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Adrienne M. Barna, PhD, ABPP is a licensed clinical psychologist in Virginia and is Board Certified in Counseling Psychology. For over thirty years she has provided clinical services in university counseling centers including the University of Maryland at College Park, University of Texas at Austin, Emory University and George Mason University. Since 1992, she has served in administrative roles, providing consultation, crisis intervention, supervision and clinical services. As Director of Psychological Services and Executive Director at George Mason University, she facilitated the development of extensive suicide prevention programs and emergency responses on individual and community levels. Dr. Barna has also maintained a private practice and has worked as a psychologist for three Semester at Sea voyages. She has provided many RRSR trainings over the past eight years to both general mental health clinician audiences and university mental health staff. 


CanningRobert D. Canning, PhD is a Senior Psychologist with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. For the last ten years he was responsible for the development and implementation of suicide prevention training programs statewide. Prior to his current position Dr. Canning was a staff psychologist with the Department, and worked in a prison medical facility providing mental health treatment to inmates diagnosed with HIV. Dr. Canning earned his PhD in Clinical Psychology from the Pacific Graduate School of Psychology in Palo Alto, CA in 1993. He has published a number of articles in peer-reviewed journals.


image001Vali Maduro de Gateño, PhD is a Clinical Psychologist and Analyst in Private Practice, in Panama, Republic of Panama.  For the past 23 years Vali has treated individuals, couples and families. She is part of the faculty of the International Psychotherapy Institute (IPI) in Washington, DC and Panama. Vali trains mental Health professionals in Mentalization-Based Therapy and is an approved supervisor for the Anna Freud Center in London. She is the founder and Chair of Centro Mentalizar Panama, a nonprofit organization that trains clinicians on Mentalization Based Treatment (MBT).  Vali is the Chair of SanaMente, a program of Fundación Relaciones Sanas designed to teach about mental health and suicide prevention. She has worked in suicide prevention since 2003 when she adapted and coordinated the TeenScreen® Program in Panama. Vali earned a B.S. in Psychology from Florida International University, a Masters in Mental Health from Miami Institute of Psychology, did Post Graduate Studies in Object Relations Theory and Therapy at the International Psychology Institute (IPI), a PhD from California Southern University and her Psychoanalyst certificate from the International Psychotherapy Institute (IPI).  Vali is a Spanish-speaking trainer for the American Association of Suicidology where she trains mental health professionals to evaluate and treat patients at risk. 


NisselChaim Nissel, PsyD is the Dean of Students at Yeshiva University in New York City and was previously director of the university’s counseling center.  He also serves as an Associate Professor at Wurzweiler School of Social Work and maintains a private practice in New City, New York.  Dr. Nissel has worked in schools, clinics and hospitals and has experience with individuals of all ages. Dr. Nissel earned his doctorate in School-Clinical Child Psychology from Pace University. His doctoral dissertation investigated suicidal ideation in an adolescent inpatient population and throughout his career, he has always been interested in and involved with the assessment and treatment of suicide risk. He is a licensed psychologist and a certified school psychologist.   Dr. Nissel has given countless workshops, in the U.S. and Canada, on topics including suicidality, behavior management with children and adolescents, bullying and college mental health.

PaulToni Paul, MEd, RNC is a Licensed Registered Nurse, with a Master degree in Psychology and is Certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse. She has 40 years of experience in the field and is currently based in southern New Hampshire. Toni specialized in emergency service, crisis intervention, acute psychiatric inpatient care and mobile crisis team, and the former Director of Emergency Service for NH's largest mental health center. During the time with Community Mental Health she also worked with substance abuse clients following the Stages of Change model.  At present Toni is the Co-director of Accreditation, Consultant, and Master trainer for the American Association of Suicidology offering program evaluation and professional trainings. Toni is a former contract nurse for NH Dept. of Health and Human Services, and active member of the Youth Suicide Prevention Assembly. Other professional affiliations: National Alliance on Mental Illness, Suicide Prevention Resource Center, State of New Hampshire Suicide Prevention Council. 

Harry Rockland-Miller, PhD recently retired from the University of Massachusetts Amherst where he was the Director of the Center for Counseling and Psychological Health, and served as a core member of the Student Affairs and Campus Life Leadership team.  For over 20 years he led a multidisciplinary university clinic providing short-term psychotherapies, psychopharmacological services, community consultation, training and 24-hour crisis services. Rockland-Miller is a national trainer, presenter and consultant in areas including college mental health, clinical triage, suicide prevention and mental health care delivery.  Other clinical interests include crisis intervention, brief therapy and hospital-based treatment. He was a two-time recipient and Principal Investigator for a Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administrator grant providing suicide prevention training on the UMass Amherst campus. Most recently, Rockland-Miller was awarded the Association of University and College Counseling Center Directors’ (AUCCCD) Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his contribution to campus mental health “at the highest national levels.” Prior to joining the university, he worked in mobile and hospital crisis intervention and inpatient psychiatry settings.

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