Judith Landau MD, DPM, LMFT, CFLE, CIP, CAI
President, Founder of ARISE
Judith Landau, MD, DPM, LMFT, CFLE, CIP, CAI is a child, family, and community neuropsychiatrist and former professor of psychiatry and family medicine, who has spent many years studying resilience and overcoming adversity. Dr. Landau is also an isangoma or traditional African healer. Co-developer of the Evidence-Based, Best Practice ARISE Continuum of Care, Dr. Landau draws 40+ years of research and experience aimed at facilitating long-term healing for addicted individuals and their families. Author of over 200 publications, she has taught in 100+ countries, trained more than 2000 Certified ARISE Interventionists, been principle investigator on research conducted through WHO, NIDA and NIAAA, SAMHSA and has consulted to UN, WHO, NIMH, NIDA, NIAAA, SAMHSA, and several international governments. A Fellow of Orthopsychiatry, Association, AAMFT and NCFR, she is the recipient of awards for AAMFT’s Outstanding Contribution to the Field of Marriage and Family Therapy and AFTA’s Innovative Contribution to Family Therapy. Currently recognized as a global addiction and trauma pioneer, Dr. Landau continues to change the future of addiction and its interface with mental health by identifying trauma that spans generations. Her recent TEDX talk, Family Stories, Secrets and Survival, has become legendary and is one of the most sought-after presentations on the subjects of family resilience, trauma, and addiction. Steadily working on her long awaited personal memoir, Dr. Landau continues to be used by the national media as an expert on all stories relating to human behavior.
Pamela R. L. Lessing
Vice President for Creative Media and Travel
Pamela R. L. Lessing is currently the Director of Creative Media and Travel of Linking Human Systems. She is a director of the LINC Foundation and President and CEO of Chilin Resources, a company involved in financial and business consultation to individuals, educational and cultural non-profit organizations, and museums. Ms Lessing is a director of The Colorado Film Institute and on the Advisory Board of Game Creek Club, Vail Colorado.
Ms. Lessing is the Official photographer of the International Family Therapy Association and administers the organization’s photographic web site. She is also author of the series: The First Week …; A Basic Guide for… (Washington, D.C.: Capital Books, Inc.) and other technical and educational manuals and books.
Ms. Lessing is a graduate of the University of Rochester (BA) and the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill (MSinLS). As Deputy Librarian at the American Society of International Law in Washington, D.C., she administered the second largest international law library in the United States. She then worked for the education department of the National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution. During this period, she served for four years as NASM’s representative to the Smithsonian Education Volunteer Advisory Board.
In 1983, Ms. Lessing moved to Colorado where she continued her financial consultation business working primarily with individuals and small businesses. Since this time, Ms. Lessing has been appointed an executive officer of two foundations and named to Leadership Boulder of the Boulder Chamber of Commerce. She also was asked to serve on numerous advisory boards and their executive committees, including the Women’s Incentive Fund, University of Colorado; the Colorado Music Festival (including two years as treasurer), and the Interfaith Council of Boulder.
In 1991, Ms. Lessing was made a member of the Trustee’s Council, University of Rochester and two years later was appointed as a member of the Visiting Committee of The College. In addition she served as consultant to the Denver Art Museum and the Asian Art Coordinating Council. A year later, Ms. Lessing was made a director of the F.W. Lessing Institute for European History and Culture at Tel Aviv University. It was at this time that her business, Chilin Resources, turned more towards financial administration of small businesses, consultation to non-profit organizations, publishing, and educational workshops.
Ms. Lessing is the mother of two children and resides in Edwards, Colorado. She is an internationally recognized collector of Asian Art and has had several of her collections exhibited nationally and internationally. She is a noted lecturer in the field and has made numerous television and radio appearances. In addition, she is a licensed private pilot (single engine land, single engine sea, glider), scuba diver, sailer, and amateur radio operator. She is an avid skier and she was awarded the International Gold Test Pin in St. Moritz, Switzerland. She is a race official of the FIS and the USSA.
Sarah Hills LPC, CAC III, CIP, CAI
Associate Director, Senior ARISE® Trainer and Senior ARISE® Supervisor
Sarah is a seasoned therapist, addiction counselor, and Certified ARISE Interventionist who has specialized in helping families and individuals in the addiction treatment field in both inpatient and outpatient settings. Her therapeutic approach is very client-centered and she considers herself to be a “reality-based” therapist, utilizing whichever tools seem best suited to helping the client reach their therapeutic goals. Her collective experience has allowed her to intervene with families at many levels and enabled her to work with the myriad of problems that go along with addiction. She is highly adept at helping families with dual-diagnosis.
James Ott LCSW, CIP, CAI
Associate Director of ARISE® Service, Senior ARISE® Trainer, ARISE® Supervisor
James is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Certified ARISE® Interventionist with a practice in Salt Lake City, Utah that focuses on helping individuals and families with mental health and addiction issues. His past experience includes working on an outpatient, residential, and inpatient psychiatric basis. He is a consultant for several addiction treatment facilities to bring them into compliance with Joint Commission accreditation standards. James is currently involved in the State of Utah Policy Implementation and Reform committee, which diverts drug offenders from incarceration to treatment. He also serves as the Board Chair of a non-profit agency that provides scholarships for addicted individuals to receive appropriate treatment. He is currently working toward becoming an ARISE® Trainer and an ARISE® Supervisor.
ARISE® Training Manager, MA
With years of experience in service and academia, Cara comes to the ARISE® Network with many gifts. In the service field, Cara has over 25 years of teaching in alternative healing and human potential curriculum. Areas of service include mediation, restorative justice practice and fund raising for local and national non-profits. Professionally, Cara has served in management, human resources and administrative capacities. Academically, Cara has achieved a B.A in Neuropsychology and a M.A. degree in Communications and Conflict Management. Currently, Cara is the Training Manager for ARISE® Network.
Kelly comes to the ARISE® Network with a background in marketing & design. She holds a B.F.A. in Design & Technology from San Francisco Art Institute. Her current position as the ARISE® Coordinator acts as the interface with all three branches of ARISE® - Training, Service and Content. You can find her helping our interns get set up for supervision, creating fun and informative e-blasts, maintaining our social media, website, and more!