2020 Conference Speakers

October 13, 2020

Marriott Hotel

5580 Tech Center Drive

Colorado Springs, CO 80919

Cathy A. Malchiodi, PhD, LPCC, LPAT, ATR-BC, REAT

Dr. Malchiodi is a psychologist, expressive arts therapist, mental health counselor, educator and researcher in the area of traumatic stress and body-based approaches that are grounded in relational, developmental, mind/body and innovative methods of treatment. Cathy has spent the last several decades working with traumatized children, adolescents, adults, families and communities, expanding the range of understanding of non-verbal, sensory-based theories and methods through 20 books, 50 chapters and refereed articles, and over 500 invited presentations around the world. Cathy has been interviewed by a variety of news outlets including CNN, Time Magazine, Cosmopolitan, Natural Living, Marie Clare, Australia Childhood Foundation, US News and World Report, and VICE, among others.


Cathy is the founder and Executive Director of the Trauma-Informed Practices and Expressive Arts Therapy Institute in Louisville Kentucky and President of Art Therapy Without Borders, a global non-profit organization. She is also a past President of the Association for Humanistic Counseling, a board member of the American Counseling Association, American Art Therapy Association, Association for Creativity in Counseling and First Aid Arts, among others. She has held academic appointments at seven universities throughout the US and is a research fellow with the Emili Sagol Creative Arts Research Center, University of Haifa. Cathy is one of the top bloggers for Psychology Today covering a wide range of topics including trauma, mind-body approaches to wellness, neurobiology and the expressive arts in psychotherapy and has a readership of approximately 5 million.


Her latest book is Trauma and Expressive Arts Therapy: Brain, Body and Imagination in the Healing Process and recent books include What to Do When Children Clam Up in Psychotherapy, Creative Interventions with Traumatized Children and Creative Arts and Play Therapy for Attachment Problems. She is a well-known authority on children’s drawings, providing expert opinion on what art expressions communicate and the importance of creative expression for children and adolescents. Her bestselling book Understanding Children’s Drawings will be in its second edition in 2020.

Conference Sessions (2):

Keynote Speaker

Workshop: “Expressive Arts Therapy: A Four-Part Model for Healing Centered Engagement for Traumatic Stress in Children, Adults and Families”

Terry M. Levy, Ph.D., D.A.P.A., B.C.F.E.


Dr. Levy has been a psychotherapist, trainer, supervisor and consultant for over 45 years. He is the director of the Evergreen Psychotherapy Center and the Attachment Treatment and Training Institute in Evergreen, Colorado. He is a licensed clinical psychologist in Colorado and Florida, a Board Certified Forensic Examiner and a Diplomate and Master Therapist of the American Psychotherapy Association. He is co-author of the best-seller Attachment, Trauma & Healing (2nd edition, 2014, Jessica Kingsley Publisher, London), editor of Handbook of Attachment Interventions (2000, Elsevier Press) and co-author of Healing Parents: Helping Wounded Children Learn to Trust and Love (2006, Child Welfare League of America).


Dr. Levy was the founder and previous director of the Family Life Center (Florida) and the Miami Psychotherapy Institute, which offered family systems treatment and training. He was co-founder and past-president of the board of directors of the Association for Training on Trauma and Attachment in Children (ATTACh), an international organization dedicated to attachment and its critical importance to human development. Dr. Levy is a clinical member of the American, Colorado, and Florida Psychological Associations, American and Colorado Associations of Marriage and Family Therapy, American Family Therapy Academy, and the National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology.

Conference Workshop Session: "Trauma and Attachment, Understanding and Helping Children, Adults and Families with Attachment and Trauma Problems"


Experiences with attachment figures early in life wire brain circuits, create core beliefs and self-concept, and form the template for future relationships (e.g., parent-child, marital, work). Early Developmental Trauma (i.e., attachment disorder) often leads to depression, anxiety, shame, antisocial attitudes and behaviors, dysfunctional relationships, and emotional/behavioral problems in children and adults. This 3 hour seminar will focus on how to heal trauma and create secure attachments in children, adults and families, based on the latest research and treatment techniques in the fields of neurobiology, trauma and attachment therapy, and resilience.


Learning formats will include PowerPoint, video case examples, and Q and A dialogue. Clinical videos will illustrate how therapeutic interventions promote positive change in regards to the following challenges and issues:


  • Cognitive rescripting: changing unhealthy beliefs and attitudes.

  • Modify toxic family dynamics.

  • Enhancing attachment safety and security in childhood and adult relationships.

  • Processing and recovering from traumatic emotions and memories.

  • Learning constructive communication and conflict management skills.

  • Facilitating post-traumatic growth and resilience: from victim to overcomer.

  • Rewiring the traumatized brain.

  • Forgiveness: Letting go and moving on.

  • Changing unhealthy attachment patterns in children and adults.

  • Learning constructive parenting concepts and skills to heal wounded children.

