Areas of Expertise
Developmental trauma, complex PTSD, Adverse Childhood Evets (ACES), Multigenerational and Historical Trauma, Systems of Oppression, Social Locations and Intersectioanl identities (including racism, sexism, classism, etc), Child development, Cultural Competence, White (and other) Privilege,
Scholarly & Creative Interests
Research interests include: qualitative methods, Embedded Cultural research, research designs that encompass social location and intersectionality, content areas consistent with interests and expertise
Other teaching and clinical interests include:
Feminist-Multicultural theory and therapy including: Intersectionality theory and clinical applications,Race, Class and Gender issues in individual, group and family therapy, Ethics and responsibilities in cross-cultural assessment, diagnosis and treatment, Transracial adoption, Multicultural coalition building, and Anti-Racism and Diversity training and consultation; Trauma theory and therapy including: Developmental neurology and the neurological impact of trauma and adverse childhood experiences, Person centered, competency based interventions and Solution focused, competency based and holistic psychological assessment; Integration of emotional, spiritual, and intellectual healing, Play therapy, Autism Spectrum and Pervasive Developmental Disorders
Courses Taught Recently at Saint Mary's
Multiculturalism and Diversity, Trauma Theory and Therapy, Counseling in the Schools, Advanced Cognitive Behavioral Theory and Therapy, Dissertation Proposal Seminar, Practicum Seminar,
American Counseling Association, 2010-present
Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development, 2010-present
Minnesota Counseling Association, 2014-present
American Psychological Association, 1993-2001; 2010-present
Society of Counseling Psychology, 2010-presen
Society for the Psychological Study of Culture, Ethnicity and Race, 1992-present
International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation, 2007-present
National Child Traumatic Stress Network, 2007-present
Psy.D. Clinical Psychology: Minnesota School of Professional Psychology 1995
B.A. Psychology, Art Minor: Saint Mary’s University, Winona MN, 1984
Doctoral Project: Day Treatment for Seriously Emotionally Disturbed Young Adolescents: A Multicultural/Feminist Perspective.
Committee: Skye Payne, Ph.D, LP; Deborah Happ, Ph.D, LP; Grace Hong, Psy.D., LP;
Dr. Solon has been teaching at the graduate level since 1997 and is a licensed psychologist with a private therapy and consultation practice with a focus on Complex trauma and dissociation, Autism spectrum and other neurodevelopmental issues, and child, adolescent, adult and family therapy. Dr. Solon has taught internationally and regularly presents at conferences on issues related to trauma, addiction, multiculturalism, social justice, autism spectrum and the intersections between. Dr. Solon has developed a comprehensive theory of Developmental trauma, Complex PTSD and Dissociative states and an integrative treatment model called the Adaptive Internal Relational (AIR) Network Model. Professional trainings for this model have been completed by numerous counselors in psychology, marriage and family therapy, social work and addictions in the Tri-state area.
Phyllis C. Solon, Psy.D.
A Collaborative Practice Integrating Science, Holistic Wellness, and Spirit