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

Mike Dubi, Editor
Chelsea Powell, Associate Editor
April 2014
In This Issue
The Most Recent Certified
Member Profile: Gale Kelley, Ed.D., LMHC, CETP
Caregivers for Man's Best Friend
The relationship between CSA, AAS and PTSD
Lessons Learned in the School of Life
A Journey into the Mind/Body Part II
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 The Most Recent Certified Professionals


Elizabeth L. M. Acuna

Dianna L. Aideuis

Chris Aivian

Clarence L. Amaral

Patricia Arcaro-Krenitsky

Phyllis Armstrong

Stephen Axford

Gloria Bamberg-Merritt

Lara Barbir

Ivan Barraza

Karen Baumstark

Nutashia Baynes 

Constance Bennett, CETP

Isiah Bingham

Mel Bockelman

Sylvia Boden

Jessslyn Bolt 

Aldo Botter, CETP

Tricia L. Bowers

Kathy Boyette-Watson

Mavis Bradsher, CETP

Ganley Branch-Vick

Eric Braun

Cayce Brewer

Pamela Brewer

Regina Brian

Lisa Brickner

Brittney Bristow-Murray

Abigail Brockman

Earl Brown

Laura M. Bugay

Lynn E. Cadmus

Carol Calvert

Anthony Cameron

Carol S. Campbell

Mary Candelaria Psy.D.

Thomas Capshew

Kathleen A. Caron

Todd Carter

Teresa Cartwright

Patricia Christansen

Juli Clendenin

Patricia Colombo

Carole A. Corgiat

Kyle Cosentino

Barbara Crumrine

Janice Cunningham

Linda Cunningham

Ruth Marie Cutler

Sandra de Blois

Devon Robertson Decker

Robin DeHaven-Roberts

Lynn DeLaurentis

Audra Lee D'Eliso

Aida Iris Diaz

Marites Dilag

Nancy E. Doolittle

Vickie J. Doughty

Thurman L. Drake

John H. Drake, Jr.

E. Michael Dugan

Tamra Duke

Teresa Easton

Lori Ebel

Thomas B. Efird

Julie Ann Emma Egge

Richard P. Ervin

Lorena Escoriaza

Florian Ezui

Jerry Fennell, CETP

Linda Fentress

Andi Fetzner

Patricia C. Franklin

Marie Fraser

Robert W. Fraser

Tressa French

William A. Fuller

Robert M. Gallagher

Nicole Gemperle, MS, LPC

Mary M. Georgette

Leatha Goar

Viva Goettinger

Lauren Goldstein

Betty Oliver Graves

Douglas Gray

Sara Grier

Pamela A. Groen

Sheila Guinther

Douglas Hahn

Robert Brett Hammond

Margaret Harris

Joan Hart

Sara Hayden

Roger L. Heinrich

Christine Herrera

Karen Hessler

Elizabeth Higgins

Melissa Higgins

Sheila Holly

Jack Horn

Suzzanna L. Howie

Susan Hughston

Carly J. Ikuma

Fanya Jabouin

Alesia Jefferson

Kathryn Jensen

Bernadette Johns

Joseph Johnson

Linda S. Johnson

Anne Marie T. Kahwaty-Bogan

Gale Kelley, CETP

Diane E. Kerrigan

Nicole Klupenger

Nyla Kraemer

Robin Kulesza

Laura Laliberte-Bodner

Julie Laraway, CETP

Trinita Lattimore

Shonda Layton

Teresa Lear

Shannon Lebak

Debra Leggett, CETP

Jane A. Lepak-Jostons, CETP

Laura P. Lewis, Psy.D.

Amy Lohr

Jamie L. Lommel

Natasha Lopez

Belser Louie

Fausta Luchini

Stephen J. Luzar

Joyce L. MacKinstry

Julie Madrid

Julia J. Maitland

Lesley Maledon

Brebda W. Mallery

Andrea Mammen

Onalee Mansor

Connie J. Maple

Celia Marchese, CETP

Kristi L. Marinco

Peter Marsh

Valerie Martin

Ashley Mastro

Su Su Maung

Gail Maurer

Brenda L. McCall

Charla McCall

Donald McCasland

Esther McCleaft

Perry McCool

Kenneth N. McDonnell Jr.

