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The World’s Trauma Experts Return to Belfast in 2020

The Trauma Summit 2020 is a conference with a difference and is taking place in Belfast. It brings all the World’s leading experts together in the field of trauma/trauma recovery under one roof, to bring hope, healing and learning on how it can be prevented and healed for the next generation.

The Summit will examine a range of modalities to treat trauma and how delegates can incorporate these into their own professional practice.

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Why Belfast?

Belfast has a tragic legacy of trauma from the ‘Troubles’. Trauma passes down the generations and affects the whole family. It has the highest suicide rate in the UK and the worst mental health statistics. Through out the world trauma has been found to cause a ripple effect within families, leading to illness, addictions, depression, rage and aggression. This intergenerational trauma often leads to adversities in childhood.

2020 Speakers

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Janina Fisher

Professor, Clinical psychologist, Lecturer and Therapist
Janina Fisher

Professor, Clinical psychologist, Lecturer and Therapist

Janina Fisher, Ph.D. is the Assistant Educational Director of the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute and a former instructor, Harvard Medical School.  An international expert on the treatment of trauma, she is co-author with Pat Ogden of Sensorimotor Psychotherapy: Interventions for Attachment and Trauma (2015), author of Healing the Fragmented Selves of Trauma Survivors: Overcoming Self-Alienation (2017) and the forthcoming book, Transforming the Living Legacy of Trauma: a Workbook for Survivors and Therapists (in press).  She is best known for her work on integrating newer body-centered interventions into traditional psychotherapy approaches.   More information can be found on her website: www.janinafisher.com.

Bessel van der Kolk

Psychiatrist, Author and Educator
Bessel van der Kolk

Psychiatrist, Author and Educator

Bessel A. van der Kolk M.D. is a clinician, researcher and teacher in the area of posttraumatic stress. His work integrates developmental, neurobiological, psychodynamic and interpersonal aspects of the impact of trauma and its treatment.

Dr. van der Kolk and his various collaborators have published extensively on the impact of trauma on development, such as dissociative problems, borderline personality and self-mutilation, cognitive development, memory, and the psychobiology of trauma. He has published over 150 peer reviewed scientific articles on such diverse topics as neuroimaging, self-injury, memory, neurofeedback, Developmental Trauma, yoga, theater and EMDR.

He is founder of the Trauma Center and Trauma Research Foundation in Boston, MA; past President of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, and Professor of Psychiatry at Boston University Medical School. He regularly teaches at universities and hospitals around the world,

His most recent 2014 New York Times Science best seller, The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Treatment of Trauma transforms our understanding of traumatic stress, revealing how it literally rearranges the brain’s wiring—specifically areas dedicated to pleasure, engagement, control, and trust. He shows how these areas can be reactivated through innovative treatments including neurofeedback, mindfulness techniques, play, yoga, and other therapies.

Dan Siegel

Clinical professor of psychiatry and author
Dan Siegel

Clinical professor of psychiatry and author

Dr. Siegel is a clinical professor of psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine and the founding co-director of the Mindful Awareness Research Center at UCLA. He is also the Executive Director of the Mindsight Institute which focuses on the development of mindsight, teaches insight, empathy, and integration in individuals, families and communities.

Dr. Siegel has published extensively for both the professional and lay audiences. His five New York Times bestsellers are: Aware: The Science and Practice of Presence, Mind: A Journey to the Heart of Being Human, Brainstorm: The Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain, and two books with Tina Payne Bryson, Ph.D: The Whole-Brain Child, and No-Drama Discipline. His other books include: The Developing Mind, The Pocket Guide to Interpersonal Neurobiology, Mindsight, The Mindful Brain, The Mindful Therapist, and also with Tina Payne Bryson, Ph.D. - The Yes Brain and The Power of Showing Up (released January 2020). Dr. Siegel also serves as the Founding Editor for the Norton Professional Series on Interpersonal Neurobiology which contains over seventy textbooks.
For more information about his educational programs and resources, please visit: www.DrDanSiegel.com and www.mindsightinstitute.com

Peter Levine

Somatic Experiencing®
Peter Levine

Somatic Experiencing®

Peter A Levine, Ph.D., is the developer of Somatic Experiencing®, a naturalistic and neurobiological approach to healing trauma, which he has developed during the past 50 years. He is the Founder of the Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute®/Foundation for Human Enrichment® and the Founder and President of the Ergos Institute for Somatic Education®, a leader in International Trauma Workshops, Lectures, and Webinars. His work has been taught to over 50,000 therapists in over 45 countries.

Dr. Levine has received the Lifetime Achievement award from the US Association for Body-Oriented Psychotherapy, an honorary award as the Reiss-Davis Chair in Los Angeles for his lifetime contribution to infant and child psychiatry, and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association for Training on Trauma and Attachment in Children (ATTACh) for “his lifelong commitment to healing children through research, education, and outreach.” He holds a doctorate in Biophysics from UC Berkeley and a doctorate in Psychology from International University.  He has taught at the University of California, Berkeley; Mills College; Antioch University; the California Institute of Integral Studies; and the Santa Barbara Graduate Institute. He served as a Stress consultant for NASA in the early space shuttle development and has served on the American Psychological Association task force for responding to the trauma of large-scale disasters and ethno-political warfare. Dr. Levine is currently a Senior Fellow and consultant at The Meadows Addiction and Trauma Treatment Center in Wickenburg, Arizona and continues to teach trauma healing workshops internationally.

