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Breaking the Cycle: Presenters

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Presenter Bios


Dr. Karen Alter-Reid, PhD is a clinical psychologist and founder of the Big Oak Psychotherapy Training Institute. She is a Regional EMDR Institute Trainer, a TR HAP Trainer, and EMDRIA Specialty Presenter. She is also the Senior EMDR Consultant and Trainer for the National Institute for the Psychotherapies in New York City.



Eboni Bugg, LCSW is an EMDRIA Certified practitioner and Consultant-in-Training in private practice. Her work focuses on healing culturally-based trauma as a form of social justice and nurturing developing clinicians. Eboni integrates evidence-based modalities including EMDR, Motivational Interviewing, Internal Family Systems, Mindfulness, and Yoga to foster holistic change and wellness. Eboni is a founding member of the Central Virginia Clinicians of Color Network and coordinated the first EMDR Basic Training for People of Color (trainer- Mark Nickerson, LICSW) in Charlottesville, VA.


Rolf Carriere, MA studied development economics and philosophy at Groningen University, Netherlands. From 1971 till 2005 he worked with UNICEF and the World Bank, mostly in health and nutrition in Asia, including 9 years in India. His last positions were UNICEF Country Representative in Bhutan, Myanmar, Bangladesh and Indonesia. In 1985, he co-founded the Iodine Global Network (ICCIDD). In 2002, he established and managed the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) in Geneva. In 2016, he founded the Global Initiative for Stress and Trauma Treatment (GIST-T). He currently serves on the Boards of Nonviolent Peaceforce and the Free Yezidi Foundation.


Quandra Chaffers, LCSW is the creative force behind Sexual Abuse & Sex Solutions, a private practice located in San Francisco. She helps teenagers and adults to overcome intimate partner violence and sexual abuse. Quandra is a queer, kink, & poly knowledgeable sex therapist specializing in areas of sexless marriages, painful sex, and problematic sexual behaviors. She taught as an Adjunct Professor at Washington University in St. Louis. For four years, Quandra treated an average of 90 survivors per year as a Case Manager-Therapist at the YWCA St Louis Regional Sexual Assault Center. As a volunteer of Rape and Violence Ends Now (RAVEN), she co-facilitated batter’s intervention programming for 6 years, working to rehabilitate men who have been abusive.


Cheryl A. Clayton, LCSW is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a Virginia Certified Sex Offender Treatment Provider. She is a Board Member of the Virginia Sex Offender Treatment Association. She served as the Director of Specialized Treatment Services of Virginia for Resources for Human Development, Inc. and is currently the Director of the Radford Counseling Group of Abingdon. Her clinical expertise is in the areas of assessing and treating youth and adults who have committed sexual offences. She has specialized in the treatment of sexual offenders and their families since 1994. Her area of specialization is in research and trauma informed treatment of sex offenders, including her work with EMDR therapy about which she has published and presented nationally.


Donald F. deGraffenried, LCSW is a passionate advocate for expanding EMDR therapy into agency and community mental health settings, with special interest in using EMDR therapy with the survivors of homicide. He is the Coordinator of the Greater New Haven Trauma Recovery Network (GNH TRN), sponsored by Trauma Recovery EMDR Humanitarian Assistance Programs (TREMDRHAP). GNH TRN provides pro bono EMDR therapy sessions to crime victims and survivors of homicide, who have been referred by the New Haven Police Department. deGraffenried is a Senior EMDR Trainer and consultant for TR EMDR HAP and nationally and internationally.


