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Diana Semmelhack,US

Dr. Diana Semmelhack brings many years of experience as a teacher and psychotherapist as well as a diverse background in the arts to this conference. Dr. Semmelhack is a licensed clinical psychologist and is a board certified clinical psychologist. She is a professor of psychology at Midwestern University. Dr Semmelhack advocates for those individuals diagnosed with severe mental illness and their families through the American Psychological Association and with the National Alliance on Mental Illness. She has published two books on severe mental illness through Routledge NY and London as well as numerous peer reviewed articles in national and international journals. Additionally, Dr. Semmelhack is a sought after presenter at national and international conferences on modifications of the Tavistock model in the treatment of severely mentally ill adults, the value of creativity in the treatment of this population and methods for eliminating stigma. Prior to joining the faculty at Midwestern University in 2004, she had a successful seventeen-year career in publishing as an advertising executive with large international companies. Twice, in 1998 and 1999, she received employee of the year awards. Concurrently, for five years, she also worked as a licensed massage therapist at the premier location, the Ritz Carlton Hotel. She has a keen interest in integrating and researching body work techniques in psychotherapy.