Dr. Levine is the author of several best-selling books on trauma, including Waking the Tiger, Healing Trauma (published in over 29 languages); In an Unspoken Voice, How the Body Releases Trauma and Restores Goodness; and Trauma and Memory, Brain and Body in a Search for the Living Past.

Robin Shapiro

Author, psychotherapist and EMDRIA-approved consultant
Robin Shapiro

Author, psychotherapist and EMDRIA-approved consultant

Robin Shapiro, LICSW, relishes doing psychotherapy and spreading the word about healing trauma, dissociation, and disrupted attachment through clinical consultation, workshops, conferences, and her five books. She edited the two EMDR Solutions book, and wrote Trauma Treatment Handbook, Easy Ego State Interventions, and her newest Doing Psychotherapy, a comprehensive trauma and attachment-informed book for beginning therapists. Robin is known for her user-friendly interventions, humor, and warmth.

Richard Schwartz

Founder Internal Family Systems and The Center for Self Leadership
Richard Schwartz

Founder Internal Family Systems and The Center for Self Leadership

Richard Schwartz began his career as a family therapist and an academic at the University of Illinois at Chicago. There he discovered that family therapy alone did not achieve full symptom relief and in asking patients why, he learned that they were plagued by what they called “parts.” These patients became his teachers as they described how their parts formed networks of inner relationship that resembled the families he had been working with. He also found that as they focused on and, thereby, separated from their parts, they would shift into a state characterized by qualities like curiosity, calm, confidence and compassion. He called that inner essence the Self and was amazed to find it even in severely diagnosed and traumatized patients. From these explorations the Internal Family Systems (IFS) model was born in the early 1980s.

IFS is now evidence-based and has become a widely-used form of psychotherapy, particularly with trauma. It provides a non-pathologizing, optimistic, and empowering perspective and a practical and effective set of techniques for working with individuals, couples, families, and more recently, corporations and and classrooms.

In 2013 Schwartz left the Chicago area and now lives in Brookline, MA where is on the faculty of the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.

Sue Carter

Professor of Psychiatry and Co-Director of the Brain/Body Center, University of Illinois at Chicago
Sue Carter

Professor of Psychiatry and Co-Director of the Brain/Body Center, University of Illinois at Chicago

C. Sue Carter, PhD is Distinguished University Scientist at Indiana University where she was the former Director of the Kinsey Institute and Professor Emeritus at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where she co-directed the Brain-Body Center in the Department of Psychiatry. She formerly held the position of Distinguished University Professor of Biology at the University of Maryland and prior to that was Professor in the Departments of Psychology and Ecology, Ethology and Evolution at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Carter is past president of the International Behavioral Neuroscience Society and holds fellow status in that Society and in the American Association for the Advancement of Science. She is a former recipient of a National Institute of Mental Health Research Scientist Award. She has authored more than 300 peer reviewed publications that have been cited over 25,000 and has edited 5 books including “Attachment and Bonding: A New Synthesis” (MIT Press, 2006).  Dr. Carter discovered the important role that oxytocin plays in establishment of social bonds and parental behavior.

Jeffrey Mitchell

Clinical Professor of Emergency & Health Services
Jeffrey Mitchell

Clinical Professor of Emergency & Health Services

Dr. Jeffrey T. Mitchell holds an M.A. in counseling psychology from Loyola University in Baltimore, Maryland, and a Ph.D. in human development from the University of Maryland at College Park.  Dr. Mitchell is a Clinical Professor of Emergency Health Services at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC). He serves on the Graduate Faculty of UMBC.  He is a certified trauma specialist, Co Founder and past president of the International Critical Stress Foundation, Inc., and served as the clinical director of the Howard County Critical Incident Stress Management Team for 27 years.

Dr. Mitchell is a member of the International Journal of Emergency Mental Health’s editorial board. He also serves on the editorial review board for the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) and the Journal of Disaster Medicine. He is an adjunct faculty member at the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Emergency Management Institute in Emmitsburg, Maryland. Previously, he served as an elementary school teacher, an emergency medical technician, a paramedic, a firefighter, and a regional coordinator for the Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems (MIEMSS). He specializes in crisis intervention, stress management, and disaster psychology. He teaches an annual introductory stress management program for the Maryland State Police recruits. Dr. Mitchell is the author of 25 books and more than 275 articles on crisis and stress management.  He has taught stress and crisis intervention courses in all fifty states and in 32 other nations. His work is recognized and utilized by the United Nations and he is a member of the working group on stress in the United Nations’ Department of Safety and Security.  He was awarded the Bronze Medal from the Austrian Red Cross for his crisis intervention work after the disastrous Kaprun train tunnel fire in Austria in the year 2000.  He has provided Critical Incident Stress Management support services at over 60 major disasters including the Oklahoma City Bombing, the attacks on America on September 11, 2001, and the El Salvador Earthquake in 1986.  He provided support services to members of the Critical Incident Response Team for the Connecticut State Police in the aftermath of the horrific shootings of young school children and school personnel in Newtown. He provided support to the teachers and staff of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

Sebern Fisher

Psychodynamic psychotherapist
Sebern Fisher

Psychodynamic psychotherapist

Sebern received her Bachelor of Science from the University of Massachusetts in 1976. She graduated from Antioch New-England with a Masters in Counseling Psychology in 1978.  Sebern was one of the founders of the Family Planning Council of Western Massachusetts (now Tapestry Health) which began with one rural clinic in 1973.

