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Featured Speaker:
Richard G. Tedeschi, PhD
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Richard Tedeschi, Ph.D. is Professor Emeritus in the Department of  Psychological Science at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and Distinguished Chair of the Boulder Crest Institute for Posttraumatic Growth, in Bluemont, Virginia, where he has been one of the developers of the Warrior PATHH program based on posttraumatic growth principles. He has published several books and numerous professional articles on posttraumatic growth, an area of research that he developed that examines personal transformations in the aftermath of traumatic life events. Dr. Tedeschi serves as a consultant to the American Psychological Association on trauma and resilience, is a Fellow of the Division of Trauma Psychology and the Division of Psychotherapy, and is Past President of the North Carolina Psychological Association.

Conference Speakers:
David Kahn, PhD, LPCS

David Kahn is the past President of the South Carolina Clinical Mental Health Counselors Association. He provides professional seminars and workshops for a variety of mental health professionals, employee trainings for area businesses, as well as the South Carolina Department of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Services. He travels nation-wide to provide trainings and workshops for professional counselors as well as corporate entities interested in improving employee mental health, safety, and satisfaction. David opened his private practice, The Counseling Center of Florence, LLC.  He holds a PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision from the University of South Carolina, Masters of Agency Counseling from the North Carolina A&T University, and his Bachelor of Science in Psychology degree from Western Carolina University. He is both a Licensed Professional Counselor and Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor. 

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Jill Ilagan is a licensed clinical psychologist who works primarily with adolescents and adults around issues of personal empowerment and growth. She has been a therapist in private practice in Charleston, SC for the past 12 years, where she specializes in treating folks who struggle with disordered eating and body image concerns. Since earning her doctorate in Clinical Psychology, she has worked at many of the local colleges in varying roles including therapist, adjunct faculty, and director of disabilities services.  She serves occasionally as adjunct faculty in The Citadel’s Psychology - Clinical Counseling graduate program and provides corporate wellness presentations throughout the state. On a more personal note, she is a self-described outdoor enthusiast and enjoys stand up paddle boarding, biking, and camping. She lives with her husband, Guy, and their dog, Dottie, in the West Ashley area of Charleston. 

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Nicole Deems Ed.S., LMFT, CSS, RYT

Nicole S. Deems, Ed.S., LMFT, CCS, RYT was raised in North Carolina and received an undergraduate degree in psychology from the University of South Carolina where she returned for a graduate degree in counselor education, specializing in marriage and family therapy. Nicole has worked with LRADAC, one of the leading substance use treatment centers in the Midlands of South Carolina, since 2006 and in private practice. Nicole’s clinical experience has been in providing treatment services to children, adolescents, adults, and families in areas related to general mental health, substance use disorders, trauma, and family systems. Nicole also currently provides training and clinical supervision. She is passionate about health and wellness and believes that healing occurs best with connection and intention. She is trained as a 200-hour Registered Yoga Teacher as a way to incorporate wellness into treatment. Nicole sees her work as improving the lives of individuals and as well as building stronger, healthier communities.

Jill Crossgrove, LPC, LPC/S, LAC, CCS

For the last 25 years I have had the privilege of walking with individuals and families through some of their most difficult times; trusted with their personal stories and pain. But through these journeys, I have witnessed miracles of growth and healing.

I specialize in the treatment of addiction and various mental health issues; such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder and PTSD. I have special interest in working with those who have experienced trauma or have been impacted by another person's addictive behaviors and/or mental illness.