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Virtual Trauma Summit 2020

The Virtual Trauma Summit 2020 takes the place of the original actual event, but remains a ‘conference with a difference’. Nine keynote presentations by the World’s leading experts and six pre-recorded workshops describe a range of modalities on trauma treatment. This unique virtual conference offers new information and ideas about trauma at a time when we most need it. Allowing us to think, pause and reflect without having to physically join in one place.

Trauma Recovery Summit 2021 

Belfast, 21 & 22 June

Plan ahead for 2021 and join the world’s leading experts live and in person in Belfast on 21st & 22nd June 2021 at ICC Belfast for the Trauma Recovery Summit.

Bigger and better than ever, you will learn from all the experts in the field of trauma recovery, how to bring hope, healing and renewed life for the next generation. We will be announcing new speakers alongside our retained experts . 1,000 delegates already booked – join them!

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    • 9 Keynotes
    • 6 Workshops
    • Total of 15 hours of talks
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    • 18 Keynotes & 40 Workshops
    • Total of 110 hours of talks
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2020 Virtual Conference Speakers

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

Peter Levine Lecturer, Author, Founder of Somatic Experiencing
Peter Levine

Peter Levine Lecturer, Author, Founder of 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.

Gabor Maté

Doctor, Lecturer, Author. Expert on Addictions and mind/body illnesses
Gabor Maté

Doctor, Lecturer, Author. Expert on Addictions and mind/body illnesses

Gabor Maté, MD, is a renowned speaker & bestselling author of books published in twenty languages on five continents.

An expert on ADHD and other childhood developmental issues. Specialist in the causes and treatment of addictions and mind/body illnesses.

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.

Patricia Gerbarg & Richard Brown

Breath-Body-Mind, researcher/trainer/author
Patricia Gerbarg & Richard Brown

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).

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.

Sue Saunders

Founder & Director - Dublin Human Givens Centre, Educational Director - Human Givens College
Sue Saunders

Founder & Director - Dublin Human Givens Centre, Educational Director - Human Givens College

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.

Virtual Conference Programme

The Virtual Conference will be brought to you Live by the team at Action Trauma on 22nd & 23rd June 2020. Keynote presentations will include a live Q&A session at the end of each talk. Workshops will be pre-recorded and available to watch from 22nd June. All talks will be available to watch for a period of 14 days after the event.

