Meet Our Trainers

//Meet Our Trainers
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Catherine L. Waltz, PhD, LCSW has been providing public education programs since 1983. Since 1992 she has been presenting continuing education programs to professional clinical social workers, mental health counselors, marriage and family therapists, psychologists and numerous other health/mental health professionals locally, as well as in national and international venues. In 1995, Dr. Waltz became a training consultant for the Domestic Abuse Intervention Project (DAIP) in Duluth, Minnesota as has provided many workshops on the use of Process of Change for Men who Batter the internationally recognized and used curriculum for working with men who batter their partners. She has trained hundreds of people on this curriculum from Guam to Russia. As a training consultant for DAIP, Dr. Waltz has also provided training on several other domestic violence curricula and topics. Dr. Waltz provides interesting, interactive workshops in small group settings on Ethics & Boundary Issues, Medical Errors Prevention (with specific emphasis on relevance to clinical mental health practitioners), Domestic Violence: A Clinical Perspective, and Florida Laws and Rules (and more).

Dr. Waltz and Mary Jo Klingel developed an enjoyable, experiential, process-oriented small group workshop for professionals desiring to become Qualified Supervisors. Their workshop Practice Friendly Supervision has been provided since 2001. Over the past 10 years more than 300 individuals have attended and completed their training to become Qualified Supervisors in Florida.

Jessica Richards, MS, Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern developed her own successful private practice while still in graduate school. She has developed a wonderful, in depth training program called Private Practice Roadmap appropriate for anyone who wants to start their own private practice. She is continuing to develop other workshops that will be of interest to private practitioners such as Marketing 101 and Advertising 101. She has developed an extensive network of clinicians including new graduates and licensed professionals who participate in the very active FaceBook Group Beginning Counselors of Florida. Click the link if you would like to join this closed group and learn even more.

Philip Solomon, Retired Pharmacist, LMHC, LMFT. data to come

Sherrill Valdes, LCSW and Board Certified Diplomate, has been a clinician for over 35 years. She worked for 32 years with the VA Health Care System where she was a supervisor, clinician and trained social work interns for clinical work. Ms. Valdes has also been in private practice for several years. She has specialized in treatment of trauma where profound loss lies beneath traumatic experiences and the losses trigger the grief and mourning response. In addition to treating and teaching about grief and mourning, in 2004, Ms. Valdes used a system theory approach to develop and implement a model of care to involve and support the service member, family and community in their reintegration process from combat service. This model received Best Practice by the VA Health Care Center in 2004. In 2005, Ms. Valdes was recipient of the prestigious Secretary‚Äôs Hand and Heart Award, The Secretary of Veterans Affairs Washington, D. C.Ms. Valdes designed a clinical intervention, the Journey Home and Quilt Ceremony, for the returning service members who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, former combat service members, their family, and their community, to begin to heal from this war and previous and previous wars. She has presented on several topics throughout the years on a local and regional, and international level and is published for her work in PTSD. Additionally, she served with the Southern Regional Institute, an educational association with the National Association of Social Work (NASW) where she participated in providing educational conferences for social workers, and in 1987 she was awarded “Social Worker of the Year” for Broward County.