Alyssa Forcehimes, PhD
Alyssa A. Forcehimes, PhD is the President of Train for Change Inc., the exclusive training partner of The Change Companies®. Dr. Forcehimes received her PhD in clinical psychology from the University of New Mexico in 2007. She has served as an investigator for numerous NIH-funded grants examining the effectiveness of behavioral treatments for addiction, with an emphasis on developing effective methods for disseminating evidence-based behavioral treatments in real-world settings. Dr. Forcehimes manages an expert team to meet the demands and opportunities of training, consultation and evaluation services. Dr. Forcehimes has an outstanding national reputation in best practices for implementation of behavioral change strategies with diverse populations and in diverse settings.
Senior National Training Director
Scott Boyles is a licensed addiction counselor, MINT trainer and the Senior National Training Director for Train for Change Inc.® Mr. Boyles has spent more than three decades in the behavioral health field and has many years of experience working with the ASAM Criteria. Mr. Boyles is one of the original early adopters of the ASAM criteria, starting in 1991.Before becoming a full-time trainer, Mr. Boyles used the criteria professionally as a counselor and director. From 2007-2011, Mr. Boyles also served as a member of the ASAM Steering Committee for the ASAM Patient Placement Criteria. He also spent many years as a site reviewer, monitoring programs’ application of the criteria. Mr. Boyles’ experience at all levels of service and observation has enabled him to understand trainees’ needs in both education and application at different levels of the service system. Since 1993, he has trained more than 8,000 people in proper use of the criteria. Mr. Boyles has passion and expertise in system-change approaches to support effective implementation and use of the ASAM criteria. He is well-known for his information, engaging, and entertaining trainings, which include practical, real-world applications.
Christine Lizarraga is the Managing Director of Train for Change Inc. Christine received her Bachelor's degrees in Psychology and Criminology from the University of New Mexico. Prior to joining Train for Change Inc., Christine served as Project Manager on several NIH-funded grants and oversaw numerous multisite trials studying the effectiveness of psychosocial and pharmacologic treatments for substance use disorders. Christine brings a solid understanding of evidence-based practices for addiction and best practices to promote dissemination in community settings.
Noelle Gouvert, MS/P
Noelle Gouvert, MS/P, is the Training Specialist for Train for Change Inc. Noelle has over 15 years of experience in building relationships that promote community awareness and foster positive collaboration. She is passionate about bringing evidence-based practices to the community setting and building consultative relationships, to improve the delivery of clinical and community behavioral health services. Noelle enjoys partnering with various stakeholders to encourage implementation and sustainability of these practices.
David Mee-Lee, MD
David’s philosophy of promoting empathy, compassion, communication and flexibility fits well with Train for Change Inc. He’s well known for focusing on participant-centered services that uphold clinical integrity, are high quality and are cost-conscious. David has long believed in empowering and engaging clients to be active participants in their own treatment. A noted expert in the field of behavioral change, David has authored numerous articles and training materials to serve a treatment-focused audience, including The ASAM Criteria, in his role as Chief Editor.
Scott has conducted training for the Administrative Office of the United States Courts – U.S. Probation, Wyoming Dept. of Corrections, Pennsylvania Dept. of Corrections, Oklahoma Dept. of Mental Health, Colorado Dept. of Human Services and the Kentucky Dept. of Mental Health, among others. With more than 30 years of experience, Scott has honed his ability to lead and teach group techniques, developed strong presentation and facilitation skills and effective communication and consulting skills. In addition to being a trainer for Train for Change Inc., Scott is also Vice President of Early Intervention Services for The Change Companies®
Kamilla Venner, PhD
Kamilla Venner, PhD, is a member of the Athabascan tribe and is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of New Mexico, as well as a MINT trainer since 2002. She has conducted research testing the effectiveness of motivational interviewing with American Indians. Her expertise is sought after by researchers around the world testing MI with indigenous populations. The vast majority of Dr. Venner’s MI training has concentrated on American Indian/Alaska Native and other indigenous communities interested in this approach. She has training in Motivational Interviewing for Supervisory Training (MIST) and the Motivational Interviewing Assessment – Steps Toward Enhancing Proficiency (MIA-STEP) to work with supervisors who are training and monitoring MI practice in their staff. In addition to MI, Dr. Venner has provided training in the Community Reinforcement Approach (CRA) and is proficient in the Community Reinforcement and Family Training (CRAFT) approach. Projects have included improving oral health, decreasing obesity in infants, improving diabetes management and other behavioral health issues, such as substance use problems. She enjoys working in partnership with communities and agencies to see how evidence-based treatments may fit best for their clientele.
