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Alexis Arturo Alonso Rodriguez

Dr. Alexis Arturo Alonso Rodriguez is a professor at The Calixto García School of Medical Sciences and specializes in 1st and 2nd degree Psychiatry. He is also the coordinator of Psychiatry at the Calixto Garcia University Hospital, an elected board member of the Society of Psychiatry of Havana and an active member of the Psychotherapy section of the Cuban Society of Psychiatry. He is a founding member and vice president of the Cuban Psychiatric and Psychological Association as well as an organizer of the Psychotherapy meetings in Cuba, Norway, USA and coordinator of the Psychodrama Balint training for 8 years.

Elsa Loipa Pradere

Elsa Loipa Araujo Pradere

Elsa Loipa Araujo Pradere, MD, is a professor, specialist and director of the Psychotherapy Department at the University Hospital Joaquin Albarrán. She has 27 years of experience specializing in acute service, crisis intervention, and psychotherapy with individuals, groups, couples and families.

Gina Biegel

Gina Biegel

Gina M. Biegel, LMFT, is a San Francisco Bay Area based psychotherapist, researcher and author specializing in mindfulness-based work with adolescents. She is the founder of Stressed Teens, which has offered the MBSR-T to adolescents, families, schools, professionals and the community for over 13 years. She provides intensive 10-week online trainings to people all over the world and works with teens and families individually and in groups. For more information, please visit

John Briere

John Briere

John Briere, PhD has written and/or edited 12 books, over 130 articles and chapters and 9 trauma related psychological tests. He is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology at the University of Southern California, and Director of the Psychological Trauma Program, where he consults, teaches, and does research in the emergency service, burn unit, inpatient psychiatry, and adolescent trauma. He is recipient of the Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Science of Trauma Psychology from the American Psychological Association, and has written extensively on mindfulness, compassion, and psychotherapy, including Mindfulness-oriented interventions for trauma, Mindfulness, insight, and trauma therapy, and When people do bad things: Evil, suffering, and dependent origination.


Manuel Calviño

Manuel Calviño PhD, is Cuba's most widely-known mental health professional. He is the dynamic host of the popular Cuban TV program: Thinking Psychology featuring leading scientists and Cuban psychologists. He is also a professor at the Faculty of Psychology of the University of Havana. He has been a member of the Scientific Council of the Faculty of Psychology and a member of the International Editorial Committee of several psychology journals. He has collaborated as a professor at various universities abroad, including in Mexico, Colombia, Nicaragua, Chile, Brazil, Panama, Italy, Spain, United States, Russia, Ecuador, Spain, Italy and others. Known as a Communicator par excellence, he has also published several books and dozens of articles, in Cuba and other countries, relating to psychology including working in and with groups.



Marta Campillo has been dedicated primarily to psychotherapy and teaching at different levels of education. She is the author of her first book in Spanish, Narrative Therapy: Self-Learning and Group Co-Learning. Because of her extensive clinical and teaching experience, she has been invited to join the teaching staff of the Master's Degree in Narrative Therapy in Spain. Her publications have been included in Chilean books and in international journals. Her conference participation will be in Spanish only.

Roxanne Castellanos

Roxanne Castellanos Cabrera

Roxanne Castellanos Cabrera holds a bachelor degree in Psychology, a Master's Degree in Clinical and Health Psychology and has applied for a Doctorate in Psychological Sciences. She is an Assistant Professor at the University of Havana. She is also a specialist at the Center for Orientation and Psychological Care (COAP), where she maintains a clinical consultation aimed at children and adolescents.

Mariela Castro Espín


Mariela Castro Espín has been a Professor of the Medical University of Havana since 2016 and Director of the National Center for Sex Education (CENESEX) and the journal, Sexología y Sociedad, since 2000. She has been a member of the National Committee of the Federation of Cuban Women since 2009 and has been a member of the National Assembly of People's Power since 2013. Her academic work and social activism have made her worthy of numerous awards by national and international institutions and organizations. She has published numerous scientific articles and more than 10 books in Cuba and other countries.

