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LEO DEBROECK, MS, LMHC, CMHS, MHP

President

National Provider Number (NPI): 1417308024

Washington State License Number: LH60827185


Leo DeBroeck, MS, LMHC, CMHS, MHP is Child Mental Health Specialist and Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Washington State. He is CBT Plus certified through the University of Washington and Harborview Sexual Assault and Traumatic Stress Center. He has worked full-time at a community health center as a Mental Health therapist with a team of other Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists. he has previous experience working with children and adolescents at an intensive inpatient program in Spokane, Washington for several years. He has completed his Masters of Science in clinical psychology with his thesis on factors in suicide. He has published scientific research on young adults related to suicidality. He writes and has published children's therapy books for use in counseling settings. These are published on Amazon, for use in therapy settings addressing grief, addiction, neglect, abuse, self-confidence and others. He is the president and founded an LLC called Counselor's Choice Award that reviews counseling products and therapeutic tools. This also offers Continuing Education Courses. He has taught Continuing Education courses throughout the United States of America, Australia, Canada, and the United Kingdom. He has worked in several different levels of care for mental health treatment including long-term inpatient care, WISe wraparound intensive services, school-based therapy services, and outpatient clinical settings.

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RACHEL HUGHES, PH.D.

Instructor

National Provider Number (NPI): 1366805905

Washington State License Number: LF60774478


Dr. Rachel Hughes specializes in supporting families with neurodivergent, gender questioning, and transgender kids and teens to build a collaborative and accepting family culture as a family therapist. They are the primary clinician and CEO of Connect Counseling and Consulting where they use therapeutic game interventions to work on treatment goals. They received their PhD in Medical Family Therapy from Saint Louis University and has completed a certification to become a therapeutic game master.

EDUCATION:

University of Colorado: Advanced Specialization in Medical Family Therapy

Saint Louis University: PhD in Medical Family Therapy

Appalachian State University: MA in Marriage and Family Therapy with certificates in Addiction Counseling and Expressive Arts Therapy

LICENSURE AND CERTIFICATIONS:

State of Washington, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, LF60774478

State of Washington, Child Mental Health Specialist, Active

State of Washington, Approved Supervisor

American Association for Marriage and Family Therapists, Approved Supervisor

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BOB TYLER, BA, LAADC, CADC II

Instructor

California Consortium of Addiction Programs and Professionals (CCAPP) Credential Number LCi04530315

While working in Inpatient, Residential, and Intensive Outpatient levels of care, Bob Tyler has been working in recovery since 1990. He serves as Compliance Officer at L.A. CADA, is owner of Bob Tyler Recovery Services (consulting, CD private practice, public speaking), is Past President of CAADAC, and taught the ethics course at LMU Extension in the Alcohol and Drug Studies Program for several years. He authored the EVVY Award-winning book, Enough Already! A Guide to Recovery from Alcohol and Drug Addiction, and has produced several educational DVD’s shown in over 1000 treatment centers across the country, including Craving and Relapse. Bob Tyler has earned his BA in psychology from Loyola Marymount University.

https://drugabuseandrecovery.com/

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GINGER MICHEL, MA, LMHC

Instructor

LIC# LH60896220 Washington State

NPI# 1457807331 USA

Ginger Michel earned her MA in Licensed Mental Health Counseling through Antioch University of Seattle and since 2015, clients – both individuals and families – have honored her with their trust and confidence to help them recover from trauma, anxiety, depression, and behavioral difficulties at home and school.

She has worked with adults and children (5+) who have feelings and/or behaviors that interfere with healthy daily functioning and have helped them get on the path they want to be on.

Ginger started the path to becoming a Supervisor in 2018 moving up to Clinical Director in a large practice before starting her private practice in 2022.

Ginger has developed a reputation with her colleagues for being kind, enthusiastic, supportive, and direct with her clients believing fully that honesty and love are the best healers.

Aside from her passion for therapeutic work with the community, she is a Breast Cancer survivor, has been working with dogs for over a decade, and enjoys painting, playing ukulele, and traveling.

