2018 Northwest Peer Support Conference Speakers

Nancy K. Bohl-Penrod

Nancy K. Bohl-Penrod, Ph.D. is a Psychotherapist and trainer, who holds a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology and a Master’s Degree in Counseling/Education. She is the Director of The Counseling Team International (TCTI), which is also, The Southern California Critical Incident Stress Management Team. She is a member of the American Association of Suicidology (AAS), is one of the past presidents of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Psychological Services Section. Nancy is a certified Master Trainer for the QPR Institute focusing on Suicide Prevention and Intervention for first responders. She is also a certified trainer for the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation (ICISF), ICEMA for Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT), Peace Officer and Standard in Training (POST) and Standards and Training for Corrections (STC). She is an adjunct professor in the Criminal Justice Departments for Riverside and San Bernardino Valley Community Colleges. She is a frequent guest speaker for the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC), the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Academies.

Dr. Bohl-Penrod is certified in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), which is a technique she uses to help trauma survivors. Dr. Bohl-Penrod is known for her 5-day Basic Peer Support and Critical Incident Stress Management training that The Counseling Team International has taught to over 10,000 first responders throughout the United States and Canada. Nancy’s personal experience over the years has allowed her to develop a personal approach to helping first responder families by providing “Significant Other Survival” (SOS) training.

Over the past twenty years Nancy has developed over fifty public safety wellness divisions for departments of all sizes through her public safety “Employee Support Services” program. Dr. Bohl-Penrod has written numerous articles and book chapters focusing on mental health issues for police and fire personnel. She recently was on the team who has created an APP to guide public safety peer supporters and supervisors in their endeavor to help each other.

Ila Borders

Ila Borders was the first female pitcher to start in a men’s NCAA or NAIA college baseball game.  Ila was the first woman to receive a scholarship to play men’s collegiate baseball and the first woman to earn a win in men’s collegiate baseball.  Ila played four years of college baseball and then went on to become the first female to pitch and earn a victory in men’s professional baseball.  Ila’s gear from college and professional baseball is on display at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, New York.

Ila now works as a scout for Major League Baseball, is an instructor at Portland Community College for the fire academy, and is a firefighter/paramedic for the Cornelius Fire Department.  Ila has been a firefighter for 13 years and also just recently became and author.  Ila wrote, Making My Pitch, a female baseball odyssey that recants her years playing baseball and overcoming the challenges she had to go through being the first.

Daniel W. Clark

Daniel W. Clark, Ph.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist currently working as the Washington State Patrol Department Psychologist as well as the Founder of Critical Concepts Consulting.  As the WSP Department Psychologist for the past 24 years, Dr. Clark provides treatment services, pre-employment psychological screening for several agencies, WSP Academy training, critical incident response, and consultation and training services.  He has numerous presentations and publications related to law enforcement issues, including law enforcement suicide and peer support, and specializes in trauma and suicide.  He is a past-Chair of the International Association of Chiefs of Police’s Psychological Services Section, a Colonel in the U.S. Army Reserves, and has been involved with Concerns of Police Survivors for more than 15 years as a counselor and instructor.

Dr. Clark is a member of the faculty of the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation, and a recognized Group and Individual Critical Incident Stress Management instructor.  He is the author of the Suicide: Prevention, Intervention, and Postvention curriculum, and co-author of the Strategic Response to Crisis curriculum. He is an approved instructor for WA State’s required assessment, treatment, and management of suicide training.

Dr. Clark routinely presents on a variety of topics including suicide prevention, intervention, and postvention; critical incident stress management; peer support; PTSD; death notification; workplace violence; time, anger, and stress management; coping with change; communication skills; grief and loss; and related topics.

Tim W. Dietz

Tim Dietz retired after 30 years in the fire service and is the Founder/CEO of Behavioral Wellness Resources, a consulting/counseling firm catering to the behavioral wellness needs of emergency response organizations and individuals. He is an internationally known speaker on human emotional crisis, grief, and staying happy and healthy in the emergency services professions. He is author of the book “Scenes of Compassion.” A Responder’s Guide for Dealing with Emergency Scene Emotional Crisis, and has written several published articles addressing behavioral health issues in the emergency services. He was the clinical advisor to the U.S. Coast Guard’s mental health response following hurricanes Katrina and Rita, and to the stress management team at the Oso, Washington mud slide. Tim recently received the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation’s 2017 “Pioneering Spirit” Award as an “Industry Pioneer” for his programs on emergency scene compassion. He also sits on the Board of Directors for the Oregon West Coast Post-Trauma Retreat and lives and has a small private practice in Oregon’s beautiful Willamette Valley.

Nadine Dody MA, MFT, LPC is a counselor who specializes in trauma and working with first responders and their families.  Nadine has been working in private practice for the last ten years.  She is trained and specializes in working with first responders using techniques such as EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), mindfulness, and cognitive behavioral therapies.  Nadine does contract work for the Oregon State Police Crisis Intervention Team, education for the Portland Peer Support Team and volunteer work for West Coast Post Trauma Retreat in Oregon.

