Curriculum Vitae

Objectives >>>

To reach a population interested in the understanding and treatment of persons affected with borderline personality disorder, unresolved traumatic symptomology and self-injurious
behaviors

Education >>>

Temple University, Bachelor’s degree in psychology Graduated magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappy, Golden Key National Honor Society

Psychoanalytic Center of Philadelphia                                                                                       2013-2014 and 2014-2015 Academic Psychoanalytic Fellow

Conferences and Meetings >>>

International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation 2014, 2015 Conference

American Psychoanalytic Association                                                                                         Annual Meetings  2014

Committees and Boards >>>

Child and Family Connections Board Member – 2015 to present

Friends of Belmont Committee – Belmont Center for Comprehensive
Treatment, 2009 to present

Recovery Advisory Committee – Belmont Center for Comprehensive
Treatment, 2008 to present

Appearances >>>

WHYY/NPR radio
The Morning Edition

Dan Gottlieb’s “Voices in the Family”
Understanding Borderline Personality Disorder, 2010 and 2015

Publications >>>

The Boom Boom Retreat: A Memoir, Release Date: June 5, 2014

Facilitator’s Manual for Getting off the Emotional Roller Coaster, Published by: Training & Education Center (TEC), Mental Health Association of Southeastern PA (MHASP)

Healing Magazine, Vol. 19, No. 2, Colliding Realities: Borderline Personality Disorder

Support Groups >>>

Initiator/peer facilitator – 2008 to present
Peer to peer support group for women dealing with traits of borderline personality disorder

Co-facilitator – 2008 to 2013
Parent/caregiver psychoeducational support group for those whose lives are affected by someone suffering from traits of borderline personality disorder

Volunteer Work >>>

CONTACT of Greater Philadelphia – 2007 to 2011
Suicide Hotline
Phone listener
Involved in training for new volunteers

National Alliance for Mental Illness – 2007 to present
School Outreach
Recovery Speaker
Family 2 Family (F2F) support group guest speaker – 2010 to present

Program Consultations >>>

Child and Family Solutions
Phone Training/Supervision

Mental Health Association of SEPA
Consultant

Private Practice >>>

BPD Support Consulting, LLC
Private clientele – trauma coaching

Trainings/Workshops/Talks Conducted >>>

Tinicum Middle School, 7th grade class — National Alliance for Mental Illness

TEC Workshop on Borderline Personality Disorder — Mental Health Association of SEPA

Welsh Valley Middle School, guidance counselors — National Alliance for Mental Illness

Unitarian Society of Germantown — National Alliance for Mental Illness

Presbyterian Church of Ardmore — National Alliance for Mental Illness

Recovery Foundations Training — Department of Behavioral Health

Drexel University, College of Nursing and Health Professions, Biopsychosocial Issues in Patient Care — Panel participant

Trauma Champions Day, Department of Behavioral Health Mental Retardation Services (DBHMRS) — From Trauma Survivor to Helper

Drexel University, Hahnemann Physician Assistant Program — From Illness to Recovery

Immaculata College, Psi Chi recovery presentation

Mental Health Association of Southeastern PA – BPD

Gaudenzia House – BPD (co-presenter)

Girls Space – resiliency training (co-presenter)

LaSalle University School of Nursing –  A Journey Through Borderline Personality Disorder: Understanding the Behaviors and Tips to Responding

Montgomery County Youth Center – Self Injury, full day workshop (co-presenter)

Upper Moreland Public Library – BPD

Psychiatric Nursing Conference, 2009 – A Journey Through Borderline Personality Disorder: Understanding the Behaviors and Tips to Responding , concurrent session

Bucks County Life Program – Self Injury, half day presentation

Behavioral Health Training and Education Network (BHTEN) – A Journey Through Borderline Personality Disorder: Understanding the Behaviors and Tips to Responding, full day workshop (co-presenter), 2009

Mental Health Association of Southeastern PA – Get Off the Emotional Rollercoaster  An eight week workshop for parents/caregivers addressing depression, bi-polar disorder and borderline personality disorder – September 30th to November 18th, 2009

University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing – A Journey Through Borderline Personality Disorder: Understanding the Behaviors and Tips to Responding, fall session

Trauma Champions Day, DBHMRS – recovery speaker, breakout session facilitator

Montgomery County Behavioral Health Court – Building a Wall of Compassion: Understand and Respond Effecctively to BPD, half day presentation

French International School of Philadelphia – Teens and Mental Illness, presentation to 8th through 11th grade returning alumni students

Trail Guides/Friends Connection, Mental Health Association of Southeastern PA – Building a Wall of Compassion: Setting Limits…..BPD