In the past, Ginger has volunteered with homeless teens and older adults and has since worked therapeutically with teens, children, and adult clients including refugee families, adult survivors of trauma, those recovering from addiction, and teens transitioning from disciplinary youth centers back into the community. She has worked with people experiencing significant depression and anxiety with a special interest in treating trauma and depression with a person-centered, empathic, existential approach.
https://www.cqtherapy.com/

Diane Bigler MSW, LCSW

DIANE BIGLER, MSW, LCSW, LSCSW

Instructor

Missouri License# 2008005530  

Diane Bigler, MSW, LCSW, LSCSW, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Missouri and Kansas. She has over 20 years of experience in the fields of psychology, social work and mental health. Prior to her career in social work, Diane was a Criminal Investigator for the Robertson County District Attorney’s Office in Tennessee, on a Crimes Against Minors task force; completing investigations in child abuse, human trafficking, missing persons, sexual assault, and homicide. Diane completed two field internships at the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia, while obtaining her Associates and Bachelor’s degrees in Criminal Justice, and during post-graduate work.


Diane was an Adjunct Professor of Social Work at The University of Kansas, School of Social Welfare for 10 years, where she obtained her Master’s degree in Social Work in 2006, with clinical concentrations in Children & Families and Mental Health. Diane taught classes in the Clinical Master’s program, which includes: Clinical Social Work Practice, Loss and Grief, Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Family Therapy, Advanced Standing Practice, and Mental Health & Psychopathology. Additionally, Diane was a Field Liaison and Community Education trainer for the School of Social Welfare. Diane was the recipient of the Adjunct Professor of the Year award in 2017, and the Margo Award for Excellence in Field Instruction in 2020.


Diane has two decades of clinical experience in psychiatric hospitals, outpatient clinics, and in the provision of in-home and community-based therapy. She has also functioned in leadership and supervisory positions as a teacher, mental health consultant, clinical supervisor, and program coordinator. Diane maintained a clinical supervision practice where she supported over 50 social workers in their journey of obtaining a clinical social work license.


Diane has facilitated hundreds of trainings locally and nationally in recent years, to audiences comprised of mental health professionals, physicians and nurses, teachers, police officers, business personnel, and local City Council members. Diane enjoys the creativity that comes with envisioning and designing trainings, and aims to provide trainings that are informative, engaging and skill-building.


Diane was the Performance Solutions Director at New Directions Behavioral Health in Kansas City, MO. She customized and facilitated leadership and corporate trainings to EAP customers, on topics such as Supporting Employees with Personal Problems, The Value of Emotional Intelligence, Dealing with Difficult Employees, and Facilitating Team Meetings. Diane also provided executive leadership coaching to managers and CEO’s.


Outside of her professional life, Diane loves to spoil her four rescue Dachshunds (Mavis, Jerry, Daisy and Hank). She also volunteers with Serve KC, Kansas City Hospice, and Harvesters Food Bank. Diane is a child of the 80's and loves anything from that era - including being a groupie of 80's cover bands.

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CLIFTON MITCHELL, PH.D.

Instructor

Clifton Mitchell Ph.D. is an international clinical trainer and keynote speaker who has a love for teaching and over 30 years of training experience. He delivers practical information in a uniquely entertaining, fast-paced style that is filled with humor and illuminating examples. In his latest book, Priming: Programming the Mind for Habit Change and Success, he teaches a scientifically-based system for partnering with the subconscious to eliminate bad habits and create success-advancing behaviors. He also demonstrates how to use priming to radically intensify therapeutic communications and improve outcomes.

        For over 20 years, he has studied and presented seminars on methods for dealing with resistance in therapy. In his book, Effective Techniques for Dealing with Highly Resistant Clients, he presents cutting-edge approaches for managing psychological resistance. He has also trained thousands of mental health professionals in the management of difficult, perplexing legal and ethical issues and his latest training is in an entertaining, dynamic game show format.

        He is a contributing author in therapy books and published in numerous professional journals including the Psychotherapy Networker, Psychotherapy in Australia, Journal of Personality Assessment, Perceptual and Motor Skills, Psychology and Education, Journal of Psychological Type, The Professional School Counselor, Sober World, Counselor, Vistas, and The Advocate. His research includes investigations of therapeutic resistance, legal and ethical issues, subliminal message tapes, stress and coping, PMS, and personality types. His ideas and writings have also been published in Men’s Health Today and Barron’s Financial Weekly. Dr. Mitchell is currently a professor Emeritus at East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, TN, where he was awarded Teacher of the Year in 2002.

For more information please visit: www.cliftonmitchell.com.

