Training Presenters

  • Amy L. Coha, MSW, LCSW

    Amy retired from the University of New England School of Social Work where she was employed for twenty-one years as a Clinical Professor and Director of the MSW Field Education.  Her social work experience includes working with individuals with mental illness and survivors of Intimate Partner Violence.  Coha was Associate Director of the Domestic Violence Project/SAFE House in Ann Arbor, Michigan for 15 years.  In that capacity she was responsible for the shelter program, developed a counseling program for survivors of battering, provided expert testimony on IPV/DV in criminal and civil court cases, and was a subject matter expert for the Michigan Law Enforcement Training Council (MLEOTC). She also provided trainings to law enforcement, judges, probation officers, and magistrates. She continues to provide Expert Witness testimony in criminal cases in Michigan. In Maine she has presented workshops and seminars on intimate partner violence at the Sweetser Training Institute and at a number of agencies throughout the state.  In 2008 Ellen Ridley of Family Crisis Services and Coha received a grant from the Bingham Foundation exploring the experiences of victims/survivors of abuse/battering when seeking mental health counseling. Coha’s work in the field of Intimate Partner Violence/Domestic Violence has included micro, mezzo and macro practice.

    Qualifications

    LCSW

  • Andrew Sokoloff, LMSW

    Andy is the Coordinator of Grief and Bereavement Services at CHANS Home Health & Hospice in Brunswick. He is a graduate of the University of New England School of Social Work and is on the Board of the Maine Hospice Council and Center for End of Life Care. Andy also has a Masters’ in Fine Arts in Theater from Indiana University and later worked at Portland’s Mad Horse Theatre for many years before becoming a social worker. He found that the difference between theater and social work was a lot smaller than he initially thought.

  • Ann Palozzi, Psy.D,

    Dr. Palozzi earned her undergraduate and master’s degrees in education from the University of Maine at Orono. As an educator, Dr. Palozzi worked with children and adolescents addressing a full spectrum of issues and disabilities. She returned to school in Honolulu, Hawaii in the early 1990’s to obtain her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology. While in Hawaii, she was exposed to a multiculturally diverse population and worked as a neuropsychologist through 2017. With over 20 years of experience specializing in neuropsychology, Dr. Palozzi currently serves as a private practitioner in Southern Maine working with a broad spectrum of clients.

  • Ashley Wilock, LICSW, LCSW, CCS

    Ashley is an independently licensed Clinical Social Worker in several states and currently provides substance abuse and mental health counseling in outpatient, residential, and MAT program settings. She is a graduate of the State University of New York, University at Albany. Ashley has worked with all ages in a variety of settings in a clinical and supervisory capacity

  • Brandy Rogers, LCPC, LADC

    Brandy has training primarily in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Motivational Interviewing. Her ongoing study has been focused on how our body and mind influence each other, the brain, exploring our relationships with substances, our relationships with ourselves and others, and violence in relationships. She teaches classes with Violence No More.

  • Cheryl Daly, LCSW, LADC, CCS

    Cheryl earned her MSW from the University of New England, in 2005.  She has over 25 years of experience working in the homeless community in CA, NYC, MA and ME. She has additionally supported individuals living with HIV/AIDS, worked closely with individuals navigating addiction, and assisted individuals in the exploration of their gender identity.   She has worked clinically supporting homeless youth through the Day One Street Program, based out the Preble Street Teen Center, for 16 years. 

  • Dr. Christie Petrenko, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist, researcher and Research Associate Professor at Mt. Hope Family Center, University of Rochester. In addition, she holds faculty appointments within the Departments of Psychology and Pediatrics and is the Director of Clinical Training of the Clinical Psychology Ph.D. Program.

    Dr Petrenko leads a multidisciplinary program on fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD), specializing in improving treatment for people with FASD by utilizing recent technological advances. Her novel interventions include developing a mobile health application, the Families Moving Forward Connect app. The app aims to increase access to care for people with FASD and their families.

    Dr Petrenko has multiple clinical trials underway funded by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA). She also runs an FASD Diagnostic and Evaluation Clinic, FASD Intervention Service, and Family Night Support Program in partnership with medical providers at Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics at the University of Rochester Medical Center.

    Dr Petrenko provides professional training in FASD diagnosis worldwide through her involvement in multidisciplinary research collaborations with both the World Health Organization and Pan-American Health Organization. She holds leadership roles in the field of FASD, including serving as President of the FASD Study Group, Board member of FASD United (formerly the National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome), and field editor of the journal Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research.

  • Christine Linnehan, LCPC, BC-DMT, FT

    Christine has been in private practice for over 20 years and has been a clinical consultant at the Center for Grieving Children since 2004. Christine is certified as a Fellow of Thanatology and is trained in Restorative Retelling, Suicide Bereavement, EMDR, and Creative Arts Therapies. She has a special interest in the impact of suicide loss on children and families.

  • Christine Rogerson, Ph.D.

    Dr. Rogerson graduated from Simmons University in 2021 with a Ph.D. in Social Work and in 2007 with her MSW in Social Work from the University of New England. She has over 13 years of clinical experience working with children, young adults, and families with medical and mental health diagnoses as well as those connected to the child welfare system. Her research interest include child welfare, social work education, and social work practice. She is passionate about social inclusion, kindness, and social justice.

  • Deborah Como-Kepler, PsyD, LCPC, LADC, CCS is a psychotherapist with a private practice in Brunswick Maine with over 30 years of experience.  She is a part time faculty member of the University of Southern Maine and on the faculty of The China America Psychoanalytic Alliance. She developed and implemented a service learning program taking college students, faculty and community members to China to work in orphanages through The University of Southern Maine. Over the 30 years of her experience she has worked with a diversity of clients in a variety of settings including supervising, conducting therapy sessions and teaching in China.

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