Chair of the Certification Board
Diane Travers, LCSW, CTS
Certified Trauma Treatment Specialist
Diane Travers, LCSW, Certified Trauma Treatment Specialist is the Director of Outpatient Behavioral Health Services at the Mental Health Association of Essex County where she has been employed for the last sixteen years. She coordinates behavioral health treatment for adults and children and adolescents in two outpatient programs. A clinician for many years, Diane has been responsible for supervising clinicians and graduate students who are serving adults, children and adolescents experiencing behavioral difficulties. She previously supervised numerous school-based counseling programs primarily in inner city high schools serving adolescents with histories of childhood abuse, domestic violence, gang related violence and other traumatic experiences. Twenty six years ago, she started her state’s first trauma response program for children witnessing traumatic events. Since then, she has worked with many children and widows following the terrorist attacks on 9/11. She is a member of the NJ Disaster Response Crisis Counselor Advisory Board which implemented credentialing for trauma responders in the state of New Jersey. In addition, she is also an active member of the Essex County Traumatic Loss Coalition and responds to local schools following tragic events. As the Director of Trauma-Informed Care for her agency, Diane has been responsible for shifting the culture to incorporate the impact that traumatic events has on the lives of the individuals served in all programs at her agency. She coordinates educational workshops for staff to bring awareness of the impact of trauma to staff members. Diane has been an ATSS member for 25 years and has been the Certification Chair for the last ten years.
Christine Dernederlanden C.T.S.S is founder and President of Robert’s Press Canada’s Grief Resource Centre and has been recognized internationally for her work in the field of Grief and Trauma. Christine is Certified by Association of Traumatic Stress Specialists as a Certified Trauma Services Specialist. She educationally keeps abreast in the field through various avenues including Niagara University, Oklahoma Traumatology, Brock University, University of Wisconsin and National Centre for P.T.S.D. Her first publication Where is Robert?, the grief kit that aided over 6000 families affected by 9/11/01 is the recipient of a certificate of appreciation from the U.S. Secretary of Defence Donald. H Rumsfeld. Her second publication H.U.G.S. Helping Children Understand Grief Sessions was inspired by the grief camps she facilitated with the Friendship Ambassadors who bring dialogue annually to the United Nations and Lions International.
Christine created “Empathy Bear”, an everlasting plush friend that is used world wide to bring comfort and compassion to the grieving. Her title Where is My Courage?, a claymation story, helped in aiding the families of the 2016 Fort McMurray Alberta Forest Fires. In November 2019, Christine released Thank You The Power of Presence with the Grieving and Dying.
Christine has received numerous awards for her humanitarian efforts, her communication style and public speaker skills and dedication to her community.
Beverly Gray, LCSW, CTTS,
Beverly Gray has been a licensed Therapist for over 25 years. She has worked with all age groups, in various inpatient and outpatient Psychiatric settings. She has specialized in Substance Abuse treatment, treatment of persons with chronic Mental Illness, and individuals who have experienced Trauma. She has been a Crisis Response Counselor at the community mental health level and served as a first responder to the Pentagon on 9/11. Beverly has been an adjunct professor at the graduate level for Virginia Commonwealth University and Radford University. She has sponsored other Therapists in becoming licensed and has been a Certified Trauma Treatment Specialist with ATSS for 3 years.
Beverly is currently employed at the Family Resource Center, INC. She provides specialized Trauma Therapy, with a focus on domestic violence and/or sexual violence. She also provides trauma training to both community members and allied professional agencies, assisting them in becoming a trauma informed organization.
Jeff Cartwright, CTR, CWT,
Vancouver, British Columbia.
Jeffrey Cartwright joined the Fire and Rescue Services in August of 1995 after 3 years with BC Ambulance Service. He completed the officer course in 2009 and has since been confirmed to the ranks of Lieutenant, Captain and acting Battalion Chief.
He joined the Critical Incident Stress Management team of his fire department in 2000, becoming the coordinator in 2013.
Jeff is a training officer/instructor for the Justice Institute of British Columbia Fire Academy and an instructor for the JIBC Center for Counselling and Community Safety.
His roles at the Justice Institute include facilitating the fire officer programs, CISM Programs, training new recruits and ongoing training for fire departments and corporate organizations across Canada. He is also instrumental in the development of course curriculum for the Institute.
He is a facilitator and trauma clinician for Homewood Health’s Crisis Management and Workplace Health Divisions. His roles include facilitating a variety or workplace mental health initiatives and providing crisis management interventions following a trauma in the workplace.
Jeff has developed many initiatives in the field of mental health by introducing workers and supervisors to the latest techniques and training.
Jeff is a passionate advocate for Mental Health in the Workplace.
Jeffrey's background includes 27 years of experience working as a paramedic, firefighter, trauma clinician and mental health support/education.
Linda Hood, B.A., CTSS
Certified Trauma Services Specialist
Virgil, Ontario, CANADA
Linda Hood is the Director of the UFCW Local 12R24 Members Assistance Program. Linda was a volunteer crisis responder with Victim Services Niagara for 9 years, providing support for victims of tragedy and crime in the Niagara Region. She also volunteers as the Conference Co-ordinator for Addiction Studies Forum which hosts the Institute on Addiction Studies each July, a conference that provides workshops on addiction issues for those involved in the field.
Linda recently achieved certification as a Canadian Certified Addiction Counsellor through CACCF.
Linda has been a member of ATSS since 2008 and was the conference chair for the 2010 and 2012 ATSS conference held in Toronto. She also served as the Secretary/Treasurer on the ATSS Board of Directors before taking on the position of President.
Jayne Crisp, CTTS, CVAS
Jayne Crisp has 43 years experience as a crime victim assistance practitioner and trauma responder. Jayne is a community liaison with the Greenville Mental Health Center and a family court and police/community mediator with the (Greenville) Upstate Mediation Center. She is the former project director of the Violence Against Women with Disabilities project of Safe Harbor, a comprehensive domestic violence program in the Upstate of SC and is a Training and Technical Assistance Consultant to the Office for Victims of Crime, US Department of Justice. She served on the Greenville County Foster Care Review Board for 8 years; served as Executive Director of Mental Health America for Greenville and Anderson Counties; Director of the Association of Traumatic Stress Specialists; and national director of victim services for Neighbors Who Care, a Christian ministry and subsidiary of Prison Fellowship.
She was the recipient of the 1991 National Crime Victims Rights Week Presidential Award and the national Common Cause Public Service award, is co-author of Helping a Neighbor in Crisis (1997) and editor of Helping Victims of Crime (2011), written for the faith community. She is the creator of HOUSEWISE STREETWISE™, a Presidential award winning child safety curriculum, and Taking The Stand, a video designed to prepare child victims and witnesses to testify in criminal court. Jayne received the Order of the Palmetto from SC Governor Nikki Haley in October 2016. It is the highest civilian honor awarded by the Governor and is awarded to persons who make contributions of statewide significance.