Nancy K. Bohl-Penrod, Ph.D. is a Psychotherapist and trainer, who holds a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology and a Masters Degree in Counseling/Education. She is the founder and director of The Counseling Team International (TCTI), which is also, The Southern California Critical Incident Stress Management Team. Nancy began her career by receiving her Masters Degree in Counseling/Education from the California State University San Bernardino and by also receiving her Marriage and Family Therapy license(MN19924). After working for many years, she decided to go back to school and received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology. Nancy is one of the past presidents of the International Association of Police Chiefs Psychological Services Section(IACP/PSS) and is presently the Vice-President of the National Sheriffs Association Psychological Services Section(NSA/PSS). She is one of the founders of the Public Safety Peer Support Association (PSPSA) a non-profit organization that helps train public safety personnel peer supporters. Dr.Bohl-Penrod is the project manager for the DEA’s worldwide Behavioral Health and Wellness program.
She is a member of the American Association of Suicidology (AAS). Nancy is a certified Master Trainer for the QPR Institute focusing on Suicide Prevention and Intervention for first responders. She is also a certified trainer for the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation (ICISF), ICEMA for Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT), Peace Officer and Standard in Training (POST) and Standards and Training for Corrections (STC). She is an adjunct professor in the Criminal Justice Departments for Riverside and San Bernardino Valley Community Colleges. She has been a frequent guest speaker for the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC), the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Academies, California State Sheriffs Association (CSSA), California Police Chiefs Association (CPCA) and for the California Fire Chiefs Association (CFCA). Dr. Bohl-Penrod is certified in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), which is a technique she uses to help trauma survivors. Dr. Bohl-Penrod is known for her 5-day Basic Peer Support and Critical Incident Stress Management training that The Counseling Team International has taught to over 12,000 first responders throughout the United States and Canada. Nancy’s personal experience over the years has allowed her to develop a personal approach to helping first responder families by providing “Significant Other Survival” (SOS) training. Nancy has been a big supporter of 911 operators, and in 1993 started a Behavioral Health and wellness program specifically geared towards them. She was also a guest speaker at the United Nations for their law enforcement.
Nancy has responded to more than 1,000 critical incidents in her career. Some of the major incidents she has responded to, are the ATF incident in Waco, Texas, the TWA Flight 800 disaster in Long Island, New York, the Typhoon disaster in Guam and the Alaska Air Disaster in Los Angeles. She led a team of Mental Health Professionals in assisting those severely impacted by the Terrorist Attacks in New York. While in New York she was sent by the FBI to the Pentagon to provide her services. Her team responded to the California Wildfires of 2003 and they assisted the U.S. Forest Service in the loss of Engine 57 firefighters in the Esperanza Fire of 2006. More recently her team’s services were used for the Big Bear Manhunt (Dorner Case), the Los Angeles International Airport TSA shooting, Seal Beal Beauty Salon shooting, assisted the U.S. Forest Service with the loss of three firefighters in Washington State and recent San Bernardino Terrorist Attack at Inland Regional Center.
Over the past twenty years Nancy has developed over fifty public safety wellness divisions for departments of all sizes through her public safety “Employee Support Services” program. Dr. Bohl-Penrod has written numerous articles and book chapters focusing on mental health issues for police and fire personnel. She recently was on the team who has created an APP to guide public safety peer supporters and supervisors in their endeavor to help each other.
Shonna Hill, Psy.D. is a psychological assistant (PSB94023090) under the supervision of Kathleen Wellbrock, Ph.D. (PSY17906). Shonna received her doctoral degree in Clinical Forensic Psychology from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Dr. Hill has 14 years of law enforcement experience working in several divisions, which included patrol, high risk entry teams, and task force assignments. She has extensive experience working with military veterans in the reintegration process as they make the mental transition back from war. Her work with veterans also includes facilitating veteran groups on anger management and coping skills. Dr. Hill’s research on the impact of social support on an officer’s willingness to report suicidal ideations was selected for presentation at the International Conference & Summit on Violence, Abuse & Trauma. In addition, Dr. Hill created the Perceived Support of Suicide Ideation Scale which has been implemented during her extensive research on social support factors of law enforcement officers. Her professional experience has focused on the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, anxiety, grief, and loss. She is currently a part of the TCTI’s 24hr Critical Incident Stress Management team, responding to various types of critical incidents including the most recent San Bernardino terrorist attack. Dr. Hill is passionate about arming public safety personnel in law enforcement with the appropriate emotional and mental tools to live out a balanced and safe life, both personally and professionally. Shonna currently provides services out of the Brea and San Bernardino offices./div>