From 1980 to 1997, Sebern was the clinical director of a residential treatment program for severely disturbed adolescents in western Massachusetts. At that time, it was considered to be one of the best programs in the state and the treatment outcomes were, at best, troubling.  In efforts to better understand these kids and to enhance treatment outcomes, she introduced attachment theory in the mid eighties and in 1991, Dialectical Behavior Therapy. Her center became the first in the nation to adopt and implement DBT in a residential milieu.

Sebern was introduced to neurofeedback in the spring of 1996, when her friend, Kathy Zilberman asked her if she would be her first ‘subject’.  She recounts the experience of a weekend of neurofeedback training in the introduction to her book, Neurofeedback in the Treatment of Developmental Trauma: Calming the Fear-driven Brain.  When she went into private practice in 1997, she began to integrate neurofeedback with psychodynamic psychotherapy in the treatment of her traumatized patients.  Her book published by Norton in 2014 (now also available on Audible) is a direct result of what she learned in working with her own brain and with those of her patients.

Sebern maintains a part-time private practice focused on the treatment of adults suffering the aftermath of neglect and assault in childhood in Northampton, Massachusetts. She trains and consults both nationally and internationally in the use of neurofeedback in the treatment of developmental trauma, on the central role of fear in those who have suffered these histories and on the integration of psychotherapy and neurofeedback. She is the 2013 recipient of the Joel Lubar Award for contribution to the field of neurofeedback and the 2017 recipient of the M.B. Sterman Career Achievement Award from the International Society for Neurofeedback and Research. In addition to her book, she has published numerous professional articles on neurofeedback and psychotherapy.

Stephen Porges

"Distinguished University Scientist"/Professor. Polyvagal Theory Neuroscientist
Stephen Porges

"Distinguished University Scientist"/Professor. Polyvagal Theory Neuroscientist

Stephen W. Porges, Ph.D. is Distinguished University Scientist at Indiana University where he is the founding director of the Traumatic Stress Research Consortium. He is Professor of Psychiatry at the University of North Carolina, and Professor Emeritus at both the University of Illinois at Chicago and the University of Maryland.  He served as president of the Society for Psychophysiological Research and the Federation of Associations in Behavioral & Brain Sciences and is a former recipient of a National Institute of Mental Health Research Scientist Development Award. He has published more than 300 peer‐reviewed scientific papers across several disciplines that have been cited in more than 30,000 peer-reviewed papers. He holds several patents involved in monitoring and regulating autonomic state. He is the originator of the Polyvagal Theory, a theory that emphasizes the importance of physiological state in the expression of behavioral, mental, and health problems related to traumatic experiences. He is the author of The Polyvagal Theory: Neurophysiological foundations of Emotions, Attachment, Communication, and Self-regulation (Norton, 2011), The Pocket Guide to the Polyvagal Theory: The Transformative Power of Feeling Safe, (Norton, 2017) and co-editor of Clinical Applications of the Polyvagal Theory: The Emergence of Polyvagal-Informed Therapies (Norton, 2018). He is the creator of a music-based intervention, the Safe and Sound Protocol ™ , which currently is used by more than 1500 therapists to improve spontaneous social engagement, to reduce hearing sensitivities, and to improve language processing, state regulation, and spontaneous social engagement.

Dr Laurence Heller

Founder, NeuroAffective Relational Model™ (NARM)
Dr Laurence Heller

Founder, NeuroAffective Relational Model™ (NARM)

Dr. Laurence Heller is the founder of the NeuroAffective Relational Model™ (NARM), a specialized psychobiological approach to working with developmental trauma.

This model is presented in the best selling book Healing Developmental Trauma: How Early Trauma Affects Self-Regulation, Self-Image, and the Capacity for Relationship, which is currently published in more than 12 languages. He is also the co-author of Crash Course, A Self-Healing Guide to Auto Accident Trauma and Recovery.  He has two books being published in 2020.  One book the theme of shame and guilt and the second on the application of NARM for clinicians to accompany Healing Developmental Trauma.  He has a popular online training program called The NARM Inner Circle.  He speaks several languages and for many years has been conducting seminars in the NARM approach throughout the United States, Europe and worldwide. There are currently seven additional teachers of NARM across the globe.

Dr. Heller has been on the faculty of several major universities and has taught courses and seminars at medical schools, hospitals and pain clinics in the U.S. and Europe. He co-founded the Gestalt Institute of Denver and later the Rocky Mountain Psychotherapy Institute where he trained hundreds of mental health professionals. In the past 25 years, he has provided thousands of case consultations for therapists in the U.S. and Europe.

Deb Dana

Clinician, consultant, lecturer, Coordinator - Traumatic Stress Research Consortium, Kinsey Institute
Deb Dana

Clinician, consultant, lecturer, Coordinator - Traumatic Stress Research Consortium, Kinsey Institute

Deb Dana, LCSW is a clinician and consultant specializing in working with complex trauma and is Coordinator of the Traumatic Stress Research Consortium in the Kinsey Institute.  She developed the Rhythm of Regulation Clinical Training Series and lectures internationally on ways Polyvagal Theory informs work with trauma survivors.  Deb is the author of The Polyvagal Theory in Therapy, Polyvagal Exercises for Safety and Connection, and co-edited, with Stephen Porges, Clinical Applications of the Polyvagal Theory.

