Featured Speakers

Mark Wolynn

Director of the Family Constellation Institute, Mark is North America’s leader in Inherited Family Trauma. A sought-after lecturer, he leads workshops around the world. His book IT DIDN’T START WITH YOU: How Inherited Family Trauma Shapes Who We Are and How to End the Cycle (Viking/Penguin) is the winner of the 2016 Silver Nautilus Book Award in psychology. His articles have appeared in Psychology Today, Mind Body Green, MariaShriver.com, Elephant Journal and Psych Central, and his poetry has been published in The New Yorker.

“As creator of the Core Language® Approach, I’ve spent the last 20 years observing how lan¬guage and trauma intersect—how patients’ presenting symptoms, specifically the language they use, can lead us to the root of the issue, often to a trauma in the family history or in early childhood. Uncovering our core language can free us from reliving traumas that don’t belong to us.”

Dan Griffin

Dan is an internationally recognized author, thought leader, and expert on men’s relationships and masculinity. His work is dedicated to exploring and redefining what it means to be a man in the 21st century; and, his book, A Man’s Way Through Relationships, was written to help men create healthy relationships while navigating the challenges of the “Man Rules™,” those
ideas men internalize at very young ages about how to be real boys and men. Griffin’s has spent over two decades in the mental health and addictions field and authored A Man’s Way through the Twelve Steps, the first trauma-informed book to take a holistic look at men’s sobriety. He co-authored Helping Men Recover, the first comprehensive gender-responsive and trauma-in¬formed curriculum for addiction and mental health professionals.

Lori Raney

A board-certified psychiatrist and Principal with Health Management Associ­ates in Denver, Colorado, Lori is considered a leading authority on integra­tion of primary care and behavioral health. Her work focuses on service evaluation, gap analysis and design and training of multidisciplinary teams to implement evidence-based practices to improve the identification and treatment of mental illness in the primary care setting and improve the health status of patients with serious mental illness in behavioral health settings.

Lori is the editor of two books Integrated Care: Working at the Interface of Primary Care and Behavioral Health and Integrated Care: A Guide for Effective Implementation. In addition, she has published numerous articles, serves as a Master Trainer for the American Psychiatric Asso­ciation, and works on evaluating and teaching hospitals and clinics to develop strategies to deal with the impact of behavioral health across health care systems.

Patrick J. Kennedy

Patrick is a well-recognized politician and mental health advocate, founder of the Kennedy Forum, former member of the President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction & the Opioid Crisis, and co-founder of One Mind. As the youngest son of the long-time Senator Ted Kennedy and nephew of former U.S. President John F. Kennedy, the Honorable Patrick Kennedy is no stranger to family trauma and addiction. Since leaving Congress, Kennedy has gone public about his struggle with bipolar disorder and addiction and become a leading advocate for a stronger mental health care system including full implementation of the Federal Parity Law. In 2018, Politico termed Kennedy “the unlikely go-to player for companies seeking to benefit from the Trump administration’s response to the opioid crisis. In 2015, he co-authored A Common Struggle: A Personal Journey Through the Past and Future of Mental Illness and Addiction de-tailing his own journey and ongoing political advocacy for federal legislation in support of mental health and addiction health care.

David Oppenheim

David is Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Haifa, Israel, and Associate Editor of Infant Mental Health Journal. He has been involved in attachment research for more than 20 years, focusing on the importance of secure, emotionally open parent-child relations for children’s development and mental health. Dr. Oppenheim has also studied how secure attachments are fostered by parental insightfulness into the child’s inner world and has applied attachment concepts and methods in research on clinical populations. He actively lectures and writes on the clinical applications of attachment.

Lorna Smith Benjamin

Lorna is an internationally recognized psychotherapist known for her creation of Structural Analysis of Social Behavior (SASB) for describing interactions with self and others; and of Interpersonal Reconstructive Therapy (IRT), which she developed for “treatment resistant” psychiatric patients. Lorna trains and consults with clinicians all over the U.S. and Europe in the use of IRT. One of her popular workshops is The Making & Un-Making of Personality Disorders’. Lorna works with those who have experienced various traumas and have been left with symptomology often un­touched by other therapies. IRT has proven to be impactful in reducing symptomology and hospi­talizations while improving life function even for some of the most difficult and complex clients.

Frank Layden

Best known in this area as the colorful coach of the Utah Jazz, who also drafted and signed franchise mainstays John Stockton and Karl Malone and won NBA Coach (and Executive) of the Year, Frank Layden is far from retired. The antics and talents which helped him create Sports Illustrated’s “Dazzling Dunks and Basketball Bloopers”, will shine through as he inspires you with his stories – stories which provide professional and life lessons and inspiration for thousands.

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