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If you're like us, you are tired of paying money for conferences that do not equip you to take the content back to your daily lives.  Rising Tide is committed to bringing rich content, along with practical application. Just like John F. Kennedy stated, "A rising tide raises all ships." We want each attendee to leave being lifted up and equipped to address trauma in their daily lives.  In order to do this, we have invited dynamic speakers from around the country who are living out this work day-to-day. 

To better equip you, we have broken down our presentations into three main categories.  You are not obligated to remain in one focused track. However, we have designed Rising Tide to provide specific focuses to ensure you leave equipped with multiple tools & interventions.    

Child & Family

Education & Community

*Somatosensory Interventions

*Working with Multigenerational Families

*Intensive Home Based Programs

*Foster Parents--burnout prevention & creative strategies for addressing trauma in your home.

*Neurosequential Model of Education

*Preventing Community Violence 

*Creative Strategies for addressing Trauma in the classroom

*Secondary Trauma & Preventing Burnout

*Culture & Trauma

Veterans & First Responders

*Secondary Trauma 

*Alternative Therapies for individuals with PTSD

Bruce D. Perry, MD, PhD.

Senior Fellow ChildTrauma Academy

Dr. Perry is the Senior Fellow of The ChildTrauma Academy a Community of Practice based in Houston, TX and Professor (Adjunct) in the Departments of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University in Chicago and the School of Allied Health, College of Science, Health and Engineering, La Trobe University, Melbourne, Victoria  Australia. 


Dr. Perry is the author, with Maia Szalavitz, of The Boy Who Was Raised As A Dog, a bestselling book based on his work with maltreated children and Born For Love: Why Empathy is Essential and Endangered. His most recent multimedia book, BRIEF: Reflections on Childhood, Trauma and Society was released in 2013. Over the last thirty years, Dr. Perry has been an active teacher, clinician and researcher in children’s mental health and the neurosciences holding a variety of academic positions. 


Dr. Perry was on the faculty of the Departments of Pharmacology and Psychiatry at the University of Chicago School of Medicine from 1988 to 1991. From 1992 to 2001, Dr. Perry served as the Trammell Research Professor of Child Psychiatry at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. During this time, Dr. Perry also was Chief of Psychiatry for Texas Children's Hospital and Vice-Chairman for Research within the Department of Psychiatry. From 2001 to 2003, Dr. Perry served as the Medical Director for Provincial Programs in Children's Mental Health for the Alberta Mental Health Board. He continues to consult with the government of Alberta on children’s issues and serves as a founding member of the Premier’s Council of Alberta’s Promise. 

Dr. Perry has conducted both basic neuroscience and clinical research. His neuroscience research has examined the effects of prenatal drug exposure on brain development, the neurobiology of human neuropsychiatric disorders, the neurophysiology of traumatic life events and basic mechanisms related to the development of neurotransmitter receptors in the brain. His clinical research and practice has focused on high-risk children. This work has examined the cognitive, behavioral, emotional, social, and physiological effects of neglect and trauma in children, adolescents and adults. This work has been instrumental in describing how childhood experiences, including neglect and traumatic stress, change the biology of the brain – and, thereby, the health of the child. 


His clinical research over the last ten years has been focused on integrating emerging principles of developmental neuroscience into clinical practice. This work has resulted in the development of innovative clinical practices and programs working with maltreated and traumatized children, most prominently the Neurosequential Model©, a developmentally sensitive, neurobiology-informed approach to clinical work (NMT), education (NME) and caregiving (NMC).  This approach to clinical problem solving has been integrated into the programs at dozens of large public and non-profit organizations serving at-risk children and their families.


His experience as a clinician and a researcher with traumatized children has led many community and governmental agencies to consult Dr. Perry following high-profile incidents involving traumatized children such as the Branch Davidian siege in Waco (1993), the Oklahoma City bombing (1995), the Columbine school shootings (1999), the September 11th terrorist attacks (2001), Hurricane Katrina (2005), the FLDS polygamist sect (2008), the earthquake in Haiti (2010), the tsunami in Tohoku Japan (2011) and the Sandy Hook Elementary school shootings (2012). 

