Ms. Bång has worked in the addiction field within the Swedish prison and probation service for 10 years, motivating substance users into drug addiction treatment. In her clinical work she has met women and men with multiple problems including mental illness, sexual abuse, criminal lifestyle, domestic violence, prostitution, homelessness and substance misuse.
She also worked as an instructor for conflict- and self-defense for staff within the prison. Since 2006 she has been treating family members who are affected by substance use within the family. She have trained and supervised hundreds of personnel in different municipalities in Sweden who meets with people with substance misuse and mental health problems. She is also a trainer in Motivational Interviewing & a member of MINT.
In addition to this she holds CRAFT-trainings in groups and individual treatment for families. She received her bachelor degree in general criminology at the University of Stockholm, Sweden, in 2001. She has also studied Forensic Psychology, Substance Abuse Treatment and Domestic Violence.
In 2015 Carina became the first in Scandinavia to become certified as a CRAFT therapist after her training with Dr. Robert Meyers in the USA. Carina will focus on implementing of CRAFT in Sweden, the recommended treatment from the Swedish National Board of Health and Welfare.
Michelle Kuecker, MSW, LCSW, LAC
Ms. Kuecker received her Master's in Social Work from the University of Denver and her Bachelors in Social Work from Wartburg College. She has worked in the addictions and criminal justice field as a bilingual social worker since 2009, providing services in both English and Spanish. Ms. Kuecker began her career working with judicially-involved adolescents at Denver Juvenile Probation-TASC, delivering in-home and office-based treatment. While at Denver Juvenile Probation-TASC, she completed the Adolescent Community Reinforcement Approach (A-CRA) certification in 2010 and the Community Reinforcement Approach and Family Training (CRAFT) certification in 2011. She became an A-CRA supervisor and coder with Chestnut Health Systems as a contract A-CRA rater in 2011 and a CRAFT coder and supervisor in 2012. Currently, Ms. Kuecker works for Robert J. Meyers & Assoc. as a coder and is a Social Worker with the Colorado State Public Defenders Office, working with court-involved juveniles in detention facilities and in the community. Ms. Kuecker resides in Denver, Colorado.
Vickie Mc Ginley, M.A., L.P.C.C.
Ms. Mc Ginley has worked in the Addictions field for almost fifteen years, and first learned about Community Reinforcement Approach in a class taught by Dr. Meyers in 1993. Her subsequent clinical work spans a wide range of both clients and settings, starting with homeless mentally ill substance abusers, with incarcerated addicts, and at UNM/CASAA as a clinician on several clinical trials, including COMBINE with Dr. William Miller, Ph.D. and the STAR/ESTAR project with Dr. Robert Meyers, Ph.D. She currently has several positions: working for Robert J. Meyers & Assoc. and with CSAT's Assertive Adolescent & Family Treatment (AAFT) Grant Initiative as a national trainer, supervisor/coach and reviewer; with University of New Mexico's Continuing Education as an instructor in several courses, including CRA, and writing curricula for the Substance Abuse Studies Training Program. Last but not least, she maintains her clinical skills by providing CRA therapy with mandated clients in private practice.
Karen L. Mertig, LCSW, LMSW
Ms Mertig received her Master's in Social Work from Virginia Commonwealth University and has been a clinical social worker since 2000 and a clinical supervisor since 2003. She was trained and certified in Adolescent CRA (ACRA) and CRA in 2006 and has been a trainer and session coder since that time as well. Her clinical work spans a wide range of both clients and settings including children and adults who have experienced multiple traumas such as sexual abuse, homelessness, mental illness, poverty, gang violence, the death of a family member, and substance abuse in both rural and inner-city communities including New Hampshire, Chicago, and Michigan. Ms Mertig has extensive experience delivering and supervising individual, family, and group treatment addressing mental health as well as substance abuse issues. She currently has several positions: working for Robert J. Meyers & Assoc. and with CSAT's Assertive Adolescent & Family Treatment (AAFT) Grant Initiative as a national trainer, supervisor/coach and reviewer; as well as working at the Volunteer and Family Services Coordinator for Ele's Place, an agency providing support groups for grieving children in Ann Arbor, MI.