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Klaus Deissler

Klaus G. Deissler, Ph.D., is one of the pioneers and mentors of systemic and postmodern forms of consultation and therapy in Germany. Dr. Deissler is the edtior of Zeitschrift für systemische Therapie und Beratung since 1992. He is the director of the Marburg Institute for Collaborative Studies (MICS) Marburg, Germany. Since 1999 he has been guest professor at the Medical Highschool in Havana. Since 1976 he has been working as a consultant, psychotherapist and a trainer in systemic therapy.

His main publications in German are:

  • Die Wertschätzende Organisation, 2004, ed. together with Kenneth J. Gergen, (engl.: the Appreciative Organization),
  • Phil und Sophie im Dialog, Die soziale Poesie therapeutischer Gespräche, 2013, by Klaus G. Deissler und Sheila McNamee, Eds.,
  • Sich selbst erfinden? — Von systemischen Interventionen zu selbstreflexiven therapeutischen Gesprächenª (1997) (engl.: Self-inventing?),
  • Menschenskind, wie kann man systemische Therapiekontexte konstruieren?ª (1988) (engl.: How to construct systemic contexts of therapy),
  • Beiträge zur systemischen Therapieª (1985) (engl.: Contributions to systemic Therapy)



Sat Dharam

Sat Dharam Kaur

Sat Dharam Kaur N.D. is a certified Kundalini Yoga teacher trainer and instructor, author, and naturopathic doctor practicing in Owen Sound, Ontario. She has studied Kundalini Yoga with Yogi Bhajan since 1976 and has facilitated teacher training programs in Toronto (ON), Canmore (AB), and New Mexico. She developed the Beyond Addiction program with Jiwan Joti Kaur PhD, inspired by the teachings of Yogi Bhajan and Dr. Gabor Maté. She has also developed a breast health yoga training, designed to help educate women in breast cancer prevention through Kundalini Yoga and lifestyle change. She has also written several best selling books. Her website is

Georgina Fariñas García

Georgina Fariñas García

Georgina Fariñas García is a distinguished psychologist, member of the Boards of Government of the Cuban Society of Psychology and of the National Group of Psychology of the Health, and president of the Section of Psicoballet. She is President of the National Psychoballet Group and Senior Advisor of the Psychoballet International Group. She has won several awards and distinctions, and has published books tp cover all aspects of the Cuban Psychoballet Method.

Lisa Ferentz


Lisa is a recognized expert in the strengths-based, de-pathologized treatment of trauma and has been in private practice for over 33 years.  She presents workshops and keynote addresses nationally and internationally, and is a clinical consultant to practitioners and mental health agencies in the United States, Canada, the UK and Ireland.  She has been an Adjunct Faculty member at several Universities, and is the Founder of The Ferentz Institute, formerly known as The Institute for Advanced Psychotherapy Training and Education,” now in its tenth year of providing continuing education to mental health professionals and graduating over 900 clinicians from her two Certificate Programs in Advanced Trauma Treatment.  In 2009 she was voted the “Social Worker of Year” by the Maryland Society for Clinical Social Work.  Lisa is the author of “Treating Self-Destructive Behaviors in Traumatized Clients: A Clinician’s Guide,” now in its second edition, “Letting Go of Self-Destructive Behaviors: A Workbook of Hope and Healing,” and “Finding Your Ruby Slippers: Transformative Life Lessons From the Therapist’s Couch.”   Lisa also hosted a weekly radio talk show, writes blogs and articles for websites on self-harm and self-care, teaches on many webinars, and is weekly contributor to  You can follow Lisa’s work at, Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter. 

Ida Fernández Inufio

IDA Fernández Inufio

Dr. Ida Fernández Inufio is a specialist in Child and Youth Psychiatry and Comprehensive General Medicine as well as a Clinical Psychology Specialist. Dr. Inufino is an assistant professor of the Faculty of Medical Sciences - Hospital Calixto García. She has taught classes in Psychopathology and Special Psychology in the Faculty of Psychology, University of Havana. She has also worked as a child and juvenile psychiatrist in the Department of Mental Health of Old Havana, and has gained valuable experience working with children, adolescents and parents. Dr. Inufino is a member of the Provincial Group of Child and Youth Psychiatry the Cuban Association of Psychiatry and Psychology, and of the Cuban Societies of Psychiatry and of Health Psychology.

