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Presentation(s) Topic(s)/Presentación (es) Tema (s):
“Childhood Anxiety 101: What is Anxiety?” ¿Qué es la ansiedad?" 

Victoria Valdez, MMFT, Brainspotting Level 1 trained/Victoria Valdez, MMFT, Brainspotting Nivel 1 entrenado

Victoria Valdez is a Masters of Marriage & Family Therapy, providing child and family counseling services in private practice out of Brentwood Tennessee. She has over 12 years of experience working with children, and families in a combination of settings that include the following: foster care, residential treatment centers, and in-home and school counseling services. She is Child Centered Play Therapy trained and is working towards becoming a registered play therapist. She is Brainspotting Level 1 trained, a Certified Child and Adolescent Trauma Professional (CATP) and ADHD Certified Clinical Services Provider trained. Victoria is bilingual in Spanish and English and specializes in working with children and families. Victoria serves on the Find Hope Franklin suicide prevention task force.

Victoria Valdez tiene su Maestría en Terapia de Matrimonio y Familia, que brinda servicios de asesoramiento para niños y familias en práctica privada en Brentwood Tennessee. Tiene más de 12 años de experiencia trabajando con niños y familias en una combinación de entornos que incluyen lo siguiente: cuidado de crianza, centros de tratamiento residencial y servicios de asesoramiento en el hogar y en la escuela. Está capacitada en terapia de juego centrada en el niño y está trabajando para convertirse en una terapeuta de juego registrada(). Ella está entrenada en Brainspotting Nivel 1, y tambien tiene su  Certificado en Trauma para Niños y Adolescentes (CATP) y un Proveedor de Servicios Clínicos Certificado por Desorden Hiperactivo y Deficit de Atencion capacitado. Victoria es bilingüe en español e inglés y se especializa en trabajar con niños y familias. Victoria forma parte del grupo de trabajo de prevención del suicidio Find Hope Franklin.

Website: www.victoria-valdez.com
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 931-674-1205

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Presentation(s) Topic(s)/Presentación (es) Tema (s):
“Childhood Anxiety 101: What is Anxiety?” ¿Qué es la ansiedad?" 

Elsa Carolina Buentello Muñoz. Es Licenciada en Psicología por la Universidad Regiomontana (2003). Con estudios de maestría en Psicoterapia Gestalt Infantil por el Centro de Investigación y Entrenamiento en Psicoterapia Gestalt Fritz Perls. Cuenta con Certificación en Terapia de Juego cognitivo conductual por la Universidad Clea y Certificación en Método Guillour.

Se ha desempeñado como docente de nivel básico, medio, medio superior y profesional. Cuenta con 14 años de experiencia brindando orientación psicológica con terapia de juego a niños y adolescentes en práctica privada en la ciudad de Monterrey, México.

Mi oficina: Monterrey, MX. Teléfono: +52(81)8180884903
Página web: www.facebook.com/juntos.aprendiendoconsultorio
Correo Electrónico: [email protected]



Presentation Topic:
“Understanding Child Rearing Expectations and DCS in Tennessee/ Entendiendo las Expectativas de Criar a Niños y a DCS en Tennessee”

Anna McConaghie, MSW
Hispanic and Immigrant Advocacy Specialist, CASA Nashville
Especialista en Advocacia para los Hispanos e Inmigrantes

Anna McConaghie graduated from the University of Georgia with a Master’s degree in Social Work. She is bilingual in English and Spanish and has been learning Spanish since age 11 through school, study abroad, and living in Spain for two years. Before her role at CASA, she was a clinician at a mental health clinic for Spanish-speakers in Athens, Georgia. She also interned at Georgia Child Protective Services in the Investigations unit during graduate school. Anna has a passion for working with Hispanic/Latinx and immigrant populations and utilizes a strengths-based, whole-person approach to empower others.

Anna McConaghie se graduó de la Universidad de Georgia con su Maestría en Trabajo Social. Es bilingüe en inglés y español, y ha estado aprendiendo español desde la edad de 11 a través de la escuela, estudiar al extranjero, y vivir en España por 2 años. Antes de su posición con CASA, hizo psicoterapia en una clínica de salud mental para hispanohablantes en Athens, Georgia. También hizo una pasantía con Georgia CPS (protección de niños) durante su maestría. Anna tiene una pasión por trabajar con hispanos, latinos, e inmigrantes y reconoce las fortalezas y la persona entera cuando trabaja con familias para empoderarlas.  

