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The Texas Rehabilitation Association (TRA) is a state chapter of
the National Rehabilitation Association (NRA).
NRA was founded in 1925, with TRA founded in Texas in 1951.
When you join TRA through our national association (NRA), your
dues include national, regional, state, and local membership.
There are 5 membership categories: Professional Member, New
Professional Member, Student, Affiliate, and Organization.
2012 Annual TRA Conference
Sheraton Arlington Hotel
Sunday, June 3rd through Tuesday, June 6th
11.0 CEU’s for CRC, LPC, SW, & CVE
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Come hear the following dynamic speakers…
Peter J. Rappa, M.D., is a graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in English and Pre-Med from Columbia.
He worked as a lab assistant at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, and earned his
Doctor of Medicine from Texas Tech University in 1989, spending the following four years
completing a residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation at Baylor University Medical Center of
Dallas. In 1993, Dr. Rappa began his career as a medical director for rehabilitation in an
inpatient/outpatient practice with a special interest in brain and work injury. In 2004, he was named
as one of D Magazine's Best Doctors in Dallas. In 1998, Dr. Rappa began to see the connection and
implications of mind, body, spirit, and health. His book Healing Heart to Soul recounts experiences
he has had with these entities as a healthcare professional. He lives in Dallas with his wife, Monica
and their triplet daughters.
“Work, Wellness, Wellbeing”
Judith Markelz– affectionately known as “Mom” to the families she serves– currently serves as the
Director for the Warrior and Family Support Center on the San Antonio Military Medical Center Campus
at Ft. Sam Houston, Texas since its inception in December 2003. The Warrior and Family Support Center
provides services to all Wounded Warriors injured in OIF/OEF/OND and their Families. It is the only one of
its kind in the nation and the only government agency supported, except for salaries which are paid by
the US Army, that exists entirely off of donations. Ms. Markelz is married to a retired Army officer.
“Warrior and Family Support Center:
Successful Rehabilitation and the Military Family
Dr. Mark Stebnicki holds a doctoral degree in rehabilitation counseling (Ph.D.) and is a Licensed
Professional Counselor (LPC) in North Carolina. He has national certifications as a Certified
Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC); Certified Case Manager (CCM); and is a Reiki Master level III-
practitioner in the Usui Reiki Ryoho tradition.
Dr. Stebnicki has over 20 years experience working with adolescents and adults that have a variety
of mental health issues. He also has significant experience working with persons who have chronic
medical/physical health conditions and who have experienced traumatic stress.
Dr. Stebnicki is also a professor in the graduate program in rehabilitation counseling at East
Carolina University. He is an active teacher, researcher, and practitioner who has written five
books, including Empathy Fatigue: Healing the Mind, Body, and Spirit of Professional Counselors
(Springer Publishing, 2008; translated into Korean in 2010). He has over 25 articles in peer-
reviewed journals, and has presented state-wide and nationally at over 70 conferences, seminars,
“Empathy Fatigue: Healing
and workshops on topics that range from youth violence, traumatic stress, empathy fatigue, and
the Mind, Body, and Spirit of
the psychosocial aspects of chronic illness and disability.
In 2007, Joe Brown during the troop surge in Iraq, the 6'6", 300 pound soldier, a member of special
operations in Southeast Baghdad called in an airstrike and was wounded when he fell down a
stairway, shredded his calf and caused a severe brain injury. In an instant, his Army career was over
as were his dreams of returning to the National Football League, where he had been a defensive
lineman for the Seattle Seahawks.
Brown spent nearly one-half year rehabilitating at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio.
Undaunted by the intense headaches that he continues to suffer on a daily basis, Brown landed a
football coach position at Arkansas State University and planned to take graduate courses once
again, his passion led him in another direction: Working with injured soldiers.
Presentation: Today, Brown devotes his talents to a unique sports program for veterans, soldiers and civilians
“Sports & Recreational with injuries and disabilities. The driving force behind the Fort Hood area's first organized adaptive
Activities Can Improve sports program, Brown built the program without any city money. Instead, he tapped into his NFL
You as an Employee” contacts, sought out business sponsors and applied for grants. As the Athletic Coordinator for the
Harker Heights Parks and Recreation Department, Brown’s program includes sports such as
wheelchair basketball, hand cycling and rock climbing, sitting volleyball and pickleball.
