On the occasion of its 25th anniversary, EMCC will present its inaugural Mental Wellness Conference (online) in partnership with the Arizona Trauma Institute (ATI). The theme of the 2022 conference is New Paradigms and Competencies and participants will hear from two renowned speakers.
In his keynote speech entitled “Time to shake up the Psychopathology Paradigm”, Dr Robert Rhoton, Founder and CEO of the Arizona Trauma Institute will address the salutogenic approach which focuses on increasing optimal living and helping to free the vulnerable from the constraints of the psychopathology system.
In the second presentation, Dr Mike Deninger, Developer and Master Trainer of the Multichannel Eye Movement Integration (MEMI), will explain the development of this practical new therapy for PTSD and anxiety. In his lecture, he will address the theoretical model and its presuppositions. He will also demonstrate its protocols, procedures and assessments through videos of an actual session with a complex trauma client.
Participation in the conference is complimentary.
Dr Robert Rhoton, CEO, Arizona Trauma Institute
Dr. Robert Rhoton has advanced training in child and adolescent trauma treatment, family therapy, and family trauma with deep experience in the mental health field. He has supervised multiple outpatient clinics, juvenile justice programs, and intensive outpatient substance abuse programs for adolescents, day treatment programs for youth and children, adult offender programs and child and family therapeutic services.
Dr. Rhoton was a Professor at Ottawa University for 20 years in the Behavioral Sciences and Counselling Department whose primary interests were training counsellors to work with traumagenic family dynamics, child and family trauma, and Salutogenic approaches to treatment. He served as president of the Arizona Trauma Therapy Network from 2010 through 2012.
Dr. Rhoton is a Fellow of the Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress and collaborates and consults with numerous organizations throughout the United States, Canada, South America, UK, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Singapore, Hong Kong and Iran increasing their understanding of trauma and the impact of developmental trauma on the individual and family.
Dr Mike Deninger (PhD), Developer and Master Trainer in MEMI
Mike Deninger hails from Western New York where he was raised in a large working-class family. He holds a BA in English, MS in Education of the Deaf, PhD in Special Education Administration and MA in Mental Health Counselling (in that order). As an administrator in deaf education, Mike rose through the ranks at Gallaudet University until he was appointed Dean of Pre-College Programs, arguably the top position in elementary and secondary education for deaf children in the US. But all was not right with him. In a 2011 memoir, Mike shared the reasons behind his transition from educating deaf children to his current role of therapist, author and master trainer in mental health.
During this transformation, Mike overcame an alcohol addiction, confronted PTSD stemming from childhood sexual abuse and came out as a gay man. He subsequently established a private practice specializing in trauma and earned trainer certifications in Ericksonian Hypnotherapy, Neuro-Linguistic Programming and Eye Movement Integration. As a result of his personal and professional experiences, Mike is keenly aware of the renewal that is possible when one frees the mind, relaxes the will and allows the body’s neurological systems to heal traumatic wounds. He is a sought-after public speaker and trainer, having made hundreds of presentations at national and international conferences. In 2021, his treatment innovations resulted in the publication of Multichannel Eye Movement Integration: The Brain Science Path to Easy and Effective PTSD Treatment. Mike now provides training, consultations and mentoring in this simple but effective PTSD approach through Trauma Counselling & Training of Tucson and Arizona Trauma Institute.