Eileen Aveni, LCSW, LMSW, ACSW, BCD
Eileen Aveni, LCSW, LMSW, ACSW, BCD, holds a Diplomate in Clinical Social Work. She is currently in private practice in Fairfax, Virginia, where she also does full-day & longer intensives and consultations for ritual abuse, mind control and organized abuse survivors and their therapists from around the US. She also maintains a very active online practice which serves both Virginia and Michigan. Eileen has been working with ritual abuse and mind control survivors for over 27 years. She helped run a safe-house for ritual abuse survivors in SE Michigan for several years. She ran an on-going therapy group for RAMCOA survivors for 8 years. She worked on ritual abuse/sex trafficking legislation in Michigan and consulted for other state legislative teams. Eileen is a local, national, and international speaker. She has taught in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, where she developed a graduate level internship and university internship course for the first Master’s level counseling degree in that nation. She supervised the entire graduate program of counseling students in their placements, including several sex trafficking centers for survivors fleeing to Kuala Lumpur for safety from all over SE Asia, most of whom showed significant dissociative symptoms. Eileen is the current Past Chair of the Ritual Abuse/Mind Control/Organized Abuse special interest group (RAMCOA-Sig), a division of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation. She is on the Board for Survivorship.org. She is a member of the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress, the National Center for Crisis Management, and the American Association of Christian Counselors.
Lynette Danylchuk, PhD
Lynette Danylchuk, PhD, has been working in the trauma field since the mid-80s, starting with Vietnam Vets and people with DID. She served 12 years on the original Board of Directors of Survivorship, and then worked for the Board of the Star Foundation for several more years. She had her private practice in San Mateo, California, where, in addition to working with clients, she did and continues to do periodic consultation and teaching where she sees a need, including a local graduate school, juvenile hall, or the county trauma-informed services conference. Lynette has been adjunct faculty to graduate schools in the San Francisco area where she has taught, and been a dissertation chairperson. She has given keynote speeches and workshops across the state and at annual conferences of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (ISSTD), and continues to take advantage of every opportunity to share what she’s learned about trauma and dissociation. Lynette is a Past President of ISSTD. She has been an active society member since 1996. She chaired the Professional Training Program prior to becoming an ISSTD officer, and is currently Co-Chair of the Certificate Program Committee, and Chair of the ISSTD UN Task Force.
Alison Miller, PhD
Dr. Miller is a psychologist recently retired from private practice in British Columbia, Canada. She has worked with survivors of ritual abuse and mind control since 1991. She has been a fellow of the ISST-D (International Society for the Study of Trauma & Dissociation) since 2013. She is the 2017 Chair of the Ritual Abuse/Mind Control/Organized Abuse Special Interest Group of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation. Her books include: Becoming Yourself: Overcoming Mind Control and Ritual Abuse (for survivors), Healing the Unimaginable: Treating Ritual Abuse and Mind Control (for therapists), and (with Wendy Hoffman) From the Trenches: A Survivor and Therapist Talk about Mind Control and Ritual Abuse (in press).
Michael Salter, PhD
Dr. Michael Salter is a senior lecturer in criminology at the School of Social Sciences and Psychology, Western Sydney University. His recent book Organised Sexual Abuse was the first Australian book on the organised abuse of children and adults, and he is currently undertaking an interview study with women reporting organised abuse in adulthood and the mental health workers who treat them. He has published over two dozen peer reviewed papers and book chapters on violence against women and children, and he has been a consultant to the New South Wales and Victorian governments on the primary prevention of violence against women. He is an Associate Editor of the journal Child Abuse Review. He was awarded the New Scholar Prize in 2014 by the Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology for his research on sexual violence.
Valerie Sinason, PhD, MACP, M Inst Psychoanal
Valerie Sinason PhD, MACP, M Inst Psychoanal, FIPD is a poet, writer, child, adolescent and adult psychotherapist and adult psychoanalyst. She was Founder Director of the Clinic for Dissociative Studies until her retirement in December 2016 and remains a Consultant. She is President of the Institute for Psychotherapy and Disability (IPD) and Hon Consultant Psychotherapist at the University of Cape Town Child Guidance Clinic; Patron of the Dorchester Trust, Chair of Trustees of the First People Art Centre – Nieu Bethesda Arts Foundation. Her extensive writing includes over 120 papers and chapters. Furthermore, she has written, edited, co-edited over 14 books including a revised 2nd edition of her seminal book Mental Handicap and the Human Condition , (Free Association Books 2010) a 2nd edition of her edited book Attachment, Trauma and Multiplicity: Working with Dissociative Identity Disorder (Routledge 2010), Trauma Attachment and Dissociation (Routledge 2012) and Shattered But Unbroken: Voices of Triumph and Testimony (Amelia van der Merwe and Valerie Sinason, Karnac 2017). Her most recent co-edited book is Holistic Therapy for DID with Dr Patricia Frankish (Karnac Books).