Dr Derek Farrell, PhD is a Principal Lecturer in Psychology, an EMDR Therapy Europe Accredited Trainer and Consultant, a Chartered Psychologist, Scientist and Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society, and an Accredited Psychotherapist with the British Association of Cognitive & Behavioral Psychotherapies (BABCP). He is past President of the EMDR UK & Ireland Board, President of Trauma Aid Europe, Past Vice President of EMDR Europe Board, Chair of the EMDR Europe Practice Committee and a participating member of the Council of Scholars Future of EMDR Project. He is involved in Humanitarian Trauma Capacity Building programs in Pakistan, Turkey, India, Cambodia, Myanmar, Thailand, Indonesia, Lebanon, Poland, Philippines, Palestine and Iraq. His PhD in Psychology was researching survivor’s experiences of sexual abuse perpetrated by clergy and he has written several related publications. Derek was the recipient of the ‘David Servan Schreiber Award’ (2013) for Outstanding Contribution to EMDR Therapy, shortlisted for the prestigious Times Higher Education Supplement (TES) Awards (2017) for ‘International Impact’ for his Humanitarian Trauma Capacity Building work in Iraq with the Free Yezidi Foundation and Jiyan Foundation for Torture and Human Rights, and awarded the Trauma Aid Europe ‘Humanitarian of the Year Award’ (2018).


Ana M Gómez, MC, LPC is the founder and director of the AGATE Institute in the U.S. She is an EMDR Institute, and EMDR-IBA trainer of trainers in Colombia and is a participating member of the Council of Scholars Future of EMDR Project. She is a psychotherapist, author, and an international speaker on the use of EMDR therapy with children and adolescents with complex and developmental trauma as well as generational wounds and dissociation. She has been the keynote and invited speaker at numerous conferences and workshops and has presented in over 70 cities in 15 countries.

Ana is the author of EMDR Therapy and Adjunct Approaches with Children: Complex Trauma, Attachment and Dissociation and several books, book chapters and articles on the use of EMDR therapy with children and adolescents. She is the author of Dark, Bad Day…Go Away, a book for children about trauma and EMDR therapy which has been translated into four languages, “The Thoughts Kit for Kids” and co-authored with Dr. Francine Shapiro, an article on the use of EMDR therapy with children, published in 2013. Ana was the recipient of the 2011 “Distinguished Service Award” from the Arizona Play Therapy Association and the 2012 Sierra Tucson “Hope Award.”


E. C. Hurley, DMin, PhD is the Founder and CEO of Soldier Center, a community-based treatment center and EMDR training center specializing in the military, veterans, first-responder populations. A retired Army Colonel with 33 years military service, he specializes in treating persons with complex PTSD and moral injury. He presents EMDR basic and advanced trainings with a focus on these populations and is a participating member of the Council of Scholars Future of EMDR Project. He holds doctorates in pastoral counseling (DMin) and Clinical Psychology (PhD). He is a recipient of the Elizabeth Stryker EMDR Humanitarian Assistance Program (EMDR HAP) Volunteer of the Year award (2010) and EMDRIA’s Francine Shapiro award (2019). He is author of several publications including his research in comparing EMDR weekly and intensive treatments (Frontiers, 2018) and the soon to be published Clinical Guide for Treating Military and Veterans with EMDR Therapy with Springer Publishing.


Ignacio (Nacho) Jarero, PhD, EdD specializes in Humanitarian Trauma Recovery and Research Programs on EMDR therapy. He has conducted seminars and workshops with participants of 65 different countries, and since 1998 has provided field services around the world to natural or human provoked disaster survivors, family members of those deceased, and first responders. He is a participating member of the Council of Scholars Future of EMDR Project. Dr. Jarero is an EMDR Institute & EMDR-Iberoamerica Senior Trainer of Trainers and Specialty Trainer and has received the EMDR-Iberoamerica Francine Shapiro Award, the EMDRIA’s Outstanding Research Award, the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation International Crisis Response Leadership Award, the EMDR Colombia Jaibaná Award for Humanitarian Work, and the Argentine Society of Psychotrauma (ISTSS).


