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UADVT 2017 Keynotes

Teresa Descilo, MSW, MCT
Founder and Executive Director
The Trauma Resolution Center


Keynote Address:
From Victim to Offender, Everyone Can Heal

Understanding the impact of trauma is crucial for anyone who serves victims or offenders. Clearly this information pertains to victims, but most all people who offend began as victims of overwhelming life events. The data is clear: people can heal from PTSD and other symptoms of trauma. There are key elements, which have been defined by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration that must be present in any program that proposes to address trauma in any population. The "non-traditional" approaches, which have shown to be effective in relieving or resolving trauma naturally incorporate these elements. This keynote will include important details about the Trauma Resolution Center in Miami, which was established in 1995 for the sole purpose of resolving trauma for victims of crime. Over the years, the agency has also served people from the Juvenile Justice system, Drug Dependency Court, Drug Court and the Jail Diversion Program. The agency has served more than 13,500 people from more than 90 countries. If this model works in Miami…

Teresa Descilo, MSW, MCT
Teresa Descilo, MSW, MCT is the Founder and Executive Director of the Trauma Resolution Center, fka Victim Services Center. Founded in 1995, the TRC is the first trauma-focused Community Mental Health Center and state licensed substance abuse program in the US. This holistic, client-centered model has helped more than 13,500 human beings, from more than 80 countries, presenting with diverse trauma, resolve the impact of their experiences. Teresa has always believed in the resiliency of the human spirit and in the ability of each being to expand consciousness and tap inner strengths. She has explored many paths and cultures over the decades and has collected many effective techniques for dealing with stress, raising awareness and connecting to one's spiritual source. She always found it unreasonable that anyone should be permanently labeled and identified with any condition, as most things pass or can be worked through with some discipline and diligence, with the benefit of gaining strength and awareness. Teresa founded her agency on these values. Those who complete the program, whether victim or offender, no longer test for posttraumatic stress, anxiety or depression.

David Wexler
Executive Director
Relationship Training Institute


Keynote Address:
Three Myths About Domestic Violence 2017: Everything You Need To Know

The field of intimate partner violence has always been full of controversy and misinformation, and it is almost impossible to keep up. Learn about what decades of research and clinical experience has now taught us is NOT true about typologies of offenders ("One Size Fits All"), about female violence ("Women Only Abuse In Self-Defense"), and about victims staying in abusive relationships ("Because It's Not That Bad or It's Their Fault Too").

David B. Wexler, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist in private practice in San Diego, specializing in the treatment of relationships in conflict. He is the Executive Director of the non-profit Relationship Training Institute, which provides education and treatment internationally for relationship development and the prevention and treatment of relationship violence. He has also served as the Clinical and Administrative Supervisor for the NIMH-sponsored research study of domestic violence in the Navy from 1991 through 1996, and again from 2001 through 2006.

Dr. Wexler is the author of When Good Men Behave Badly: Change Your Behavior Change Your Relationship (2004), and Is He Depressed or What?: What to Do When the Man You Love is Moody, Irritable, and Withdrawn (2006). Men In Therapy: New Approaches for Effective Treatment (2009), was released in 2009. Dr. Wexler has been featured on the Dr. Phil show and the TODAY show, in the Wall St. Journal, Washington Post, "O" magazine, Cosmopolitan, Redbook, Men's Health, and on hundreds of radio and TV programs throughout North America to help educate the public about relationships in conflict and how to resolve them. Psychotherapy Networker devoted an entire issue to issues of men in therapy in May/June 2010 built around Dr. Wexler's feature article.

Dr. Wexler has authored an internationally-recognized domestic violence treatment manual: the newly revised and updated The STOP Program—Third Edition was released by W.W. Norton in 2013. Dr. Wexler has trained thousands of community professionals, military personnel, and law enforcement officials through extensive training seminars on The STOP Program model throughout the world. He has also recently published the ground-breaking STOP Program: For Women Who Abuse (Norton, 2016). Dr. Wexler is also the former Chairman of the Treatment & Intervention Committee of the San Diego Domestic Violence Council and has been awarded the Distinguished Service Award for Treatment by this Council. The California Psychological Association has also designated Dr. Wexler as a Master Lecturer and he received CPA's Distinguished Contribution to Psychology award.

Dr. Wexler recently received the prestigious award of Practitioner of the Year from the Society for the Psychological Study of Men and Masculinity, a division of the American Psychological Association.

The Relationship Training Institute is approved by the San Diego County Probation Department to provide clinical training for all authorized county domestic violence treatment programs for court-ordered offenders. These five-day training workshops are offered annually in San Diego County.

The U.S. Navy contracted with Dr. Wexler to design an innovative intervention program for the prevention of date and acquaintance rape. TRUE CONSENT: Sexual Assault Awareness Training for Men, was administered to 50,000 incoming Navy recruits annually at Great Lakes Naval Training Center as part of a four-year research study on prevention of sexual violence in the Navy.

Dr. Wexler has consulted on over 100 forensic cases (and has testified as an expert witness in over 30 cases) in which the understanding of domestic violence offender characteristics, domestic violence patterns in relationships, and battered women's syndrome (now known as "intimate partner battering and its effects") can help the Court clarify the complex legal issues. He has testified in civil case and custody cases, in military cases and civilian cases, and for both prosecution and defense.

Dr. Wexler is also the former Director of Psychological Services at Rancho Park Hospital, where he developed the internationally recognized PRISM model for self-management. He has pioneered the development of self psychology and cognitive behavior therapy in treating adolescents. He is the author of THE ADOLESCENT SELF: Strategies for Self-management, Self-soothing, and Self-esteem in Adolescents, The PRISM Workbook, The Advanced PRISM Workbook, published in 1993.