Refresh Mental Health has expert speakers and clinical leaders available for keynote addresses and customized presentations and trainings for schools, businesses and professional associations. Refresh speakers routinely present at organizations such as the National Alliance on Mental Illness, The Family Institute at Northwestern University, the Bolles School and state branches of the American Counseling Association.
Sarah Y. Vinson, M.D. is a triple-board certified Child & Adolescent, Adult and Forensic psychiatrist. She is the Founder of the Lorio Psych Group, the Founder and Principal Consultant of Lorio Forensics and the Founder and Senior Editor of OurselvesBlack. She holds faculty appointments at two medical schools; is the co-editor of two texts - Social (In)Justice and Mental Health (APA publishing In Press) and Pediatric Mental Health for Primary Care Providers; and has authored chapters on resilience, media and children’s mental health, social determinants of children’s mental health, child trauma, and mental health clinician advocacy. She has been a keynote speaker on topics such as Racism in Medicine for medical audiences and an invited plenary speaker on topics such as the Trauma to Prison Pipeline for legal ones.
Dr. Vinson has contributed to national media such as the PBS Newshour, The Guardian and Washington Times. In addition to numerous local CME, CEU and CLE events, she has been an invited speaker at national conferences such as the American Psychiatric Association and School Based Health Alliance meetings as well as at multiple national CLE conferences. Dr. Vinson’s professional experiences enable her to deliver engaging, tailored, relevant content about a variety of clinical conditions as well as topics such as bias, trauma-informed care, and social justice and mental health to medical, mental health, legal and community audiences.
Topic list - Social justice and mental health; diversity equity and inclusion; cultural humility in mental health; structural humility in mental health; trauma-informed care and systems; youth mental health and media; trauma; racism and mental health; pediatric integrated care; topics available upon request; ADHD; black mental health.
Dr. Carter is a psychotherapist and speaker who currently serves as the Director of Pastoral Care and Education at Perspectives Counseling Centers. As Director of Pastoral Care, Dr. Carter conducts highly-informative seminars and workshops for pastors and other church leaders to better equip them for meeting the psychological and spiritual needs of their congregations. In addition, Dr. Carter has also presented at numerous schools and community conferences on mental health issues ranging from academic achievement and motivation to depression and suicide. Furthermore, Dr. Carter has made several guest appearances on the radio program Family Life Perspectives (103.5 FM) discussing such topics as spiritual abuse, shame, anxiety, and grief. Podcasts of her radio programs can be found here.
Steve Gold is the Chief Executive Officer of Refresh Mental Health. Previously, Steve previously was a co-founder and CEO of Crestview Capital Partners LLC, which owned and operated several outpatient mental health centers. Prior to Crestview, he was a co-founder, Director and Vice President of corporate development for RiverMend Health, a multi-site national behavioral health company. With a background in law, Steve was the General Counsel and/or consultant to many medical technology and healthcare companies. Prior to his business and counsel roles, he was a practicing attorney as a Deputy Solicitor General for the State of Florida and a Staff Attorney for Justice Wells at the Florida Supreme Court. Steve is an avid speaker on topics related to private equity, venture capital, business formation, business of behavioral health, bioethics, medicine and the law.
Dr. Geoffrey Kanter is the founder of Comprehensive MedPsych Systems. He is a civil forensic neuropsychologist, double board-certified in adult and pediatric neuropsychology and the Executive Director of the American Board of Professional Neuropsychology. He is an expert in traumatic brain injury and neurorehab. An experienced presenter, Dr. Kanter has been a keynote speaker for many organizations including the American Psychological Association; sample video here.
Joyce Marter has been a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor since 1998 and is the founder of Urban Balance. An impassioned advocate for mental health, Joyce has served two terms as President of the Illinois Mental Health Counselors Association, is a Past-President of the Illinois Counseling Association and is the Midwest Region Chair of the American Counseling Association. She is routinely consulted as a mental health expert in the media, by outlets such as CNN, the Wall Street Journal, and U.S. News & World Report. A member of the National Speakers Association, Joyce has over 15 years experience as a public speaker providing corporate and continuing education trainings, workplace wellness seminars, webinars and keynote addresses. She has spoken for Fortune 500 companies such as Oracle, Siemens and Dover and has been contracted as a keynote speaker for the American Counseling Association and several state branches. Among other topics, Joyce loves to present on “The Psychology of Success”, an overview of principles that lead to inner peace, work/life balance and true prosperity. To view sample video, click here.
Kevin Polky is Founder and Executive Director of KP Counseling, President of Four Corners Wellness Center and Founder and Executive Director of the Young Adult Mental Health Awareness Council (Shatter Our Silence). Having worked in the counseling profession since 1990, Kevin is an expert in mental health, addiction recovery and health and wellness. He is a licensed clinical social worker, certified alcohol and drug counselor, certified school social worker, executive coach, former football and strength coach and personal trainer. He has been a speaker, consultant and mental health advocate for businesses, schools and churches since 2001. In addition to speaking about a variety of topics related to mental and physical health, Kevin is passionate about educating young adults, their parents and the professionals working with them about the factors that lead to young adult suicide through his “Shatter Our Silence”talks.
Kevin has spoken at state, national and international conferences on suicide awareness and techniques and strategies working with at-risk students. He has written or co-authored four different leadership programs: Working with Disruptive Students I and II (32 hrs.), Solution-Focused Safety Program (developing a safety culture within a manufacturing/industrial environment – 32 hrs.), Striving for Excellence (developing a culture of excellence within the industrial environment – 16 hrs.), Impact of Young Adult Suicide and What We Can Do — 6 hrs., Developing Resilience-Failing Forward and Self Care for the Provider/Educator.
LCSW-C, LICSW, CEDS
Andrew Walen is the founder and Executive Director of The Body Image Therapy Center. He is a psychotherapist, author, speaker, and advocate in the eating disorders field, with particular expertise in males with eating disorders. Andrew currently serves as President of the board of directors for the National Association for Males with Eating Disorders (NAMED), and is a past founding board member of the Binge Eating Disorder Association (BEDA). He has appeared on The Today Show, was featured in The New York Times, USA Today, Men’s Health, and many other national media outlets. His book Man Up to Eating Disorders, which is a memoir and self-help book directed at males with eating disorders, was published May 2014, and was featured in the Gurze Catalog. In addition, he has authored numerous articles and presented workshops at national and international eating disorder conferences.