Presenter Bios


List of  2016 Conference Presenters


Keynote Presentation


Allison Sampson-Jackson, PhD, LCSW, CSOTP
Allison is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Certified Sex Offender Practitioner in the State of Virginia. Her clinical practice and research has focused on advancing effective trauma informed treatment practices for persons who experience significant conduct related behavior problems. Her areas of specialty include attachment based models of treatment; sexual abusiveness in children and adolescents; neuropsychology; and the use of neuroscience to inform work with children and adults with complex trauma disorders. Dr. Sampson-Jackson is a person of lived experience as well as being a professional who has provided services to “at-promise” youth and their families via the Department of Social Services, Public Mental Health Clinics, as well as within Juvenile Detention and Correctional facilities. In addition, she has provided crisis therapy services in residential facilities for youth and adults with varying mental health diagnoses as well as outpatient therapeutic services for military service men and women and their families. For 13 years, Dr. Sampson-Jackson worked for Providence Service Corporation, and in her final year with Providence, she co-led 17 National Trauma Informed Care Implementation Teams through the National Council of Behavioral Healthcare’s Trauma Informed Learning Collaborative. Today, Dr. Sampson-Jackson works independently as the CEO of Integration Solutions, Inc. through which she provides trauma informed care consultation, education and technical assistance to human service organizations and integrated healthcare systems interested in furthering their incorporation of trauma informed care practices with children, youth, families, adults, and providers of care.


Applying Trauma Informed Practice in Mental Health Services


Dan West, LPC
Dan is Director of Behavioral Health Services and Program Director at Impact Living Services, and is deeply rooted in the science of proactive solution-focused therapy. Dan utilizes his training at Longwood University (B.S., Psychology) and Lynchburg College (M.Ed, Counseling) as a Licensed Professional Counselor. Dan’s range of experience is expansive both in terms of breadth and depth. He has worked with adults, adolescents, children, and families in a variety of settings including community mental health, psychiatric hospitals, and in the private sector. For over fifteen years, Dan has developed highly person-centered therapy not only for children and adolescents, but also for adults and families. He has provided numerous workshops, trainings, and consultations focusing on mental health and behavioral services for youth and families and has participated in specialized training in a number of research-based programs for children and adults. Dan and his beautiful wife Emilie have two children. In his spare time he enjoys the outdoors, golfing, working in his garage, and weekly family movie nights.


Applying Trauma Informed Practice in Social Services


Ashley Cinalli-Mathews, LCSW
Ashley has worked in the Child Welfare field since obtaining her Master’s degree in Social Work from VCU. She has experience working with high-risk families in both Child Protective Services and Foster Care Prevention. Ashley has also worked at a Child Advocacy Center, providing trauma-informed family support for non-offending caretakers and their children. Ashley’s areas of expertise are child abuse and neglect (particularly sexual abuse), forensic interviewing, and trauma. Ashley currently works for the Virginia Department of Social Services as a trainer for Family Services staff and supports VDSS in curriculum development around child abuse and trauma informed practice.

Kirsten Parker-Smith, MS
Kirsten assists various agencies throughout Virginia as a Family Engagement (FE) Consultant and Family Partnership Meeting (FPM) facilitator providing ongoing best practice support and facilitation utilizing a trauma lens. Kirsten also works for Virginia Department of Social Services as a trainer and supports curriculum development in the areas of coaching, family engagement, and trauma informed practice. In her previous employment, she worked with traumatized families and children in the position of On-going CPS/Foster Care Prevention Worker. In her employment as a Juvenile Probation Officer, she worked as a Gang Specialist for her Court Service Unit. Kirsten continues to work with families directly connecting extended family and natural support through facilitated meetings and family finding to combat the effects of trauma by assisting in building permanent relationships in a child’s life.


Applying Trauma Informed Practice in Substance Abuse Treatment


Jennifer Bondurant, LPC
Jennifer serves as the Portfolio Director of Admissions. Her team provides the initial assessments and treatment recommendations for children and adults displaying mental health symptoms and/or struggling with substance abuse disorders. During her five years with Horizon, Jennifer has also managed the outpatient clinics in Amherst, Appomattox, and Campbell County that provide case management, outpatient, and medication management services to individuals living in those areas as well as directly supervised the Crisis Stabilization and Detox Unit and Emergency Services Team. Over her 14 years in the field, Jennifer has discovered that the true keys to success include wrap around services, person-centered treatment planning, family support when available, and a strong compassionate approach. Jennifer has a BA in Psychology from Roanoke College and a MA in Community Counseling from Marymount University. She began her career at Fairfax County-Falls Church Community Services Board. When Jennifer moved back to Lynchburg in 2007 she worked under the clinical supervision of Dr. Stephen Greenstein which a strong focus on the Family Systems model. Jennifer provided initial intake assessments, individual and family therapy, as well as intensive in-home services to families with children at-risk of being removed from the home. She joined Horizon Behavioral Health in 2011.