Professional Development Committee
Purpose: Oversee professional development activities offered by IARTC.
a. Seek and obtain CEU approval through NBCC (and other CEU providers). Accomplished in less than one year!!!
b. Maintain all records associated with professional development offerings, in accordance with requirements of continuing education provider agreements.
c. Develop and organize the IARTC webinar series.
d. Promote all continuing education offerings.
e. Manage registration and issuance of certificates for all continuing education offerings.
f. Issue Calls for Proposals.
g. Evaluate Proposals.
h. Send Notifications of Approval/Denials.
i. Schedule Webinars.
j. Facilitate Webinars.
Denisa Millette, PhD, LPC, CPCS
Dr. Denisa Millette is an Atlanta-based Psychologist, a Licensed Psychotherapist, and an Adjunct Psychology Professor at Yorkville University, Canada. She is also a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional and a Certified Professional Clinical Supervisor. Dr. Millette obtained her Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology in her country of origin, the Czech Republic. She obtained her Ph.D. in Psychology and Research at Capella University in the United Sates where she currently resides.
Dr. Millette has been actively engaged in various fields of psychology, including clinical, forensic, counseling, and peak performance psychology for over 20 years. Her practical experience includes conducting psychological and forensic evaluations and trauma assessments and providing targeted trauma-focused psychotherapy to clients of all ages in treatment centers as well as private psychological practice in the Czech Republic, United Kingdom, and the United States. In addition, she has been recognized as an expert witness in child abuse and trauma cases in juvenile and superior courts across Georgia, USA. Dr. Millette’s research efforts are focused on emotional intelligence, self-care practices, and vicarious trauma prevention in helping professionals. Dr. Millette is a member of the American Psychological Association, the American Counseling Association, and Psi Chi, The International Honor Society in Psychology.
Dr. Millette is currently serving as a clinical director of a non-profit organization providing therapeutic services to single mothers involved in child welfare services. In this capacity, Dr. Millette has developed a three-phase bio-psycho-social model of trauma intervention specific to this population needs. She is responsible for creating and evaluating all aspects of the program interventions, overseeing research efforts, and providing training and supervision in trauma-informed care to therapists obtaining a license to practice independently in the United States. In addition, she is working with diverse and international populations of clients in her private practice, focusing mainly on trauma recovery, using a variety of evidence-based modalities, including CBT, DBT, Narrative Exposure Therapy, Expressive Art Therapy, Mindfulness, and Trauma-Focused Yoga as well as other body-based practices.
Kelly Gentry, Ph.D., LPC
Kelly earned her Ph.D. in Counselor Education from Montclair State University. She is currently a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Denver in their CACREP Accredited online School Counseling Program. She has a private mental health counseling practice working with teens and adults, as well as facilitating groups for women who have experienced trauma. She has worked in various roles in higher education over the past 15 years including academic advisor, women’s center coordinator, and manager of career services. Kelly’s research interests include gender-based violence, gender issues in career development, and mental health issues among women. She is active in professional organizations such as Counselors for Social Justice and the American College Counseling Association, and is Past-President of the New Jersey Career Development Association.
Nina Kaufmans, MA, LPC, NCC
Nina Kaufmans is a Licensed Professional Counselor who runs a trauma-informed community-based non-profit group practice in Princeton, NJ. Along with a group of clinicians, my practice provides insurance-covered and pro bono counseling services, community education, and internship experiences for counseling students.
At this time, Nina is pursuing her P.hD. in Counseling Education and Supervision and is a Teaching and Research Assistant at Regent University. Nina is also an adjunct professor and a clinical supervisor at the Ukrainian Psychological Institute. Nina was born and raised in Belarus before moving to the United States to begin her undergrad studies. At this time, Nina’s research interests include trauma-informed counseling, cross-cultural supervision, somatically based psychotherapy interventions, and cultural competencies. Nina’s experience in the field ranges from crisis counseling, hospital, jail, and in-home treatment, PHP/IOP, and private practice with the community and overseas clients. Nina’s passion for trauma-informed and culturally aware practices stems from her family’s Holocaust and beyond experience, immigration to the United States, and working through her journey as an English as a second language therapist and aspiring Ph.D. student.
