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Hollyhock Presenters

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Our presenters are curated for their quality, depth, integrity, and alignment with our educational purpose. Since 1982, a distinguished faculty of authors, educators, activists, artists, performers, and practitioners have shared their work at our Cortes Island campus and in Vancouver.

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Michelle Lepak

Michelle Lepak, LCSW, a psychotherapist and meditator for 30 years, developed the Presence Psychotherapy trauma treatment model and ORBITS for Everyone process. She published the Presence Psychotherapy treatment model in the APA Journal of Integrative Psychotherapy and the The International Journal of Trauma Care. Michelle served as clinical associate faculty at the University of Pennsylvania’s Department of Psychiatry. She has taught psychologists, social workers, and licensed professional counselors trauma treatment at Rutgers University as well as for multiple postgraduate training institutes, and has been a guest lecturer for NYU’s doctoral social work department. Michelle maintains a private practice in Montclair, New Jersey.