Bill Eddy

BILL EDDY, LCSW, ESQ is the author of twenty + books, a lawyer, therapist, mediator and the co-founder and Training Director of High Conflict Institute. He is an international expert on managing disputes involving high conflict personalities and personality disorders in court. He developed the New Ways for Families, New Ways for Work and New Ways for Mediation methods for handling divorce, workplace and mediation disputes.

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BENJAMIN GARBER, PHD, author of Holding Tight/Letting GoRoadmap to the Parenting Plan Worksheet and other titles, is a licensed psychologist, a former Guardian ad litem and a Parenting Coordinator. He is a nationally renowned speaker, researcher and an award-winning freelance journalist, and speaks in the U.S. and abroad on family law and healthy coparenting.

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MEGAN HUNTER, MBA, co-author of Dating Radar and author of Bait & Switch, is an expert on high-conflict disputes. She is CEO & co-founder of the High Conflict Institute, and CEO of Unhooked Media focusing on relationship and conflict revolution through print, digital and the spoken word. She is publisher at High Conflict Institute Press and its imprint Unhooked Books. Megan is a frequent keynote speaker and educator of legal,workplace, and mental health professionals.

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ELLIE IZZO, Ph.D., L.P.C., co-author of Second-Hand Shock and the Just Stop Series is co-founder and core trainer with the Vicarious Trauma Institute and the Collaborative Divorce Institute. She is the creator of an innovative app for enhancing emotional intelligence. Dr. Izzo developed the Rapid Advance Process, a standardized five-step model for building neural pathways to higher thinking to help victims of childhood trauma.

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DONALD SAPOSNEK, PHD is co-author of Splitting America, a clinical-child psychologist, child custody mediator, and family therapist in private practice for over 40 years. He is a trainer of mediation and teacher of child development, Adjunct Professor at Pepperdine University School of Law's Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution and,is on the psychology faculty at the University of California at Santa Cruz.

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DEBRA K CARTER, PHD, author of CoParenting After Divorce, is a licensed psychologist and recognized expert in parenting coordination. She is co-founder of the National Cooperative Parenting Center and founder of Carter Psychology Center. She is a frequent keynote speaker across the U.S., Italy, and Singapore and has worked with the Italian government to advance family law in that country.

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GEORGI DISTEFANO, LCSW, co-author of It's All Your Fault at Work and New Ways for Work is a California-based, award-winning social worker who has served as a clinician, program director, trainer, and consultant throughout her career. She has worked as a trainer for NASW on alcohol/substance dependency and has been invited to speak on her work in the United States and abroad. 

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LYNNE KENNEY, PSYD, co-author of Bloom and author of Musical Thinking, is a mother of two and a practicing pediatric psychologist. She has advanced fellowship training in forensic psychology and developmental pediatric psychology from MA General Hospital/Harvard Medical School and Harbor-UCLA/UCLA Medical School. She speaks about enhancing executive function, social & academic skills with motor movement.

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JESSICA NICELY, author of All My Friends are Zerosis a dedicated advocate for child abuse prevention, awareness and treatment. Jessica’s career in helping children spans over 17 years and includes her assistance of numerous charitable child abuse prevention organizations. She founded Winged Hope Family Advocacy Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to child abuse and domestic violence prevention, awareness and treatment.

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SAVANNAH J SANDERS, author of Sex Trafficking Prevention, is a leading advocate in the effort to stop child sex trafficking in the U.S.  She is an expert consultant and educator in the field of human trafficking, and involved in several non-profit organizations, including Well Founded Hope, Mending the Soul, and a large network of survivor advocates. She speaks on the topic of human trafficking and sex trafficking prevention globally.

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WENDY YOUNG, LMSW, BCD, co-author of Bloom, is the mom of three, an award-winning child and family therapist and an Early Childhood Mental Health Consultant. She is Clinical Director of Comprehensive Counseling & Consulting. Her writing has appeared in magazines and featured in several books. She is recognized world-wide as a thought leader in early childhood and adolescent mental health.

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MICHÈLE HUFF, JD,  author of The Transformative Negotiator is an attorney who has negotiated on behalf of Fortune 500 companies, including Oracle Corporation, Sun Microsystems, and Canal+ and start-up companies. She has also negotiated on behalf of hundreds of individual clients and manages the Archer Law Group, a firm specializing in protecting and licensing creative properties. 

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ALLAN KORITZINSKY, JD,  co-author of Game Theory & the Transformation of Family Law is a retired partner with Foley & Lardner LLP in Wisconsin. Mr. Koritzinsky has focused on divorce law, alternative dispute resolution has authored or co-authored numerous articles and books and lectured in lawyer and judicial continuing education seminars throughout his career. 

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KENNETH WALDRON, PHD,  co-author of Game Theory & the Transformation of Family Law is a clinical psychologist in Monona, WI. Dr. Waldron has published research on topics related to children of divorce and provides training to judges, lawyers and mental health providers in the U.S. and internationally. He provides forensic services, including custody evaluations and expert testimony on divorce-related issues.

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Amanda L. Smith, LCSW

AMANDA L. SMITH, LCSW,  author of The Dialectical Behavior Therapy Wellness Planner and the founder of Hope for BPD where she provides treatment consultation and case management for clients around the world. She also publishes My Dialectical Life--a daily email dedicated to DBT skills. Amanda received her MSW at Baylor University and is currently working as a DBT therapist in Waco, Texas. 

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LAUREL STARKS,  author of The House Matters in Divorce is a divorce real estate specialist. She speaks frequently on real estate and divorce issues to legal, collaborative divorce, and mediation organizations. A former host of the talk radio program Real Estate Matters, Starks also serves as an expert witness in real estate matters related to divorce cases. She was named on the prestigious list of Inman's Real Estate Influencers of 2017.  

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VICKI CARPEL MILLER, BSN, LMFT, is co-founder of the  Vicarious Trauma Institute, and the Collaborative Divorce Institute. She is an internationally recognized presenter and trainer in the field of vicarious trauma, collaborative practice,in which she educates family lawyers, licensed mental health and financial professionals. Vicki is co-founder and past President of the Collaborative Divorce Professionals of Arizona and functions as a Divorce Coach, Child Specialist and/or Case Manager in Collaborative Divorce files.

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Shehrina Rooney

SHEHRINA ROONEY founded the YouTube channel Recovery Mum in 2015 and co-founded The BPD House website in 2017. She was diagnosed with borderline personality disorder (BPD) at age 21, after struggling for more than half her life with fear of abandonment, self-hatred, anger, and eventually addiction. Although dialectical behavior therapy helped, her “dark years” continued. Attending 12-step meetings, she realized peer support could work for BPD, too. Today, she dedicates her life to encouraging others who face the same struggles. 

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