Background and Professional Training

Brief History

Dr. Tony Madril, DSW, LCSW (he/him) is a licensed clinical social worker, a Doctor of Clinical Social Work, and the founder of the Resilience Institute for Trauma Recovery. He completed his Master of Social Work degree at the University of Denver in 1997 and earned his Doctor of Clinical Social Work in 2021 from the University of Pennsylvania (UPenn). He has 27 years of post-graduate mental health experience as well as several years of specialized training in trauma therapies such as: Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Ego States Therapy, the Flash Technique, and Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT). In addition, he has received training in mindfulness and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) from UCLA’s Mindful Awareness Research Center and UC San Diego’s Center for Mindfulness. He is licensed both in California and Colorado.

Dr. Madril is an adjunct clinical professor at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs in the social work department. He is also an adjunct clinical professor in the trauma studies department at the University of Denver, Graduate School of Social Work. He is an active member of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies and the EMDR International Association. He specializes in treating adults with symptoms of complex trauma and anxiety and provides research-based treatment to his clients in-person and via telehealth.

In addition, Dr. Madril’s experience includes supervising associate clinical social workers and providing skill-based trainings to organizations about the intersection between mindfulness and the prevention of vicarious trauma and empathic fatigue in today’s challenging work spaces complicated by COVID-19.

Continuing Education and Professional Development

  • Dr. Madril is currently receiving professional consultation from Dr. Adam O’Brien, PhD, LMHC, CASAC to enhance his ability to treat addictions and dissociation associated with addiction using EMDR while completing his certification as an EMDR therapist.
  • Dr. Madril is currently writing a manuscript for publication in a peer-reviewed journal about innovative relationship-based approaches for treating individuals with complex PTSD.
Expanded History

Prior to opening his private practice in 2015, Dr. Madril’s experience included several years of serving as psychotherapist, clinical supervisor, trainer, and behavioral health coach for various human service organizations. For instance while employed at the County of Los Angeles from 2001 to 2014, he was recruited by the Public Defender’s Office, Juvenile Division (now called the CARE Project) to evaluate youth awaiting trial and provide forensic consultation to teams of attorneys, judges, probation officers and child welfare workers regarding the behavioral effects of mental health issues upon these youth. At the Department of Mental Health, he co-developed the Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Program at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center’s Child and Adolescent Outpatient Clinic for adolescents and their families.  At the Department of Children and Family Services, he trained children’s social workers to identify and develop individualized behavioral health services to address the underlying mental health needs of children and families involved in the child welfare system.

In addition, Dr. Madril’s professional experience includes serving as a clinical social worker for the Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic at the University of Southern California (USC) where he provided trauma therapy to veterans struggling with complex PTSD, depression, substance abuse disorders, and homelessness. Dr. Madril was also a visiting instructor for UC Davis’s Center for Human Services where he taught human services professionals the skills of mindfulness and self-compassion to prevent work-related empathic fatigue and vicarious trauma.

Awards & Scholarships

In 1997 while a Master of Social Work student at the University of Denver, Dr. Madril received the Dean Emil M. Sunley’s Award for meritorious service to the Graduate School of Social Work and to the social work profession.

In 2018, as a doctoral student at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Social Policy and Practice, Dr. Madril was a Cohen Veterans Network Scholar and awarded $20,000 from the Cohen Veterans Network for completion of noteworthy doctoral dissertation entitled: A Feasibility Study of Trauma- Informed Brief Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for Veterans with Post-Traumatic Stress using a Telehealth Approach.