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MATTHEW PETERS, MS, LMHCA

Instructor

NPI# 1649855263

License #MC61302704

Matthew completed his Master’s in Science at Eastern Washington University. He has working for year in an inpatient hospital setting in Spokane, Washington. He’s worked in group practice work with adolescent, youth adults, and adults. He has served in the military in the army reserve for 8 years. He worked with veterans. He is currently a licensure as an associate in clinical mental health.

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ELISAVETA V. PAVLOVA, PH.D., CEDS, MS, IE-PRO, EDIT-I

Instructor

Certified Eating Disorder Specialist (CEDS) #3737, IAEDP


• More than 12 years of experience in working at individual psycho-educational counseling face-to-face, online therapy, counseling parents, and leading groups as a Counsellor for eating disorders (ED), and related fields.

• Trained in internet-delivered cognitive behavior therapy (iCBT) in clinical practice, which program is accredited by Accredited Professional Development or Continuing Professional Development (CPD).

• Have been working as a Counselling Psychologist in Canada, Europe, and Internationally, and possess extensive experience in online counseling for 7 Cups, Onlinetherapy.org, and Just Answer organizations.

• Partnering Clinician for THIS WAY UP (Australia) internet-delivered cognitive behavior therapy platform.

• Founder and President of the Association UNIKAL, which focuses on the prevention of ED, and UNIKAL Online Institute, for which I work as a Counseling Psychologist, Coordinating Trainer, and Lecturer.

• Professional partner of the Global Clinical Practice Network at World Health Organization (WHO), iaedp™ USA Institute of ED: Board Member, and member of the International Advisory Committee; International Chapter Chair, and Designated Educational Affiliate of iaedp™ (International Professional Association for ED Professionals) in Bulgaria (Europe).

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COLLEEN CARNEY, PH.D.

Instructor

College of Psychologists in Ontario License number 4094

Dr. Colleen Carney is a Professor at Toronto Metropolitan University and the Director of the Sleep and Depression Laboratory. They are the President of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies Behavioral Sleep Medicine Special Interest Group. Dr. Carney is a leading expert on the cognitive behavioural insomnia treatment for those with comorbid illness. They have over 25 years of experience in behavioural sleep medicine, with over 100 publications, including 12 books on CBT for insomnia. Dr. Carney trains students and professionals in behavioural sleep medicine internationally and is a passionate advocate for improving access to evidence-based treatments for insomnia.

https://drcolleencarney.com/
https://www.dozeapp.ca/
https://consensussleepdiary.com/

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M. REID STELL, MA, LMHC

Instructor

National Provider Number (NPI): 1881979946

Washington State License Number: LH 60425029.


Macdonald Reid Stell is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC). My Washington State Department of Health license number is: LH 60425029. I received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration from the University of Washington and a Master of Arts degree in Counseling Psychology from City University of Seattle. I previously served as the executive director of the Washington Mental Health Counselors Association, board member, and chair of their professional development committee. I am a longtime member of the C.G. Jung Society of Seattle, the American Mental Health Counselors Association, and the Washington Mental Health Counselors Association.

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DAWNA DAIGNEAULT ED. SPEC, LCPC, CCTP

Instructor

Missouri Licensee Number: 2008035324 

As a professional counselor in private practice, Dawna specializes in treating individuals experiencing self-worth issues. She has learned that sometimes depression and anxiety stem from low self-worth. This reality has prompted her to hone her skills for repairing self-worth issues for clients and readers.

Dawna created the So Worthy app (2020) to include pathways that guide people back to self-worth. The app asks challenging questions while assisting users in finding their balance and exercising self-compassion. The So Worthy Activity Journal is a companion book to the app but can be a stand-alone guide to remembering and protecting self-worth.

Dawna graduated from the University of Missouri – Kansas City with a master’s degree in counseling and continued her education there, achieving an Ed.S. degree. She has authored local articles and blogs on balance and self-awareness throughout her career and led workshops, seminars, and group classes. She was an ongoing presenter with a regional self-improvement seminar for four years and has conducted speaking engagements at various women’s events—all the while collecting real-life challenges and experiences through her own perspective and her professional surroundings.


In 2012, Dawna wrote the Ribbon of Worth essay to assist her clients in forming a mental image of how to protect self-worth. She created an online Facebook community called Ribbon of Worth to promote individual and community wellness through sharing her wealth of experience on self-worth. It was through this initial effort and Daigneault’s own process of self-love and learning that ribbonofworth.com was born to support self-worth in others.

https://ribbonofworth.com/

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