Steven R. Scott, MA, LPC-Supervisor is the founder of Frisco counseling and Wellness. A graduate of
Baylor University where he received his degree in Psychology. He attended Dallas Baptist University
where he received his master's degree in counseling. Steven is licensed through the Texas Department
of Health as a Professional Counselor. He works closely with programs such as celebrate recovery and
divorce recovery groups. Steven has an advanced certification in Critical Incident Stress Management
and is available for on-site debriefings for organizations, corporations, businesses, schools, and a
number of other settings. He currently facilitates several groups on various issues including Team
Move, a program that incorporates mental wellness and physical health.
Holly Lockett is a graduate of Minot State University where she received her degree in Criminal
Justice and Psychology. She worked in the criminal justice system for 5 years before completing her
Master’s of Counseling degree at Southern Methodist University. Holly has experience working with
children in crisis, trauma, grief resolution, adoption issues, play and filial therapy, and addiction
Presentation: problem. Holly is a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor Intern and a Licensed Professional
“Increasing Your Counselor Intern. Holly also specializes in working with people who suffer from sleep disorders. She
Effectiveness at Work: currently facilitates several groups on various issues including Team Move, a program that
Balancing body and Mind incorporates mental wellness and physical health. Holly is a member of the Association for Play
through Motion” Therapy and the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts.
Magdalena Y. Caballero-Phillips, CPS, ATC is founder of The Hope Concept Centers and The
HOPE Project. Texas Certified Peer Specialist with Whole Health Endorsement and Texas
Catalysts for Empowerment, Board Member.
As a Copeland-Center-trained Advanced WRAP® and WRAP PALS® Facilitator & Trainer, she will
discuss WRAP®– the Wellness Recovery Action Plan– strategy and explain how it is has been
developed by a group of people who experience mental health challenges. These people
learned that they can identify what makes them well, and then use their own Wellness Tools
to relieve difficult feelings and maintain wellness. The result has been recovery and long-term
“The Wellness Recovery
stability. The WRAP® program is designed by you in practical, day-to-day terms, and holds the
Action Plan: Achieving
key to getting and staying well. It does not necessarily replace traditional treatments, but can
Successful Work/ School
be used as a compliment to any other treatment options you have chosen.
Integration Outcomes for
Individuals with Psychiatric
Debra Wanser, DARS Commissioner
Jim Hanophy, DARS Assistant Commissioner for Rehab Services
Barbara J. Madrigal, DARS Assistant Commissioner for Blind Services
Ken Bomar– Marketing Director for DADS Volunteer and Community Engagement Division.
Ken develops partnerships with the corporate sector, faith community, and appropriate
organizations to maximize the benefits of Texercise and others DARS programs and
Presentation: Jeff Kaufmann is the manager of Research, Analysis and Support, Center for Policy
“Wellness Priorities in the Innovation at DADS. He manages a multidisciplinary team and coordinates several agency
State of Texas” initiatives including the discretionary grants process, Consumer Directed Services policy,
Quality Reporting, the Aging Texas Well initiative and its advisory committee, plus the
agency's support to the Texas Council for Autism and Pervasive Developmental Disorders
and the Direct Support Workforce initiative.
These gentlemen will give us an overview of key programs and resources available through
DADS that will help individuals and communities to age well.
Dr. Denise Catalano is an Assistant professor in the Department of Rehabilitation, Social Work
& Addictions. She received both her master and doctorate degrees in Rehabilitation Psychology
at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Dr. Catalano is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor
(CRC) and has worked as a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor for the State of Wisconsin. Her
interests include: psychosocial aspects of disability; adaptation to disability, specifically among
individuals with spinal cord injuries and individuals with traumatic brain injury; and professional
issues related to the development of rehabilitation counseling students.
“The Ethics of Self-Care:
Taking Care of Yourself so You
Can Take Care of Others”
Come early or stay after the conference to enjoy Arlington. The Sheraton is just yards away from Cowboys Stadium, Six Flags
Over Texas, and Rangers Ballpark.
13 miles from DFW International Airport, there is complimentary shuttle service to the airport that runs every hour on the half
hour from the hotel between 6:30am and 9:30pm.
Make your reservations today:
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See you there!
“Texas Rehabilitation Association” group rate.