2013 Conference Speakers

Emily Beard has served as a neurological reorganization practitioner since 2006 and is the founder of Neurodevelopmental Healing LLC. Emily specializes in post-institutionalized and traumatized children with severe emotional and behavioral concerns, including reactive attachment disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, autism spectrum disorders, and learning disabilities. She has personally experienced neurological reorganization with several of her own family members for issues ranging from Aspergers Syndrome to bipolar disorder.  Emily holds two degrees, one in cognitive science and movement analysis and the second in early childhood education. She is also trained as a doula and in infant Montessori. Emily can be reached at www.neuroreorg.com or emilyndh@me.com.

Karen Doyle Buckwalter is a Certified Theraplay® Therapist, Trainer and Supervisor. She has over 20 years of experience working with foster and adoptive families. She works at Chaddock in Quincy IL where she played a key role in the development of Chaddock’s nationally recognized Developmental Trauma and Attachment Program (DTAP). She has conducted workshops across the nation and in Europe and Australia. She has a special interest in the inter-generational transmission of attachment patterns between parents and their adoptive children.

Lindsay Crapo (pronounced Cray-po and not CRAP-O, but she will answer to both) is the stay at home Mother to 9 fabulous (sometimes angry) kids. She parents trauma, all.day.long. She is passionate about helping her children, self and family heal from the effects of early childhood trauma. She has seven adopted children and two biological. She is married to an incredible man whom is also a Clinical Therapist. She lives in a small town in Idaho and speaks openly and works with many family’s and therapists in her community to help spread knowledge about the special needs of children with attachment and trauma related issues.

Toni Hoy is a popular presenter and the best-selling author of “Second Time Foster Child.” As a free-lance writer, she has written for magazines and online forums. She chairs the Children’s Advocacy Committee for NAMI Barrington Area and is a leading state and national advocate for children’s mental healthcare, often providing newspaper and radio interviews. Safeco Insurance awarded her the “Community Hero” award in 2011 and Chicago’s Family Defense Center awarded her the Parent Advocacy Recognition Award in 2012. Along with her husband of 25 years, she parents five children, all with varying mental health diagnoses.

Billy Kaplan’s work is being his daughters’ father and his wife’s husband. To support that work, he is the President and Clinical Director of House Calls Counseling, a human services company that provides attachment-focused psychotherapy to individuals, couples and families in the comfort of the home. He earned a Master of Social Work from Yeshiva University, the Wurzweiler School of Social Work. He has been a clinical supervisor in foster care, residential, and counseling programs; a training coordinator for a statewide child welfare agency; a part-time instructor at the Loyola University School of Social Work; an adjunct faculty member at Governor’s State University; and a facilitator of Boot Camp for New Dads at the University of Chicago Lying-In Hospital. He has presented workshops on many topics including attachment, trauma, therapeutic parenting locally, regionally, nationally and internationally.

Wendy Kovacs has been the Associate Director for Clinical Services at House Calls Counseling. She is currently a therapist at Children’s Research Triangle. She is a graduate of Simpson College, in Indianola, Iowa, where she received a BA in Psychology with a minor in Social Work. She earned a Master of Science degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa. For the last several years she has worked with children, youth and families at a child welfare agency in a variety of positions including Therapist, Educational Liaison, and Program Coordinator. She provided in-home treatment for a child welfare organization in Iowa. She has presented at conferences in the Midwest and West Coast. She works with families in Spanish and English.  Wendy works with individuals, couples, and families in the western and southern suburbs and she consults with schools and school staff on how to work with children with attachment-related difficulties. She focuses on the treatment of survivors of abuse and neglect, children, adolescents, and adults. She has worked with a culturally diverse group of individuals. She has over three years of advanced training in Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy.

Amber LeFevour has been working with House Calls for about two years, and comes with several years of experience in foster care. Amber has gained significant experience in working with the PACE model from Dan Hughes and has presented the model to other therapists.

Marcia Ryan has worked a Chaddock for more than 20 years with children with attachment and trauma issues. Marcia is trained in Trust Based Relational Interventions (TBRI) and many other clinical models. Marcia has a unique ability to implement clinical models into the day to day lives of children in residential and home settings and has worked extensively coaching parents to do this as well.

Rick Simon was born and raised in the Chicago area. After many years in the field of marketing, he returned to school and earned his Masters degree in community counseling. He joined Jewish Child & Family Services as a clinician bringing trauma-informed, attachment-based therapy to young people and families involved with Illinois DCFS. As a member of the House Calls staff, he continues to provide attachment-focused counseling to children, parents, and families. He specializes in helping young people overcome challenges that include ADHD, anger, anxiety, depression, oppositional behavior, school problems, and major life changes such as adoption, death, and divorce. He also works with parents who are seeking new ways to help their children, relieve their stress, and strengthen their families. In addition to his House Calls work, Rick has a private practice based in Evanston.

RoseMary Spizzirri is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker practicing social worker, as well as teaching and training in the state of Illinois for over 20 years. Ms. Spizzirri last sixteen years have been working with children and familes who have experienced trauma, abuse and neglect. Ms. Spizzirri was recently employeed by Chicago State University in the Trauma Informed Practice Program conducting training and providing support to the employees of the Department of Children and Family Services on Trauma Informed Practice. Currently, Ms. Spizzirri is a psychotherapist with House Calls counseling as well as conducts PRIDE training for prospective Illinois Foster Parents through Southern Illinois University and DCFS. Ms. Spizzirri brings a great deal of knowledge and real life experiences to her training. In addition, Ms. Spizzirri has been a Fitness Professional for 24 years, instructing classes such as Yoga and Zumba. She studies energy healing and is a Reiki Master-Teacher and teaches meditation and mindfullness.


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