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Trauma-Informed Services - Faculty

Ann-Marie Bandfield, MSW, has worked with Marion County Health Department, including mental health crisis work as part of the Psychiatric Crisis Center (PCC), 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 at the PCC. 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.

Gregory Crosby, MA, LPC, CGP, is formerly a clinical program coordinator at Kaiser Permanente's Northwest Region. He is on the National Board of Certified Group Psychotherapists and is an adjunct faculty member at Lewis & Clark College's Graduate School of Counseling Psychology and Core Program, PSU's Continuing Education Department, and Marylhurst University's Graduate School in Art Therapy.

Pat Davis-Salyer, MEd, currently serves as a psych-social educator at the Oregon State Hospital. From 1999 to present, she has served on the State’s Trauma Policy Advisory Committee. An advocate and trauma survivor herself, Ms. Davis-Salyer has been an educator for over 30 years in public and private organizations. Ms. Davis-Salyer has presented nationally and throughout Oregon on trauma-informed and trauma-sensitive systems.

Julie Rosenzweig, PhD, LCSW, is a Professor of Social Work at PSU where she teaches courses on clinical practice and trauma and is the Director of the PhD Program. Dr. Rosenzweig presents locally and nationally on brain development/neurobiology, trauma, tech-stress, and attachment theory. As a clinician she provides psychotherapy, training, consultation and supervision.

Susie Snyder, LCSW, is an assistant professor at the Graduate School of Social Work at Portland State University. She also maintains an active private practice providing counseling, supervision, agency consultation, and training. She has a background in community mental health and in school-based social work, and currently works with children, adults, couples, and families. Susie has provided workshops throughout th United States in a range of topics including clinical supervision, narrative therapy, play therapy, working with parents and families, solution-focused therapy, advanced empathy, and integrative approaches to working with trauma.

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, MA, PhD, has been working exclusively with trauma survivors and the people who care about them since 1991. She received her master's and PhD in clinical 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.

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.

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, LCSW, specializes 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, focusing on 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. 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.