Janina Fisher


Janina Fisher, Ph.D. is a licensed Clinical Psychologist and Instructor at the Trauma Center, an outpatient clinic and research center founded by Bessel van der Kolk.  She is also past president of the New England Society for the Treatment of Trauma and Dissociation, a faculty member of the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute, and a former Instructor, Harvard Medical School.  Dr. Fisher has been an invited speaker at the Cape Cod Institute, EMDR International Association Annual Conference, the Psychotraumatology Institute of Europe, and the Esalen Institute.  Dr. Fisher lectures and teaches nationally and internationally on topics related to the integration of the neurobiological research and newer trauma treatment paradigms into traditional therapeutic modalities. For more information, please visit:

Diana Fosha


Diana Fosha, Ph.D., is the developer of AEDP (Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy), a healing-based, transformation-oriented model of psychotherapeutic treatment; she is Founder and Director of the AEDP Institute. Based in New York City, she has been on the faculties of the Departments of Psychiatry and Psychology of NYU and St. Luke's/Roosevelt Medical Centers (now Mount Sinai) in NYC, and of the doctoral programs in clinical psychology at the Derner Institute for Advanced Psychological Studies and The City University of New York. Diana Fosha is the author of The Transforming Power of Affect: A Model for Accelerated Change (Basic Books, 2000), and of numerous articles on an attachment-emotion-transformation focused experiential treatment model. Her website is

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Rosario María Fraga Gómez

Rosario Fraga Gómez MD, is a psychiatrist with 20 years’ experience working with families and children. She has helped to develop this model of therapy for families of children in hospital settings. She is author of Family therapy and psychosocial interventions in Latin America (Spanish).



Natacha Godbout, PhD, is Associate Professor at the Department of Sexology, University of Quebec in Montreal-UQAM, Canada, and director of TRACE-the TRAuma and CouplE research and intervention unit ( Her research and clinical work center on the impacts of childhood interpersonal trauma on adult psychological, sexual and relational functioning. One of the main functions of her research is to develop comprehensive models to understand interpersonal trauma, treat its effects and prevent its recurrence. Her awards include: the 2016 American Psychological Association’s Early Career Award for Outstanding Contributions to Research, Section on Child Maltreatment; the 2014 Canadian Psychological Association’s Trauma Stress Section Psychologist of the Year Award ; and a 2014-2018 Junior 1 Research Career Award from the Quebec’s Health Research Governmental Funds. She has published over 40 referred articles and 20 manuscripts/chapters. She is researcher at The Interdisciplinary Research Centre on Intimate Relationship Problems and Sexual Abuse (CRIPCAS), member of the Sexual Violence and Health Research Team (EVISSA), and member of the Research and Intervention Team on Mindfulness (GRIPA).

Linda Graham


Linda Graham, M.F.T., has a full-time private psychotherapy practice in the San Francisco Bay Area and leads trainings internationally on the emerging integration of relational psychology, mindfulness and neuroscience.  She is the author of Bouncing Back: Rewiring Your Brain for Maximum Resilience (New World Library, 2013), winner of the 2013 Books for a Better Life award and the 2014 Better Books for a Better World award.  Linda publishes a monthly e-newsletter Healing and Awakening into Aliveness and Wholeness, archived at


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Ross Greene, PhD is the originator of the model of care described in his New York Times bestselling books "The Explosive Child", "Lost at School", "Lost and Found", and "Raising Human Beings". These models are now called Collaborative & Proactive Solutions (CPS). Dr. Greene was on the faculty at Harvard Medical School for over 20 years, and is now founding director of the non-profit Lives in the Balance, which provides a vast array of free, web-based resources on the CPS model. He has appeared in a wide range of media, including The Oprah Show, Good Morning America, The Morning Show, National Public Radio, Mother Jones magazine, The Atlantic, The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, and the Boston Globe. Dr. Greene lectures and consults widely throughout the world and lives in Portland, Maine. His website is