Website/Sitio web: www.casanashville.org
Email: [email protected]
Phone/telefono: 615-602-4833

 
 

 
Alicia Bunch Vargas, LCSW, RPT
Clinical Director at Sexual Assault Center

Presentation(s) Topic(s): Keys to a Trauma Informed Practice
Pautas para una práctica informada en el trauma 

Alicia has been with SAC since 2014. She received her Masters in Social Work from the University of Tennessee in Nashville in 2009 and her Bachelors in Family and Human Services from John Brown University in 2005. She is trained in Attachment, Self-Regulation, and Competency (ARC), Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Level 1 and 2 trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and Level 1 certified in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy.  She is currently training in Level 2 Sensorimotor Psychotherapy.  She is bilingual in English and Spanish.  She grew up in Panama, Central America.  She has experience in Mexico, interning at a state domestic violence program during her MSW.  She spent 4 years in Bolivia working in El Alto at a non-profit providing services to women engaged in the sex trade. Alicia has local experience working as an advocate for survivors of human trafficking in Nashville and working with offenders at the John School in Nashville. Alicia sees children, adolescents and adults in her practice, including Spanish-speaking clients. Alicia also provides services in her private practice focusing on trauma and attachment issues. 

Alicia ha estado con el Centro de Abuso Sexual desde el 2014. Recibió su Maestría en Trabajo Social de la Universidad de Tennessee en Nashville y su Licenciatura en Servicios Familiares y Humanos de la Universidad John Brown. Está capacitada en apego, autorregulación y competencia (ARC), terapia conductual cognitiva centrada en el trauma (TF-CBT), nivel 1 y 2 capacitada en desensibilización y reprocesamiento del movimiento ocular (EMDR) y nivel 1 certificado en psicoterapia sensoriomotriz. Actualmente está entrenando en psicoterapia sensoriomotriz, nivel 2. Ella es bilingüe en inglés y español. Ella creció en Panamá. Ella tiene experiencia en México, haciendo pasantía en un programa estatal de violencia doméstica durante su masterado. Pasó 4 años en Bolivia trabajando en El Alto en una organización sin fines de lucro que brinda servicios a mujeres involucradas en el trabajo sexual comercial. Alicia tiene experiencia local trabajando con sobrevivientes de la trata de personas en Nashville y trabajando con delincuentes en la Escuela John en Nashville. Alicia ve a niños, adolescentes y adultos en su práctica, incluidos clientes de habla hispana. Alicia también brinda servicios en su práctica privada enfocándose en temas de trauma y apego.

Phone: 615-515-3781
Email:[email protected]
Website:www.sacenter.org



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Rosario Aliaga

Presentation topic: Self-Care, Flourishing and Creativity during Changing Times /Autocuidado y Florecimiento en Tiempos Cambiantes

Rosario Aliaga is a spiritual healer and mentor, yoga teacher and intuitive artist. She studied Psychology at Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú, Reiki Usui Levels 1, 2 & 3, and the Emotional Freedom Technique  (EFT – Tapping). Since 2015 after a profound spiritual awakening, her passion and mission is inspiring others to reconnect with their true Essence and life purposes, through creativity, intuition and imagination, and the union of body, mind and spirit. She has worked with children, teens and adults helping them identify their strengths and express their gifts to the world. She loves using different techniques to assist healing, such as art, poetry,intuitive movement, meditation and breathwork.  She currently creates inspiring content in social media, offers personalized mentorship, free healing livestreams of relaxation and intuitive art, and she is open for commissioned art and Soul Portraits.

Rosario Aliaga es sanadora y mentora espiritual, profesora de yoga y artista intuitiva. Estudió Psicología en Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú, Reiki Usui Nivel 1, 2 y 3 y la Técnica de Liberación Emocional (Tapping). Desde 2015 y siguiendo un profundo despertar espiritual, su misión y pasión es inspirar a las personas a reconectar con su verdadera Esencia y desarrollar sus propósitos de vida, a través de la creatividad, intuición e imaginación, y la unidad de cuerpo, mente y espíritu. Ha trabajado con niños, jóvenes y adultos ayudándoles a identificar sus fortalezas y expresar sus dones al mundo.  Le encanta usar diversas técnicas para ayudar el proceso de sanación/alineación, como el arte, poesía, movimiento intuitivo, meditación y respiración consciente. Actualmente difunde contenido inspirador en redes sociales, brinda mentoría personalizada, ofrece livestreams gratuitos de relajación y bienestar, y se encuentra disponible para comisiones de arte sanador y Retratos de Alma.

website: rosealiaga.com
Email: [email protected]
IG: loveandsoul7


 


