Transformational Resilience Workshop Instructors

Bob Doppelt will be the host and a primary instructor for most TR workshops. Additional instructors from Trauma Resource Institute, Resilience Training International, and The Sanctuary Institute will assist with different workshops.

Bob Doppelt

 Bob is Executive Director of The Resource Innovation Group, a non-profit affiliated with The Sustainability Institute at Willamette University, where he is a Senior Fellow. Since 2001 he has also been an adjunct professor at the University of Oregon. He is trained as a counseling psychologist and environmental scientist. Bob is a long time meditation teacher, is a Visiting Teacher at Spirit Rock Meditation Center, and a Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction Instructor. He has published three best-selling books on individual and organizational change: Leading Change toward Sustainability (2003); the Power of Sustainable Thinking (2008); and From Me to We (2012). His newest book, Transformational Resilience: How to Use Climate Change and Related Adversities to Learn, Grow and Thrive will be released in late 2015.

Merdice Ellis

Merdice is a licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapist in private practice in West Los Angeles California. She has over 15 years experience as a practicing therapist and counselor. She is also a Certified EMDR therapist and a Certified Grief Recovery Specialist with expertise in grief and trauma counseling and specialize in helping clients work through traumatic loss to achieve recovery.
 Her trauma training is anchored by the evidenced-based success rate of EMDR for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and the somatically based, Trauma Resource Model (TRM). Merdice offers individual, couples and family counseling with a focus on complicated grief, loss, trauma, personal growth and development and life transitions. She utilizes her skills as a therapist trained in Psychodynamic, Family Systems and Cognitive Behavioral theories, Grief Recovery and EMDR (bilateral stimulation) to offer a highly personalized approach tailored to each client. She works with clients using compassion and understanding to help them build on their strengths and to attain the personal growth they are committed to accomplishing.

Elaine Miller-Karas

Elaine Miller-Karas: Elaine is the executive director and co-founder of the Trauma Resource Institute.  Ms. Miller-Karas has 30 years experience in health education, teaching, social work and advocacy.  She has co-created the Trauma Resiliency Model (TRM) and the Community Resiliency Model (CRM) with Laurie Leitch. Elaine has traveled internationally and trained workers and community leaders in social service agencies, hospitals and community agencies nationally and internationally, including in Thailand after the tsunami of 2004, in Louisiana after Hurricanes Rita and Katrina, in San Bernardino County after the 2008 Fires, in China after the Sichuan earthquake, in Haiti after the January 2010 earthquake and in Kenya, Africa. She was the Associate Director of Behavioral Sciences at Arrowhead Regional Medical Center’s Family Practice Residency Program from 1994 until she resigned in 2006 to start TRI.  Earlier in her career, she did her graduate internship at Stanford University’s Perinatal Outreach Program and worked there as clinician and lecturer. She was the founder of Helping after Neonatal Death in Santa Clara County, California and directed it for six years.  Other instructors associated with the Trauma Resource Institute will also assist. 

Martha Parra

Martha Parra: Martha is a bicultural and bilingual, Licensed Clinical Social Worker.  She is currently working at the Department of Behavioral Health with the County of San Bernardino with the Juvenile Justice System.  Ms. Parra received her Master’s degree in Social Work at University of Southern California (USC), where she specialized in the Community Organization Planning and Administration (COPA).  Ms. Parra has extensive experience working with the geriatric population, crisis intervention, substance abuse, at-risk children such as foster care youth, LGBTQ, and gang members.  She has also provided counseling and spiritual instruction for children and adolescents on a volunteer basis.  For the last 11 years, she has provided clinical services and crisis services for children, transitional aged youth, adults, and older adults in community centers, schools, and outpatient clinics.  Most recently, her work has included training clinicians, managers, and support staff in the Trauma Resiliency Model (TRM) at the Department of Behavioral Health and training community members within the Community Resiliency Model (CRM).   Ms. Parra has also provided services for families interested in becoming foster or adoptive parents.  She is also currently a Master Trainer and Facilitator with the Trauma Resource Institute (TRI).

Glenn R. Schiraldi

Glenn has served on the stress management faculties at the Pentagon, The International Critical Incident Stress Foundation, and the University of Maryland, where he received the Outstanding Teaching Award and other teaching awards in the College of Health and Human Performance (now the School of Public Health). He is the author of various articles and books on human mental and stress-related topics include: The Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Sourcebook: A Guide to Healing, Recovery & Growth; and The Complete Guide to Resilience: Why It Matters, How to Build and Maintain It. His books have been translated into nine foreign languages. For the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation and Resilience Training International he designed and presents resilience training to optimize mental health and performance while preventing stress-related mental disorders such as post-traumatic stress disorder in high-risk groups (such as military, police, and firefighters).