Joe Kort


Dr. Joe Kort is a licensed sex and relationship therapist. He specializes in sex therapy, LGBTQ issues and Imago Relationship Therapy. He is the author of three books: 10 Smart Things Gay Men Can Do To Improve Their Lives, 10 Smart Things Gay Men Can Do To Find Real Love, Gay Affirmative Therapy for the Straight Clinician: The Essential Guide, and Is My Husband Gay, Straight, or Bi?: A Guide for Women Concerned about Their Men. A regular blogger for Psychology Today and The Huffington Post, he’s on the teaching faculty of the University of Michigan’s Sexual Health Certificate Program.


Adele Lafrance


Dr. Adele Lafrance is an Associate Professor in the Psychology Department at Laurentian University. She is a clinical psychologist, co-developer of Emotion-Focused Family Therapy (EFFT) and developer of Emotion-Focused School Support (EFSS). As co-director of Mental Health Foundations, Dr. Lafrance provides consultation and training for mental health agencies worldwide. She has published extensively in the field of clinical psychology and currently supports the research base for EFFT as a treatment for mental health issues across the lifespan. She has also developed and researched a supervision model for clinicians. Dr. Lafrance is perhaps best known for her work promoting family-focused clinical care for adults struggling with mental health issues.


Dr Alexis Lorenzo Ruiz

Alexis lorenzo ruiz

Alexis Lorenzo Ruiz, PhD, is a doctor of psychology and a full-time profesor at the University of Havana, Cuba. He is the head of Clinical and Health Psychology and has been elected to serve as the President of the Cuban Society of Psychology and the 8th Intercontinental Convention in 2018.

Elizabeth Mendez Parra

Elizabeth Méndez Parra

Elizabeth Méndez Parra is a child and juvenile psychiatrist working in the municipality of Centro Habana. She specialized in Child and Youth Psychiatry in the Psychiatry department of the Pedro Borrás hospital and during the course of her work she has continued developing groups of psychotherapy from primary care. She was awarded the prize at the Fifth Pan American Child Health Congress for the work of group psychotherapy with parents of children diagnosed with autism (2012). She is currently linked to the inter-family therapy group that is being held in the municipality of Centro Habana as a member of the children's mental health team at the Community Center where she works



Rita Pereira, LLB, MS was trained as a lawyer and worked for over 24 years for the Cuban Women's Federation to promote best policy practises for women, children and families. She co-authored the book "Human Conflicts" which incorporated her Masters research on discrimination based on sexual orientation. She is currently teaching Law at the University of Havana and researching homophobic school bullying for her PhD.

Esther Perel


Esther Perel has been recognized as one of the world’s most original and insightful thinkers about couples, sexuality, and the peculiar paradoxes besetting modern marriage in the Western world.

Fluent in nine languages, Esther brings a rich multicultural perspective to her clinical practice, her many publications and in her teaching and lecturing around the globe. Her critically acclaimed viral TED talks have reached more than 18 million viewers and she is the author of the global bestseller “Mating in Captivity” translated into 24 languages. The State of Affairs: Rethinking Infidelity is her latest book.

Trained and supervised by Dr. Salvador Minuchin, Ms. Perel serves on the faculty of The International Trauma Studies Program and The Ackerman Institute for the Family. She is a licensed marriage and family therapist and a certified AASECT sex therapist and supervisor. Esther is the co executive producer and host of the popular Audible original audio series “Where Should We Begin” featuring anonymous real life couples in one off counseling sessions. Her website is

