Our Instructors

Dr. Lodzinski, Professor of Pychology at the Adler Graduate Professional School, has taught over 4,000 members of various helping professions. In addition to consulting, training and teaching, he offers individual, group and organizational services in conflict resolution.
Butch Alan SniderButch Snider has over thirty five years of experience teaching courses like Crisis Intervention, Stress, Health and Wellness programs, and Personal and Subject Protection skills, Subject Control skills, martial arts and physical fitness. Butch was National Master trainer for verbal and physical crisis intervention training programs at Correctional Services Canada.
John SawdonJohn Sawdon has extensive experience in providing training to human service and criminal justice-based agencies throughout Canada. He teaches Team Building, Organizational Development (OD), Basic Skills Training for Residential and Human Service Workers, Crisis Intervention and Prevention and Cross-Cultural Awareness. He is a member of the (SEITAR) International Society for Intercultural Training and Research and the NTL Institute for Applied Behavioural Sciences OD network.
Laval Martin has worked in the social service sector for more than ten years. 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 fourteen years with a focus on avoiding and de-escalating conflict.
Margo Van HonsbergerMargo Van Honsberger is an adult educator who 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 in a variety of topics including Neuro-Anatomy, Areas of Rehabilitation, Defusing Angry, Resistance and Hostility, and ABI and Substance Use.
Paul HymanPaul Hyman is a “Brain Trainer” specialist combining mind/body approaches and brain research. A therapist for ten 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 FulgosiTom Fulgosi is a certified addictions counselor who has worked in the social service field for over fifteen years. Tom’s background is in addictions and harm reduction. Tom facilitates a Criminal Justice and Addiction course for Centennial College and provides training to Seaton House front-line staff.
Snjezana Pruginic is a wellness and community educator and practitioner with over seventeen years of delivering and developing programs and workshops within the local and international development sector. 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.
Dr. Obadia is a MINT certified Motivational Interviewing trainer with extensive experience teaching Motivational Interviewing, Behaviour Change, and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. She teaches research methodology and health behaviour change at the University of Toronto.
Maureen PanganMaureen Pangan is currently a registered social worker with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers. With over 10 years of experience working with various age groups and cultural demographics she has worked for such agencies as The Family Enhancement Centre, Women of Color Network, St. Vincent de Paul, Child and Family Support Services, and the Sojourner Centre. She teaches Anger Management, Intervention and Prevention, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Case Notes Writing, and Presentation Skills.
Mike HindsMichael Hinds has over 10 years of experience planning, facilitating and implementing workshops to guide, empower and motivate youth to achieve success and promote healthy living. He has worked as a facilitator and case manager for Your Road to Success, L.A.M.P., PIT Parent Support Group, KHEM Street Projects and Breaking the Cycle. He has succeeded in motivating and inspiring youth and informing organizations about the strategies and supports needed to reach youth in their respective target demographic. Michael is currently the Lead Facilitator and Program Coordinator for the Steps 2 Success youth employment program which services high risk youth within the priority neighborhoods of Toronto.
Nicki Casseres has worked in the mental health community for over 30 years, providing crisis counselling, support and education. Nicki is the Coordinator of Training and Community Education at the Gerstein Crisis Centre in Toronto and coordinator for the Learning Exchange Program for Newcomers (in collaboration with Ryerson University) Nicki is a certified ASIST trainer and facilitates training in the areas of defusing anger, crisis intervention, resiliency and self-care, and sexual harassment in the workplace.
Ishwar PersadIshwar has over 25 years’ experience designing and facilitating engaging, fun, and interactive workshops. His teaching areas include anti-racism, anti-oppression, diversity & inclusion, allyship, health equity, sexual orientation, gender identity, harm reduction, HIV/AIDS prevention, safer sex, healthy relationships, crisis intervention, mental health, addiction, and anti-discrimination. He works from an intersectional perspective, addressing power dynamics on individual, interpersonal, organizational and system levels. Clients are engaged in critical self-reflection and are supported in moving towards fundamental changes in individual and team practices.
Patrina currently works as a Field Facilitator in the MSW for Working Professionals Program at the University of Windsor. Patrina also provides training for Triple P (Positive Parenting Program) International which is designed to prevent and treat behavioural and emotional problems in children and teenagers. Patrina specializes in the topics of defusing anger, conflict resolution, crisis intervention, stress management, resiliency & self-care, dealing with difficult customers, motivational interviewing, criminal justice, domestic violence and intimate partner abuse.
PhD (Candidate) Adam Ellis was named a 2016 Vanier Scholar in support of his upcoming doctoral project, “Reconceptualizing Urban Warfare in Canada: Exploring the Relationship between Trauma, PTSD and Gang Violence.” In 2018 Adam also became a top 25 SSHRC Storyteller with respect to his research on trauma, PTSD and gang violence. Adam’s doctoral work is inspired by his own lived experience within the gang subculture. With an MA in Immigration and Settlement from Ryerson University, he has worked on several research projects focusing on mental health and the law, including topics on gang violence, organized crime and refugee determination. Adam is also currently developing a community program that seeks to disrupt inner-city gang violence through physical fitness, mentorship and trauma therapy.
Sukaina holds a Master’s in Education and M. Phil in counselling. She has 8 years of experience in counselling and psychotherapy and is a registered Psychotherapist for the College of Registered Psychotherapist. She specializes in working with people struggling with mental health concerns and addictions. Sukaina has developed and delivered workshops on counselling skills, mental health, addictions and conflict resolution. As well as given numerous presentations in the community to raise awareness about addictions and mental health. Sukaina currently works at Durham Mental Health Services as a Community Mental Health worker. She has previously worked in the Crisis program as well.