Richard Brown

Associate Clinical Professor in Psychiatry, Breath-Body-Mind, researcher/trainer/author
Richard Brown

Associate Clinical Professor in Psychiatry, Breath-Body-Mind, researcher/trainer/author

Richard P. Brown, MD, associate clinical professor in psychiatry at Columbia University, graduate of Columbia University Medical College and Cornell University Psychiatry Residency and Psychobiology/Psychopharmacology fellowship, lectures internationally and co-authored over 100 scientific articles, chapters and award-winning books. His neurophysiological theory, exploring effects of yoga breathing in treating anxiety, depression, PTSD and stress-related medical conditions, has been validated in clinical trials. A certified teacher of Aikido (4th Dan), yoga, Qigong, and meditation, he provides Breath-Body-Mind programs for healthcare professionals, yoga teachers, mass disaster survivors, first responders, veterans, school teachers, and patients with psychiatric and medical conditions.

Patricia Gerbarg

Assistant Clinical Professor in Psychiatry, Breath-Body-Mind, researcher/trainer/author
Patricia Gerbarg

Assistant Clinical Professor in Psychiatry, Breath-Body-Mind, researcher/trainer/author

Patricia L. Gerbarg, MD, assistant clinical professor in psychiatry, New York Medical College, graduate Harvard Medical School and Boston Psychoanalytic Institute, practices Integrative Psychiatry and serves on the APA CAIM task force and the American Botanical Council board. She researches mind-body practices for stress, anxiety, PTSD, and mass disasters. She and Dr. Richard P. Brown teach Breath-Body-Mind and co-authored Non-Drug Treatments for ADHD, The Healing Power of the Breath, and with Dr. Phillip Muskin How to Use Herbs, Nutrients, and Yoga in Mental Health, and Complementary and Integrative Treatments in Psychiatric Practice (American Psychiatric Association Publishing, 2017).

Ciaran Mulholland

Consultant Psychiatrist
Ciaran Mulholland

Consultant Psychiatrist

Ciaran Mulholland is a consultant psychiatrist with the Northern Health and Social Care Trust in Northern Ireland, a Senior Lecturer in the Centre for Medical Education at Queen’s University Belfast and Visiting Professor to the Bamford Centre for Mental Health at the University of Ulster. He is clinical co-lead for an innovative service for young people with "at risk mental states" and Clinical Director of the recently established Northern Ireland Regional Trauma Network for the treatment of conditions occurring as a consequence of trauma, including trauma arising from the "Troubles".

Licia Van Der Kolk

Artist, musician, bodywork therapist, yoga practitioner
Licia Van Der Kolk

Artist, musician, bodywork therapist, yoga practitioner

Licia Sky, BFA, LMT, is an artist and bodyworker with over 30 years experience working with traumatized individuals. She trains mental health professionals around the world to use movement, theater exercises, writing, and voice as tools for healing and connection.

Caroline Welch

Mind Your Brain, Inc.
Caroline Welch

Mind Your Brain, Inc.

Caroline is CEO of Mind Your Brain, Inc. in Santa Monica, CA and co-founder with Dan Siegel of the Mindsight Institute, whose mission is to make the science of well-being accessible for professional and personal development through online and in-person programs. She is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin Law School and holds a Master’s degree in Communications from the University of Southern California.

Caroline was a civil litigator for over ten years, mainly representing Japanese corporate clients in intellectual property matters. She served as Vice President in Litigation at Metro-GoldwynMayer Studios and prior to that she was Senior Counsel at Spelling Entertainment in Los Angeles, where she supervised litigation and served as production attorney for Judge Judy. Caroline is also a mediator and has served on the Los Angeles Superior Court’s mediation panel. Prior to attending law school, Caroline taught English in Japan for three years.

Caroline provides workshops and lectures on strategies to optimize our personal and professional well-being. Her first book, The Gift of Presence: A Mindfulness Guide for Women will be published by Penguin Random House on March 17, 2020. Caroline interviewed over 100 women from around the world to explore the many roles women play, unique challenges they face in the family, workplace and larger society.

Dawn Harris

Consultant Forensic and Clinical Psychologist
Dawn Harris

Consultant Forensic and Clinical Psychologist

Dawn is a Consultant Forensic and Clinical Psychologist, an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society, and an Accredited Psychotherapist. She has worked in both the public and private sectors for over 20 years and has gained extensive experience of working with people who have experienced trauma. She previously opened her own residential facility that specialised in working with people with a history of complex trauma, and is aware of the harmony and successful outcomes that a trauma-informed approach can create.  She delivers training to organisations in trauma-informed/responsive practice that has been accredited by the BPS (British Psychological Society) and regularly supervises other therapists working in the trauma field.  Dawn is trained in a variety of psychotherapeutic modalities and believes that as each individual is unique, so their treatment should be.  She is a firm believer in the relational aspect of healing, with her focus on working within a framework of respect, trust, collaboration and intuition, as well as an understanding of the neuroscience of healing. She is committed to the body-brain connection and her interests lie in how the two interact.  Many physical symptoms can often be caused by psychological difficulties.
Dawn began working with CRM (Comprehensive Resource Model) 7 years ago, finding it to be a therapy that works in successfully treating severe dissociative disorders including Complex PTSD, DID DDNOS, as well as personality disorders.  It offers a framework of relational healing, attunement and neuroscience that manages to reach out to the most damaged individuals.  Dawn has found CRM to be a powerful psychotherapeutic model that speaks to the pain of layered trauma through developmental stages including generational.

