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Judith Landau MD, DPM, LMFT, CFLE, CIP, CAI, CRS, President, Founder of ARISE

Judith Landau, MD, DPM, LMFT, CFLE, CIP, CAI, CRS, President and CEO of Linking Human Systems, LLC, and ARISE® Network, and President of LINC Foundation, Inc., is a child, family and community neuropsychiatrist. A former professor of psychiatry and family medicine, she has devoted her career to developing Evidence-Based, Best Practice collaborative care family and community systems and resilience models. She enjoys overcoming challenging patient, family, business and community issues, and unraveling complex systems. Dr. Landau has consulted with addiction and mental health treatment centers, mental health professionals, consultants, organizations and interventionists around the world. Former professor of Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania, Psychiatry and Family Medicine at the University of Rochester, and Senior Consultant to the Trauma Studies Program at NYU and Columbia, Dr. Landau draws upon 40+ years of research and experience aimed at facilitating long-term healing for addicted individuals and their families.

Based on her extensive research into relational resilience, Dr. Landau developed the Evidence-Based, Best-Practice Transitional Family Therapy, the first integrative model of family therapy. She subsequently developed Evidence-Based interventions at individual, family, and community level (coining the term “community resilience”) based on this model. These include: LINC Community Resilience, ARISE Continuing Care with Intervention, a method for engaging and treating addicted individuals and their families, and LIFE, applied to reducing intimate partner violence, STDs/HIV/AIDS, and addiction in inner city and minority women. She took early retirement from her academic position to apply these methods in the “real world.” She has conducted several dozen country and state-wide community interventions, numerous executive and business interventions, and a few thousand individual and family interventions.

Author and co-author of over 200 peer-reviewed publications and books, she has taught in over 100 countries, and trained several thousand trainers, therapists and interventionists in the models. She has been principle investigator on research conducted through WHO, NIDA and NIAAA, SAMHSA and has consulted to UN, WHO, NIMH, NIDA, NIAAA, SAMHSA, CDC & P, numerous national and international universities, and several international governments including Argentina, South Africa, Hungary, Brazil, Taiwan, all the countries in the former Yugoslavia (most recently Kosovo), Brazil, and to a United States Congressional Committee on the prevention of the consequences of mass disaster.

A Senior Fulbright Fellow, and 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. She is past president of the International Family Therapy Association (IFTA) and has served on numerous editorial boards, and national and international association boards.

Dr. Landau continues to explore the interface of trauma, resilience and addiction and its impact on mental and physical health by identifying trauma that spans generations. Her current presentations and TEDX talk, “Family Stories, Secrets and Survival,” focus on family resilience, trauma, addiction, behavioral health, mental illness, and collaborative care. She is an Isangoma or traditional African healer and a member of 4 Winds Indigenous Healers, committed to bridging traditional wisdom and western science.  Download Dr. Landau’s full CV.

Pamela R. L. Lessing MSLS, CAI, CRS, Executive Vice President, Director of Creative Media and Travel

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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.

Gale Saler, LCPC, CRC-MAC, CIP, CAI-II Senior ARISE® Trainer, ARISE® Supervisor, Director of ARISE® Consulting

Gale Saler, LCPC, CRC-MAC, CAI, CIP, is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in the State of Maryland, is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor and Master Addiction Counselor as approved by the Commission for the Certification of Rehabilitation Counselors and the National Council of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors, respectively, and is approved through the Pennsylvania Certification Board as a Certified Intervention Professional.

She received her B.A. in psychology from The American University and her Masters degree in education/rehabilitation from George Washington University in Washington D.C. Gale has worked in the addiction, mental health and rehabilitation field for over 30 years, during which time she has developed, opened and operated some of the most effective treatment and recovery programs in the region. Her experience includes working with adolescents, young adults and adults, including those who are adjudicated and/or have co-occurring mental health or behavioral issues.

Gale is a Certified Intervention Professional specializing in ARISE® invitational interventions. These interventions emphasize and build on the strength and love which exists in the family system to assist the individual to accept help and enter treatment. She brings extensive experience in assessment and treatment placement to her intervention work. She is also a national trainer and supervisor for the ARISE® model.

As a life coach, Gale has been at the forefront of modifying the model and developing a program of recovery coaching. She is dedicated to developing the necessary resources to help her clients build the foundation for a lasting recovery.

Gale is an active advocate for prevention, treatment and recovery. She served as President of the Maryland Addiction Directors Council for six years and currently serves as President Emeritus. In 2013 Gale was presented a Governor’s Citation in recognition of her advocacy on behalf of the citizens of Maryland, as well as the Excellence in Leadership Award from the State Associations for Addiction Services. Click here for CV.

Taynay Cameron, ARISE® Coordinator

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Joyce Griffin, ARISE® Coordinator

Joyce has 25+ years working in healthcare and 6 years instructional design/education & training. She received her BS & MS in Radiologic Science from Midwestern State University, MAA in Healthcare Administration/Organizational Development from the University of the Incarnate Word, & M.Ed. from Wayland Baptist University. She considers herself a lifetime learner & am passionate about patient education, volunteering, & helping the underserved. She volunteers for Hospice & the American Cancer Society.

Yoda Woods, Administrative Assistant

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Megen Naudé, Director of Digital Marketing

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