Dr. Perry is the author of over 500 journal articles, book chapters and scientific proceedings and is the recipient of numerous professional awards and honors, including the T. Berry Brazelton Infant Mental Health Advocacy Award, the Award for Leadership in Public Child Welfare, the Alberta Centennial Medal and the 2014 Kohl Education Prize. He serves on the Board of Directors of multiple organizations including Prevent Child Abuse America (PreventChildAbuse.org) and the Ana Grace Project (AnaGraceProject.org).


He has presented about child maltreatment, children's mental health, neurodevelopment and youth violence in a variety of venues including policy-making bodies such as the White House Summit on Violence, the California Assembly and U.S. House Committee on Education. Dr. Perry has been featured in a wide range of media including 60 Minutes, National Public Radio, The Today Show, Good Morning America, Nightline, CNN, MSNBC, NBC, ABC and CBS News and the Oprah Winfrey Show. His work has been featured in documentaries produced by Dateline NBC, 20/20, the BBC, Nightline, CBC, PBS, as well as dozen international documentaries. Many print media have highlighted the clinical and research activities of Dr. Perry including a Pulitzer-prize winning series in the Chicago Tribune, The Sun Magazine, US News and World Report, Time, Newsweek, Forbes ASAP, Washington Post, the New York Times and Rolling Stone. 


Dr. Perry, a native of Bismarck, North Dakota, was an undergraduate at Stanford University and Amherst College. He attended medical and graduate school at Northwestern University, receiving both M.D. and Ph.D. degrees. Dr. Perry completed a residency in general psychiatry at Yale University School of Medicine and a fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at The University of Chicago. 

Tim Grove 

Senior Consultant SaintA, Milwaukee WI 

Tim Grove, MSSW, is the chief clinical officer at SaintA, a human services agency whose mission it is to facilitate equity, learning, healing and wellness for all. He has more than 20 years of professional experience in a variety of direct care and administrative positions including, in-home services, foster care, treatment foster care, residential treatment, child welfare, community based services, quality improvement and staff development.

Grove is the senior leader of trauma informed care (TIC) initiatives across all agency programs and as such was responsible for implementing SaintA’s TIC philosophy and practices, including Dr. Bruce Perry’s Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics (NMT). He created a TIC training curriculum centered around the Seven Essential Ingredients, or 7ei, of understanding and practicing TIC. Grove and his training team at SaintA have used the 7ei framework to train more than 50,000 people from diverse disciplines over the past 10 years.

He is a Mentor with the ChildTrauma Academy and a Master Trainer in Dr. Rob Anda and Laura Porter’s ACE Interface curriculum. Grove and the SaintA team’s work has been highlighted and published in a number of magazines, journals and newspapers.  He was the lead project manager of a three-year research study on the effectiveness of 7ei in child welfare outcomes which demonstrated positive effect on creating placement stability and permanency for kids. 

Grove is recognized nationally as a trauma informed care expert and was recently interviewed by Oprah Winfrey for a 60 Minutes segment on trauma and resilience. 

Ann Grove 

President & CEO SaintA, Milwaukee WI

Ann Leinfelder Grove has served SaintA for close to 30 years in a number of senior leadership roles, including Executive Vice President and COO with oversight of all agency programs. She championed the program implementation of SaintA’s trauma informed care model, Seven Essential Ingredients (7ei) including in child welfare, where translational research has demonstrated improved outcomes through the use of 7ei-based, trauma informed program practice.

Ann is involved in Milwaukee community initiatives such as Scaling Wellness in Milwaukee (SWIM) and in Wisconsin Department of Children and Families discussions to create innovative solutions to support families. As CEO, Ann’s strategic vision has enhanced SaintA’s partnerships in the community and advanced a culture of equity and inclusion at SaintA.