Marcela Polanco


Marcela Polanco is from Bogotá, Colombia, where she studied psychology at Universidad de Los Andes and community psychology at Universidad Javeriana. She migrated to the U.S. on the year 2000, during a time when she got to try out new lives as an immigrant in New York City. Not too long after, she relocated to South Florida where she studied mental health counseling and family therapy at Nova Southeastern University. She also completed the International Diploma on Narrative Therapy and Community work at the Dulwich Centre, Adelaide, Australia. Currently, she lives in San Antonio, TX, where she is an Assistant Professor in the Psychology Department at Our Lady of the Lake University—OLLU. She teaches graduate family therapy courses and supervises Spanish teams. Primarily, she teaches in the OLLU’s Psychological Services for Spanish Speaking Populations Certificate, which is designed to train culturally and linguistically competent practitioners to work with families of Latin American descent. She is interested in narrative therapy, more specifically in the explorations of decolonizing means by which to renew its practices to maintain cultural solidarity to her Colombian/Latin American traditions. She is interested in exploring narrative therapy in Spanish as a terapia de la solidaridad; a homegrown artisany framework to work with Latin American families. Her conference participation will be in Spanish only.


Pedro Ruiz

Pedro Ruiz, M.D past Professor and Executive Vice Chair, Director of Clinical Programs, University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine. Born in Cuba, Dr. Ruiz completed his medical education at the University of Paris, France in 1964. Dr. Ruiz is certified in general psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology and in Administrative Psychiatry by the American Psychiatric Association. He is a Fellow of The American College of Psychiatrists, The American Psychiatric Association, The American Orthopsychiatric Association, The American Group Psychotherapy Association, The American Association for Social Psychiatry, The World Psychiatric Association and The Benjamin Rush Society. He is also a member of The Group for the Advancement of Psychiatry and an Honorary Member of the World Psychiatric Association. Dr. Ruiz has also served as President of the Houston Psychiatric Society (1999-2000), the American College of Psychiatrists (2000-2001), the American Association for Social Psychiatry (2000-2002), the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (2001-2002), and the American Psychiatric Association (2006-2007). Currently, Dr. Ruiz was President of the World Psychiatric Association (20011-2014). He has published extensively including contributions to The Substance Abuse Handbook: Ethnocultural Factors in Substance Abuse Treatment, Textbook of Deserve Psychiatry, Ethnicity and Psychopharmacology

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Juan Emilio Sandoval Ferrer

Juan Emilio Sandoval Ferrer, MSc., MD, is a specialist of First and Second Degree in Psychiatry and holds a Master degree in Social Psychiatry and Clinical Psychology. He is the Head of Ambulatory Mental Health Section in the Psychiatry Service of the university hospital Gral. Calixto García. He is also the Principal Professor and President of the Advisory Council of the Rector of the University of Medical Sciences of Havana for the specialty of Psychiatry.

Jack Saul


Jack Saul Ph.D, is the founding director of the International Trauma Studies Program (ITSP). As a psychologist and family therapist, he has created numerous programs for populations that have endured war, torture and political violence, including the Bellevue/NYU Program for Survivors of Torture, the FEMA funded Post 9/11 Downtown Community Resource Center in Lower Manhattan, REFUGE: Refugee Resource Center, and Theater Arts Against Political Violence. He has written about this work in his book, Collective Trauma, Collective Healing: Promoting Community Resilience in the Aftermath of Disaster (Routledge, 2013). Dr. Saul is the recipient of the American Family Therapy Academy Award for Distinguished Contribution to Social Justice, and the Marion Langer Award for Human Rights and Social Change of the American Association for Orthopsychiatry. He has a private practice in Manhattan and consults to mental health, humanitarian, human rights, and media organizations on staff stress management and trauma informed care.

Dan Siegel


Daniel J. Siegel, M.D., is an internationally acclaimed author, award-winning educator, and child psychiatrist. He is currently a clinical professor of psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine where he also serves as a co-investigator at the Center for Culture, Brain, and Development and co-director of the Mindful Awareness Research Center. He is also the Executive Director of the Mindsight Institute, an educational center devoted to promoting insight, compassion, and empathy in individuals, families, institutions and communities. His books include “Mindsight,” “The Developing Mind,” “The Mindful Brain,” “The Mindful Therapist,” “Parenting From the Inside Out,” and “The Whole-Brain Child.” He is the Founding Editor of the Norton Professional Series on Interpersonal Neurobiology which includes “Healing Trauma,” “The Power of Emotion,” and “Trauma and the Body.” He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and two children. For more information on Dr. Siegel’s work, please visit

