MiKK International Parental Child Abduction Support Group

Meet Our Facilitators

The sessions of the different MIPCAS Groups are supported by experienced facilitators from the MiKK Network who bring empathy and expertise to every meeting. All facilitators have psycho-social professional backgrounds and are trained MiKK Mediators, specialized in the field of international parental child abduction. The MiKK Facilitators do not provide advice, guidance, counselling or therapy.

Dr. Jamie Walker

Having grown up in the U.S., established herself in Berlin as a young adult and later lived and worked in Philadelphia, Brussels and Addis Ababa, Jamie brings a unique cross-cultural perspective to her role as an international family mediator, trainer and consultant. On the background of her work in adult education she has been active in the peace movement and peace education, initiating violence prevention and mediation projects in schools and communities, developing and carrying out professional mediation training programmes and advising others working in these fields.  Her varying tasks in a training and advisory capacity in the area of development cooperation have taken her to a number of countries for short-term assignments, including Afghanistan, Turkmenistan, Jordan, Sri Lanka, Kosovo, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Northern Ireland and Australia. She has also published widely.

As a founding member of  MiKK, Jamie has been mediating child abduction cases since 2004 and still thrives on the challenge of dealing with high conflict situations. She is interested in deepening her understanding and support of parents and children who have been involved in child abduction, as this is often a profound and traumatic experience in their lives.

Dr. Rebecca Bailey

Dr. Bailey received her doctoral degree from The Wright Institute in Berkeley, CA. She is a clinical psychologist and forensic psychologist who specializes in complex case scenarios, including high-conflict divorce and experiences of extreme trauma. She is a nationally recognized expert in non-familial and familial abductions and the founder and director of Transitioning Families, an innovative and family-based program for connection-focused work in California. She is the former director of the Sonoma Police Department’s Youth and Family Services a regular referral for the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and an active supporter and educator for the National Center for The National Center of   Juvenile and Family Court Judges. She provides training for a variety of populations including First Responders, mental health providers, and other health care workers.

Dr. Bailey has been a guest and commentator on Anderson Cooper, Good Morning America, Piers Morgan, Erin Burnett, Kyra Phillips, 20/20, Diane Sawyer, and World News Tonight. She is the co-author of the book Safe Kids, Smart Parents (Simon & Schuster, 2013), Equine  Connections, Polyvagal Principles ( 2022)  and the co-author of several peer-reviewed articles on abduction, high-conflict families, and with Dr. Porges and Jaycee Dugard the concept of  appeasement as a survival strategy.

Konstanze Welz

Born into a German – Indian family and brought up in Germany, India, and the US, I learned to navigate different cultures at an early age.

An interculturalist by birth, building bridges between cultures has always been at the heart of my work. For almost two decades – as a project manager in the German film industry – I have been traveling between Germany and Asia to bring together creative and economic forces from these parts of the world.

However, a severe illness with a long road to recovery became a turning point in my life. I left the film industry and subsequently trained to become a transformative mediator, a cross border family mediator with MiKK.e.V. and a trauma recovery coach. I wanted my work to be more personal and engaging families in conflict allowed me to bring to the work my deep knowledge and understanding of childhood trauma as well as the personal experiences and learnings of my own family’s troubled story across three different continents. Since 2020 I have been working closely with MiKK e.V. as a trainer and guest speaker with the mission to raise awareness for the long-term consequences of parental child abduction.

Rebecca Arndt

Originally trained as a Music Therapist in Texas (USA), Rebecca Arndt holds a Masters degree in Dispute Resolution in Texas (2009) and a Diplôme d’État de Médiateur Familial in France (2018) where she now resides.  She  trained in International Family Mediation by MIKK.ev in 2015 and has since been a MIKK.ev member and member of the Cross Border Family Mediators network.  Rebecca contributes the International Family Mediation module to the current IRTS* Marseille training of candidates for the French Diplôme d’État de Médiateur Familial on behalf of Résonances Médiations, a family mediation association in the south of France.  She is a member of the APMF (Association pour la Médiation Familiale) and the Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation.  Rebecca is fluent in English, French and Spanish.

Kamilla Baum

Kamila Baum was born in Poland and grew up there as one of three sisters.

She studied Clinical Psychology of Childhood and Adolescence in Luxembourg and Potsdam, Germany. During the last semester of her studies, she started training as a coach and mediator.

Her love of conflict resolution led her to MiKK e.V., where she received further advanced cross-border family mediation (CBFM) training, specializing her in the field of high conflict, complex international parental child abduction cases. Kamila has worked on various projects on the subject of mediation and conducts family and business mediations. Furthermore, she uses her psychology background in the context of business coaching for corporations as well as  small companies. Kamila is a mother of two wonderful children and lives with her family in Germany.

Nicolas Antaris

Nicolas Antartis is a Licensed Social Worker, a certified Family Mediator in Cyprus, and a Cross-Border Family Mediator, International Family Mediator, and International Child Abduction Cases Mediator. He holds a Master’s Degree with Academic Honor Summa Cum Laude (2019) and a Bachelor’s (2002) in Social Work. In his 20+ years of long working experience as a Professional Social Worker, he has had the opportunity to work with prisoners, vulnerable groups and people with disabilities, in neighborhood programs and communities, as well as an external associate at the Ministry of Education, Sports and Youth in Cyprus. Also, for 10 years, he has worked in an interdisciplinary therapeutic team as a director/social worker in NGOs for children with special needs and their parents. At that time, he was a supervisor as a framework for practicing Social Work students. Additionally, he has been involved in EU-funded projects in various fields, such as equality issues, mental health, discrimination, and isolation. Finally, for the past 9 years, he has been working with the elderly, mainly patients with senile dementia. He has been a staff member at the University of Nicosia for the last 6 years. He is elected member of the Council of Registration of Professional Social Workers of Cyprus for the next 2 years. In addition, he is a member of the MiKK e.V. Berlin, where he cooperates in matters of child abduction in accordance with the Hague Convention. He also helps to raise awareness of Family Mediation in Cyprus at the Ministry of Justice and the Judiciary level. His research interests lie in social policy planning and planning with people with disabilities (rehabilitation after school completion by adulthood and workplace integration), family mediation, unaccompanied migrant children and child protection, and older people (people with dementia and their carers).

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