Marlene Kenney, MA, LICSW is a Senior Clinician and Coordinator of the Trauma and Loss Counseling Program at Riverside Trauma Center, based in Needham, MA. She provides trauma response services including community consultation, crisis management, and trauma trainings (suicide prevention, toxic stress, suicide postvention, introduction to EMDR and EMDR Early Intervention Strategies). As a trauma responder Marlene has held community meetings and guided schools and their host communities through suicide clusters. She utilizes a range of expertise to provide integrative, sustainable trauma services when Riverside Trauma Center’s help is requested. Marlene has responded to over 200 trauma responses ranging from the Boston Marathon Bombing, suicide deaths, homicides, sexual harassment allegations and natural disasters domestically and in the Philippines. She is a EMDRIA Approved Consultant and consults to agencies and clinicians in community mental health settings and others throughout New England and nationally.


Paul W. Miller, MD, DMH, MRCPsych is a psychiatrist; accredited EMDR Trainer-in-training within EMDR Europe and an EMDR institute facilitator and is a participating member of the Council of Scholars Future of EMDR Project. He has served as Chair of the training subcommittee, EMDR UK and Ireland Association and introduced EMDR therapy to psychiatry in Northern Ireland’s National Health Service. In January 2011 he founded Mirabilis Health – a private psychiatrist-led clinic specializing in EMDR therapy. Professor Miller is a popular international speaker on topics including EMDR therapy for psychosis. He is currently Visiting Professor, Faculty of Life and Health Sciences, School of Nursing and is exploring the use of EMDR therapy within The Centre for Maternal, Fetal and Infant Research (MFIR). He is author of the book EMDR Therapy for Schizophrenia and Other Psychoses.


Dolores Mosquera, MA is a psychologist and psychotherapist. She is the director of the Institute for the Study of Trauma and Personality Disorders (INTRA-TP), a private institution where she has worked with EMDR for many years on cases related to severe traumatization. She is an EMDR Europe Consultant and Trainer. She has extensive teaching experience, leading seminars, workshops and lectures internationally. She has published many books and articles on personality disorders, complex trauma and dissociation and is a recognized expert in this field.


Mark Nickerson, LICSW is an EMDR Institute Trainer, EMDRIA Approved Consultant and a participating member of the Council of Scholars Future of EMDR Project. He was a past President of EMDRIA. He is director of EMDR Advanced Trainings and Distance Learning. Mark is editor/author of Cultural Competence and Healing Culturally Based Trauma with EMDR Therapy: Insights, Strategies and Protocols (Springer, 2016) and The Wounds Within (Skyhorse, 2015), an expose on the challenges for war veterans and their families. He conducts advanced EMDR trainings nationally and internationally on topics including culturally based trauma and treatment for problem behaviors. He has developed award winning innovative programs designed to reduce and resolve interpersonal conflict and is the originator of the Cycle Model as an approach to assessing and treating problem behaviors.


Sonny Provetto, LICSW is an EMDR clinician and a trauma consultant for emergency responders both nationally and internationally. In 2018, Sonny founded The Vermont Center for Responder Wellness, a full-service treatment center that provides for the treatment of trauma using a variety of methods including yoga and EMDR therapy. Sonny currently consults on issues of stress and trauma with 15 Vermont police departments and the Vermont Department of Children and Families. Sonny is the recipient of the 2018 EMDRIA Award as a distinguished clinician, recognized for the support and advancement of EMDR as an effective therapy for the treatment of trauma in emergency service personnel.


Ronald J. Ricci, PhD is a Virginia Certified Sex Offender Treatment Provider and Certified EMDR Approved Consultant. He holds a Governor appointed seat on the Pennsylvania Sex Offender Assessment Board (SOAB). He is a Fellow of the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers (ATSA). He served as Clinical Director for Sex Offender Services for Resources For Human Development, Inc. of Philadelphia, PA, and Clinical Director of Virginia SO Services for Specialized Treatment Services of Virginia. He provides clinical consultation for adolescent, adult, outpatient, and residential programs. He specializes in the treatment and research of sex offenders, with an interest in trauma effects and EMDR about which he has presented and published nationally and internationally.



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