Keynote Speakers

  • Susan A. Adams, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Counseling and Development, Texas Woman's College, Denton, Texas
  • Richard B. Gilbert, Ph.D., CT, Adjunct Faculty, Graduate School of Social & Behavioral Science, Mercy College, N.Y.
  • Stephanie Rabenstein, M.Sc., RMFT, Child and Family Therapist, Child & Adolescent Mental Health Care Program-Outpatient Children's Hospital, London, Ontario, Canada 
  • Daniel M. Rudofossi, PSY.D., PH.D., Ret. Sgt., New York Police Department
  • Robert G. Stevenson, Ed.D., Associate Professor, Mercy College, Dobbs Ferry, N.Y.
  • Neil Thompson, B.A.(Hons), CQSW, MBA, Ph.D., DLitt, QDR, FHEA, FCIPD, FRSA, Managing Director, Avenue Consulting Ltd., Wales, U.K.
  • Michelle A. Post, MA, LMFT, Manager, Donor Family Aftercare, Los Angeles, Calif.

Bios:

Susan A. Adams, Ph.D.Susan A. Adams, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Counseling and Development, Texas Woman's College, Denton, Texas

Dr. Susan Adams is an Associate Professor on the faculty of Texas Woman’s University in the master’s level counseling program. She received her Doctorate of Philosophy in Counselor Education from Texas A&M University – Commerce. Dr. Adams is active in her professional organizations on a local, state, national and international level and has held numerous leadership roles over the past dozen years of her professional counseling career including having just completed a 3 year commitment as part of the Texas Counseling Association’s Presidential team. TCA has a membership of over 6700 counselors, and Dr. Adams served as TCA President 2010-2011. Among the many awards and recognitions Dr Adams received three this past fall: Outstanding Alumnus – 2013 from Louisiana Tech University in Ruston, LA, the only Behavioral Science major to ever receive this recognition; Denton County’s “Outstanding Hero of the Year–2013” for volunteer service to the Emergency Preparedness Team’s Medical Reserve Corp (MRC) and Health Emergency Alert Response Team (HEART) in recognition for my crisis intervention support since 2005. College of Professional Education (COPE) of Texas Woman’s University recognized her nomination by her students as the “Outstanding Faculty Advisor/Mentor–2013. In addition, Dr. Adams has been awarded “Outstanding Counselor Educator for 2008” for Texas, Texas Counseling Association’s Presidential Award (TCA’s highest award for service), in 2007, and in 2012 was recognized by AADA, a division of the American Counseling Association (national organization) by being awarded the Distinguished Service Award – 2011-2012 for her significant contributions to the counseling profession. She has a private practice off the Square in Denton where she sees clients struggling with grief & loss issues, crisis intervention, and working with adult survivors of past trauma and abuse. In addition to her academic teaching, she had conducted more than 200 workshops locally, state-wide, nationally and internationally including being a keynote speaker at the International Grief Conference in 2008 and 2010 and has been invited back as a keynote speaker again in June 2014. Her publications include a grief book and numerous publications, including journal articles and book chapters. Before entering the academic world, Dr. Adams worked in corporate America for more than two decades, with the last 10 years being in senior level management, in the field of human resources. However, at a significant turning point in her life, she returned to college life and entered her second phase of living. She is blessed with family (John, her husband of 48 years, four married children, and eight grandchildren), a rewarding career, and a sense of personal fulfillment. As a counselor, educator, executive, wife, mother, and grandmother, she has learned that there are no “cookie-cutter" answers to life's struggles – only creative growth journeys and views her accomplishments and work as a reflection of her personal faith and a called ministry, from the Lord, of “blessed interruptions”.

Richard B. Gilbert, Ph.D.Richard B. Gilbert, Ph.D., CT, Adjunct Faculty, Graduate School of Social & Behavioral Science, Mercy College, N.Y.

Dr. Richard Gilbert (Dick) divides his time between teaching online graduate courses at Mercy College (New York) and Benedictine University (Illinois). He resides with his wife of 45 years (Sharon), in Galesburg, IL, spending lots of time with grandsons Andrew & Adam. He recently co-edited Living, Loving and Loss: The interplay of intimacy, sexuality and grief (Baywood) with Brad DeFord and released a new edition of HeartPeace. He is now working on a new book, Living and dying in rural America.

Stephanie Rabenstein, M.Sc., RMFTStephanie Rabenstein, M.Sc., RMFT, Child and Family Therapist, Child & Adolescent Mental Health Care Program-Outpatient Children's Hospital, London, Ontario, Canada 

Stephanie is a clinical fellow and approved supervisor with the Ontario and American Associations for Marriage and Family Therapy. Her primary practice is as a child and family therapist working with traumatized children, adolescents and their families in the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Care Program at Children's Hospital, London Health Sciences Centre in London, Ontario Canada.   She is the coordinator of Resident Family Therapy Training in the Department of Psychiatry at Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry, Western University where she supervises Residents in play and family therapy.   Stephanie also teaches in the Thanatology program at King's College University at Western University and has recently coauthored  a chapter with Dr. Darcy Harris, entitled "Family Therapy in the Context of Traumatic Losses, in Bereavement Care for Families," edited by D. Kissane.   Stephanie trains play therapists across Canada in the certification program of the Canadian Association for Child and Play Therapy. Her previous publications and presentations throughout North America have included topics and articles on trauma, culture, and family therapy with families who have experienced domestic violence.