Donalisa McNichols

Sandra A. Messina

Sheila Michaels

Rachel Miley

Alexandria Miller

Dudley B. Miller

Twana Miller

Carol Mitchell-Smith

Jennifer L. Montgomery

Christiana Montminy

Meredith Moore

Terry D. Moore

Sandra M. Morford

Colleen Morgan, Psy.D.

Christopher Morse

Carolyn Morris

Elizabeth Davis Morton

Sanita A. Moulton

Allison M. Moya

Robert Moya

Janice Murakami

Miriam Napolitano-Magaw

Maria Navarro

Nanette Nelson

Jamie Norman

April Norrod

Lisa Noworatzky, CETP

La'Tonya T. Oats

Crista Obermoeller

Susan B. Oldham

Mary Alice Olson

Susan J. O'Neil

Daniel Orozco

Melissa Overton

Pepper Owens

Justine Pagano

Kathleen Pallotta

Nancy Ryba Panza

Ken Pearce, Ph.D.

Kristen Pelfrey

Barri L. Pepe

Marisa G. Pineda

Magalie Piou-Brewer

Henry Pittman 

Chardonnay Poole, CETP

April Pratt

Lona Praytor, CETP

Catalina Prebisch

Michele Preuss

Jennifer Rainey

Jillian (Krystal) Rains

John Rametta

Gary Randle

Terry Ransom-Flint, Ph.D.

April Rectanus

Clarice Redmond

Kimberly Reyes

Robert Rhoton, CETP

Julie M. Richards-Campbell

Tamara Richardson, CETP

David L. Robinson

Gena L. Robinson

Diana Rodriguez

Tammy Rodriguez, CETP

Donara Rudman

Rochelle Rulli-Perrotta

Garlena Rumsey

Landen Saffles

Annia Salas

Teresa Samuel

Amy C. Sanders

Annette Sarcinelli

Beverly D. Schaefgen

Dale W. Schauer

Connie A. Schultz

Pamela Schultz

Margaret Scofield

Karen Seales

Audrey Seaton-Bacon

Shelley Sehorn

Tracy L. Selby

Linda Semrau

Paul  Silverman

Jean Marie Snow

Belinda Snowden

Elizabeth Soukup -Taylor

Jennifer Spencer

Cindy Spelta

Michel R. Stamper

Cathlyn Stansiter

Mary Statum

Vaughn E. Stimbert

Hisae Tadaka

Barbara Tamayo, CETP

Kim Tate

Kelly J. Teachout

C. Keith Tenpenny

John Thomas Terrence

Barbara Marie Thomas

Catherine Thomas

Richard Thomas

Debra-Ann Thompson

Laura Thompson

Jeanne L. Tilseth

Corie Todd

Mandana Toosi

Claire Towle

Catherine Towson

Kimberlee Van Burch

Kirkland Vaughans

Karla R. Ver Meer

Maria L. Verdeja

Audrey Vincent

Kathleen J. Wagner, CETP

Laura Wagner, CETP

Mark B. Walker

Crystal Waters

Ora Watson

Rosemonde Webb

Cara L. Wecht

Joan Weidling

Chelsea Weinsten

Michelle Weiser

Jane West

Christine L. Wilkens

Lavonice Williams

Michael Williams

Pamela J. Williams

Lisa Wilmot

Lori L. Wilson

Radie Wilson

Kathleen M. Wise

Patricia Wood

Cheryl Woodcock

Bethany L. Woznikaitis

Jason R. Yadley

Heather L. Yasolsky

Christopher Yinkey

Janice L. Young

Rachael Yudt

Barry Zabielinski

Cassandra Zeiler




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As of January 2014, IATP has changed its name and status to IATP, LLC


IATP, LLC is pleased to announce our next phase of training! We are offering multiple classes as online distance learning and certification. We are proud to announce that, beginning in July and continuing through 2014, we will be offering the following trainings in this new (for us) online format:

Sex Offender Treatment Professional training and certification

Understanding the Angry Brain and Anger Management training and certification

Clinical Trauma Professional training and certification


Additionally, we will be offering the following live trainings in Sarasota, FL:

Certified Clinical Trauma Professional, August 15-16

Understanding the Angry Brain and Anger Management Certification, August 22-23


Applications and fees for all of these trainings are posted on the Training page of our website.