Ashleigh Simon, MS
Ashleigh is the Clinical Director at The Bridge Addiction Treatment Centers, a non-profit organization serving adolescents throughout Alabama. Since 2004, Ashleigh has developed vital new programming, reinvented the clinical culture and increased the budget by over one million dollars at The Bridge. For more than two decades, she has provided therapy for teens and adults in Mobile County. Ashleigh has provided services as a trainer and auditor, including audit reviews of state programs. She has provided training on counseling, treatment and related topics, including the transtheoretical model, motivational interviewing, psychopharmacology, adolescent risk factors and screening instruments, Interactive Journaling®, compassion fatigue, countertransference and self-care, and outcome-informed treatment and tools. Ashleigh is a member of the Children’s Policy Council, the Community Collaboration Group, the Community Advocacy Group and the Juvenile Justice Stakeholder Group. She serves as a mentor for the American Counseling Association and is a member in good standing with the American Counseling Association, Alabama Counseling Association, and the Mobile Area Licensed Professional Counselors Association. Additionally, she has received the Spirit of Recovery Award. She holds licenses as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), Counseling Supervisor (LPC-S), National Certified Counselor (NCC), Clinical Supervisor (ACS) and Certified Adolescent Alcohol and Drug Abuse Professional (CAADP).
Glenn Duncan, MA
Glenn Duncan has been working in the behavioral healthcare field for 25 years. He has lectured nationally on many topics including the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, clinical supervision, emerging drugs of abuse and the ASAM Criteria. Glenn is a Licensed Professional Counselor, a Licensed Clinical Alcohol/Drug Counselor, a Certified Clinical Supervisor, and an Approved Clinical Supervisor. Glenn has a Master’s in Clinical Psychology from Western Carolina University. Since 2003, Glenn has served as the Executive Director at Hunterdon Drug Awareness Program, Inc. in Flemington, NJ. Since 1999, Glenn has also specialized in, and has developed a lecture series on clinical supervision. He is a leading lecturer for both addictions and mental health professionals and trains nationally on issues regarding clinical supervision. Glenn authored a chapter on the use of live supervision in a community treatment organization for the book entitled “The Use of Technology in Clinical Supervision and Training: Mental Health Applications,” published in 2016.
Nancy Milliron has worked in the addictions field for more than 30 years in a variety of positions from prevention to treatment to administration. These opportunities provide her with extensive knowledge and experience in the substance use disorder field which she brings to her trainings. Nancy, with a Masters Degree in Counseling, is a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor, a Licensed Professional Counselor (retired), a Certified Case Management Supervisor, and a Certificate in Problem Gambling, has had the opportunity to be an adjunct faculty member at both Penn State Fayette and California University of PA where she taught on the undergraduate and graduate levels. For more than 20 years, in addition to full time employment in the substance use disorder field, she has been an educator and trainer for addictions professionals with the Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs and, more recently, the Council on Compulsive Gambling in PA. She actively consults with managed care organizations with a specific focus on the clinical and administrative programs.
Ellen Pallme, MSW, LCSW, LCAS, CCS is a practicing licensed clinical social worker and additions specialist. For the past five years she has devoted her time to clinical supervision and training new clinicians entering the field. She became a member of MINT in 2015 and has focused on developing skills with co-occurring disorders. Ellen has pursued her interest in helping trauma survivors by becoming a certified yoga teacher to include movement in therapy.
James Von Busch
James Von Busch has been a Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Idaho since 1993. He has worked in both the agency setting as well as private practice providing Mental Health Counseling and Substance Abuse Treatment. James served as Administrative Faculty for the University of Nevada, Reno as a Senior Certification Specialist and Trainer, providing analysis and technical assistance for clinicians and supervisors. He is an approved trainer for numerous NIDA/SAMHSA Blending Initiatives, utilizing his expertise to equip professionals in the areas of Medication Assisted Treatment, Motivational Enhancement Strategies, theory and strategies of systems change, individualized treatment planning as well as The ASAM Criteria.