Sophie Lake Oswin, PHD, ACS, LPC, NCC, BC-TMH
Dr. Sophie Lake Oswin is a Licensed Professional Counselor and owner of a private practice: Journey to Equanimity Counseling and Consulting, LLC in Atlanta, GA. She is a National Certified Counselor, Approved Clinical Supervisor, and Board Certified-TeleMental Health Provider. Dr. Oswin received her PhD from Walden University in Counselor Education and Supervision in 2023. She provides individual counseling for adults as well as ketamine-assisted psychotherapy for those in recovery from trauma, depression, anxiety, and other mental health disorders. Dr. Sophie is passionate about training the next generation of counselors through mentorship, education, advocacy, and research. Her current research efforts are focused on psychedelic assisted psychotherapies for trauma and depression, suicide prevention training of master’s level counselors, the role of AI/VR/AR in the treatment of mental health problems, and professional ethics in counseling. Previous to her work in private practice, she worked in a crisis stabilization unit treating clients with chronic and severe mental disorders.
Yuhyun Park, MA
Yuhyun Park is a doctoral candidate in the Counselor Education and Supervision program at the University of Arizona. He earned his Master’s degree in mental health counseling from the University of Cincinnati. He obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Indiana University at Bloomington. Yuhyun currently teaches SERP481: Intentional Interviewing and Counseling and ELEC-1-B: Life Skills at the University of Arizona. Yuhyun is also serving as a faculty search committee member as a student representative at the university and as a data analyst in the Dean of Students Office dealing with research and assessment data. In addition to his roles inside the university, he is an active member of the American Counseling Association (ACA), American Educational Research Association (AERA), American Mental Health Counseling Association (AMHCA), Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES), and Korean Counseling Association – International Chapter (KCA – IC). Yuhyun serves as an hoc reviewer for the Journal of Asia Pacific Counseling (JAPC) and an addictions & Ethics committee member for the International Association of Addictions and Offender Counselors (IAAOC).
Tonya Davis, Ph.D.
Dr. Davis is a passionate scholar-practitioner who divides her time between clinical practice, consulting, and research. Dr. Davis earned her Bachelor’s degree from Auburn University, and her Masters of Science in Counseling Psychology from Alabama A& M University. She completed her EdS in Psychometry as well as her Doctorate in School Psychology from the University of Alabama.
Dr. Davis has been in private practice for the past 18 years providing psychological counseling and testing services to adults and children with a wide range of emotional and behavioral difficulties. In her consulting work, she regularly offers crisis consultation, workshops, and seminars for government and commercial clients. She has been an invited speaker for the Missile Defense Agency, the United States Secret Service, Netflix Corporation, Google, and Facebook.
Dr. Davis currently serves as an Associate Professor and Program Director of the Psychology & Counseling program at Alabama A&M University. Her research focuses on psychological /psychoeducational assessment, minority mental health, cybersecurity/cybercrimes and technology-infused mental health interventions. She has authored several peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters and serves on the Alabama Counseling Association Board (Region 2). She is a charter member of the Association of Black Psychologists (Huntsville chapter) and serves on the editorial board for several academic journals. She is currently the President-elect of the Multicultural Division of the Alabama Counseling Association. She is also the co-writer of a national blog for Psychology Today. She is the Co-principal investigator on a research project in the area of Virtual Career Mentoring for African American college students that has been funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) for nearly one million dollars.
Dr. Davis is the mother of two sons ages 26 and 17. She enjoys traveling and watching crime movies in her spare time.
Ph.D., LPC, NCC
Dr. Laura Dawson-Fend received her Master of Arts in Community Counseling at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor (2008), and her PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision from Texas Tech University (2014). Laura has spent much of her clinical career working in community mental health with underserved populations. She has worked in substance abuse, crisis response and assessment, housing first and integrated care environments. Laura was an Assistant Professor of Counseling at Eastern New Mexico University, taught online as an adjunct for New Mexico Highlands University in both the Counseling and Social Work departments. Laura is currently an assistant professor at Thomas Jefferson University’s Community and Trauma Counseling program in Philadelphia. Dr. Dawson-Fend’s research interests are in the areas of trauma, crisis, human trafficking, effective models for working with law enforcement and first responders to prevent burnout and PTSD and closing the gap between what we know about trauma and effective interventions and how we treat and prevent trauma in the field.