Elevate CE instructors are leading experts. They will present the most cutting-edge knowledge and scientific research in the mental health field. They will also provide practical strategies for you to use immediately to enhance the quality of your work.
Meet Our Instructors
A variety of methods will be used to engage you in the course, which include didactic instruction, case studies, thought-provoking questions, break out groups and interactive discussions.
Jonathan is a big foodie and will travel to another country just to try one dish from a renowned chef. During his free time he enjoys playing volleyball, spending time with his family, trying new restaurants, and reading a good mystery/thriller novel. To learn more about Jonathan’s work, visit www.anchorpointpc.com
Yehudah lives in Irvine, California and finds balance through his daily study of the Talmud.
Hess is the Co-Founder of Trauma Informed LA whose mission is to foster resilient communities that promote healing and well-being through collaboration, education, and community engagement. Hess is the co-host of Trauma Informed LA’s Our Stories Matter Podcast, which celebrates the complex lived experiences of activists and healers by sharing their inspiring stories. In recognition of her dedication, Hess was presented with the distinguished Dr. Marjorie Braude Award by the City of Los Angeles Domestic Violence City Task Force in October, 2013 for innovative collaboration in serving victims of domestic violence.
Susan lives in Los Angeles and stays balanced by hiking by the ocean and fostering puppies.
Tobin has done workshops for security guards, medical providers and residents, elementary school teachers and mental health professionals. As a bilingual clinician, he is curious about how language expresses our embodied experience. Tobin offers a mix of skills-building, intellectual inquiry and joy in his teaching.
Tobin was raised in Colorado and stays balanced by biking, playing music and making ceramics.
As part of this course of study, he focused on Tibetan Buddhist philosophy and spent 6 months at the Institute of Buddhist Dialectics in Dharamsala, India. After graduating, Dr. Barr earned a Princeton in Asia fellowship and worked in education and development in Laos. He went on to complete his MSW with a concentration in adult mental health at the University of California, Los Angeles.
He was a clinical social worker for the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health for two years before completing his PhD at the University of Southern California School of Social Work, while continuing his clinical work in private practice. Before joining the faculty at UNLV, Dr. Barr was a Cohen Veterans’ Network funded postdoctoral fellow at the Center for Innovation and Research on Veterans & Military Families at USC.
Dr. Barr’s program of research focuses on enhancing understanding of risk and protective factors for populations with traumatic experiences, like homeless young adults and military service members. His work includes intervention development and implementation leveraging principles of mindfulness to develop adaptive coping behaviors and improve mental and behavioral health outcomes in these populations. He holds certifications in a number of evidence-based practices including Prolonged Exposure and Cognitive Behavior Therapy.
Nick was born and raised in Washington, D.C. and stays balanced by training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, and reading science fiction.
Larisa is an EMDRIA (EMDR International Association) approved EMDR Certified therapist, Consultant and a Member of International Network of Trainers for Motivational Interviewing (MINT). Larisa has been an adjunct psychology and human services instructor at Allan Hancock College since 2015, teaching courses such as Psychology, Basic Counseling Skills, Crisis Intervention and Alcohol, Drugs and Addiction. She specializes in culturally sensitive individual psychotherapy for children, adolescents, and adults using an eclectic approach, including EMDR, CBT, MI (Motivational Interviewing), TRM and mindfulness techniques.
For the last 23 years, Maxine has been devoted to PIC’s mission to ensure access to services promoting child safety, self-sufficiency and wellness to children and families regardless of their race, creed or color. During her tenure, Maxine has been able to grow the infrastructure of the agency by implementing best practices, new technologies and methodologies to ensure accountability and improved service delivery. She developed a number of annual community events to improve the health, psychological wellbeing and safety of community members.
Maxine attended Prescott College and received her Bachelor’s degree in Social Work, attended Liberty University, and received her Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Counseling. She currently is working toward her Doctorate Degree in Social and Community Services at Capella University.
Maxine grew up in south Los Angeles and is a woman of great spiritual faith, married with three children, three step-children, and her big baby German Shepherd, Barkley.