Presentation Topic: Disability Rights Tennessee: How We Can Help

Dalmys Sánchez, Spanish Outreach Specialist at Disability Rights Tennessee 

 Dalmys Sánchez was born and raised in the Dominican Republic where she also trained as an elementary education teacher. At the age of 18 she was awarded a highly competitive university fellowship to study Special Education for two years in St. Louis, MO. Following, she completed her Bachelor’s degree in English Literature from Webster University in St. Louis, MO. After moving to Nashville in 2003 with her young family, the doors to the early intervention world were opened when she participated in the Regional Intervention Program (RIP) with her own typically developing child in 2004. Through that experience she discovered a passion for helping parents help their children. She dedicated herself to early intervention work for over a decade by joining several agencies that provided education and training to parents of small children on how to manage behavior through positive and preventive strategies, stimulate children’s development through play and social interaction, and connect families to more specialized intervention services when needed.  At Tennessee’s Early Intervention System she developed a desire to expand her knowledge and experience across age and disability, so she joined Disability Rights Tennessee as the Bilingual Intake Advocate (Spanish/English). She currently holds the position of Spanish Outreach Specialist, where she gets to share about the agency’s protection and advocacy services for people with disabilities to the Spanish-speaking community in Tennessee. Dalmys is passionate about finding and creating educational opportunities to educate the Spanish-speaking community about their disability rights in all areas of life. 
 
Dalmys Sánchez nació y creció en la República Dominicana, donde también se formó como maestra de educación primaria. A los 18 años recibió una beca universitaria altamente competitiva para estudiar Educación Especial durante dos años en St. Louis, MO. Después, completó su licenciatura en literatura inglesa de la Universidad Webster en St. Louis, MO. Después de mudarse a Nashville en 2003 con su joven familia, las puertas del mundo de la intervención temprana se abrieron cuando participó en el Programa de Intervención Regional (RIP) con su propio hijo de desarrollo típico en 2004. A través de esa experiencia, descubrió una pasión por ayudar a los padres a ayudar a sus hijos. Se dedicó al trabajo de intervención temprana durante más de una década al unirse a varias agencias que brindaron educación y capacitación a padres de niños pequeños sobre cómo manejar el comportamiento a través de estrategias positivas y preventivas, estimular el desarrollo de los niños a través del juego y la interacción social, y conectar a las familias con servicios de intervención especializados cuando era necesario. En el Sistema de Intervención Temprana de Tennessee, desarrolló un deseo de expandir su conocimiento y experiencia abarcando todas las edades y discapacidades, por lo que se unió a Disability Rights Tennessee como defensora bilingüe de admisión (español / inglés). Actualmente ocupa el puesto de Spanish Outreach Specialist, donde comparte sobre los servicios de protección y defensa de la agencia para personas con discapacidades en la comunidad de habla hispana en Tennessee. A Dalmys le entusiasma encontrar y crear oportunidades educativas para educar a la comunidad de habla hispana sobre sus derechos de discapacidad en todas las áreas de la vida.
 
Phone: 800-342-1660
Email: [email protected] 
Website: www.disabilityrightstn.org 


 
Adrianne McKeon, M.S., PhD. Licensed Psychologist at Psychology Nashville

Presentación Topic: Cartas, Evaluaciones y Terapia: Cual es la diferencia? 
Letters, Evaluations and Therapy; what is the difference?  

Adrianne McKeon has over a decade of clinical experience working with a wide range of clients and issues. She has her Masters Degree in Cross-Cultural Psychology from Brunel University in England, and earned her Counseling Psychology Doctoral Degree in 2012 from University of Houston. Originally from Puerto Rico, Dr. McKeon is interested in multicultural issues in counseling and spiritually informed therapy. The majority of her clientele are Spanish-speaking couples, families and individual children and adults. She also conducts psychological evaluations. Dr. McKeon is a lifelong learner who is passionate about advocating for her clients through community relationship building and continuous competence development. 

