- John Robertson, CTTS
- Certified Trauma Treatment Specialist
Linda Hood, B.A., CTSS
Certified Trauma Services Specialist
Virgil, Ontario, CANADA
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.
Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA
John has provided these services in a variety of market place sectors which include educational settings, govoernment, high tech industries, non-profit sector and churches, emergency services, small businesses, First Nations communities.
Chair of Professional Development Committee
Bonita S. Frazer, MS, CTTS, FAAETS, a clinician with over 40 years experience in the mental health field, is the Mental Health Emergency Planning Coordinator for Erie County, New York. Bonita holds credentials as a Certified Trauma Treatment Specialist, Police Trainer, Disaster Mental Health Instructor, and as an approved Instructor for the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation. She is also a Fellow of the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress and a Field Traumatologist with the Green Cross Academy of Traumatology.
Through her volunteer work with the American Red Cross and the Western New York Stress Reduction Program, the CISM Team for four Western New York counties, she has offered crisis intervention and CISM services to survivors of critical incidents and disasters and to emergency services personnel who respond to such events.
Bonita is a member of the Specialized Medical Assistance Response Team (SMART), an all hazard volunteer mobile multidisciplinary public health and medical augmentation team for first responders, emergency managers, and health directors in Western New York. Through this venue, she served as Human Needs Branch Director following the October 2006 snowstorm and the crash of Continental Flight 3407 in February 2009. Bonita is also a volunteer with the Canine Therapy Teams of Western New York.
Chair of the Certification Board
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.
Leonia, New Jersey, USA
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Registered Play Therapist, specializing in Trauma Focused Play Therapy and Sand Play Therapy for children, teens and adults. I have my own counseling practice and offer effective outpatient, individualized, psychological care. I treat a number of mental health issues, and provide a neutral perspective to children, teens and adults. I provide individual, family, and couples therapy. I am a grief counselor for the Victim Witness Assistance Program Office of Military Commissions assisting 9/11 victim family members (VFM) who travel to GTMO, Cuba, to view in person the pretrial hearings of the five prisoners charged with the murder of over 4,000 people who died in the Twin Towers in NY on 9/11.
I have been married for 40 years to Brian. I am a mother, grandmother, and have two wonderful grandchildren who helped me write the book, "The Wounded Yellow Butterfly,” a story of a wounded butterfly and other insects and garden animals who rebuild their peaceful garden after a terrible storm. I am in the process of creating an animation with my youngest daughter based on "The Wounded Yellow Butterfly" book. finally, I am providing a free download to children of my book on my website who have experienced a storm and/or other traumatic event.
Elena Cherepanov, Ph.D., C.Psych, LMHC, CTTS
Certified Trauma Treatment Specialist
Boston MA, USA
Dr. Elena Cherepanov is the internationally recognized expert in trauma and trauma-informed care. She specializes in global, collective and cultural trauma, complex emergencies, community mental health, risk management, and crisis intervention. She is a faculty member at Cambridge College and has developed and implemented successful national and international training and educational programs.
Dr. Cherepanov has extensive record serving and advocating for traumatized families and communities, victims of abuse, violence, gender-based violence, refugees, and trauma survivors in criminal justice system, first responders, and servicemen who developed substance abuse issues following traumatic exposure. Dr. Cherepanov has worked in Armenia, Chechnya, Chernobyl, Kosovo and Liberia. She offers trainings on violence prevention, crisis management, cultural diversity, trauma-informed care, and community mental health systems for direct case workers, management and peers advocates.She is the author of over 40 publications.
Immediate Past President
Bill Mc Dermott, Ph.D, C.Psych,CTR
Certified Trauma Responder
Bill McDermott has been a practicing Clinical Psychologist and a Trauma Therapist to civilians, first responders and military, a Crisis Responder and a Police Psychologist and Negotiator for over 35 years. He has responded to incidents and disasters throughout Canada, the U.S., Japan, Croatia, Bosnia, Rwanda, South Africa and elsewhere. Along with his clinical, consulting and training activities, Dr. McDermott presently serves on the New Orleans Police Department Crisis Unit.
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.