and that is unique to them. Surprisingly many of these blends can include chocolate and peanut butter as at least two significant ingredients. As part of the professional family that exists in the trauma community, IATP (International Association of Trauma Professionals) and Ottawa University are looking for ways to create a pleasing blend that will serve and create a strengthened trauma community. While chocolate and peanut butter are not part of the recipe, there is still an intriguing possibility to this blending. Possibilities that can expand the effective treatment of all forms of trauma and shorten the time required to grow into efficient trauma professionals.


So what is there to blend? Most readers are familiar with the tremendous work and reputation of the International Association of Trauma Professionals and have a genuine and heartfelt respect for the primary players and the initiatives for improving the quality of treatment available throughout our global community. However, Ottawa University originally based in Kansas since 1869 has had a masters in counseling program in Arizona that has focused on Trauma treatment for just over 10 years. Returning to the question of what is there to blend between these two organizations can be a fruitful thought process. What if we could blend academic information and theory with real, applicable hands-on mentoring and tutoring of the trauma professional? What if we could produce healers who understand not only the landscape of traumatic experience, but also understand and can apply the science of clinical work without one overshadowing the other? 

Read more here

An Interview with

Dr. George Woods


by Lee Norton, Ph.D., MSW, LCSW


George Woods, M.D., is a neuropsychiatrist in San Francisco, California. He has worked in the field of trauma for more than 30 years. He is on the faculty of Morehouse Medical College in Atlanta, Georgia, and Berkeley University in Berkeley, California, where he teaches medical and forensic courses. He has collaborated with Lee Norton, PhD, MSW, LCSW in a variety of capacities, including evaluating numerous clients in capital cases, writing entries for the Encyclopedia of Trauma (2012), and teaching at International Academy of Law and Mental Health conferences in Italy, Germany, and the Netherlands.

Dr. Norton interviewed Dr. Woods for TraumaPro about how he has seen the field of trauma change and grow over three decades, and his vision for the future.

LN:  How did you become involved in the field of psychological trauma and what has most informed your theory of practice?

GW:  There are four influences that have most shaped my practice. The first involves my work in  Nairobi and Dar Es Salam in 1998, where I was asked to help reconstruct mental health resources after the Kenyan/Tanzanian Embassy bombing. This was my first confrontation with mass killing, and the first time I witnessed the ways in which interpersonal violence causes much more complex and enduring forms of traumatic stress. While I was stunned by the way that the bombing tore through the fabric of the culture, I was equally surprised by the indomitability of the human spirit. The intricate ways that the East Asian Africans and Native Africans worked together to restore their country was inspiring. Each ethnic group contributed every available resource, and opened their arms to all. It was in Africa that I learned not only how great the effects of trauma are, but that the most effective antidote is the strength of connection to others.


Read more here 

Cutting-Edge Graduate Curriculum: A Trauma Counseling Masters Program Answers the Call


by Jeanne M. Felter, Ph.D., LPC

After a good deal of meandering in my clinical and academic career, I have recently had the great fortune of landing at the helm of an innovative and necessary graduate counseling program.  As a small, private institution, Philadelphia University offers a myriad of undergraduate and graduate degrees that provide a competitive advantage to their students.  Their most recent endeavor, the M.S. program in Community and Trauma Counseling, beautifully embodies the University's commitment to innovation and professional education.  It is a model for relevant and necessary graduate training in the helping professions.  In short, it is the degree I wish I had.


I can clearly recall my first post-graduate clinical experience working as a child and adolescent therapist in a desperate pocket of Philadelphia.  Feeling sufficiently armed with knowledge from years of masters and doctoral level graduate training, I approached each new client with great energy, passion, and excitement.  In time, likely only a matter of weeks, my confidence began to wane as I recognized that I was ill equipped to adequately understand and meet the needs of the majority of my clients- individuals experiencing significant emotional and behavioral distress as victims of violence, abuse, neglect, and traumatic grief.  I was unprepared because of an evident void in my graduate training, where trauma was nomenclature reserved for war veterans.  When I considered how my young clients were presenting, children with externalizing behaviors and clinically significant levels of hyper arousal and hyper vigilance, I called upon my training and employed interventions aimed at developing attending skills and impulse control. I was barking up the wrong tree, and my toolbox was empty. 