Torey Whilte, M.S., MFCT, EMDR

Therapist, CEO and Owner of Creative Pathways Counseling and Consulting

Tory White is a Therapist and Biblical Counselor. She is the CEO and owner of Creative Pathways Counseling & Consulting. Tory’s desire to work with couples and families led her to open her own private practice in 2012.  Her Mission Focus is; ‘to provide guidance, education, and training for creative living in the many phases of life.” She uses four (4) pathways to resolve personal pain; Balance, Healing, Integration, and Wholeness. Tory believes that showing her clients how to use their creativity helps form new, healthier coping skills and gives new options for continued healing and growth.   Tory also works with women, teen girls, and supports local organizations with mental health education.  She specializes in Trauma, high conflict relationships, and addictions. She facilitates many groups that promote unity, support and healing.

Tory is the Director of her own Ministry; Our Father’s Business, where she supports women business owners with personal growth. She is a Master Trainer Educator for ACE-Adverse Childhood Experience Study & Trauma. Tory is on the Board of Directors at the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance and has served as Vice President and Director over the Strategic Planning and the organizations Peer-Lead Support Groups. Tory is a Speaker for the Alzheimer’s Association, as well as being Chairperson for their African American Outreach Advisory Committee in Colorado Springs.

As a public speaker, Tory shares honest and practical knowledge; often sharing her own experiences in relationships with others. Her presentations are engaging and witty, as she shares vital information in a competent and non-threatening style. The information she presents is practical and helpful, leaving her audience with a sense of hope and optimism.

Jason Newton, Sergeant, Colorado Springs Police Department

Sergeant Newton began his law enforcement career in 2004 with the Sherwood Police Department in Sherwood, Oregon. During his time with the Sherwood Police Department, he received a lifesaving award and the medal of valor from the City of Sherwood, which was the first time that either award had been given in the city’s history. In 2008 he was named as one of the top officers by Parade Magazine and the International Association of Chiefs of Police.


In 2008 Officer Newton joined the Colorado Springs Police Department (CSPD). In 2010 the Colorado Springs Police Department partnered with Colorado College, a private liberal arts college to pilot a program having a full-time police officer on campus. He became the first Campus Resource Officer (CRO) for Colorado College. During his time as the CRO, Newton created a number of successful programs on campus, which focused on community education and awareness, opportunity mitigation, and targeting offenders. A few of the programs include Ticket and Talk, Drug Talk, Party Patrol, Sober Host, Tiger Watch, Tiger Patrol, and CC EMS. He was also instrumental in helping improve the college’s emergency preparedness while building relationships across the college’s faculty, staff and students. Jason received the 2015 International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA) Award for Innovations in Community Policing and advances in public safety for educational intuitions.


In 2018, Officer Newton was promoted to sergeant with CSPD. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Western Oregon University and is a graduate of the Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command. During his time at Northwestern University, he focused his research on mindfulness in law enforcement and developed the “The Mindful Officer” class. The class teaches officers about the hidden impacts of the job and teaches them a number of mindfulness techniques that they can incorporate into their daily work and personal lives. Since its inception, Sgt. Newton has taught the Mindful Officer Class to nearly 1,000 officers and civilians across the country.

Conference Session: "The Mindful Officer"


This class is a tool that can help break the stigma around mental health and work to help people find ways to manage stress and trauma in their personal and professional lives. Initally developed for police officers, this session applies to everyone dealing with pressure and anxiety in the workplace and at home.


In 2017, more police officers died by suicide than because of on-the-job hazards (including violent assaults and/or car accidents!). As an article in USA Today points out, while deaths of first-responders in the line of duty grab headlines, the personal dramas faced by police officers and firefighters often remain invisible or under-reported. Sadly, this trend is continuing as the number of suicides increased in 2018 and 2019. The same can be said about other professions working with children and families.

Paula K. Hergert, M.Ed.

Prevention and Policy Specialist, El Paso County Public Health

For 35 years Paula taught health and physical education to the youth in the Colorado Springs community.  She was also a leader in developing curriculum to help teens develop positive mental, emotional, social and physical health.  Currently Paula is working for El Paso County Public Health as a Prevention and Policy Specialist. Her role is dedicated to working to reduce bullying and suicide in the county by promoting connectedness, resiliency and life skills. Paula received a master’s degree of Education of the Diverse Learner from the University of Phoenix.

Conference Session: "Stop and Think"


One of the most important skills that all individuals should develop is the ability to stop and think.  Have you ever said to yourself or someone close to you, “What were you thinking?”, then this training is for you!  Paula will be presenting 10 easy to use strategies that you can apply to yourself and those around you.

Luke Cissell, TAV Director, Poet, Mentor, Photographer.

Luke can be found most often ten feet off your favorite trail napping near an elder juniper tree. While awake he fathers two sons, attempts to mirror his wife's carefreeness, and mentors youth in rock climbing, hiking, poetry, hip hop, and sun gazing.  He has a passion for helping youth and found that what deeply works for him can work for everyone. He found that when life gives him an owie, he can always turn to Mother, because "Mother knows best." So...he walks with Her slow barefoot and listens. Receiving all he needs to be all he can. 

Conference Session: "Where the Sidewalk Ends...A Return to Eden"


Where do you seek that which feeds you? Music that feeds the soul and soles. Light that has you reaching for the most high. In this breakout session we will explore all that lies off the beaten path.

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