Dr. Adam Lodzinski
Dr. Lodzinski is an experienced independent consultant and trainer. For over 20 years Adam has contributed to a wide range of fields including: learning disabilities; adult literacy; child, youth as well as adult mental health; addictions; family and child services; career development; youth employment; adult and youth justice services; community health promotion; and, early childhood and special education. Well over 4,000 members of various helping professions in over 200 organizations -including First Nations organizations - throughout Canada have attended one or more of his seminars. He is also a professor of psychology at the Adler Graduate Professional School where he teaches in the MA program in counselling. In addition to consulting, training and teaching, he offers individual, group and organizational services in conflict resolution.
Alan “Butch” Snider
Alan “Butch “ Snider BA – BPHE – BED . As an adult educator Butch has over 35 years of experience teaching Crisis Intervention training programs; Stress, Health and Wellness programs; Physical & Health education training programs including Personal Protection skills, Subject Control skills, martial arts and physical fitness. Butch retired from Correctional Services Canada as the National Master trainer for verbal and physical crisis intervention training programs. These programs included Crisis Intervention skills, Conflict Resolution skills, Crisis Negotiation skills , Stress Management Health and Wellness Education , Emergency Response Teams, Crisis Negotiation Teams, Personal Protection skills, Subject Control skills, Physical Fitness and Health Education, Use of Force training programs in Impact Weapons skills, Chemical Agents / Inflammatory munitions and Firearms.
Butch has been active as a trainer in these areas across all of Canada conducting training programs for front line staff and trainers of front line staff for numerous federal , provincial and municipal agencies .
Currently Butch is also the Canadian representative for the Koga Institute and head Instructor for the Goshin Ryu Aikijutsu school of self defense.
Bill McLaughlin is a Clinical Psychotherapist and a professionally trained Anthropologist. For fifteen years he has been working with youth and young adults helping them understand their capacity to learn despite a learning disability. Diagnosed with severe Dyslexia and Attention Deficit Disorder. Bill developed his own recipe for success that he used to master academics and graduate with distinction from the University of Toronto. Bill is an inspiring and charismatic speaker who uses levity and wit to promote his approach to learning.
Jennifer White currently works at the YMCA as the Manager of Greater Toronto. Jennifer started with CTI in September 2009 as the Project Coordinator of a Health Canada funded initiative, the YWTI Youth Worker Training Initiative. Training developed and implemented to support youth workers who work with youth between the ages of 13-24 to better engage in conversations with the youth they serve about substance use.
Jennifer has worked in prevention and education and addictions for the past 13 years, including working for the Peel Needle Exchange Program as Project Coordinator providing education, outreach and support services; the YMCA Youth Gambling Program in various capacities – one as an Outreach Worker delivering school-based and community awareness sessions about gambling and problem gambling using a harm reduction approach to youth, parents and professional; and as an Administrator and Quality Coordinator where she was responsible for overseeing the daily administration of 18 sites throughout the province including the budget and ensuring the quality of programming. At the YMCA Academy, Jennifer spent time as: an instructor for the Cooperative Education Program educating youth; a counselor engaging in brief interventions with students and families; and an administrator overseeing the daily administration and budgeting for the school.
Jennifer has completed two diplomas in the field of social services – as a Human Services Worker and as an Addiction Care Worker.
John A. Sawdon, M.Sc.
John Sawdon has extensive experience in providing training to human service and criminal justice-based agencies throughout Canada. Courses include Team Building, Organizational Dynamics and Development (OD), Basic Skills Training for Residential and Human Service Workers, Crisis Intervention and Prevention and Cross-Cultural Awareness. He has served as a consultant to numerous agencies and government departments. He co-authored A Primer On Residential Services: From a Criminal Justice Perspective and contributed to the Community Impact Study: The Effect of Locating Correctional Group Homes in Residential Neighborhoods. He is a member of the (SEITAR) International Society for Intercultural Training and Research and the NTL Institute for Applied Behavioural Sciences OD network.
Works as a residential coordinator within the adult mental health sector. She brings to CTI 5 plus years’ experience supporting individuals with autism, developmental disabilities mental health diagnosis, and recently has experience working with clients moving through the justice system. In her role at Griffen Centre, Kristin supports a transitional treatment residence for adults with mental health and or developmental disabilities. In her work with adolescents, Kristin’s roles included day school support staff and the summer program coordinator. Kristin previously worked at CAMH as a Developmental worker in the Dual Diagnosis unit and as a facilitator management Aggressive Behavioral (PAMB) program.
Laval has worked in the social service sector for more than 10 years (since 2005). He has experience working with people experiencing poverty and homelessness, developmental disabilities and other mental health challenges. He has developed and delivered workshops on topics from crisis intervention and conflict resolution to documentation practices and time management. Laval has practiced various martial arts for more than 14 years (since 2001), with a focus on avoiding and de-escalating conflict.