Lower Merion Counseling Services and New Foundations – Building a Wall of Compassion: Understanding the  Behaviors and Tips to Responding, Full day presentation

Sources for Human Services – Building a Wall of Compassion: Understanding the  Behaviors and Tips to Responding, BPD, fufull day presentation, Edison, NJ

Sources for Human Services – Building a Wall of Compassion: Understanding the  Behaviors and Tips to Responding, BPD, full day presentation, King of Prussia, PA

University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing – Building a Wall of Compassion: Understanding the  Behaviors and Tips to Responding, BPD presentation, summer session

Behavioral Health Training and Education Network (BHTEN) – A Journey Through Borderline Personality Disorder: Understanding the Behaviors and Tips to Responding, full day workshop (co-presenter), 2009

University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing – A Journey Through Borderline Personality Disorder: Understanding the Behaviors and Tips to Responding, fall session. 2010

Sources for Human Services – Getting Comfortable with Self-Injury: Personal and Professional Perspectives, co-presentor, full day presentation, King of Prussia, PA

The College of New Jersey – Master’s of Counseling program, Community Agency class, A Journey Through Borderline Personality Disorder: Understanding the Behaviors and Techniques for Responding

Sources for Human Services – Building a Wall of Compassion: Understanding the  Behaviors and Tips to Responding, BPD, full day presentation, Edison, NJ, February 10, 2011

University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing – Building a Wall of Compassion: Understanding the Behaviors and Tips to Responding, BPD Presentation, summer session, 2011

University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing – Building a Wall of Compassion: Understanding the Behaviors and Techniques for Responding, BPD presentation, fall session, October 2011

Sources for Human Services – A Journey Through Borderline Personality Disorder: Understanding the Behaviors and Techniques for Responding, full-day presentation, Teaneck, NJ,  October 27, 2011

LaSalle University, Master’s Clinical Psychology class – A Journey Through Borderline Personality Disorder, November 10, 2011

Sources for Human Services – Building a Wall of Compassion: A Personal Perspective on Understanding the Behaviors and Techniques for Responding to Borderline Personality Disorder, Full-day workshop, October 27, 2011

Northern Burlington County In-Service – Getting Comfortable with Self-Injury: Personal Perspective on Identifying, Understanding and Responding, Half-day In-service, November 22, 2011

Behavioral Health Training and Education Network (BHTEN) – Building a Wall of Compassion: Understanding and Responding Effectively to Borderline Personality Disorder, Full-day presentation Co-presentor, December 4, 2011

Franklin Square Hospital Center, Baltimore, Maryland – Building a Wall of Compassion: Understanding and Responding Effectively to Borderline Personality Disorder – Morning and afternoon session for clinical and psychiatric staff. March 14, 2012

LaSalle University – Building a Wall of Compassion: Understanding and Responding Effectively to Borderline Personality Disorder – class for PsyD students, April 10, 2012

University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing – Building a Wall of Compassion: Understanding the Behaviors and Techniques for Responding, BPD presentation, Summer session, June 6, 2012

Open presentation through Creating Increased Connections, Borderline Personality Disorder, Norristown, PA, May 31, 2012

University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing – BPD presentation for undergraduate program, October 3, 2012

Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse, Allentown, PA – Building a Wall of Compassion, Full-day presentation, September 27, 2012

Behavioral Health Training and Education Network (BHTEN) – Building a Wall of Compassion: Understanding and Responding Effectively to Borderline Personality Disorder, Full-day presentation Co-presentor, October 3, 2012

University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, graduate program, BPD presentation, October 9, 2012

Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse, Allentown, PA – Recognizing What Can Motivate Trauma Related Behavior and Responding Effectively: A Trauma and Recovery Perspective for Coping with Challenges Experienced by Individuals with Complex Trauma, Full-day presentation, December 13, 2012

Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, Med-surg nursing conference, Building a Wall of Compassion: Understanding the Behaviors of Borderline Personality Disorder and Techniques for Responding, January 17, 2013

Behavioral Health Special Initiative (BHSI), Building a Wall of Compassion: Understanding the Behaviors of Borderline Personality Disorder and Techniques for Responding, Full-day workshop, March 6, 2013

2013 Psychiatric Nursing Conference, Building a Wall of Compassion, concurrent session, March 23, 2013

LaSalle University – Building a Wall of Compassion: Understanding and Responding Effectively to Borderline Personality Disorder – class for PsyD students, April 9, 2013

Eagleville Hospital – Getting Comfortable with Self-Injury: Personal Perspective on Identifying, Understanding and Responding, full-day workshop, April 23, 2013

University of Pennsylvania – Recognizing What Can Motivate Trauma Related Behavior and Responding Effectively, full-day workshop, June 6, 2013