Shannon Knapp 

Founder & President Horse Sense of the Carolinas

Executive Director Heart of Horse Sense

Shannon Knapp, M.A., is founder and president of both Horse Sense of the Carolinas, Inc., an internationally-recognized leader in the field of Equine Assisted Psychotherapy and Learning, and Executive Director of Heart of Horse Sense, a nonprofit dedicated to supporting professional Equine Assisted Therapy and Learning for Veterans and At-Risk Youth in WNC at no cost.  Shannon has also published many books and curricula in the field of EAP/EAL, including More Than a Mirror: Horses, Humans and Therapeutic Practices. Shannon is a trainer for Trauma-Focused Equine Assisted Psychotherapy, is EAGALA Advanced and has an EAGALA Military Individual designation, is Associate Faculty for Prescott College’s Equine Assisted Learning Masters Concentration program and also for Warren Wilson College. A professional in EAP/EAL since in 2001, she has thousands of hours of client contact in EAP/EAL with a diverse range of diagnoses.

Joshua Christian Oswald

Jim Casey Young Fellow at Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative Inc.

Joshua Christian is an alumnus of the child welfare system and dedicated advocate for foster youth and child welfare reform at the local, state, and national level. He has established quarterly meetings with the Indiana Department of Child Services executive team and partnered with local communities to raise awareness on the unique needs of foster youth. He also worked to help create the Foster Parent Bill of Rights and pass legislation extending foster care services to age 23 in the state of Indiana. During the summer of 2019, Joshua was selected as one of twelve foster care alumni advocates from across the country to participate in the Congressional Coalition Adoption Institute’s (CCAI) Foster Youth Internship Program® in Washington, D.C. During his time at CCAI, he served as a legislative intern on the U.S. Senate Finance Committee under the leadership of Committee Chairman, U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley. At the end of the summer, he authored and published an in-depth federal child welfare policy report, titled Improving Educational Outcomes for School-Aged Children in Foster Care, which was presented to the U.S. Congress, Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and the private and public sectors. Due to his commitment to advocacy for foster youth, Joshua received the “Outstanding Young Leaders” award from FosterClub and the “Adoption Excellence” award from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in 2018. Joshua is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in psychology with a concentration in social work at Marian University and anticipates to graduate in May 2020. He aspires to become a lobbyist in an effort to help as many foster children as possible and inspire others with his story. 

Gabby Remole LCSW, NLC-C, EP

Gateway Family Services of Illinois, Director of Equine Professionals

Gabby earned her MSSW from The University of Texas at Austin. She is certified as both a clinician and equine professional in the trauma-focused equine assisted psychotherapy model, Natural Lifemanship. She is also a trainer for the model. She is trained, and pursuing certification, in EMDR.  She has been practicing TF-EAP since 2013 and has had extensive experience in play, art and nature therapy. She has over a decade of experience working as an adoption caseworker.

Gabby employs a systems-based perspective to help children, teens & families who have experienced trauma. She prefers experiential therapy - including work with horses, art, music and nature - to traditional talk therapy, believing that movement and “doing” can often be more effective, particularly for children and adolescents.

She enjoys using humor, when appropriate, hoping that clients know that, while therapy can sometimes be really hard, it can also be fun.

Gabby was blessed to have been raised around horses. She loves that she is able to incorporate her connection with, and deep respect for, horses in her work.

Michael Remole MA, LCPC, NCC

Founder & COO Gateway Family Services of Illinois 

      Michael has nearly two decades of working with children and families in a variety of settings, including as a Multi-Systemic Therapist, Clinical Director, Children’s Pastor, Camp Counselor and speaker.  After serving as a Children’s pastor, he went on to obtain his Master or Arts in Clinical Counseling from Ashland Theological Seminary.  Following seminary, Michael worked at The Buckeye Ranch in Columbus Ohio as a Multi-Systemic Therapist, working with individuals 12-18 and their families.  The primary focus was to help change the family system to help assist the child change their delinquent and defiant behaviors.  

