Coordinators and Speakers


Marion F. Solomon, PhD

Director of Clinical Training at the Lifespan Learning Institute; private practice working with individuals, couples and group psychotherapy; author, Narcissism and Intimacy, Lean on Me; Co-Author, Love and War in Intimate Relationships, Co-Editor, The Healing Power of Emotion; Countertransference in Couples Therapy

Bonnie Goldstein, PhD

Adjunct Professor, USC School of Social Work; Psychology Consultant, Lifespan Learning Institute; author, I’ll Know What to Do; Co-Editor, Handbook of Infant, Child, and Adolescent Psychotherapy: Guide to Diagnosis and Treatment, Vol. I & II


Phyllis Booth, MA; LCPC; LMFT; RPT/S

Phyllis Booth

Theraplay Institute

Stuart Brown, MD

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Founder and President of The National Institute for Play

Louis Cozolino, PhD

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Professor of Psychology, Pepperdine University; author, The Neuroscience of Human Relationships: Attachment and the Developing Social Brain and Attachment-Based Teaching: Creating a Tribal Classroom

Betsy Crouch

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Coach, ImprovHQ

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, PhD

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Professor of Psychology and Management and Director of the Quality of Life Research Center, Claremont Graduate University

Barbara Fredrickson, PhD

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Kenan Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Principal Investigator at Positive Emotions and Psychophysiology Lab at UNC, Chapel Hill

Zoe Galvez

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Transformative Education Specialist, ImprovHQ

Steve Gross, MSW

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Chief Playmaker and Founder, Life is Good Foundation

Theresa Kestly, PhD

Theresa Kestly Psychologist, educator, consultant and a registered play therapist/supervisor with the Association for Play Therapy

Daniel Leven

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Founder and director of L.I.F.E. Movement

Jonathan Lynn, MA

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Film, TV and theater writer, author, and director. Clue, Nuns On The Run, My Cousin Vinny, The Distinguished Gentleman, The Whole Nine Yards etc etc. Created/wrote BBC TV series Yes Minister/Yes Prime Minister. 

Rita Lynn, PsyD

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Trained in London at the Institute of Group Analysis and Institute of Family Therapy. Leverhume Teaching Fellow at St Bartholomew’s Hospital. 

Terry Marks-Tarlow, PhD

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Teaching Faculty at Reiss Davis Child Study Center, Community Outreach Chair at Los Angeles County Psychological Association, Private Practice at Santa Monica, California, Research Associate at Institute for Fractal Research, Kassel, Germany, Author: Awakening Clinical Intuition (Norton's Interpersonal Neurobiology Series (2014; foreword by Allan Schore)

Alanis Morissette

Alanis Morissette

Singer/Songwriter, author

Pat Ogden, PhD

Pat Ogden, PhD, Founder and Director, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute; Co-Founder, Hakomi Institute; Faculty, Naropa University; international lecturer; author, Trauma and the Body: A Sensorimotor Approach to Psychotherapy; and Sensorimotor Psychotherapy: Interventions for Trauma and Attachment

Jaak Panksepp, PhD

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The Baily Endowed Chair of Animal Well-Being Science for the Department of Veterinary and Comparative Anatomy, Pharmacology, and Physiology at Washington State University's College of Veterinary Medicine, and Emeritus Professor of the Department of Psychology at Bowling Green State University. Author, The Archaeology of Mind: Neuroevolutionary Origins of Human Emotions (Norton Series on Interpersonal Neurobiology)

Brian Pezzone, pianist

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Artist, musician. Bryan has been principal pianist in the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, former chair and founder of the Multi-focused keyboard department at the California Institute of the Arts

Sharon Salzberg

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Co-founder of the Insight Meditation Society at Barre, Massachusetts with Jack Kornfield and Joseph Goldstein. Sharon Salzberg has been leading meditation retreats worldwide since 1974. Her latest book is Real Happiness At Work: Meditations for Accomplishment, Achievement, and Peace (published by Workman Publishing).

Allan Schore, Ph.D

Allan N. Schore, Ph.D. Associate Clinical Professor, David Geffen School of Medicine, UCLA; Honorary Membership, American Psychoanalytic Association; international lecturer; author, Affect Regulation and the Origin of the Self; Affect Regulation and the Repair of the Self; and The Science of the Art of Psychotherapy; Private Practice

Dan Siegel, MD

Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, David Geffen School of Medicine, UCLA; Distinguished Fellow, American Psychiatric Association; Executive Director, Mindsight Institute; author, Mindsight: The New Science of Personal Transformation and most recently, No-drama discipline: The whole-brain way to calm the chaos and nurture your child's developing mind. (Bantam).

Victoria Stevens, PhD

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Licensed clinical psychologist, psychoanalyst, speaker, researcher and educator. She is the director of the Stevens Creativity, Imagination and Leadership Training

Paula Thomson, PsyD

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Professor and dance coordinator in the Department of Kinesiology, California State University, Northridge. She is also a licensed Clinical Psychologist and a certified Sport Psychologist

Bessel van der Kolk, MD

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Professor of psychiatry at Boston University School of Medicine and medical director of the Trauma Center in Boston, where he also serves as director of the National Center for Child Traumatic Stress Complex Trauma Network. His most recent book is The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma (Viking Adult)