Adrianne McKeon tiene más de una década de experiencia clínica, trabajando con una gran variedad de clientes y asuntos. Tiene una Maestría en Psicología Transcultural de Brunel University en Inglaterra y obtuvo su Doctorado en Psicología de Consejería en 2012 en University of Houston. Originalmente de Puerto Rico, la Dra. McKeon le interesa asuntos clínicos relacionados a la cultura. Es importante para la Dra McKeon practicar una terapia que honre y respete la espiritualidad de su cliente. Actualmente, la mayoría de sus clientes son individuos (adultes y niñes) familias y parejas hispano-hablantes. También provee servicios de Evaluación Psicológica. La Dra. McKeon se considera una estudiante de por vida. Le apasiona continuamente aprender terapias nuevas y crear conecciones en la comunidad hispana para servir mejor a sus clientes.         
Website: www.psychologynashville.com
Email: [email protected]


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Presentación Topic: TN Statewide Sexual Assault Hotline with the Sexual Assault Center

Diana Cisneros is Salvadoran- American and holds a bachelor's degree in social work from Middle Tennessee State University. As a native Spanish speaker, Diana has experience working as a case manager with Latino families. As a case manager, she provided resource linkage, crisis intervention, advocacy, home visit and home studies. Previously, Diana was also a coordinator and facilitator of Encuentro Latino which is a platform to allow other professionals to come together and learn about the different organizations in Nashville and network to better help the Spanish speaking community. Diana was crowned Miss Tennessee Latina 2015 and used her title as a platform to provide a voice for the Hispanic Community in Davison county and surrounding areas.  In her down time, Diana loves to spend time with her family, enjoys nature, and exploring new places. 

Presentation(s) Topic(s)/Presentación (es) Tema (s): Recent Research Regarding the Impact of COVID-19 on the Latinx community

Ph.D. in Social Work, The University of Georgia, 2019
MSW, The University of Georgia, 2012
BA, Psychology, Sewanee: The University of the South, 2010

Dr. Porter Jennings-McGarity has a Ph.D. in social work and is also a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) with a focus on trauma-related scholarship. Jennings-McGarity received a Master of Social Work (MSW) from the University of Georgia (UGA) School of Social Work in 2012 and a Ph.D. in Social Work from The University of Georgia in 2019. She currently is an assistant professor of social work at Austin Peay State University where her research centers around addressing complex trauma in vulnerable populations. Jennings-McGarity has a near-decade of social work practice experience, with a specialization in providing trauma-informed clinical services for Spanish-speaking children, adolescents, and families impacted by migration. Her work has centered around the use of culturally responsive, evidenced-based trauma-informed interventions, including culturally adapted dialectical behavioral therapy and trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy techniques. She frequently conducts lectures and continuing education training in the community on culturally responsive approaches to trauma, ACEs, and trauma in immigrants and refugees to build the bridge between research and practice. Her research interests focus on trauma, including ACEs, trauma-informed research and practice with individuals involved informal social systems (including the criminal justice system, the immigration system, and child welfare services), as well as utilization of culturally responsive practice with the Latinx population, and implementation of systematic and organizational trauma-informed care among vulnerable populations She is also active in community action efforts in Georgia and Tennessee to promote awareness on ACEs and resiliency, especially within the Latinx community.

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Presentation Topic: The Grief and Loss of Immigrant Families

Presenter: Xiomara Romero M.S., LMFT
Moving Forward Counseling and Integrative Services
Costa Mesa, California

Xiomara Romero has worked in the non-profit and private sector providing
multicultural and bilingual counseling services. In her practice in Costa Mesa,
Xiomara utilizes a strength-based approach working with families, adolescents and
adults in finding solution-focused approach to coping with stressors related to
adjustment, Depression, Anxiety Grief & loss and Trauma. Xiomara has been
working in the Mental Health field for over ten years and licensed as Marriage and
Family Therapist since 2014. She received her Master of Science from San Diego
State University in which her program was aligned with her passion for social
justice and multi-cultural counseling. As a first generational student, business
owner and mother of two boys she understands the stressors of navigating through
a new path in education, career and creating a home life balance. Xiomara has
worked with many educators managing the stressors and demands of Academia.
She ran workshops and has been a part of MI Mentor- a national mentoring
organization for students interested in the healthcare profession. Xiomara is very
passionate about the field of counseling and is actively involved with a local nonprofit
organization-Center for Cancer Counseling providing free counseling servicesfor families
affected by Cancer.

Website: [email protected]
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 949-385-3013

Presentation Topic: Catholic Charities Services & HOPE Program
Hannah Clark, LMSW
Bilingual Counselor, HOPE Program
Catholic Charities of Tennessee

Hannah received a master’s degree in Social Work from The University of Tennessee in Nashville in 2019 and her bachelor’s degree in Biology and Spanish from Lipscomb University in 2005. Hannah is a bilingual counselor in the Catholic Charities HOPE Program, where she started as an intern during graduate school. The HOPE Program offers free trauma-focused counseling for Davidson County children and adolescents, ages 4-18, who have been impacted by a violent crime. Hannah is currently completing training in the Attachment, Regulation, and Competency (ARC) Framework. She is bilingual in English & Spanish and worked for two years in Spain with a non-profit agency serving the immigrant community. Hannah also has local experience working as a Social Services Case Manager at a community healthcare center and Community Outreach Coordinator at the Tennessee Disability Pathfinder, a program of the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center. 

