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CNTP Staff

CNTP Advisory Board 


Dan Dulberger, RMFT-SM (Founder, Executive Director)

Dan is founder and director of the Center for NVR Therapy and Practice. A systemic therapist, a counselling therapist and a counsellor in NVR interventions, Dan is internationally acknowledged as an instructor and innovator in the Non-Violent Resistance therapy approach, as well as in NVR interventions with families of non-emerging adult children with entrenched dependence. His professional activities include clinical work with families in crises, consulting to mental health organizations, training, supervision, authoring, teaching and speaking, in Canada, in Europe and in Israel. Dan teaches and supervises at the University of Calgary’s Post-Masters Certificate and Diploma in Couple and Family Therapy and is formerly a staff member of the Calgary Family Therapy Center. In 2010 Dan founded the Israeli Clinic for Parental Empowerment, together with Haim Omer. Dan holds an M.A. degree in Psychology from the Tel-Aviv University, is a graduate of SHINUI (the Israeli Institute for Systemic Studies, Family and Personal Change), and was personally trained by Haim Omer in the NVR approach. Dan is certified by the Israeli (CCFT), Canadian (CAMFT) and American (AAMFT) Associations for Marital and Family Therapy, and by the Association of Counseling Therapists of Alberta (ACTA). He is also accredited as a Practitioner and Supervisor by the UK Association of NVR Practice (UK)


Dr. Peter Jakob (Partner, Co-director)

With a background in social work, Peter has worked as Clinical Psychologist and Family Therapist in both CAMHS and Adult Mental Health for over 37 years, specialising in children and families involved with child protection. He has in-depth knowledge of treating trauma as the after-effect of childhood maltreatment, as well as extensive experience in providing therapy for parents’ mental health problems. Peter has introduced Nonviolent Resistance to the UK. He has adapted the approach for heavily traumatised, multi-stressed families, and his work with looked-after children has inspired him to develop a child focus in NVR. Peter is a prolific national and international presenter.  Aiming to develop collaborative working relationships in which dialogue can flourish and service users’ experience and perspectives are centred in conversation, Peter considers social awareness as a cornerstone of engaged therapeutic practice.


Mary-Jo Land, RP (Partner, Co-director)

Mary-Jo is a Registered Psychotherapist specializing in supporting and enhancing attachment in children, bonding in parents and resolution of early losses, trauma and neglect in children. In her work with parents, adoptive parents, foster parents and their children, she uses Dyadic Developmental Therapy, Child and Family Play Therapy and Sensorimotor Psychotherapy. Mary-Jo provides training and consultation in developmental trauma and refugee trauma. Currently, Mary-Jo is a member of the board of directors of Adopt4Life and is a member of the National Consortium on Aggression Towards Family and Caregivers in Childhood and Adolescence (AFCCA).  When We Are Very Young, is a video podcast series on attachment, trauma and parenting. She wrote Caring Together, a guide for parents, foster parents and adoptive parents  to assist all parents in reducing losses by maintaining connections for children in care. As co-author of Journey of Peace, Mary-Jo worked in Afghanistan to assist in the implementation of this peace building through mental health curriculum. Mary-Jo lives in Grey County, Ontario and has a virtual private practice. 

Dr. Lauren Birks, RMFT, RSW (Academic Lead, 2025 NVR-NA conference coordinator))

Lauren K. Birks, (she/her) is a practicing systemic therapist and registered social worker who is actively interested in exploring the ways in which our lives experience informs the human experience of relating with others. She is also a sitting member of the Alberta cancer research ethics board and Editor of the Canadian Association for Marriage & Family Therapy’s new journal, Participator. Lauren holds a PhD. and a Master's degree in social work from the University of Calgary and a Masters degree in health administration from the Universiy of British Columbia.    