Read more here

Facing Trauma


by Tamara Richardson, LCSW    


My name is Tamara Richardson; I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and this is a brief story of how I managed trauma in my own life.


It was a day like any other. I was working, going about my plans without any immediate concerns or issues. Suddenly, I experienced a sharp pain in my jaw. I froze, fear set in. At the end of the work day, I called my doctor requesting an appointment to address this concern as my past had trained me to not overlook any physical pain. After several exams, doctor visits, and eventually biopsies, I heard the haunting words I had heard once before from which I had successfully freed myself 4 years ago: "You have cancer... again. This time it's a more aggressive type." A few years ago, I had undergone treatment for osteosarcoma of the mandible. The treatment was very straight forward with a clear treatment plan. However, this time the treatment had to be more aggressive and it involved inpatient chemotherapy, where I spent 5 days in the hospital every week, receiving chemo every day at a hundred percent dosage, surgeries where my jaw would be removed and reconstructed, and even then, my doctors indicated that only time would tell if treatment was successful. There I was, a psychotherapist whose dedication and passion was to help others adapt, cope, manage, and improve their lives; and in turn, I was about to embark pn a long and arduous journey myself.


Since this was not my first cancer rodeo, I already had a reasonable idea of the pain that was in store for me; and although I imagined what the "aggressive chemo treatment" would entail, I had no idea how it would manifest itself in my physical body. A fellow co-worker said to me: "My father went through chemo, and when you feel like you are dying, that's when you know chemo is working." The irony of chemotherapy is that it is a monitored toxic poison served to kill the cancer cells, and in this process it also kills the healthy cells. It is a slow, painful, feeling of detachment from the body, as the body becomes weaker and weaker before your own eyes. It was one of my attempts at surviving.


Read more here 

"The Face is the Mirror of the Soul...." Part I


by Susan Intemann, M.A., LPC, BCIA-C 

Researchers have known for centuries that facial expressions are crucial to social interactions and have categorized them in great detail. They have identified those expressions which are universal and can distinguish even slight differences in expression.


When I was  9 months old my parents discovered a lump on the left side of my neck about the size of a nickel.  What was to be a simple surgical procedure to remove the lump was diagnosed as a tumor. The tumor was completely removed after many hours in surgery but it had been wrapped around my seventh cranial nerve (motor nerve to the face) and there were complications - I was now completely paralyzed on the left side of my face and all movement was lost there.


So, at a very young age, my journey began which involved many things.  It included me being teased as a child and then adapting to my condition, several micro-neuro reconstructive surgeries, physical therapy, psychotherapy for anxiety and, finally, venturing into alternative and complementary medicine.  The latter, which was one of the most important aspects of my recovery from physical and mental trauma, as well as the neuro muscular re-education following my long and arduous surgical procedures which was another important aspect of my recovery. At this time, the mind/body connection began to play a crucial role in my life.


Read more here 

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Have you ever provided on-site mental health services to victims of a disaster?
If so, your help is needed for a study exploring the mental and emotional wellbeing of mental health disaster responders.
Allison Marsh Pow, MS/EdS, LPC, NCC is a doctoral student in Counseling and Counselor Education at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro and she is conducting a study of predictors of posttraumatic stress among mental health professionals who respond to disaster. If you are a licensed mental health professional who has provided professional services in the aftermath of at least one disaster within the past five years, please consider participating in this study. Results will be used to inform training programs for mental health providers and disaster responders in an effort to improve the quality of services and to reduce risk to the professionals that provide them.
Those interested should go to this link to complete the study survey. If you choose to participate, you will have the opportunity to enter a drawing for a $100 Amazon gift card.
Thank you for your time and consideration!