Ronald Siegel


Dr. Ronald D. Siegel is an Assistant Professor of Psychology, part time, at Harvard Medical School, where he has taught for over 30 years. He is a long time student of mindfulness meditation and serves on the Board of Directors and faculty of the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy. He teaches internationally about the application of mindfulness practice in psychotherapy and other fields, and maintains a private clinical practice in Lincoln, Massachusetts. Dr. Siegel is coauthor of the self-treatment guide Back Sense: A Revolutionary Approach to Halting the Cycle of Chronic Back Pain, which integrates Western and Eastern approaches for treating chronic back pain; coeditor of the critically acclaimed text, Mindfulness and Psychotherapy, 2nd Edition; author of a book for general audiences, The Mindfulness Solution: Everyday Practices for Everyday Problems; coeditor of Wisdom and Compassion in Psychotherapy: Deepening Mindfulness in Clinical Practice, with a foreword by His Holiness the Dalai Lama; coauthor of the professional guide Sitting Together: Essential Skills for Mindfulness-Based Psychotherapy;and professor for The Science of Mindfulness: A Research-Based Path to Well-Being produced by The Great Courses. He is also a regular contributor to other professional publications, and is co-director of the annual Harvard Medical School Conference on Meditation and Psychotherapy


Jorge Luis Velázquez Julián

Dr. Jorge Luis Velázquez Julián is a doctor in medicine at the University of Medical Sciences of Santiago de Cuba with a specialization in health administration and psychiatry. He is also director of the Mental Health Center of the "General Calixto García" Clinical-Surgical University Hospital, Havana. He is also a professor and researcher of the OIBS for Teaching and Research in Bioemotional Integration.

Caroline Welch

Caroline Welch

Caroline Welch is CEO of Mind Your Brain, Inc. in Santa Monica, CA and co-founder with Dan Siegel of the Mindsight Institute, whose mission is to make the latest neuroscience accessible for personal and professional development through online and in-person programs. She is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin Law School and holds a Master’s degree in Communications from the University of Southern California.

Caroline was a civil litigator for over ten years, mainly representing Japanese corporate clients in intellectual property matters. She was Vice President in Litigation at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios and prior to that she was Senior Counsel at Spelling Entertainment in Los Angeles, where she supervised litigation and served as production attorney for Judge Judy. Caroline has served on the Los Angeles Superior Court’s mediation panel. She has had a meditation practice for over thirty years, dating back to the three years she lived in Japan prior to attending law school.

Caroline lectures worldwide on how the latest science, including the science behind mindfulness, can optimize our personal and professional well-being. She is currently writing her first book, tentatively titled The Mindful Woman. Her websites are and

Mabel Whilby

Mabel Whilby Santiesteban

Dr. Mabel Whilby Santiesteban is a specialist in General Intensive General Medicine as well as a specialist in Child Psychiatry. She is a key leader in the support of autism families in Cuba and a member of the national group on psychiatry


Reid Wilson

REID WILSON, Ph.D. is Adjunct Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine. He is a licensed psychologist who directs the Anxiety Disorders Treatment Center in Chapel Hill and Durham, NC. He is author of the just-released Stopping the Noise in Your Head: The New Way to Overcome Anxiety and Worry and the classic self-help book Don't Panic: Taking Control of Anxiety Attacks. He is co-author of Stop Obsessing! How to Overcome Your Obsessions and Compulsions, as well as Anxious Kids, Anxious Parents: 7 Ways to Stop the Worry Cycle and Raise Courageous & Independent Children. He designed American Airlines' first national program for the fearful flier and currently serves as the expert on anxiety forWebMD’s Mental Health Community. He blogs for Psychology Today at “All about Anxiety.” Television appearances include The Oprah Winfrey ShowGood Morning America, CNN, The Katie Show, A&E’s Hoarders, and MTV’s True Life. His free self-help website – – serves 500,000 visitors per year.