Sources for Human Services @ Eaglevill Hospital, Building a Wall of Compassion: Understanding the Behaviors of Borderline Personality Disorder and Techniques for Responding, Full-day workshop, October 10, 2013

Salem County School District, Self-Injury workshop for guidance counselors, October 11, 2013

INOVA Healthcare System, Fairfax, Virginia, Building a Wall of Compassion: Understanding and Responding Effectively to Borderline Personality Disorder, full-day workshop, October 16, 2013

Sources for Human Services, Recognizing What Can Motivate Trauma Related Behavior and Responding Effectively, full-day workshop, October 22, 2013

Child and Family Connections, Inc. @ Temple Univeristy, Workshop on Emotional Dysregulation and Validation for parents, October 29, 2013

University of Pennsylvania – Recognizing What Can Motivate Trauma Related Behavior and Responding Effectively, half-day workshop, November 18, 2013

LaSalle Univeristy – Building a Wall of Compassion: Understanding and Responding Effectively to Borderline Personality Disorder, November 21, 2013

University of Pennsylvania – Recognizing What Can Motivate Trauma Related Behavior and Responding Effectively, half-day workshop February 3, 2014

Sources for Human Services @ Eagleville Hospital, Recognizing What Can Motivate Trauma Related Behavior and Responding Effectively, Full-day workshop, June 11, 2014

Sources for Human Services @ Belmont Center for Comprehensive Treatment – Building a Wall of Compassion: Understanding and Responding Effectively to Borderline Personality Disorder, Full-day workshop, June 27, 2014

Resources for Human Development – Trauma Supervision Training with Case Study presentations, Full-day, July 17, 2014

New Directions – Talk on Borderline Personality Disorder, followed by book signing for The Boom Boom Retreat: A Memoir,August 2, 2014,

NAMI Conference (2014) – Talk on Getting Off the Emotional Rollercoaster workshop, September 5, 2014

University of Pennsylvania – Recognizing What Can Motivate Trauma Related Behavior and Responding Effectively, undergraduate nursing program, October 1, 2014

Behavioral Health Training and Education Network (BHTEN) – Building a Wall of Compassion: Understanding and Responding Effectively to Borderline Personality Disorder, Full-day presentation, October 17, 2014

Sources for Human Services – Self-injury workshop, full-day, Allentown, PA, November 6, 2014

University of Pennsylvania – Recognizing What Can Motivate Trauma Related Behavior and Responding Effectively, graduate psychiatric nursing program, November 18, 2014

Princeton Behavioral Health, Grand Rounds on Borderline Personality Disorder, November 24, 2014

College of New Jersey, Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy program, A Psychoanalytic Perspective: Understanding the Unresolved, March 12, 2015

Fairmount Hospital, Recognizing What Can Motivate Trauma Related Behavior and Responding Effectively, Full-day workshop, May 13, 2015

Fairmount Hospital, Getting Comfortable with Self-Injury: Personal Perspective on Identifying, Understanding and Responding, Full-day workshop, May 25, 2015

Wordsworth Academy, Trauma: The Dangers of the Disconnect, teacher inservice, Full-day workshop, August 26, 2015

University of Pennsylvania – Recognizing What Can Motivate Trauma Related Behavior and Responding Effectively, undergraduate nursing program, October 21, 2015

Bryn Mawr College Professional Development, Trauma from the Top Down, 3 part series, November 6, November 20 and December 4, 2015

Behavioral Health Training and Education Network (BHTEN) – Building a Wall of Compassion: Understanding and Responding Effectively to Borderline Personality Disorder, Full-day presentation, November 13, 2015

University of Pennsylvania – Recognizing What Can Motivate Trauma Related Behavior and Responding Effectively, undergraduate nursing program, February 10, 2016

Steps for Recovery Treatment Center, Trauma training with case study, June 10, 2016

University of Pennsylvania – Recognizing What Can Motivate Trauma Related Behavior and Responding Effectively, undergraduate nursing program, February 10, 2016

Belmont Center for Comprehensive Treatment, Recognizing What Can Motivate Trauma Related Behavior and Responding Effectively, July 14, 2016

University of Pennsylvania – Recognizing What Can Motivate Trauma Related Behavior and Responding Effectively, undergraduate nursing program, October 5, 2016

Bryn Mawr College Professional Development, The Difficult Client: Rules of Engagement, November 18, 2016

University of Pennsylvania – Recognizing What Can Motivate Trauma Related Behavior and Responding Effectively, undergraduate nursing program, February 8, 2017

Fairmount Hospital, Building a Wall of Compassion: Understanding and Responding Effectively to Borderline Personality Disorder, Full-day presentation, February 3, 2017