    Michael founded and leads Gateway Family Services of Illinois, providing trauma focused-equine assisted psychotherapy, Individual & Family Therapy. This team is working individuals and families across the lifespan who have experienced trauma.  Michael has spent nearly a decade working with youth in the foster care system & post-adoption.  Gateway Family Services is also working with the VA Illiana Health Care System to provide services to veterans.  In addition to Gateway Family Services, Michael is currently the Executive Director of Hooves of Hope, a faith based mentoring program. 

         Michael is passionate about neuroscience and understanding the impact of trauma on the brain.  Michael has begun Phase II/TTT with the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics course taught by the leading trauma expert Bruce D. Perry MD, PhD and is also pursuing EMDR certification.  Michael is also a trainer for Natural Lifemanship, the model of therapy that incorporates the Neurosequential Model to understand human and horse brain development.  

     Michael was recently inducted into the International Association of Health Care Providers, being recognized as a leader in his field.  

     In Michael’s spare time he enjoys spending time with his wife, Gabby & their twin boys, riding horses, photography, playing the piano & building projects.  

Jesse A. Schroeder, LISW-S

Franklin County First Council

Lead Community Trainer, Building Better Lives Initiative, Columbus OH

Licensed Independent Social Worker with over 15 years experience working with children in a variety of settings and ages, including as a High School Teacher, Applied Behavior Analysis Specialist for Autistic Children, Child and Family Therapist and currently a Trauma Specialist. Currently the Lead Community Trainer for the Building Better Lives Trauma-Competent Care Initiative in Columbus, Ohio.

Pam Scott, PhD., LISW-S

Director of Clinical Development at The Buckeye Ranch

Pam Scott, PhD is the Director of Clinical Development with The Buckeye Ranch, where she has also worked as a clinician and clinical supervisor in Residential Treatment, Day Treatment and Out Patient programs. She earned both her MSW and PhD from Arizona State University. Her professional background includes work in early childhood development and mental health, family therapy, adolescent mental health, and trauma-informed care. In her current role she oversees the ongoing development of clinical programming and competency across the agency, including the adoption and implementation of evidence-informed treatment models, implementing Trauma-Informed Care protocols and treatment approaches, overseeing agency certification in the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutic (NMT), and directing the training of agency clinicians and graduate interns.  In addition to her work at The Buckeye Ranch, Dr. Scott has served as adjunct faculty in the College of Social Work at The Ohio State University and participates in ongoing community and state initiatives aimed at implementation of Trauma-Informed approaches across disciplines.

Marti Smith, OTR/L

ChildTrauma Academy Fellow

Marti graduated from Indiana University in 1996. She is a Child Trauma Academy Fellow, a TBRI Travis County Collaborative participant, and co-founder of Simple Sparrow Farm, a non-profit where she collaborates with Jamie Tanner, Simple Sparrow owner and president, to help heal individuals through farm related activities. Marti began her OT career at the Covered Bridge Special Education Co-op where she specialized in autism, handwriting, and creative adaptive equipment provided on a minimal budget. She currently specializes in sensory regulation as it relates to trauma and has helped develop the sensory portions of the CTA's NMT and TCU's TBRI education. She has completed additional certification and training in Interactive Metronone, Therapeutic Listening, Wilbarger Deep Pressure Protocol, Therapeutic massage, Floor Time, Vestibular Dysfunction, Reflex Integration, Picky Eating, Athletic Training, CISM, and Rescue Scuba Diving. She has been an international speaker since 2004, sharing her passion to help children in creative, fun, inexpensive, and simple therapeutic ways. She resides in Austin, Texas with her husband and two children. She enjoys traveling, nature, photography, quilting, and spending time at Simple Sparrow Farm.

Marti is a TBRI Practitioner certified in Therapeutic Listening, Interactive Metronome, CiSM, Athletic Training, and Massage Therapy.



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