ABOUT THE SPEAKERS
R. Benyamin Cirlin, LCSW
has been practicing psychotherapy for thirty six years. Benyamin’s early career included psychiatric work with children, teens and adults. For the last twenty eight years he has worked as a part time manager of the bereavement and social work departments at New York City hospices affiliated with Beth Israel Medical Center and the Visiting Nurse Service. He has also served as Executive Director of the Center for Loss and Renewal (www.lossandrenewal.com), a group private practice specializing in life transition therapy. Benyamin has presented lectures across the United States and at international conferences on topics related to grief and loss, with particular emphasis on the impact of death on the working professional.
Emily Crawford, PhD
is a licensed psychologist at Burrell Behavioral Health. She earned her doctorate at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, and she completed her internship and post-doctoral residency at Harry S Truman VA Hospital, where she specialized in Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and traumatic brain injury. She is particularly interested in promoting resilience among trauma survivors, in addition to collaborative psychological assessments that highlight clients’ strengths. Dr. Crawford has published research on various aspects of trauma including interpersonal schemas related to child emotional abuse, meaning making and child abuse, spirituality and resilience, risk perception and drug-facilitated sexual assault, and prevention of sexual assault perpetration. She currently provides assessment and counseling services for a variety of adult clients at Burrell Behavioral Health, and teaches graduate courses in assessment at Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri.
Gary June, PsyD
is a 2002 doctoral graduate of Forest Institute of Professional Psychology and has been a Psychological Health Service Provider in both private practice and Community Mental Health since. He began utilizing mindfulness based practices in group therapy as a psychology intern and resident with Smoky Mountain Counseling Center in North Carolina in 2001-2003 within the context of DBT’s Core Mindfulness module. Shortly afterward, noticing the impact mindfulness and meditation can have on the individual, he began his own personal practice of mindfulness and mindful meditation through self-study, course work and Vipassana meditation retreats. Since, his professional endeavors have incorporated mindfulness in one way or another in most of his therapeutic mediations and he is also a daily practitioner of the practices himself. His goal is to develop a Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction program at Burrell Behavioral Health modeled after the program created by Jon Kabat-Zinn at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center.
William Robison, PsyD
is a 1983 graduate of Eureka College where he majored in Psychology and Philosophy & Religion. He attended Lexington Theological Seminary and received his Master of Divinity degree in 1986. Following his graduation, Dr. Robison was ordained by Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and he became the Pastor of the Central Christian Church of Havana, Illinois where he served for four years. In the fall of 1992, Dr. Robison completed a two year training program in Clinical Pastoral Education and Marriage & Family Therapy sponsored by the Pastoral Care Department of Elmhurst Memorial Hospital. He was licensed as Marriage & Family Therapist in the state of Illinois in June of 1994. Dr. Robison completed his internship in Clinical Psychology at Charter Beacon Behavioral Health Center of Fort Wayne, Indiana and received his Doctorate in Clinical Psychology in an American Psychological Association approved program at the Illinois School of Professional Psychology — Meadows Campus in 1998. Dr. Robison completed his Post-doctoral clinical residency at Alternative Behavior Treatment Centers in Mundelein, IL, and in June of 2000 he began as a Staff Psychologist at Indian Oaks Academy receiving his license as a Clinical Psychologist in December of that year. In January of 2001, Dr. Robison was promoted to Senior Psychologist at Indian Oaks Academy, a position he held for 7 years. He also was the Permanent Part-time Pastor of Immanuel’s United Church of Christ of Papineau, IL. Dr. Robison was recognized as a Health Service Provider in Psychology by the National Registry of Health Service Providers in Psychology in May of 2002. He received Dual Partner Standing in the United Church of Christ in September of 2004. He was recognized as an Approved Supervisor by the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy in April of 2005. In 2007, Dr. Robison migrated to Springfield, Missouri to take a teaching position with Forest Institute of Professional Psychology and taught on the staff there for 5 years. He was promoted to Associate Professor by Forest Institute in 2008, and served as the Director of the Marriage and Family Therapy training program beginning in 2009. He was elected Faculty President in 2010. He subsequently shifted his focus back to clinical work in June of 2012, when he took a position as a clinical provider and Psychologist with Burrell Behavioral Health Centers of Springfield. With 27 years of experience providing psychotherapy services, Dr. Robison is an expert in the areas of Spirituality and Psychotherapy; Grief and Loss; ADHD in children, adolescents, and adults; Bipolar and Borderline Personality Disorders in Adolescents; and Juvenile Sex Offender treatment. Dr. Robison continues to teach continuing education programs and occasionally serves as an Adjunct Professor teaching Marriage and Family Therapy courses, Professional Ethics, and Relationship & Interview courses. Dr. Robison is an amateur herpetologist; a model Ferrouequineologist; loves music and plays the guitar. He is married to Laura, his wife of 29 years. He is an official “North-sider” of Springfield, and has five cats.
Paul Thomlinson, PhD
is a licensed psychologist with specialties in organizational, clinical, and experimental psychology, and serves as a Vice President for Burrell Behavioral Health. He obtained bachelor’s degrees in psychology and sociology from Southwest Baptist University, and went on to earn the M.A. degree in General/Experimental Psychology, and the Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology, both from the University of Southern Mississippi. Subsequently, Dr. Thomlinson completed a post-doctoral respecialization in Clinical Psychology and holds the license to practice as a psychologist in the state of Missouri. He has been on the faculties of several universities and graduate schools, including Union University, Webster University, SBU, Forest Institute of Professional Psychology, the University of Phoenix, and Central Michigan University, and is a regular contributor to the professional psychological literature and to national and international conferences. He has been the architect and chief grant writer responsible for nearly $60 million in funding for the Springfield area, with a special focus on children’s mental health services. Dr. Thomlinson has been a passionate supporter of community mobilization around issues of homelessness, having written $2 million in grants to support services for homeless individuals and families especially impacted by co-occurring mental illness and substance abuse. Other community service interests include advocacy for the economically disadvantaged and victims of violent crimes through his long-term service on the board of directors of Community Partnership and The Victim Center. Some of his other interests include playing guitar, singing, songwriting, recording, traveling almost anywhere, mountain hiking, reading, and watching great movies.
Jillon S. Vander Wal, PhD
is a Licensed Psychologist, Director of Clinical Training, Professor of Psychology, and Director of the Eating and Weight Studies Lab at Saint Louis University in the APA accredited clinical psychology doctoral training program. Dr. Vander Wal’s clinical areas of expertise include the evidence-based treatment of various forms of psychopathology, particularly disorders of eating, depression, and anxiety as well as the promotion of health behavior change. She provides clinical services in the Psychological Services Center at Saint Louis University. Dr. Vander Wal also teaches cognitive behavioral interventions, psychometric theory, and abnormal psychology and supervises graduate and undergraduate research and clinical practicums. Her program of research addresses the assessment, development, and treatment of disorders of eating, weight regulation, and health practices. She provides service to the clinical psychology program, the department of psychology, and the university institutional review board, and serves as a reviewer for a number of professional journals.