Daniel M. Rudofossi, Psy.D., Ph.D.Daniel M. Rudofossi, PSY.D., PH.D., Ret. Sgt., New York Police Department

Dr. Rudofossi is a licensed psychologist in New York and California who actively traverses the fields of public safety and clinical psychology/psychiatry. Dr. Dan Rudofossi is the real deal: street cop, police sergeant, NYPD Commanding Officer, of NYPD Training Assessment Unit, who patrolled “urban war zones,” effecting over two hundred arrests without a civilian complaint when NYC’s “Brooklyn North” was the murder capital of the United States. That experience and credibility has helped him numerous times in relating to officers and in working through assessment, crisis intervention, and ambulatory therapy with hundreds of officers. Dr. Dan is a Fellow in Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy, Albert Ellis Institute; certified in Psychodynamics Psychotherapy, New York Psychoanalytic Institute and Society; and Clinician Diplomate in Logotherapy, Viktor Frankl Institute of Logotherapy. He has interviewed, assessed, and treated hundreds of officers in his extensive clinical, treatment, and research experience as Uniform Psychologist/Police Sergeant, NYPD. Dr. Dan continues in his private practice to work with traumatized police officers, and he is an active police surgeon with Amtrak Police Department NYC and a professor at NYU, John Jay College of Criminal Justice. He is also on the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Police Emergency Response: An International Journal of Hostage Negotiations and Crisis Intervention. Dr. Rudofossi has authored four books on complex trauma and grief and terrorism encountered by police and public safety professionals (uniform and civilian). His Eco-Ethological Existential Analytic assessment and treatment guides have been lauded by such experts as Dr. Ted Millon, Dr. Bill Worden, Dr. Ken Doka, Dr. Charles Brenner, Dr. Denny Conroy, Dr. Jack Kitaeff, Dr. Kevin Gilmartin, and Dr. Antoon Leenaar, as effective, original, and integrative.

Robert Stevenson, Ph.D.Robert G. Stevenson, Ed.D., Associate Professor, Mercy College, Dobbs Ferry, N.Y.

Robert Stevenson is currently a professor in the Counseling Program of the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences at Mercy College, NY. He has published over 60 journal articles and book chapters and edited/authored several books. His most recent publication is Final Acts: End of Life, Hospice and Palliative Care. His degrees include a BA (College of the Holy Cross), MA (Montclair State University), and both MAT and EdD (Fairleigh Dickinson University). He developed the first independent course on death education at the high school level and taught it for 25 years. He is a member of the International Work Group on Death, Dying and Bereavement and the Association for Death Education and Counseling.  He has served A.D.E.C. on their board of directors, as chairman of the Education Institute and on the board of certification review.  He received the 1997 Wendel Williams Outstanding Educator Award and the 1993 ADEC National Death Educator Award for his contributions to those fields. For service during the New York Guard activation in Manhattan after September 11, 2001, he was awarded the New York State Defense of Liberty medal. He co-founded of a community grief support center (Jamie Schuman Center) in Hillsdale, NJ. After retiring from secondary school teaching, he worked as a counselor in Paterson, NJ in a program he helped to develop for parolees reentering society from state prisons and with adolescents in recovery from addiction. He is the recipient of the Dr. Robert Fulton Award from the Center for Death Education and Bioethics, received at last year’s Death, Grief and Bereavement Conference.

Neil Thompson, B.A.(Hons)Neil Thompson, B.A.(Hons), CQSW, MBA, Ph.D., DLitt, QDR, FHEA, FCIPD, FRSA, Managing Director, Avenue Consulting Ltd., Wales, U.K.

Dr. Neil Thomp­son is the Managing Director of Avenue Consulting Ltd, offering training, consultancy, independent investigations, mediation and expert witness services. He has held full or honorary professorships at four UK universities. With many years’ experience of dealing with people and their problems in a health and social welfare context, Neil offers considerable expertise in organisational development, especially in staff and management development, organisational problem solving, service development and conflict resolution. With a number of prestigious publications in the fields of stress and staff care, equality and diversity and human resource development, Neil Thomp­son is a nationally and internationally renowned author whose constructive and insightful approach to training and consultancy can bring considerable benefit to a wide range of organisations that rely on effective ‘people work’. http://neilthompson.info 

Michelle A. Post, MA, LMFTMichelle A. Post, MA, LMFT, Manager, Donor Family Aftercare, Los Angeles, Calif.

As a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Continuing Education Provider, and Clinical Supervisor in private practice in LA, Michelle Post internationally consults and trains in areas of grief, death notification w children and teens, stress & burn-out prevention, group facilitation, ASIST suicide prevention, executive leadership and team-building.  As Manager of Donor Family Aftercare for OneLegacy, she provides staff & community training and bereavement services and is the former chair AOPO Donor Family Services Council, and former board member and secretary for National Alliance for Grieving Children.  She has been a faculty member for Global Leadership Symposium, American Academy of Bereavement.  She is a member of Dr. J. William Worden’s SoCal Bereavement Specialist group, and most importantly, practices what she preaches in the area of self-care and living a life full of joy and purpose. www.Michelle-Post.com