After more than 13 years as Senior Director, at Gateway Rehabilitation Center's Main Campus, (also known as Abe's Place honoring Gateway's Founder Dr Abraham J. Twerski), Jan retired from full-time employment in December 2012. While at Abe's Place, Jan was responsible for Detox, Inpatient (Adult and Adolescent), Partial Hospitalization, Intensive Outpatient, Outpatient, Early Intervention Services and a Licensed Private Academic School. She is particularly proud of an inpatient program for "Older Adults" which she designed and successfully championed. Previous employment in the SUD field included Case Management Supervisor at Beaver County Behavioral Health and Primary Therapist at a Women's Halfway House. Jan began her career working in Residential Treatment Facilities for Juvenile Court adjudicated adolescents. After being trained as an Instructor in Crisis Intervention, Jan discovered that she received tremendous satisfaction from helping her staff develop the skills necessary to be more competent in their jobs. She has been providing SUD training for the Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs for more than 20 years.
Ms. Farr provides training and consultation to private organizations, county governments, and state governments. Previously she was the manager of Clinical and Quality Management services for the Bucks County Department of Behavioral Health. She concurrently served as the Clinical Director for the Bucks County Drug & Alcohol Commission. Ms. Farr was a reviewer on the revised SAMHSA/CSAT TIP 42 on Co-Occurring Disorders, and continues to work with them as a consultant/reviewer. She has extensive experience as a trainer locally, regionally, and nationally. She works with providers to improve access to care, quality of services and treatment outcomes. Ms. Farr is an ASSIST 11 trainer, and has completed the NIATx Coaches Academy. She is trained in Motivational Interviewing by MINT Trainers and has presented numerous trainings on MI. She has also been trained as a trainer with the National Institute of Corrections in Effective Communication, a model designed to reduce recidivism in antisocial populations utilizing Motivational Interviewing principles, coupled with other best practice protocols. Certified as a trainer in Motivational Interviewing, Co-Occurring Disorders, Treatment Planning, and Forensics and Addiction, Ms. Farr conducts trainings for the State of Pennsylvania/Department of Health/Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs. She has contracted with ZIA Partners to consult with organizations interested in becoming Behavioral Health Centers of Excellence. Ms. Farr was awarded the Outstanding Practitioner Award at the 2006 Pennsylvania Co-Occurring Disorders Conference held in Hershey, PA, in recognition of her efforts at the national, state, and local level.
Claire E. Wilcox, MD
Claire E. Wilcox, MD is an associate professor at the Mind Research Network, in Albuquerque New Mexico, and an adjunct faculty at the University of New Mexico. Dr. Wilcox received her medical degree at the University of Minnesota, did a residency in internal medicine at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, and a second residency in psychiatry at the University of California at San Francisco as well as a fellowship in Addiction Psychiatry at the University of New Mexico. She is board certified in psychiatry and addiction psychiatry. She has treated hundreds of patients with addictive disorders using evidence-based pharmacologic and behavioral interventions. In addition, she has served as a co-investigator or principal investigator for numerous NIH-funded grants examining the effectiveness of pharmacologic treatments for addiction, including two NIDA Clinical Trials Network (CTN) grants. Her research also has focused on trying to improve our understanding of the neural mechanisms of change during treatment for addictive disorders, and is experienced in using functional magnetic resonance imaging to explore these questions. Finally, she is a member of Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers, and is skilled in using motivational interviewing in a variety of settings and patient populations and providing trainings. She is also an associate editor for the New England Journal of Medicine Journal Watch, which disseminates summaries of important research to practicing clinicians throughout the world. Dr. Wilcox is nationally-recognized for her broad clinical, research, and educational contributions, and is passionate about improving care through all of these modalities for the treatment of addictive disorders.
Kristin Dempsey, EdD., LMFT, LPCC is psychotherapist in private practice, educator, and trainer. She specializes in working with individuals struggling with co-occurring mental health conditions, addictions, trauma, anxiety, and depression. She is full-time faculty at the Wright Institute MA Counseling Program (Berkeley, CA), and trains clinicians and students in a number of evidence-based therapy practices including Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST), and the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics (NMT). She also provides consultation to behavioral health systems seeking to improve their recovery-oriented, culturally responsive, and trauma-informed practices.
Ted Izydor, MS, MBA, LPC, CSAC, ICS has been a licensed mental health, addiction counselor and independent clinical supervisor in Wisconsin over the past 25 years. Ted has worked in a variety of mental health and addiction settings and currently specializes in training health care professionals in AODA competency areas and ASAM criteria. His knowledge, work experience, humor and ability to engage the audience provides for a fun, informative and relaxing training which maximizes learning for participants. Ted is a guest lecturer at UW-Whitewater and has expertise in using learning and cognitive science to enhance teaching and training. Ted also has a special interest in implementation science and its application to effective training for an organization. Ted is an addiction podcast host, National Board Certified Counselor, a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers and trains on various MI topic areas across the country.