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Amy Coombs

September 27, 2021 10:51 AM
MSW, LCSW, CCTP, HRMC - A lobbyist, consultant and clinical therapist, Amy is known for wearing a lot of hats. She is credited with passing landmark occupational and professional licensing legislation, featured as a national expert in several publications and participated in the Social Work Policy Institute’s Policy Practice Summit. As a Network for Social Work Management Policy Fellow, her co-authored editorial was published in the Network’s journal. Amy’s dedication to improving access to ethical mental health services resulted in an Official Citation of Recognition from the State of Maryland. In 2017, Utah’s Governor signed Trauma-Informed Justice Provisions into law. Amy Coombs is setting a new standard when it comes to creating policy, advocating for clients, and conducting ethical government relations. Her commitment to improving drug policy, and trauma-informed processes is changing the way the criminal justice system interfaces with consumers, victims of crime, staff and government. As President of Prestige Government Relations & Consulting, Amy is credited with passing landmark occupational and professional licensing legislation, featured as a national expert in IIDA’s 2017 Faces of Advocacy Report and participated in the Social Work Policy Institute’s (SWIPI) Policy Practice Summit. As a Network for Social Work Management (NSWM) Policy Fellow, her co-authored editorial was published in the Human Resources Organizations, Management, Leadership and Governance Journal. Amy is dedicated to improving access to safe and ethical mental health services for all.  She received an Official Citation of Recognition from the state of Maryland in January 2015, “in recognition of her tireless efforts within the legislative process on behalf of consumers of mental health services.” In 2018, Utah Governor Gary Herbert signed HB177, Trauma-Informed Justice Provisions, into law. Amy currently serves as a voting member on Utah’s Multi-Disciplinary Trauma-Informed Committee, under the direction of the Utah Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice. She recently completed her service on the National Board of Directors for the Council for Interior Design Qualification, whose members include state and provincial regulatory boards. Amy is an alum of University of Southern California where she received a master’s degree in Social Work. In addition to her lobbying and consulting work, Amy has practiced as a clinical therapist in substance use treatment, private practice and in medical social work. Amy enjoys regular speaking invites at universities and colleges across the country.

Dr. Miguel Gallardo

September 27, 2021 11:12 AM
Evaluation and Clinical Director at MECCA and is a Professor of Psychology and Director of Aliento, The Center for Latina/o Communities at Pepperdine University. He is a licensed clinical psychologist and maintains an independent/consultation practice at the Neurobehavioral Clinical and Counseling Center where he conducts therapy, forensic/legal psychological, and neuropsychological screening assessments, and consults with organizations and universities on developing culturally responsive systems. He teaches courses on multicultural and social justice, advocacy, and professional practice issues. Dr. Gallardo’s areas of scholarship and research interests include understanding the psychotherapy process when working with ethnocultural communities, particularly Latinx communities and in understanding the processes by which individuals develop cultural awareness and humility.

Dr. Carlton Green

September 27, 2021 11:00 AM
Dr. Carlton Green has over 20 years of experience working in various roles in public and private higher education settings. His work includes roles in academic and student affairs, multicultural services, residence life, athletics, and counseling services. While building collaborative and empowering relationships with students, faculty, and staff, he has always sought to advocate for institutional policies and programs that promote access and equity for underserved populations.Dr. Green leverages his expertise related to diversity in higher education and mental health settings in order to provide services that respect the unique perspectives of institutions requesting his services or consultation. He understands that addressing diversity and justice issues in any organization can be emotionally challenging, and he works to ensure that all participants’ voices are heard and validated. Most importantly, he seeks to promote a strengths-based appreciation for diversity, especially among individuals who experience such issues as divisive and negative.As a higher education administrator, Dr. Green has advised countless student leaders and organizations and developed and executed campus-wide student retention programs. As a mental health professional in college settings, he served as a staff psychologist providing culturally responsive treatment, training, and supervision. In addition, in his role as an Instructor he developed and implemented culturally inclusive curricula for mental health trainees. The demand for culturally-responsive and spiritually-trained clinicians led Dr. Green to become a private practice provider in Maryland in an effort to meet the needs of his community.Dr. Green is also an active member in the American Psychological Association through the Society of Counseling Psychology (Division 17) and the Society for the Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity (Division 44). He was recently elected to serve a three-year term as member at-large for Division 44. Dr. Green’s dedication to diversity and inclusion facilitated his present appointment as Director of Diversity Training & Education in the Office of Diversity & Inclusion at the University of Maryland, College Park (UMD). He has received local and national recognition for his work. At the University of Maryland Division he was recipient of Student Affairs Outstanding Service Award, as well as the Champion of Our Community Award by the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Staff and Faculty Association. At the national level, he was named the 2016 Diversity Scholar by the Association of Counseling Center Training Agencies. His contributions to the field also earned him the 2019 Rising Star Award of the National Multicultural Conference & Summit. Also in 2019, the Maryland Psychological Association recognized Dr. Green with the Grady Dale Jr. Award for Outstanding Contributions to Diversity in Psychology.

Dr. Karen Tao

September 27, 2021 11:03 AM
Dr. Karen Tao is an Assistant Professor in the Counseling and Counseling Psychology in the Department of Educational Psychology at the University of Utah. She also directs the Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CMHC) master’s program. Karen’s clinical and research interests are guided by an overarching goal to reduce disparities in the access, service, and quality of mental health and education for historically marginalized groups. She is interested in the questions, “How do people negotiate conversations about difference and culture?” and “Why does multicultural competence matter?” Karen conducts research in counseling and school settings, utilizing qualitative and quantitative methods to identify cultural factors related to client improvement and student academic persistence.

Dr. LaShawn C. Williams

September 27, 2021 11:07 AM
Dr. LaShawn C. Williams is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Relational Change Strategist focusing on the interactions between people and across differences where connection matters most. Her anti-oppression work centers on the effects of marginalization, isolation, and disconnection in personal and professional spaces. She specializes in interpersonal and organizational change from the margins to the center. Grounded in Relational Cultural Theory, Dr. Williams works with leaders at every organizational level to help them engage the taboo concepts of shame and humiliation and craft pathways toward mutual empathy and empowerment. She is an accessible consultant to local and national organizations committed to relational transformation.