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Video Intervention Therapy (VIT)

Judy Adel is the Clinical Director for Child First located in Meriden Connecticut. Judy has a special interest in early childhood and infant mental health. Judy is also working towards becoming a rostered clinician in Child-Parent Psychotherapy.


Morgan Adolfsen er psykologspesialist og jobber i Sarpsborg kommune. Han har et hovedansvar for å utvikle tidlig-intervensjonsprogrammer for gravide rusmiddelavhengige og gravide med psykiske lidelser. Har tidligere jobbet 13,5 år i Spesialisthelsetjenesten, psykisk helsevern for barn og unge.


Rick Amaral, LCSW, ACSW, is the Director of InterCommunity, Inc.’s Outpatient Psychiatric Children’s Clinic, as well as the Director for the Child First program in East Hartford, Connecticut, USA.   As a Child First Director, Rick supervises licensed clinicians in VIT interventions.  Rick has been supervising staff and teaching at local Colleges and Universities for the past 20 years.  Rick is a VIT trainer for the Child First network.


Dr. Kristie Brandt is an internationally known teacher, clinician, and consultant, and directs the Parent-Infant & Child Institute in Napa, CA that provides clinical services for children age 0-5, consultation for parents and providers, and professional training. She is also an Assistance Clinical Professor of Pediatrics V.F. at U.C. Davis School of Medicine, and a Child Trauma Academy Fellow with Dr. Bruce Perry. Brandt is lead editor of the book “Infant & Early Childhood Mental Health: Core Concepts & Clinical Practice”, and an endorsed Infant-Family & Early Childhood Mental Health Specialist. Brandt has been actively using VIT since 2003 in home visits, clinic settings, and supervision sessions, and has attended yearly 3-day trainings with Dr. Downing for over 12 years.


Karen Doyle Buckwalter, MSW, LCSW, Director of  Program Strategy at Chaddock, a multi-service agency providing a range of residential, educational, and community-based services for youth, birth through age 21, and their families.  While at Chaddock, she has been instrumental in the development of an innovative residential program for adolescents, ages 8 – 16, with Attachment Disorders and Developmental Trauma.
One of the only programs of its kind serving older adolescents, Chaddock’s Developmental Trauma and Attachment Program (DTAP) has served youth from 30 different states in the U.S. originating from 11 different countries.  Karen is a Certified Theraplay Therapist, Trainer and Supervisor.


Anne Faugli er godkjent legespesialist i barne- og ungdomspsykiatri Dnlf siden 2001, og har lang erfaring med arbeid med psykisk helse for voksne, barn og unge. De senere årene har hun arbeidet med foreldre til små barn, med fokus på foreldre- barn samspill, utviklingsfremmende omsorg og barnets psykiske helse. Hun har fulgt George Downings VIT-seminarer og har mottatt veiledning fra han siden 2011.


Georgette Quackenbush Harrison is the Training Director for Child First, a national, evidence-based, early childhood home-based intervention.  She trained at Teachers College, Columbia University and obtained a Master of Arts and Master of Education in Counseling Psychology.  Georgette has been trained by George Downing, and she is responsible for training Child First Teams in the use of video as a therapeutic tool, using VIT as the guiding framework.  She also helps train Child First Clinical Directors/Supervisors in the use of video as a supervisory tool.


Christina Lansdown, LMFT, specializes in Infant-Parent and Early Childhood Mental Health and Somatic Psychotherapy.  She has been studying with Dr. Downing and honing her practice in VIT since her participation in the Napa Infant Parent Mental Health Fellowship in 2010.  Ms. Lansdown offers home-visiting services and clinical supervision through her private practice in the San Francisco Bay Area, as well as providing clinical supervision and program management at a local non-profit mental health agency.  She is bilingual in Spanish.

 Rachel Talamantez Dr. Rachel Talamantez is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) and holds a doctorate and a master’s degree in Counseling Psychology. Rachel specializes in Infant-Family and Early Childhood Mental Health, Neurodevelopmental Disorders, Traumatic Stress, and Reflective Practice. Along with clinical work, Rachel’s career has focused on program development, implementation, evaluation, management and reflective consultation/supervision.
Currently, Rachel lives in San Jose, California where she oversees clinical services at KidScope Center for Developmental and Behavioral Health, is adjunct faculty at De Anza Community College and is Assistant Director of the University of California Davis Extension, Infant-Parent Mental Health Fellowship Program. Rachel has been using VIT in clinical work and supervision since 2006.
dr.rachel@hush.com, www.racheltalamantez.com