Betsy Polatin

Breathing & Movement Specialist
Betsy Polatin

Breathing & Movement Specialist

Betsy Polatin, MFA, is an internationally recognized breathing and movement specialist, has been teaching for more than forty years, and is currently a Master Lecturer at Boston University's College of Fine Arts. Her work is greatly influenced by The Alexander Technique, Somatic Experiencing, Breathing Coordination, and the teachings of Spiritual and Meditation Masters. She co-teaches an ongoing traveling workshop, Trauma in The Public Eye, with Peter A Levine, PhD. As a well-known educator, she has had numerous articles published in the Huffington Post and is the author of The Actor’s Secret. Her latest book coming out soon, Humanual, is a manual for being human.

Elaine Miller-Karas

Trauma Resource Institute
Elaine Miller-Karas

Trauma Resource Institute

Elaine Miller-Karas is the Executive Director and co-founder of the Trauma Resource Institute
and author of the book, Building Resiliency to Trauma, the Trauma and Community Resiliency
Models® (2015). She has worked internationally to bring healing to the world’s community.
Her models to date have been brought to 39 countries in Asia, Africa, North America, the MidEast, South America and Europe. She is a recognized international speaker and author and has
presented the Community Resiliency Model at the Skoll World Forum and the United Nations.
Elaine’s book was recently selected by the United Nations curated on-line library as one of the
innovations that can help meet the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Elaine is a
founding member of the International Transformational Resilience Coalition and a leading
advocate with regard to the impact of climate change on the human condition. She is a Senior
Consultant to Emory University’s SEE Learning program, inspired by and launched by His
Holiness the Dalai Lama in New Delhi, India in April 2019. Elaine contributed to the traumainformed and resiliency-informed chapter (Chapter 2) in this curriculum, which is based upon the
Community Resiliency Model. She is also on faculty at Loma Linda University’s School of
Social Work.

Stephen Travers

International Havening TechniquesⓇ Trainer
Stephen Travers

International Havening TechniquesⓇ Trainer

Stephen Travers is the Director of U.K. and International Havening & is one of the worlds most experienced Havening TechniquesⓇ Trainers. He works alongside the creators of Havening, Drs Ronald & Steven Ruden in this new neuroscientific psycho-sensory approach for healing trauma. As an International Havening Techniques Trainer Stephen trains therapists on how to use Havening with their clients and has presented in the USA, Europe & the UK.

Therapists can then become accredited as Certified Havening Techniques Practitioner after their training with him. Stephen has over 15 years’ experience in treating people with anxiety based orders arising from traumatic stress. He has been featured on mainstream television and in national newspapers about his work using Havening for trauma. He also writes an award winning therapy blog and shares valuable information and insights about anxiety based disorders, trauma and developing emotional resiliency.

His main private clinical practice is in Dublin, Ireland.
www.havening.org

Sue Saunders

Co Founder & Director at Neuro-Know-How
Sue Saunders

Co Founder & Director at Neuro-Know-How

Sue has worked in training, coaching and psychotherapy for over 30 years. She also has extensive experience in the corporate world, particularly in IT. In her former career as Capability Development and Change Manager with a major banking corporation, she combined her IT skills with change management expertise to deliver restructuring initiatives as well as staff development and training programmes.
She holds a degree in Computer Science from Trinity College Dublin, a Masters in Cognitive Science from University College Dublin, and a Masters in Human Givens Psychotherapy from Nottingham Trent University.

She is Educational Director for Human Givens College, a Fellow of the Human Givens Institute, a Human Givens Supervisor, and the current Chair of the HGI Registration and Professional Standards Committee.

She has fully embraced the Human Givens approach as practical, effective and common sense framework to understand ourselves and our emotional health. A number of years ago she established the Dublin Human Givens Centre, where she runs a well-established private practice and delivers one-to-one therapy, coaching, training and workshops.

Vivian McKinnon

Founder of Hydro-ease & Wellness consultant Therapist
Vivian McKinnon

Founder of Hydro-ease & Wellness consultant Therapist

Vivian is the Founder and Managing Director of Hydro-ease, Northern Irelands only dedicated floatation Centre. She is also the founder of Wellness Consultant and the regional coordinator for SMART Recovery UK. Vivian is committed to reducing the impacts of trauma and related symptoms using the latest approaches in neuroscience in unison with floatation therapy, developing Reconnection and Floatation Therapy (RAFT) her own unique approach to healing.

An inspirational and creative therapeutic practitioner, an authentic and engaging trainer and international Public Speaker Vivian firmly believes RAFT is the perfect antidote to our modern frenetic world

Having almost 3 decades of lived experience of adverse childhood experiences, trauma and addiction she was introduced to floatation for the first time in 2004. After having a very profound and enlightening experience she was keen to understand what had taken place. When the owner/operator of the float center could not provide the answers she sought she decided to find out for herself, this seen her returning to education and training alongside some of the most fascinating minds in the world of the modalities she has studied. Working with leaders to vulnerable and disengaged young people throughout the Charity and Voluntary, Public and Private sectors across Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Stephen Hughes

Senior Youth Development Officer, Youth Work Alliance
Stephen Hughes

Senior Youth Development Officer, Youth Work Alliance

Stephen is a Senior Youth Development Officer with the Youth Work Alliance, the headquarters for the voluntary sector youth services. Stephen studied at Manchester University and secured his Masters at Ulster University in 2004. Stephen has vast experience of working with young people suffering from the exposure to various traumas. He has worked with a variety of partners in health, education and employment and has developed a model of intervention with youth at risk that has proved to be successful in supporting their social, emotional and physical needs. He is a licensed trainer in Circle of Courage, a trauma based approach to developmental youth work and a Social Gaming and anti-gambling trainer.