To learn more about Maxine’s work visit https://personalinvolvementcenter.com
Liza was raised in New York and moved to Los Angeles in her mid-twenties. She stays balanced by meditating, hiking, laughing with and loving her husband, and spending time in nature with her horse, Tara. To learn more about Liza’s work visit https://mybestselfcoach.com
Ms. Lind has been teaching and consulting about domestic violence/intimate partner violence since 1991, after completing a training program in Boston, where she was an emergency room social worker. Since then she has trained thousands of medical, legal and mental health professionals about treating victim/survivors as well as working with abusers/perpetrators. She incorporates up to date data, trauma informed care principles, and likes to spend a lot of time on questions and challenging situations. Her teaching experience also includes 4 years at the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine, Loyola Marymount University (MFT Art Therapy program) and has been a guest speaker at various graduate schools around Los Angeles.
As part of her efforts in bridging the medical and domestic violence communities, Ms. Lind was the director of the Westside Domestic Violence Network in Los Angeles, which improved community collaboration by bringing together local agency staff of all disciplines.
Ms. Lind lives and works in Hawaii with her school-aged son. She speaks Spanish and French and stays balanced by laughing, watching movies, hiking, traveling and connecting with friends. She stays up much too late watching late night political comedy.
A recipient of a Yale-China Teaching Fellowship to the Chinese University of Hong Kong, she has taught at UC Irvine and UCLA, led seminars for child-focused organizations, and served on parent boards of her children’s schools.
Karen is a member of Circles, a group that combines deep reflection, dialogue and collaboration with a spiritual practice of Light giving from a path known as Sukyo Mahikari. The purpose of engaging in Light and reflection is to elevate consciousness, develop spirit-centeredness and generate well-being.
Raised in North Carolina, she enjoys running, dancing, book clubs and listening to her kids play music. She has a private practice in Los Angeles.
There she taught self-awareness development, family systems, infant mental health and multicultural psychology. She is author of Circles in the Nursery: Practicing multicultural family therapy. Her forthcoming book is Giving and Receiving True Light: Ordinary people on the Extraordinary path of Sukyo Mahikari.
Leena is a member of Circles, a group that combines deep reflection, dialogue and collaboration with a spiritual practice of Light giving from a path known as Sukyo Mahikari. The purpose of engaging in Light and reflection is to elevate consciousness, develop spirit-centeredness and generate well-being.
Leena was raised in India and stays balanced by giving and receiving Light with family and friends, doing water aerobics and writing letters by hand.
Helene is also on the medical staff at Northwestern’s Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and she is an assistant professor at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine.
Helene’s treatment and teaching focus was primarily on CBT, but since 2011, when she received her Master’s in Applied Positive Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania, she began integrating positive psychology into her work.
Helene runs positive psychotherapy groups, conducts positive psychology seminars for medical students and psychology interns, teaches positive psychology classes to graduate students, and partakes in many other interesting and fun projects related to this field.
She has always had an interest in mind and body-based techniques that enhance traditional therapy. Her doctorate project focused on using yoga to prevent burnout. Genevive taught trauma-focused mindfulness-based curriculums with at risk youth, indigenous peoples, and in correctional facilities. Her interest in the psychology of pain was piqued at Synovation Medical Group, where she taught classes on the mind-body connection in relation to pain, applying behavioral medicine techniques of visual imagery, meditation and relaxation interventions.
Genevive holds certifications in CBT, Seeking Safety and Psycho-physiological disorders. She is the research co-investigator of Sha Research Foundation, San Francisco studying the impact of a meditative tool on anxiety, depression, and lower back pain.
Born and raised on Maui, Hawai’i Genevive has an innate affinity with the natural elements, reveling in ocean-orientated activities, hiking, trail running, and meditating in nature.
With more than 20 years of working as a marriage and family therapist, Kim came to understand how successful individuals make bigger strides towards goals when they are being held accountable to themselves and others. She encourages her clients to manage their nutritional health side by side with emotional well-being.
Her clear way of sharing her story and breadth of knowledge has led her to be featured in Balanced Mom Magazine and earned her opportunities to speak on trauma, stress and healing at various local mental health agencies as well as at University of Southern California and University of California Irvine.
Kim understands stressful situations can cause stress and overwhelm. Her first-hand knowledge of triumph after tragedy can be read in the amazon best-selling book Mommy Divas on the Move: 16 Essential secrets for Mompreneurs.
Kim received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from California State University, Fresno and a Masters of Arts in Counseling from California State University, Long Beach. She is the youngest of four girls raised in Atwater, CA. To manage stress and create balance, she takes long walks and works out regularly while listening to thriller and espionage novels. To learn more about Kim’s work visit http://www.fullerlifeconcepts.com
Elizabeth is also a leader in mindful leadership, employee engagement, and resilience programs for organizations. Elizabeth has led mindfulness programs for Potential Project, a global leader in organizational effectiveness training, and continues to offer programs for non-profit and for-profit companies.
