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Trauma-Informed Services - Faculty

Ann-Marie Bandfield, MSW, has worked with Marion County Health Department for the last 18 years. She has done mental health crisis work for the last 15 years as part of the Psychiatric Crisis Center (PCC).  PCC is a 24-hour, 7-day-a-week crisis center providing community crisis evaluations and crisis respite.  Ms. Bandfield is the Program Supervisor for the Acute and Forensic Behavioral Health team. She received a Master’s of Social Work in 1999 from Portland State University. Among her various duties she assists in the Crisis Intervention Training for local law enforcement, oversees the Jail Mental Health Team, and works with the crisis center’s staff to provide creative community treatment for Marion County residents with OHP or indigent services.

Pat Davis-Salyer, MEd, currently serves as a psych-social educator at the Oregon State Hospital.  She has 23 years of experience working in Oregon’s mental health service system. From 1999 to present, she has served on the State’s Trauma Policy Advisory Committee. She is an advocate and trauma survivor. Ms. Davis-Salyer has been an educator for 35 years in public and private organizations. Ms. Davis-Salyer has presented nationally and throughout Oregon on trauma-informed and trauma-sensitive systems for the past 10 years.

Ron Unger, MSW, is a therapist specializing in cognitive therapy for psychosis. He works with both individuals and groups. After studying a variety of psychological approaches to psychosis over several decades, he decided on cognitive therapy, due to its revolutionary yet down-to-earth and well-researched approach. Mr. Unger has been a pioneer in bringing cognitive therapy for psychosis into Oregon and has given numerous presentations and workshops about this type of therapy. He has also presented on other psychosocial approaches to psychosis and on the psychological impact of trauma, including the relationship between trauma and psychosis. His presentations emphasize simple, practical, and humanistic ways of understanding and relating to human difficulties that can too easily be perceived as being "beyond understanding."

Elizabeth Vermilyea has been working exclusively with trauma survivors and the people who care about them since 1991. She received her master's degree in clinical psychology from Loyola College in Baltimore, Maryland and is currently pursuing her PhD in Psychology. She is an independent consultant specializing in traumatic stress consultation, training and program development. Previously, Elizabeth served as the training director and trauma specialist at The Sidran Institute, where she developed traumatic stress education and training programs and materials. Prior to joining the Sidran staff in 1999, Ms. Vermilyea had worked in the Sheppard Pratt Health System, Trauma Disorders Service Line in Baltimore, MD and the Master's & Johnson Sexual Trauma Program in New Orleans, LA.

She has created and delivered traumatic stress education programs and consultation to a broad range of professional, paraprofessional and public audiences including: caregivers and frontline service providers in child and adult mental health, public and private school systems, sexual assault and domestic violence settings, providers working with the homeless, corrections, developmental disabilities agencies, crime victim's assistance agencies, and substance abuse programs across the U.S. and in Canada. Ms. Vermilyea is the author of Growing Beyond Survival: A Self-Help Tool Kit for Managing Symptoms of Traumatic Stress, which can be used in groups and individual settings to teach survivors to independently de-escalate the most distressing trauma symptoms. She is also one of the authors of Risking Connection in Faith Communities, a curriculum for use by congregational clergy.

Ms. Vermilyea has served as faculty for the University of Maryland Trauma Certificate Program and is an Illuminations Facilitator. She consults on trauma related matters with school-based mental health programs, faith-based trauma support programs and other service providers seeking to increase their knowledge and expertise in the support of trauma victims and survivors.

Fabiana Wallis has been working with people recovering from trauma since 1997. She obtained her PhD in Clinical Psychology at University of Massachusetts Boston, and completed her clinical training at Harvard Medical School and MIT. She specializes in working with diverse populations. She is the author (along with Drs. Amaro and Harris) of Saber es Poder, a trauma group curriculum for Latina women that is part of a recently approved SAMHSA Model Program. In addition to her clinical work, she provides consultation, training, and supervision, and teaches graduate level courses. She is also the Director of the Center for Trauma Recovery at Conexiones, and the Chair of OPA's Diversity Committee.

Dawn Williamson, MSW, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker specializing in the treatment of abuse and trauma. She received her MSW from PSU  in 1991. Ms. Williamson has a small rural private practice in Yamhill County, Oregon. Her clinical work addresses the effects of abuse and trauma with a diverse clientele of various ages and stages in life. She is a Registered Play Therapist - Supervisor, involved in training and supervising clinicians in the field of play therapy. She is also the Associate Director of the Linfield College Counseling Center in McMinnville, Oregon where she also teaches several courses. Dawn teaches as an adjunct for PSU School of Social Work in both the BSW program and the MSW program. She holds postgraduate certificates in both the area of abuse and trauma as well as therapy with adoptive families.