Margo Van Honsberger
SSW, B.A. B.ED
Margo Van Honsberger is an adult educator who brings a wealth of experience to the crisis training team. She has been involved with CTI since 2002. She currently works as the intake coordinator for Brain Injury Community Re-entry (Niagara) Inc., where she works directly with individuals who have sustained a brain injury and their family members. Margo is active in facilitating sessions for staff n a variety of topics including Neuro-Anatomy, Areas of Rehabilitation, Defusing Angry, Resistance and Hostility, and ABI and Substance Use
Matthew works as a father of three young children, a part-time seasonal instructor in the Peace and Conflict Studies program at the University of Waterloo, and a volunteer with the Out of the Cold program in Waterloo. Prior to becoming a CTI trainer, Matthew worked for Mennonite Central Committee Ontario as a peace educator, and in several Mennonite churches as a pastor. Matthew's passions include music-making (and listening), adult education and creative learning, and reveling in the out-of-doors.
Paul Hyman is a “Brain Trainer” specialist combining mind/body approaches and brain research. A therapist, 10 years at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) he was on the design team responsible for creating Ontario’s first problem gambling program. A contributing author for CAMH’s newest publication “Becoming Trauma Informed” Paul’s experiential style of teaching makes for a fun, one-of-a-kind memorable learning experience.
Tom has worked in the social service field for over 15 years. Tom’s background is in addictions and harm reduction. He is a certified addictions counselor. For the past 13 years, Tom has worked in all aspects of harm reduction, contributed to the development and implementation of a risk reduction program for crack cocaine addicted homeless men, supervised front-line staff in one of North America’s largest men’s hostels, and help establish a High Needs Program specifically tailored to homeless men in crisis. More recently, Tom facilitates a Criminal Justice and Addiction course for Centennial College and provides training to Seaton House front-line staff. Tom also leads a team of five outreach workers providing follow-up support to newly housed men in the community. Tom has served as a crisis trainer with CTI for 3 years.
Stephanie Kersta holds an Honours Bachelor of Science with a specialist in Psychology, and a Masters of Science in Psychology. Additionally, she holds a number of certifications, as well as, a post-graduate certificate in Addictions and Mental Health Counselling, and a Certificate in Family Mediation.
Stephanie holds teaching positions at both McMaster University and Durham College in their Addiction and Mental Health programs, and is a trainer with the Canadian Training Institute. Stephanie works as a private mental health and addiction clinician, as well is the Project Director of the Couchiching Community Health Link. Stephanie has a special clinical focus on the interplay between chronic health conditions and mental health issues and is a consultant with a number of Family Health Team's and Community Health Centres in Ontario.
Stephanie has been published in the field of motivation and addiction, and has presented at international and national conferences.
Stephanie is certified trainer with LivingWorks for both safeTALK and Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Trainings (ASIST) as well as with the Mental Health Commission of Canada for Mental Health First Aid and certifies hundreds of individuals per year. Stephanie is a member of both the Ontario Association for Suicide Prevention, and the Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention.
Jennifer Weese BA, RLS, R/TRO currently works at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) as a Patient Flow Manager, Educator and Trainer. Jennifer brings to CTI 15 years experience in both Addictions and Mental Health and is a Supervisor of CAMH's Prevention Management of Aggressive Behaviour program (PMAB) within Complex Mental Illness. Jennifer's training and experience in Critical Incident and Stress Management covers the complete spectrum of trauma services, including: defusings, debriefings, demobilizations and community education based on theory and practical skills. Jennifer is also certified and trained in various crisis intervention methods.
Snjezana Pruginic is a wellness and community educator and practitioner with over 17 years of delivering and developing programs, programs and workshops within the local and international development sector. Snjezana supports people and organizations in become change agents in their lives and communities through integrating social justice, personal and community wellness and creative social engagement. Trained in conflict resolution and a devoted peace builder, Snjezana has focused large part of her work in creating healthy communities through peace promotion, self-care and social responsibility.
Albert Malkin is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) providing services in Toronto and the surrounding areas. He received a Bachelor of Arts with honors, majoring in Psychology and Communication Studies from York University, and a Master of Arts degree from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology, majoring in Clinical Psychology, with a specialization in Applied Behavior Analysis. He is currently enrolled in the PhD program at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, within the Rehabilitation Studies department, specializing in Behaviour Analysis and Therapy. He is the President of the Ontario Association for Behaviour Analysis (ONTABA). He has over a decade of experience providing services for individuals with developmental disabilities, in a variety of settings for individuals ranging in age from toddlers to middle age. He has taught courses as adjunct faculty at George Brown College, Sage Colleges, Mohawk College, and McMaster University. The broad application and dissemination of behaviour analysis are goals that he believes need to continually be strived for.