Stephen is a director of Youthworks, a site Director for Amizade International, sits on the Board of Govenors at St. Joseph’s Primary School and has over 30 years practice as a youth work professional. He is a father of two and a grandfather to one who consume all his free time and are his greatest joy in life.

Steven Hoskinson

Founder and CCO, Organic Intelligence®
Steven Hoskinson

Founder and CCO, Organic Intelligence®

Steven Hoskinson is the Founder and CCO (Chief Compassion Officer) of Organic Intelligence®  (OI). The Human Empowerment And Resiliency Training (HEARTraining®) and the online “End of Trauma™ Course offer training for the integration of personal and professional development with an emphasis on responsive compassion.  OI helps the helpers, and cultivates practices of compassion for support for society, working to uproot the causes for ecological harm, injustice and racism.

Steve has presented at conferences worldwide, is Adjunct Faculty for JFK University’s Somatic Psychology program, a founding member of the Northern California Society for Integrative Mental Health and the International Transformational Resilience Coalition, and he hosts the podcast series, “The End of Trauma.”

www.OrganicIntelligence.org

Christina Buxton

Chartered Psychologist & Scientist and Psychotherapist
Christina Buxton

Chartered Psychologist & Scientist and Psychotherapist

Christina Buxton is a Chartered Psychologist and Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society (BPS), a Chartered Scientist, a senior practitioner member of the BPS Register of Psychologists Specialising in Psychotherapy, and is on the BPS Register of Applied Psychology Practice Supervisors. In addition she is a registered psychotherapist with the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), a member of EMDR UK and Ireland, and an accredited member of Emotional Freedom Technique international (EFTi).

Christina works both academically and clinically with those affected by, or in contact with those suffering from, psychological trauma. An active researcher in a number of trauma related areas, her current research includes a project in collaboration with Combat Stress on veterans’ narratives of PTSD, Trauma Informed Education and Complex PTSD.

In her academic post as a senior lecturer at the University of Chester, Christina has responsibility for two MSc programmes in psychological trauma and is deputy Chair of the research ethics committee. Christina also provides training and consultancy to organisations who specialise in this area of work, offering a trauma informed perspective.

Christina an active member of the British Psychological Society (BPS) where she is the current chair of the national BPS Crisis, Disaster and Trauma Section, a member of the BPS Research Board and the BPS Representative Council, and a trustee of the society. Christina has a specialism in psychological assessment and is a member of the BPS Psychological Testing Centre (PTC) and is on the Register of Qualifications in Test Use (RQTU). She is a member of the PTC Committee on Test Standards (CTS) and a member of the CTS Health and Social Care Contexts Working Group.

Anne Marie McKinley

Midwife and Counsellor
Anne Marie McKinley

Midwife and Counsellor

Anne Marie McKinley is a Midwife and Counsellor. For almost ten years she has been working in the Ulster Maternity in the SET as a Counsellor for women who have experienced their births as traumatic. This service has been audited independently in 2015 and 2019 and demonstrates immediate improvement in women's mental health wellbeing through this model of care. In 2015 she formed Afterthoughts Counselling and Training Ltd to provide training in a therapeutic model that addresses pregnancy and birth journeys and where counselling is available to both women and men. She has developed a model of care that incorporates various disciplines through which clients most often report effective and significant relief to trauma and emotional symptoms. Her program of care includes Rewind, EMDR, and Trauma-Focused CBT

Day 1 - Monday

  • Registration
    07.45 - 09.00
  • Welcome and Introduction
    09.00 - 09.30
  • KEYNOTE 1
    Dan Siegel
    Navigating the Teenage Brain
    09.30 - 11.00
  • WORKSHOP 1
    Larry Heller
    NARM - NeuroAffective Relational Model
    09.30 - 11.00
  • WORKSHOP 2
    Christina Buxton
    EFT - Emotional Freedom Technique
    09.30 - 11.00
  • WORKSHOP 3
    Elaine Miller-Karas
    Community Resiliency Model
    09.30 - 11.00
  • Break - Tea, Coffee and Networking
    11.00 - 11.30
  • KEYNOTE 2
    Stephen Porges
    The Polyvagal Theory
    11.30 - 13.00
  • WORKSHOP 1
    Sue Saunders
    WORKSHOP ONE
    11.30 - 13.00
  • WORKSHOP 2
    Stephen Travers
    An Introduction to Havening
    11.30 - 13.00
  • WORKSHOP 3
    Patricia Gerbarg & Richard Brown
    Non-Drug Treatment for ADHD
    11.30 - 13.00
  • Lunch and Networking
    13.00 - 14.00
  • KEYNOTE 3
    Bessel van Der Kolk
    The imprint of Trauma - The Unbearable heaviness of remembering
    14.00 - 15.30
  • WORKSHOP 1
    Peter McBride
    Psychological Impact of Trauma on Communities
    14.00 - 15.30
  • WORKSHOP 2
    Dawn Harris
    The Comprehensive Resource Model
    14.00 - 15.30
  • WORKSHOP 3
    Robin Shapiro
    The Two Hand Interweave Clinical Intervention
    14.00 - 15.30
  • Break - Tea, Coffee and Networking
    15.30 - 16.00
  • KEYNOTE 4
    Larry Heller
    Healing Developmental Trauma
    16.00 - 17.30
  • WORKSHOP 1
    Deb Dana
    The Rhythm of Regulation: Building Safety From a Polyvagal Perspective
    16.00 - 17.30
  • WORKSHOP 2
    Sue Carter
    Behavioural Neuroendocrinology
    16.00 - 17.30
  • WORKSHOP 3
    Brid Keenan
    Somatic Experiencing
    16.00 - 17.30