Elizabeth Prather has more than twenty years of leadership experience in healthcare management, non-profit and travel. As a former C-suite executive, Elizabeth found that meditation helped her cope and find success, even in stressful environments.
Elizabeth brings a depth of meditation experience with over 20 years of practice, training, and teaching. In 2012, she completed a three-year silent meditation retreat in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. Soon thereafter, she started The Prather Group, a consulting and training firm dedicated to mindfulness programs rooted in neuroscience and positive psychology principles.
Elizabeth is interested in helping mental health professionals integrate mindfulness and emotional intelligence interventions into their work as a way to help clients calm anxious minds, transform negative emotions, and enhance self-acceptance and inner happiness.
Elizabeth has completed training in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) through the University of California San Diego’s Center for Mindfulness, is certified in Emotional Intelligence training with sixseconds.org, and has undergraduate degrees in Biology and Psychology from the University of California, Berkeley.
Elizabeth lives in Los Angeles and spends her free time hiking, enjoying the ocean, and searching for the perfect remote spot for her next meditation retreat.
Dr. Dana graduated from Pepperdine University with a Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology. He began his career in the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP), as a Pre-Doctoral Intern at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Los Angeles, California. Upon completion of his internship, Dr. Dana transferred to the Federal Correctional Institution in Phoenix, Arizona, where he worked in the Special Housing Unit with disruptive inmates, provided treatment for chronically mentally ill inmates, conducted crisis intervention services and served as the Mental Health Liaison for the Hostage Negotiation Team.
He promoted to Forensic Studies Unit Psychologist at MCC Chicago in 2002, where he completed more than 400 forensic evaluations for the Federal Court System before being promoted to his current position. He has been an Adjunct Professor at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology since 2003, teaching forensic assessment, correctional psychology, and violence risk assessment classes.
Jason was born and raised in Los Angeles and stays balanced with a program of high intensity interval training and walking with Erin his wife, Dillon and Sierra his children, and his dogs, Taz and Sammie.
Kyra is originally from Western New York. She lived and studied holistic arts and ethnoperformance extensively in India and Nepal and has now been a yoga teacher for 20 years. Kyra loves all things movement and music based, and has been known to keep herself regulated by having dance parties by herself in between therapy sessions. To learn more about Kyra’s work visit https://kyrahaglund.com/ or http://collectiveresilienceyoga.com
Her world-toured one woman show, I'M TOO FAT FOR THIS SHOW, tells her story of twenty years of anorexia, eating disorders, OCD, chronic pain, and body dysmorphia. It was the sharing of her story that sent her on her mission to help others who struggle with the unnecessary oppression of body hatred.
After digging deep into her own thoughts and beliefs, facing the terrifying steps to embrace real change, she experienced healing like she would never have expected. She went on to earn certifications from The Body Positive and The Institute for Body Confidence Coaching before developing workshops and courses and working one-on-one with people.
She is the author of the books “Night Bloomers: 12 Principles for Thriving in Adversity” and “Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Christians with Depression: A Practical, Tool-Based Primer,” and coauthor of “Religion and Recovery from PTSD.” Dr. Pearce is also a board-certified health and wellness coach and is passionate about helping people achieve their wellness goals and live balanced, thriving lives. Her clinical and coaching practices focus on using the connection between mind, body, and spirit to improve health and transform through adversity.
In her spare time, she enjoys salsa dancing, hiking in the woods, and curling up with a good novel.
As the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of RC Warner Consulting, LLC, Dr. Warner provides leadership development, diversity training, and wellness enhancement for a broad array of organizations and Fortune 500 corporations. He specializes in integrating psychological, multicultural, and evidenced-based principles to enhance team performance and effectiveness. Dr. Warner utilizes a tailored and interactive approach to accelerate meaningful change when consulting with small and large organizations around the globe.
In 2017, she opened a small private practice for adult patients, specializing in the treatment of men. Other interests include suicide prevention, the Mental Illness Management & Recovery model, trauma treatment for victims who are also perpetrators of sex offenders, modified therapeutic communities, group therapy, and supervision. She is licensed in Massachusetts and Texas.
Diana grew up in New Hampshire and, after several relocations, she now lives in Massachusetts. She stays balanced by listening to podcasts, cleaning and organizing, connecting with family, skiing, and traveling.