Gregory Purvis, M.Sc., R. Psych.
Greg is the Director of Addiction Services, District Health Authorities 4, 5 & 6 (Colchester/East Hants, Cumberland and Pictou Counties) in Nova Scotia. He received his Master's in Clinical Psychology from Saint Mary's University in 1991. Greg is a very active presenter and speaker at many regional and provincial meetings and conferences. In 1996 Greg had the opportunity to present "the Nova Scotia Experience" as the keynote speaker at the Youth and Gambling Conference in Niagara Falls and in 2004 was a moderator at Insight Nova Scotia in Halifax an international problem gambling conference. He has been closing faculty for the National Summer Institute on Addictions for the last three summers and presented at "Issues of Substance"- the national addictions research conference in 2005. He also presented at the International Conference for Treating Addictive Behaviors, ICTAB, in New Mexico in January of 2006. Greg is internationally certified as a trainer in the Community Reinforcement Approach (CRA).He is currently chair of the Atlantic Canada Council on Addictions.
Hendrik Roozen, Ph.D.
Hendrik G. Roozen is a clinical psychologist working in the field of addiction treatment in the Netherlands. He is the director of the outpatient treatment services of Bouman Mental Health Care (GGZ), location Spijkenisse. Furthermore, he is affiliated faculty at Erasmus University Medical Centre, Department of Forensic Psychiatry in Rotterdam. His Ph.D. dissertation was completed in 2005 at the Department of Clinical Psychology, Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam, and was entitled "The Community Reinforcement Approach (CRA) and naltrexone in the treatment of addiction". Correspondingly, his interests include behavioral oriented treatments such as CRA, contingency management, and pharmacological treatments related to substance use disorders.
Brian Serna, LPCC, LADAC, MAC
Mr. Serna is a national trainer and consultant in Evidence Based Practices (EBPs) and the clinical supervisor for a Behavioral Health Program working with American Indians at the Pueblo of Isleta in New Mexico, USA. Mr. Serna excels at designing programs that implement EBPs with individuals who are resistant to change, under legal mandate to attend treatment and those with co-occurring mental health disorders. He has been working with the Community Reinforcement Approach (CRA) and Community Reinforcement Approach and Family Training (CRAFT) since 2001, receiving his training and supervision directly from Dr. Robert J. Meyers. He has treated and supervised hundreds of clinical cases and has rated and provided feedback for hundreds of counseling sessions in English and Spanish on a national and international level. Mr. Serna is also a Motivational Interviewing Supervisor Trainer and provides training and consultation in Motivational Interviewing. Mr. Serna is currently involved in consultation and training with Robert J. Meyers & Associates, the Addiction Technology Transfer Center and teaches at the University of New Mexico and Southwestern College.
Jane Ellen Smith, Ph.D.
Jane Ellen Smith, Ph.D, is a Professor in the Psychology Department at the University of New Mexico. Dr. Smith is a licensed clinical psychologist (NM license # 493) who specializes in both substance abuse and eating disorders. She received her Ph.D. in Psychology in 1985. She has published 50 articles or chapters on these topics. She is the first author on a therapists' book for CRAFT; the program that works through family members to get a resistant substance abuser to enter treatment (Smith & Meyers, 2004). She is the second author on a CRA book (Meyers & Smith, 1995). She has received two grants from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism to test CRA with homeless populations. In addition to her teaching within the Psychology Department for the past 21 years, she has been regularly involved in training substance abuse counselors in the state for over 13 years. Dr. Smith has just been hired as a trainer/supervisor of CRA as part of a city-wide initiative for substance abuse counselors in Albuquerque. She also currently is a consultant for therapists being trained in the adolescent version of CRA (ACRA). Dr. Smith has also served as the Director of the Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program at the University of New Mexico.