Keynote /Workshop Speaker

Nationally Respected Presenter

In addition to being a prominent relationship therapist, Nikki is a highly respected presenter and workshop facilitator on a variety of topics related to the power of the human relationship to nature and animals and its capacity to promote healing and growth. In recent years her interest has expanded to include expanding awareness of the often misunderstood dynamics of Child-To-Parent (Adult Caregiver) Violence as well as the role of hope in maintaining resiliency.

Being blessed by mentors who dedicated their lives to working with child victims of trauma inspired Nikki to study resiliency in first responders and other professionals who work "in the trenches." She finds true joy working to help them improve their capacity to remain healthy while being immersed in other people's trauma experiences on a daily basis. Whether teaching a brief assessment for Compassion Fatigue and Vicarious Trauma (aka Secondary Trauma) at a brown-bag lunch or an all-day in-service on the subject or facilitating a weekend immersion seminar, Nikki's approach gently yet firmly challenges participants to integrate nature and/or animals into their work-days. (It is possible even in a high-rise in New York City.)

A few highlights of her experience as a professional presenter (a few of the 300+ workshops presented since 1992):
2018: A True Dog & Pony Show: The Nature Of Survival - Solitary vs Group-Mind Animals; Brown Bag Lunch for UW Campus Police
2004-2014: A Time For You - Midwest Conference on Child Sexual Abuse
2012:  “The Story of Toad: How to recognize the truth beneath behaviors that disrupt your classroom”
WI Association of Agriculture Educators Summer Conference  [Based on NAMI Parent/Teacher Guide To Mental Illness]

2009: “Healing Horsemanship: A Natural Fit for Trauma Treatment” - NARHA Conference - Fort Worth, TX
2008:  “Nature As Prevention of Vicarious Trauma” – National Trauma Conference – Washington, DC
“Animal Crackers: Integrating Animals/Nature In Your Work” – MW Conference on Child Sexual Abuse – Madison, WI

2005: “Allowing Sacred Space” – Nat’l Conference for North American Riding for Handicapped Association, Houston, TX
2002-03: “Preventing Homophobia” in-service workshops as member of GLSEN Speaker’s Bureau
Moderator, “Panel 2002: The Vulnerability Factor: Us & Our Clients Since 9/11” at 2002 WAMFT Conference

Professional Activities and Memberships

Clinical Fellow Member of American (& WI) Association for Marriage & Family Therapy
Clinical Member of International Association For Trauma Professionals
Chairperson, 2008 WAMFT Conference
Sponsorship Chair, 2009 WAMFT Conference
Committee Member, 2001-04 & 2006-07 WAMFT Conference
Member of Nat'l Standards Committee for PATH International (developed national standards of best practice for EFMH work) , 2002-2009
Region VI Representative for PATH International / EFMHA (Equine Facilitated Mental Health Assoc.), 2005-2014
Faculty for NARHA / PATH International National and Region VI Conferences multiple times
Who’s Who Among American Teachers, 2002 (nominated by supervising principal at LaFollette, Dr. Charles Jenkins, Ed.D.)
Outstanding Young Educator Award, 1992 — WI Association of Agricultural Educators (nominated by peers)
Member of GLSEN Speaker’s Bureau; developed “Preventing Homophobia” in-service workshops
Wisconsin Horseperson of the Year, 1993—nominated by my students; conferred by WI State Horse Council
Dane County 4-H Project Leader, 1988-98; Gold Service Award, 1997
Dane County Horse and Pony Committee, 1997-98