During the seminar, you will have the opportunity to hear from national experts in grief, trauma, health and wellness and more. Below is a list of the speakers and presenters who will be in attendance.
Frank Campbell, PhD, LCSW, CT
Dr. Frank Campbell is the former Executive Director of the Baton Rouge Crisis Intervention Center and the Crisis Center Foundation in Louisiana. He is currently the Senior Consultant for Campbell and Associates Consulting, where he works with communities on forensic suicidology cases. It was due to his more than 20 years of working with those bereaved by suicide that he introduced his Active Postvention Model (APM), most commonly known as the LOSS Team (Local Outreach to Suicide Survivors). The model has now been replicated in countries as diverse as Australia, Singapore, Northern Ireland, Canada, and America. His work with survivors and victims of trauma has been featured in three Discovery Channel documentaries. Dr. Campbell received the Louis Dublin award at the 2010 American Association of Suicidology Conference. He is a past president of AAS and received the Roger J. Tierney Award for service. Dr. Campbell was also elected by the International Association of Suicide Prevention (IASP) to receive the Dr. Norman Farberow Award for his international contributions on behalf of those bereaved by suicide. He was named Social Worker of the Year in Louisiana and was the first John W. Barton Fellow selected in his hometown of Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
Bonnie Carroll is a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, a retired U.S. Air Force Reserve Officer, the surviving spouse of Brigadier General Tom Carroll, a former staffer in the Reagan and Bush White Houses, and the President and Founder of the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors, the leading national Military Service Organization providing comfort, care, and resources to all those grieving the death of a military loved one. Ms. Carroll founded TAPS following the death of her husband in an Army C-12 plane crash on November 12, 1992.
Program Manager for Outdoor Engagement, develops, implements and supports programming in the outdoors across the TAPS network, including our backcountry Expeditions. Rachel connects survivors with the healing power of the outdoors and encourages participants to reconnect with their inner strength by creating emotionally safe and understanding environments. As a survivor honoring the life and death of her brother, Marine Lance Cpl J. Kyle Price, she understands the valleys and mountaintops we experience along the journey after loss.
Andy McNiel, MA
Andy is the Senior Advisor of Youth Programs for the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS). Andy is an author and trainer on topics related to grief, bereavement, and end of life. He has been an advocate for healthy children, teenagers, and families throughout his career. He is a co-founder and an executive partner with The Satori Group, LLC, a national education, management, and consulting company focused in the area of grief and loss. He is the former CEO of The National Alliance for Grieving Children, Executive Director of The Amelia Center at Children’s of Alabama, and Director of Counseling Services for Hospice of Martin and St. Lucie (now Treasure Health) in South Florida. He is a trainer for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and Boys and Girls Clubs of America. He is the co-author of Understanding and Supporting Bereaved Children: A Practical Guide for Professionals.
Renee Monczynski, MAOL
Renee is the creative director of the TAPS Young Adult Program that was established in 2016, specifically for surviving children and siblings. Since the sudden death of her husband when they were both active duty, she found healing and new purpose among her military family and peers at TAPS. Renee has a passion for education and volunteerism, earning multiple undergraduate degrees in education and psychology with a concentration in child development, culminating in a MA in Psychology - Organizational Leadership, from Southern New Hampshire University. She has spent her life in service to others through volunteering in several organizations including Young Marines as a training officer, Gold Star Wives Inc. as the Education Chair, National Board, Marine Corps League and TAPS as a military mentor and group leader. Renee has presented the TAPS Young Adults Program to the professional communities of Association for Death Education and Counseling (ADEC) and the National Alliance for Children's Grief (NACG).
Christine Lynn Norton, PhD, LCSW
Dr. Norton is a Professor of Social Work at Texas State University. She received her PhD in Social Work from Loyola University Chicago. She has a MA in Social Service Administration from the University of Chicago, and a MS in Experiential Education from Minnesota State University-Mankato. She is a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional, a Certified Experiential Therapist, a Certified Clinical Adventure Therapist. Christine has over 30 years of experience as a social worker and outdoor experiential educator. Christine is a Research Scientist with the Outdoor Behavioral Healthcare Center and was a 2017 Fulbright Scholar, having taught adventure therapy at National Taiwan Normal University. Christine leads resilience trainings focused on mental health, trauma recovery, and the healing power of nature, and she has presented her work around the world. She is also an ActivatEE storytelling coach for the Association for Experiential Education.
Barb Petsel is a Licensed Professional Counselor, thanatologist (end of life and grief issues), Registered Nurse and a Certified Facilitator for Brene Brown’s Daring Way. Although she retired from her private counseling practice, she continues to facilitate grief groups and speak professionally. Her experiences include working as Head Nurse of a neurosurgical ICU, hospice nurse, cardiac nurse, and after going to graduate school she became a Licensed Professional Counselor and served as Program Director of Journey of Hope, a nonprofit grief support center for grieving children, teens and their families. Barb has done volunteer work locally and internationally in Africa, Sri Lanka (after the tsunami), Poland, Panama, and Belize. She has facilitated groups for anticipatory-grief, cancer support, caregiver support, grief, suicide loss, Brene Brown groups, and personal growth groups. She considers companioning others in their life-journeys a privilege and an honor. She and her husband, Marvin, have a blended family of five adult sons, daughters-in-law, grandchildren and a Golden Retriever therapy dog named Ruby. Achievements include being awarded Fellow in Thanatology by the Association of Death Education and Counseling, earning Certification of Grief and Loss at Colorado State University under Dr. Alan Wolfelt, and facilitation certification under Brene Brown.