Vic Dody has worked for the Portland Police Bureau for 26 years.  Vic has worked patrol, traffic, auto theft, taught DARE, served in the Honor Guard, and has worked in the Drugs and Vice Division, the Air Support Unit, Detectives, and the Training Division. He has been a sergeant for over 14 years and currently works patrol at the North Precinct.

They led the Marriage and Family Ministry at their church for seven years. They have taught marriage classes on a variety of topics for over 25 years. They have written curriculum for, and taught a first responder specific marriage class.  Their marriage has survived a multitude of challenges, both professional and personal, including dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder.

They have been married for 33 years and raised two daughters, ages 31 and 19.  They keep their marriage strong by continually learning through attending marriage classes, retreats or teaching.  They enjoy hobbies together such as skiing and long distant tandem bike riding.

Bob Dorsey

Bob Dorsey is a Licensed Professional Counselor specializing in couple’s therapy. He is a Certified Emotionally Focused Therapist which is research proven to be one of the most effective forms of couples therapy. He has been a Chaplain with the Gresham Police Department for 15 years and has taught nationally and internationally on marriage, addictions, and trauma. He lives in Gresham, OR with his wife of 32 years.

Richard Goerling

Richard Goerling has served in law enforcement for over two decades. He’s held both federal and municipal level positions in a variety of investigative and operational assignments. Richard has spearheaded the introduction of operationalized mindfulness skills into policing as part of a larger cultural transformation toward a compassionate, skillful and resilient warrior ethos.  He is a thought leader in resiliency, performance, leading change and community building in policing. Richard trains and consults internationally in the arena of training skills in awareness and compassion toward human performance optimization.

Richard served in the United States Coast Guard Reserve for 27 years, both active and reserve, retiring in 2015 at the rank of Commander while assigned to Coast Guard Sector Charleston, SC.  His early active-duty tours included serving as an officer aboard a high endurance cutter, and as an instructor at the Coast Guard’s maritime law enforcement academy.

He serves as an affiliate assistant professor in the Graduate School of Psychology at Pacific University in Oregon and serves as a co-investigator in a current NIH funded study looking at mindfulness in policing. Richard also is an adjunct professor at Portland State University’s Hatfield School of Government.

Richard completed a year-long training program at the University of California at Los Angeles, Mindful Awareness Research Center (MARC) under the direction of Diana Winston, Dr. Susan Smalley, and Dr. Marvin Belzer. He is a Certified Mindfulness Facilitator through UCLA.

Kenneth A. Logan

Dr. Ken Logan is a Professor of Counselor Education at Western Seminary and is the Executive Director of A New Day Counseling Center in Portland Oregon. He earned his doctorate in clinical psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology in 2002 and has a Master of Arts degree and an undergraduate degree in psychology from California State University in Sacramento. He is a licensed psychologist in California and Oregon and has been providing professional counseling services since 1994. He specializes in the areas of neuropsychology, neurobiology of relationships, and attachment. His clinical specializations include working with trauma, depression, anxiety, and relationship issues. He works clinically with people in law enforcement, military, and the health care professions. He, his wife, and two sons live in Happy Valley, OR.

Victoria M. Newman

Victoria M. Newman has been married to a Chief with the California Highway Patrol for almost 30 years. She is Founder and President of How2LoveYourCop, a nonprofit organization that helps police families thrive relationally, emotionally, and spiritually. She is author of several books, including A CHiP on my Shoulder, and A Marriage in Progress, both on law enforcement marriage. Mrs. Newman is trained as a law enforcement chaplain and peer support member, and is a national speaker to LE Families. She and her husband have four grown children and one grandchild, and live in the Sacramento area.

Robin Rose

Robin Rose is an accomplished trainer, speaker and consultant with over thirty years’ experience. With a background in counseling and education, she translates the latest developments in brain-based research into practical, learnable skills. Robin’s expertise is in teaching people how to stay calm, professional, and effective, especially during high-stress, high-pressure situations. She delivers information, training, and tools that help you understand how your brain works, how to think clearly, and how to communicate effectively. People leave her trainings with new skills and renewed energy!

Robin has an uncommon ability to make it safe for individuals and groups to learn new ways to work together, build trust, and move forward. She holds a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Lewis & Clark College. After fifteen years as college faculty, she formed her own company and moved into the public, government agency, non-profit, and business sectors.

Sarah Shirvany

Sarah Shirvany has been a police officer for the past 16 years. She currently works for the Anaheim Police Department in California.  She has experience working as a background investigator, field training officer, investigations, forensics technician, and communications officer. For the last 4 years she was closely involved with the Anaheim Police Department peer support team. She has been trained in crisis intervention, suicide, grief, in the line of duty deaths.  Also extensive training in substance abuse, depression amongst first responders, and EMDR. She has suffered a severe spinal injury which required 3 surgeries. Her experience has given her a unique insight into the broad spectrum of problems and challenges first responders experience after an injury.