Our second online 

Certified Expert Trauma Professional training will begin in July, and we are now accepting applica-tions - these seats are limited. Please apply or this class through our website Training page.


It is our passion to provide the highest quality training and certifications to professionals throug-hout the world.  As clinicians become aware of the importance of expanding their clinical skills and understanding of trauma, and as more trauma specialties develop, we will continue to provide the best training using the most qualified and interesting instructors.


We are also in the process of developing trainings about working with children and trauma, working with families and trauma, and trauma supervision. Please contact us and let us know what other train-ings you would like us to develop.


Mike Dubi, President


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Member Profile: 

Gale Kelley, Ed.D., LMHC, CETP

Gale Kelley, Ed.D., LMHC, CETP is the Clinical Director of the Child Protection Center in Sarasota, FL where she has worked since 2007.  She has been practicing psychotherapy for more than ten years and is a Florida Licensed Mental Health Counselor, a Certified Expert Trauma Professional, a National Board Certified Counselor, and a Qualified Supervisor for Mental Health Counseling and Marriage and Family Therapy.


Gale is the founder of Trauma Treatment and Mental Health Services which provides individual and family therapy, clinical testing and comp-rehensive assessments, consultation, and program development and evaluation.  She has clinical experience with geriatrics, adults, mentally ill, developmentally challenged, substance abuse, family violence, marital conflict, and family dynamic issues.


Over the course of her career, Gale has provide individual, family, group psychotherapy, and psycho-educational services to more than 500 traumatized children, adolescents, and their family members.  She is specialized to treat issues related to sexual, physical, and emotional abuse, neglect, and other trauma-related difficulties. 


Gale is affiliated with the American Counseling Association, the American Mental Health Couns-elors 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) Conven-tion, the Seminole County Child Protection Confe-rence, and the Traumatology Symposium - Argosy University.  She has developed and implemented Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) Title II Grants Programs.  Gale's current research focuses on developing techniques and interventions that target the very youngest trauma survivors.



Editor's Note: An interesting fact about Gale is that she is an expert puppeteer.  In fact, in her doctoral dissertation, she studied the use of puppetry as a clinical intervention with traumatized children.

Caregivers for Man's Best Friend

Tracy Zaparanick, PhD, LCSW




"You don't have to kill your clients..." Moment of silence. 

Everyone there knows that what she said was true, including us. We're in one of Alabama's animal shelters. The room is filled with those who work there - they are dedicated and passionate about their work. They love animals. The front desk personnel, adoption specialists, kennel personnel, euthanasia technicians, administrative staff, and animal control officers, and us, three mental health professionals who were there to learn about their work experiences. As a mental health professional, how do you respond?


The opportunity to investigate compassion fatigue with those who care for man's best friend and other non-human animals came when I filled the Health Care Professional position at Tuskegee University's School of Veterinary Medicine. The veterinary school had just created the Center for the Study of Human-Animal Interdependent Relationships. My job was to educate and conduct research around human animal relationships. Prior to my move there I learned about compassion fatigue from Dr. Figley's ground-breaking book on this topic. In order to acclimate to this work environment, I spent time with the veterinary faculty, students, staff, and those who worked in the animal sheltering environment. Over time I began to notice similarities between those who worked in the non-human animal health care clinics and those who worked in the human health care settings. They looked and sounded like clinicians I knew who were experiencing compassion fatigue, including myself. 

After recognizing the compassion fatigue signs and symptoms in those who care for non-human animals, a new area of research began.  Through the generosity of The Kenneth A. Scott Charitable Trust, a KeyBank Trust, research funds were extended to Dr. Eric Gentry and myself.  There were two phases of this study.  The first phase consisted of interviewing animal sheltering personnel and veterinary care professionals to learn more about the personal and professional impact of their work.  Based upon the gathered information, we modified established compassion fatigue instruments to tailor the needs/experiences for this audience.  The second phase of this study collected data from others who worked in the same environments (veterinary and animal shelter) through the completion of the aforementioned revised instruments.  A second grant was awarded to investigate a clinical intervention for this population.  This clinical intervention was the Accelerated Recovery Program (Gentry & Baranowsky,  1998). 