Dr. Sally St. George (Advisory board member)

Sally St. George is a Professor Emerita in the Faculty of Social Work at the University of Calgary. Practicing marriage and family therapy for the last 30 years, she is dedicated to creating and utilizing social constructionist practices and NVR principles in her work with families. A career long teacher, Sally has made her classroom a hub for the integration of practice, research, and reflection. Sally serves on the Boards of Directors for the Taos Institute and Global Partnership for Transformative Social Work. She is also a Senior Editor of The Qualitative Report, an open-access online interdisciplinary journal which is committed to creating a learning community of writers and reviewers to present solid, interesting, and novel works of qualitative inquiry. She presents locally and globally on practicing clinical social work and family therapy, as well as conducting qualitative research. Sally and her husband/colleague, Dan Wulff, have developed an approach to practitioner research called Research As Daily Practice and have lead numerous projects merging research and practice to learn more effective ways to help clients. Now they are extending their practice to consult on “impossible cases” for practitioners from a variety of disciplines.


Dr. Daniel Wulff (Advisory board member)

I am a Professor Emeritus in the Faculty of Social Work at the University of Calgary. I have been a family therapist for more than 40 years in Calgary and in the United States. In my professional therapy and academic careers I have focused on the intersections of research, theory, and practice as well the intersections between communities and individuals. NVR has been a welcome set of ideas that blends nonviolent resistance with therapeutic practice in ways that connect “macro” and “micro” levels—an elegant and generative form of social work practice. Since 2018, my wife, Sally St. George, and I have been eagerly spreading the word about NVR to all our colleagues and students. The potential applications of the ideas of NVR are limitless in all helping professions.

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Dr. Monica Sesma Vazquez (Advisory board member)

Monica is a Mexican Mestiza cisgender social constructionist-oriented family therapist, educator, supervisor, and researcher who lives in the traditional territories of the Niitsitapi (Blackfoot Confederacy) and Treaty 7 region in Southern Alberta, Canada. She works at the Eastside Community Mental Health Services and the Calgary Family Therapy Centre as a therapist, researcher, and supervisor. Monica is an Assistant Professor and the Academic Coordinator of the Couple and Family Therapy Program at the Faculty of Social Work, University of Calgary. Monica is the Director of the International Network in Collaborative-Dialogic Practices. She is currently a Board Member of the Taos Institute and the Canadian Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. Her current clinical and research interests focus on relational and systemic work with children and their families, with a special focus on immigrants, refugees, and newcomers’ issues. 


Karina Suero, LMFT (Associate)

Karina is a licensed family therapist (LMFT) a certified Eco Systemic Family Therapist, and one of the very first certified NVR practitioners in the USA. Her practice combines NVR with an attachment-based, trauma-informed approach. She is experienced in family-based, as well as private practice setting. Karina will be supporting the development and adaptation of CNTP’s curriculum in the USA. Karina studied family therapy at the Philadelphia Child and Family Training Center and holds a degree in medicine from the Unversidad Autonoma de Madrid, Spain.


Dr. Christoph Göttl, MD (Instructor)

Dr. Christoph Göttl is a child and youth psychiatrist and psychotherapist with specialization in trauma therapy. He is an inspirational trainer, coach, supervisor and presenter in trauma-informed child care and therapy. Christoph developed the Neuro De-escalation concept. He and his dedicated team is teaching this approach in Austria, Germany, Switzerland, UK and Belgium. Always striving for integration and further development, they founded the international movement NeuroDeescalation in collaboration with NVR, the Psychology of Nonviolent Resistance.


Christoph acquired his professional status as child and youth psychiatrist 2010 at the Child and Youth Psychiatry in Graz, Austria. He is a certified psychotherapist on psychodynamic Guided Imagery since 2010 and finished his systemic family therapy training in 2017. Christoph specialized in Enactive Traumatherapy by Ellert Nijenhuis from the Netherlands and is practitioner of EMDR for adults, child and youth. He integrates methods from Compassion Focused Therapy and NVR psychology. Christoph started his professional development as General practitioner in 2004.

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