2020 Featured speakers

We are honored to have three incredible featured speakers confirmed for April 2020 with more lined up. Stay tuned for additional announcement for this exciting event!


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Dr. Sue Johnson

Dr. Sue Johnson is an author, clinical psychologist, researcher, professor, popular presenter and speaker and a leading innovator in the field of couple therapy and adult attachment. Sue is the primary developer of Emotionally Focused Couples and Family Therapy (EFT), which has demonstrated its effectiveness in over 30 years of peer-reviewed clinical research.

Sue Johnson is founding Director of the International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy and Distinguished Research Professor at Alliant University in San Diego, California, as well as Professor Emeritus, Clinical Psychology, at the University of Ottawa, Canada.

Dr. Johnson has received a variety of awards acknowledging her development of EFT and her significant contribution to the field of couple and family therapy and adult attachment. Sue has been appointed as a Member of the Order of Canada, the country’s highest civilian honor recognizing outstanding achievement, dedication to the community and service to Canada. In 2016, she was named Psychologist of the Year by APA, and has been honored by AAMFT for her Outstanding Contribution to the Field of Couple and Family Therapy.

As author of the best-selling book: Hold Me Tight, Seven Conversations for a Lifetime of Love, Sue Johnson has created for the general public, a self-help version of her groundbreaking research about relationships – how to enhance them, how to repair them and how to keep them.

Her most recent book, Love Sense, The Revolutionary New Science of Romantic Relationships outlines the new logical understanding of why and how we love – based on new scientific evidence and cutting-edge research.

Sue trains counselors in EFT worldwide and consults to the 50 international institutes and affiliated centers who practice EFT.

She lives in Ottawa with her husband. She adores Argentine tango and kayaking on Canada’s northern lakes.


Chris Foreman, MSSW

Chris Foreman, MSSW, became a member of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) in 2009 when she was selected as one of the five sites in the US to pilot Caring for Children Who Have Experienced Trauma; A Workshop for Resource Parents curriculum.  She has since gone on to develop Trauma Informed Parenting trainings and implementation coaching for agencies across the Midwest and beyond.  In her home state of Wisconsin, a 72 county run child welfare system, she was the lead trainer for Tier 3 of the WI Trauma Project, an initiative designed to increase the awareness of the impact of trauma exposure by case workers, resource parents and birth families resulting in more trauma responsive parenting and child welfare practice across the state.

Chris is currently a Liaison for the National Center for Child Traumatic Stress (NCCTS) co-located at UCLA and Duke Universities.  Her job duties include consultation, resource brokering, facilitating collaborative connections, and technological assistance to a complex network of NCTSN organizational members and consumers of NCTSN resources.  Chris remains an active trainer for trauma sensitive schools, a coach in systems change processes and an adjunct lecturer in trauma informed evidence based practices.

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Dr. John Sullivan

Dr. Sullivan is one of the original developers of the Family Centered Treatment model and is the Founder of both the Institute for Family Centered Services and the not-for-profit FCT Foundation.  For the past 30 years, strengthening families within their communities has been a professional driving force for John. His work continues to focus on the elimination of unnecessary out of home placements for children and family members. 

John’s  bachelors, masters, and doctoral studies all involved a blend of clinical studies, organization psychology, and business courses. His academic focus has always been  on finding the best ways to create systems change at all levels.

From 1989 to 2011, John helped to lead the development of a private national system of care. This agency, The Institute for Family Centered Services, focused on serving populations that appeared resistant to traditional services.  As a result, John along with colleagues, were motivated  to develop effective and pragmatic partnerships with families and community support systems. that led to the development of the FCT model. From this Practice-based Evidence evolved the FCT model, and was the foundation for John’s doctoral research and the the numerous research initiatives that continue to grow.  John’s experiences in nursing, as a therapeutic house parent, a peer group therapist, residential treatment program director, and national consultant have kept his leadership grounded. In all positions he always paid constant attention to the point of service delivery. 

In addition to his work promoting FCT, he has started businesses in other fields such as solar energy, management consulting, and motorsports. He is currently involved in  auto racing and instructing (with his wife Melonie), volunteering on various Boards, outdoor sports, travel, and spiritual studies.