Day 2 - Tuesday

  • Welcome and Overview of Day One by Action Trauma
    08.40 - 08.45
  • KEYNOTE 1
    Sebern Fisher
    Neurofeedback in the Treatment of Developmental Trauma - Calming the Fear Driven Brain
    08.45 - 09.45
  • WORKSHOP 1
    Caroline Welch
    The Gift of Presence
    08.45 - 09.45
  • WORKSHOP 2
    Licia van Der Kolk
    Mindful Meditation
    08.45 - 09.45
  • WORKSHOP 3
    Stephen Porges
    Safe and Sound Protocol
    08.45 - 09.45
  • KEYNOTE 2
    Janina Fisher
    The principles of Sensorimotor Psychotherapy
    09.45 - 11.15
  • WORKSHOP 1
    Sue Saunders
    Rewind your mind
    09.45 - 11.15
  • WORKSHOP 2
    Anne Marie McKinley
    Integrating Psychological Birth Trauma
    09.45 - 11.15
  • WORKSHOP 3
    Jeffrey Mitchell
    Critical Incident Stress Management
    09.45 - 11.15
  • Break - Tea, Coffee and Networking
    11.15 - 11.30
  • KEYNOTE 3
    Dan Siegel
    The Healing Power of Emotion
    11.30 - 13.00
  • WORKSHOP 1
    TBC
    Resilience Admist Adversity
    11.30 - 13.00
  • WORKSHOP 2
    Richard Schwartz
    Evolution of the Internal Family Systems model(IFS)
    11.30 - 13.00
  • WORKSHOP 3
    Robin Shapiro
    Ego State Therapy - What therapy should I use?
    11.30 - 13.00
  • Lunch and Networking
    13.00 - 13.45
  • KEYNOTE 4
    Peter Levine
    Trauma and Memory - Brain and Body in a Search for the Living Past
    13.45 - 15.15
  • WORKSHOP 1
    Patricia Gerbarg & Richard Brown
    Introduction to Breath, Body & Mind
    13.45 - 15.15
  • WORKSHOP 2
    Janina Fisher
    Healing the Fragmented Selves of Trauma Survivors:
    13.45 - 15.15
  • WORKSHOP 3
    Betsy Polatin
    The Actor's Secret
    13.45 - 15.15
  • Break - Tea, Coffee and Networking
    15.15 - 15.30
  • KEYNOTE 5
    Robin Shapiro
    Introduction to EMDR - Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing
    15.15 - 16.15
  • WORKSHOP 1
    Vivian McKinnon
    Connecting/Reconnecting with Self
    15.30 - 16.15
  • WORKSHOP 2
    TBC
    TBC
    15.30 - 16.15
  • WORKSHOP 3
    Ciaran Mulholland
    Using Northern Ireland's troubled past to help other build resilience
    15.30 - 16.15
  • KEYNOTE 6
    Bessel van Der Kolk
    The Paths to Recovery
    16.15 - 17.45
  • WORKSHOP 1
    Peter Levine
    In An Unspoken Voice - Experiental Workshop
    16.15 - 17.45
  • WORKSHOP 2
    Deb Dana
    The Touch Taboo
    16.15 - 17.45
  • WORKSHOP 3
    Sebern Fisher
    Understanding the Traumatized Brain
    16.15 - 17.45

Day 1 - Monday

  • Registration
    07.45 - 09.00
  • Welcome and Introduction
    09.00 - 09.30
  • KEYNOTE 1
    Dan Siegel
    Navigating the Teenage Brain
    09.30 - 11.00
  • Break - Tea, Coffee and Networking
    11.00 - 11.30
  • KEYNOTE 2
    Stephen Porges
    The Polyvagal Theory
    11.30 - 13.00
  • Lunch and Networking
    13.00 - 14.00
  • KEYNOTE 3
    Bessel van Der Kolk
    The imprint of Trauma - The Unbearable heaviness of remembering
    14.00 - 15.30
  • Break - Tea, Coffee and Networking
    15.30 - 16.00
  • KEYNOTE 4
    Larry Heller
    Healing Developmental Trauma
    16.00 - 17.30

Day 2 - Tuesday

  • Welcome and Overview of Day One by Action Trauma
    08.40 - 08.45
  • KEYNOTE 1
    Sebern Fisher
    Neurofeedback in the Treatment of Developmental Trauma - Calming the Fear Driven Brain
    08.45 - 09.45
  • KEYNOTE 2
    Janina Fisher
    The principles of Sensorimotor Psychotherapy
    09.45 - 11.15
  • Break - Tea, Coffee and Networking
    11.15 - 11.30
  • KEYNOTE 3
    Dan Siegel
    The Healing Power of Emotion
    11.30 - 13.00
  • Lunch and Networking
    13.00 - 13.45
  • KEYNOTE 4
    Peter Levine
    Trauma and Memory - Brain and Body in a Search for the Living Past
    13.45 - 15.15
  • Break - Tea, Coffee and Networking
    15.15 - 15.30
  • KEYNOTE 5
    Robin Shapiro
    Introduction to EMDR - Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing
    15.15 - 16.15
  • KEYNOTE 6
    Bessel van Der Kolk
    The Paths to Recovery
    16.15 - 17.45