Hannah recibió su maestría en Trabajo Social de la Universidad de Tennessee en Nashville en 2019 y su licenciatura en Biología y Español de Lipscomb University en 2005. Hannah trabaja como terapeuta bilingüe para el Programa Esperanza (HOPE en inglés) de Caridades Católicas, donde completó una pasantía durante la escuela de postgrado. El Programa Esperanza ofrece terapia gratuita con enfoque en el trauma para niños y adolescentes, de 4-18 años, que viven en el condado Davidson y han sido impactados por un delito violento. Hannah está actualmente completando entrenamiento en apego, regulación, y competencia (ARC). Ella es bilingüe en inglés y español y trabajó dos años en España con una ONG sirviendo la comunidad inmigrante allí. Hannah tiene experiencia local trabajando como Coordinadora de Servicios Sociales en un centro de salud comunitario y Coordinadora de Compromiso Comunitario para Tennessee Disability Pathfinder, un programa del Vanderbilt Kennedy Center. 

[email protected]
615-787-3248 (work cell)

Dr. Tatiana N. Peredo, PhD and Ana Paula Madero, MS

Presentation(s) Topic(s)/Presentación (es) Tema (s): Supporting Language and Positive Behavior for Young Children Apoyo de Lenguaje y Comportamiento positivo para niños pequeños.

Tatiana Peredo has a master’s degree in counseling psychology and a doctoral degree in developmental psychology. Dr. Peredo’s clinical and research background is in early childhood typical and atypical development, parenting young children, bilingual and monolingual language development and intervention, and executive functioning skills. She enjoys working with young children and their parents to optimize children’s development and emotional well-being. Dr. Peredo has over 10 years experience working with young children with delays in their language development as well as children with other neurological differences or developmental delays, such as children with Autism or Down syndrome.

Tatiana Peredo tiene una Maestría en Asesoramiento Psicológico y un Doctorado en Psicología del desarrollo. Los antecedentes clínicos y del desarrollo de la Dra. Peredo se centran en el desarrollo típico y atípico de la primera infancia, la crianza de niños pequeños, el desarrollo e intervención del lenguaje bilingüe y monolingüe, y las habilidades de funcionamiento ejecutivo. Disfruta trabajar con niños pequeños y sus familias para optimizar el desarrollo y bienestar emocional de los niños. La Dra. Peredo tiene más de 10 años de experiencia trabajando tanto con niños pequeños con retraso en el desarrollo de lenguaje, como con niños con otras diferencias neurológicas o retraso en el desarrollo como Autismo o Síndrome de Down.


Ana Paula Madero

Presentation(s) Topic(s)/Presentación (es) Tema (s): Supporting Language and Positive Behavior for Young Children Apoyo de Lenguaje y Comportamiento positivo para niños pequeños.

Ana Paula Madero obtained a BS in Special Education with a minor in Speech-Language Pathologies and Hearing disabilities and a Masters in Psychology with Gestalt orientation and Human development. Her career as a Language, Speech and Behavioral Therapist for families and children with special needs has spanned over 18 years. Some of her experiences include ABA training and therapy for kids with developmental disabilities such as autism and down syndrome, shadowing and mentoring monitors in inclusive environments, advising parents, teachers and professionals regarding current behavioral strategies for working with children, parent training and bilingual language intervention for kids with language delays. Ana has worked with multidisciplinary teams of professionals in related fields to provide ongoing support for her clients. Her passion drives her to work with kids with special needs and their families.

 

Ana Paula Madero tiene una  Licenciatura en Educación Especial con especialidad en Lenguaje y Audición y una Maestría en Sensibilización Educativa con enfoque Gestalt y Desarrollo Humano. Su  carrera como terapeuta de Lenguaje y Conductual abarca más de 18 años de experiencia trabajando para familias y niños con necesidades especiales. Su experiencia incluye entrenamiento y terapia ABA para niños con autismo, inclusión educativa, consultoría a padres, maestros y profesionistas respecto a estrategias de conducta para el trabajo con niños, entrenamiento a padres e intervención del lenguaje bilingüe para niños con retraso en el desarrollo de lenguaje. Ana ha trabajado con equipos multidisciplinarios de profesionistas en campos relacionados para brindar apoyo continuo a sus clientes. Su pasión la impulsa a trabajar con niños con necesidades especiales y sus familias.



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