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The relationship between child sexual abuse (CSA), child abuse survivors (AAS) and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other behavioral characteristics among adults at a community mental health center

Shari A. Jacob, MA 

"To live is to suffer. To survive is to find meaning in suffering." Freidrich Nietzsche 

In 2012, the National Children's Alliance reported child sexual abuse (CSA) as the most frequent abuse act subjected to children. Out of 197,902 cases, 49,155 were sexual abuse. The preceding order consisted of: physical abuse (17,531), negl-ect (14,630), and witness to violence (8,507). Early experiences in infancy, childhood, and adol-escence are amongst the important determinants of which developmental pathway an individual will follow. Epidemiological and clinical studies have explored prevalence rates of traumatic experiences along with the impact of early trauma on a person's life. Clinical impressions associated with early childhood trauma present a wide array of symptoms and diagnostic manifestations. 

Specifically, child sexual abuse can cause children adverse complications in adulthood. Maltreated children may develop maladaptive representations of self and others in context of how they create meaning to situations that occur in their lives. Most adult survivors of childhood abuse present with maladaptive behavioral patterns that require clinical intervention and treatment. 

In adult clinical samples, PTSD has been identified as the most occurring disorder associated with a history of childhood abuse. The literature reports relationship between childhood abuse and a var-iety of long- term psychological problems includ-ing PTSD. However not all traumatic experiences impact individuals the same. Developing sym-ptoms of psychopathology is not universal among survivors of childhood trauma. This brief article is to examine the relationship between adult survi-vors of CSA and adult survivors of (AAS) in relation to posttraumatic stress disorder and behavioral characteristics within a community mental health center.


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Lessons Learned in the School of Life



D. L. Spurlin, D.Min., Ph.D., CPC, LCPCAC 


I have always taught my students, whether college students, interns, or volunteers, that no one is immune to trauma. Equally true is the fact that trauma is personal-no two people respond to trauma in exactly the same way. Even the same incident can evoke varying responses in those enduring it. Because of that, any one addressing clients or patients in the aftermath of a traumatic event has to be flexible. People in trauma often cannot be "pigeon-holed". I came by my flexibility by way of personal life experience. 

I grew up a third-culture kid. In my father's career service with the military, Uncle Sam moved our family almost annually. Now, for a child, changing schools two or three times in a school year can be traumatizing. The new kid always has to prove himself, and often becomes the target of bullying. Such was my case. One such move took our family to an area where gangs were a problem. School was a constant battle ground. I lived in constant fear of my safety and well-being.


At seventeen, I made my first and only attempt at suicide. I guess the fact that I am writing about it forty years later is proof I did not succeed! 

In 1982, I was diagnosed with a renal disease, considered at that time to be terminal. My wife and I walked through my impending death together, making all the necessary arrangements for my departure. By divine intervention, after a year of ineffective dialysis, and through the ever changing miracles of modern medicine, I received a transplant. I am in my thirty-second year as a survivor. 


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A Journey into the Mind/Body Connect For Treating Trauma
Part II 

Susan Intemann, M.A., LPC, BCIA-C 

The word "biofeedback" was coined in the late 1960s. Simply put, Biofeedback is a treatment technique in which people are trained to improve their health by using signals from their own bodies. Chances are pretty high that you have used biofeedback yourself. Have you ever taken your temperature or stepped on a scale? What does the thermometer tell you ? Whether you're running a fever or whether you've gained weight, they both "feedback" information about your body's condition. Once you have this information, you can take steps you've learned to improve the condition. When you're running a fever, more than likely you go to bed and drink plenty of fluids. When you've gained weight, you may resolve to eat less or exercise.


Biofeedback uses physiological monitoring and feedback to let the patient develop awareness of, and learn to influence, bodily processes, such as muscle tension, heart rhythms, GSR and temperature. Various kinds of biofeedback units are used to read the physiological signals. Those signals are then translated into visual or auditory information. For example, the patient may see a graph on a computer screen that displays changes over time in their heart rate variability. Patients can be taught to change the pattern of their heart beats. They also become consciously aware of what internal cues are associated with changes in the feedback signal, and over time, they become their own biofeedback device, so to speak. Using the biofeedback monitoring units is very helpful at the beginning of treatment, but later on, the patient typically does not need it to achieve benefits. 


As therapists we know that stressful events produce strong emotions, which produce certain physical responses. For every emotion we have a physiological response. Many of these responses are controlled by the sympathetic nervous system, the network of nerve tissues that helps prepare the body to meet emergencies by "flight or fight."