Day 1 - Monday

  • WORKSHOP 1
    Larry Heller
    NARM - NeuroAffective Relational Model
    09.30 - 11.00
  • Break - Tea, Coffee and Networking
    11.00 - 11.30
  • WORKSHOP 1
    Sue Saunders
    WORKSHOP ONE
    11.30 - 13.00
  • Lunch and Networking
    13.00 - 14.00
  • WORKSHOP 1
    Peter McBride
    Psychological Impact of Trauma on Communities
    14.00 - 15.30
  • Break - Tea, Coffee and Networking
    15.30 - 16.00
  • WORKSHOP 1
    Deb Dana
    The Rhythm of Regulation: Building Safety From a Polyvagal Perspective
    16.00 - 17.30

Day 2 - Tuesday

  • WORKSHOP 1
    Caroline Welch
    The Gift of Presence
    08.45 - 09.45
  • WORKSHOP 1
    Sue Saunders
    Rewind your mind
    09.45 - 11.15
  • Break - Tea, Coffee and Networking
    11.15 - 11.30
  • WORKSHOP 1
    TBC
    Resilience Admist Adversity
    11.30 - 13.00
  • Lunch and Networking
    13.00 - 13.45
  • WORKSHOP 1
    Patricia Gerbarg & Richard Brown
    Introduction to Breath, Body & Mind
    13.45 - 15.15
  • Break - Tea, Coffee and Networking
    15.15 - 15.30
  • WORKSHOP 1
    Vivian McKinnon
    Connecting/Reconnecting with Self
    15.30 - 16.15
  • WORKSHOP 1
    Peter Levine
    In An Unspoken Voice - Experiental Workshop
    16.15 - 17.45

Day 1 - Monday

  • WORKSHOP 2
    Christina Buxton
    EFT - Emotional Freedom Technique
    09.30 - 11.00
  • Break - Tea, Coffee and Networking
    11.00 - 11.30
  • WORKSHOP 2
    Stephen Travers
    An Introduction to Havening
    11.30 - 13.00
  • Lunch and Networking
    13.00 - 14.00
  • WORKSHOP 2
    Dawn Harris
    The Comprehensive Resource Model
    14.00 - 15.30
  • Break - Tea, Coffee and Networking
    15.30 - 16.00
  • WORKSHOP 2
    Sue Carter
    Behavioural Neuroendocrinology
    16.00 - 17.30

Day 2 - Tuesday

  • WORKSHOP 2
    Licia van Der Kolk
    Mindful Meditation
    08.45 - 09.45
  • WORKSHOP 2
    Anne Marie McKinley
    Integrating Psychological Birth Trauma
    09.45 - 11.15
  • Break - Tea, Coffee and Networking
    11.15 - 11.30
  • WORKSHOP 2
    Richard Schwartz
    Evolution of the Internal Family Systems model(IFS)
    11.30 - 13.00
  • Lunch and Networking
    13.00 - 13.45
  • WORKSHOP 2
    Janina Fisher
    Healing the Fragmented Selves of Trauma Survivors:
    13.45 - 15.15
  • Break - Tea, Coffee and Networking
    15.15 - 15.30
  • WORKSHOP 2
    TBC
    TBC
    15.30 - 16.15
  • WORKSHOP 2
    Deb Dana
    The Touch Taboo
    16.15 - 17.45

Day 1 - Monday

  • WORKSHOP 3
    Elaine Miller-Karas
    Community Resiliency Model
    09.30 - 11.00
  • Break - Tea, Coffee and Networking
    11.00 - 11.30
  • WORKSHOP 3
    Patricia Gerbarg & Richard Brown
    Non-Drug Treatment for ADHD
    11.30 - 13.00
  • Lunch and Networking
    13.00 - 14.00
  • WORKSHOP 3
    Robin Shapiro
    The Two Hand Interweave Clinical Intervention
    14.00 - 15.30
  • Break - Tea, Coffee and Networking
    15.30 - 16.00
  • WORKSHOP 3
    Brid Keenan
    Somatic Experiencing
    16.00 - 17.30

Day 2 - Tuesday

  • WORKSHOP 3
    Stephen Porges
    Safe and Sound Protocol
    08.45 - 09.45
  • WORKSHOP 3
    Jeffrey Mitchell
    Critical Incident Stress Management
    09.45 - 11.15
  • Break - Tea, Coffee and Networking
    11.15 - 11.30
  • WORKSHOP 3
    Robin Shapiro
    Ego State Therapy - What therapy should I use?
    11.30 - 13.00
  • Lunch and Networking
    13.00 - 13.45
  • WORKSHOP 3
    Betsy Polatin
    The Actor's Secret
    13.45 - 15.15
  • Break - Tea, Coffee and Networking
    15.15 - 15.30
  • WORKSHOP 3
    Ciaran Mulholland
    Using Northern Ireland's troubled past to help other build resilience
    15.30 - 16.15
  • WORKSHOP 3
    Sebern Fisher
    Understanding the Traumatized Brain
    16.15 - 17.45
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