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KEYNOTE Pre-Recorded Workshops - Timings are not applicable
Welcome and Introduction
12.00 pm - 12.15 pm
Oxytocin and Trauma: The Healing Power of Love
Behavioural Endocrinology is a branch of endocrinology that studies the Neuroendocrine system and its effects on behavior. Behavioural endocrinology studies the biological mechanisms that producebehaviours, this gives insight into the evolutionary past. The field has roots in ethology, endocrinology and psychology. Examining the role of oxytocin and vasopressin in mental disorders such as autism, schizophrenia, anxiety, and depression.
12.00 pm - 12.15 pm
Speaker: Sue Carter
Room: Workshop 2
Understanding Trauma Through the Lens of the Polyvagal Theory
The Early Development of the Autonomic Nervous System Provides a Neural Platform for Social Behaviour. The polyvagal theory explains the biological origins of a variety of social behaviours and emotional disorders. Stephen distills that theory into practical clinical tips, explaining its relevance to the social engagement  system and offering clinical examples, including cases of trauma and autism.
12.15 pm - 1.30 pm
Speaker: Stephen Porges
Q&A Session to follow
Introduction to Breath, Body & Mind
Designed to activate communication pathways between the mind and the body, raise energy levels, regulate mood, relieve stress and anxiety, enhance performance, reduce inflammation, and help dissolve pain. Participants will be guided through exercises based on voluntarily regulated breathing practices, including Coherent Breathing and Breath Moving. Unique fusion of techniques drawn from yoga, qigong, meditation, martial arts and modern neuroscience.
12.15 pm - 1.30 pm
Speaker: Patricia Gerbarg & Richard Brown
Room: Workshop
Introduction to EMDR - Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing
EMDR is based on the idea that symptoms occur when trauma and other negative or challenging experiences overwhelm the brain’s natural ability to heal, and that the healing process can be facilitated and completed through bilateral stimulation while the client is re-experiencing the trauma in the context of the safe environment of the therapist’s office (dual awareness).
1.45 pm - 3.00 pm
Speaker: Robin Shapiro
Q&A Session to follow
Evolution of the Internal Family Systems model(IFS)
IFS is a comprehensive approach which includes guidelines for working with individuals,couples, and families. The IFS Model represents a new synthesis of two already-existing paradigms: systems thinking and the multiplicity of the mind. It brings concepts and methods from the structural, strategic, narrative, and Bowenian schools of family therapy to the world of subpersonalities.
1.45 pm - 3.00 pm
Speaker: Richard Schwartz
Room: Workshop
The Healing Power of Emotion
Affective Neuroscience, Development and Clinical Practice. Cutting-edge neuroscience to help understand emotion better. Normal human development relies on the cultivation of relationships with others to form and nurture the self-regulatory circuits that enable emotion to enrich, rather than enslave our lives Just as emotionally traumatic events can tear apart the fabric of family and psyche, the emotions can become powerful catalysts for the transformations that are at the heart of the healing process. Our brains, bodies, and minds are inseperable from the emotions that animate them
3.15 pm - 4.30 pm
Speaker: Dan Siegel
Q&A Session to follow
Trauma Healing with Human Givens
Human givens is a holistic, scientific, framework for understanding humans. It utilises the latest neuroscience, neurobiology and psychology. It combines wisdom with original new insights. Learn how to treat depression, anxiety, addictions and relationship difficulties quickly and effectively. Restore and maintain your client’s emotional health.
3.15 pm - 4.30 pm
Speaker: Sue Saunders
Room: Workshop
Healing Developmental Trauma
“Connection: Our deepest desire and greatest fear”, which is seen as the core dilemma in the NeuroAffective Relational Model (NARM). Early trauma impairs the capacity for connection to self and others, as demonstrated by the (ACEs) Study. The various psychobiological patterns of disconnection, which once saved our lives (Adaptive Survival Styles), are now the dynamics that create attachment, relational and developmental trauma. Traditional psychotherapies often focus on the symptoms and strategies of disconnection, and not the root cause. NARM is a method that integrates top-down and bottom-up approaches to resolve distortions of identity such as low self-esteem, shame and chronic self-judgment, as well as emotional and nervous system dysregulation, and that are the outcomes of Complex Trauma (C-PTSD). NARM emphasizes working in the present moment to focus on clients' strengths and capacities in order to integrate the experience of connection. NARM is a vanguard treatment in supporting increased resiliency and Post-Traumatic Growth.
4.45 pm - 6.00 pm
Speaker: Laurence Heller
Q&A Session to follow
Critical Incident Stress Management - a comprehensive staff support program
Dr Mitchell, a former firefighter / paramedic, developed a comprehensive, integrated, systematic and multi-component crisis intervention program for staff support. CISM has many crisis procedures that address individual and group needs at every phase of a crisis particularly for First Responders.
4.45 pm - 6.00 pm
Speaker: Jeffrey Mitchell
Room: Workshop
The Rhythm of Regulation: Building Safety From a Polyvagal Perspective
The Polyvagal Theory offers a way to understand the human autonomic nervous system and directly engage with our habitual patterns of response.  Through a polyvagal lens we learn to listen to our embodied stories. We can let go of self-criticism and bring an open heart to exploring the "ways and whys" of our daily experience
6.15 pm - 7.30 pm
Speaker: Deb Dana
Room: Workshop

KEYNOTE

  • Welcome and Introduction
    12.00 pm - 12.15 pm
  • Understanding Trauma Through the Lens of the Polyvagal Theory The Early Development of the Autonomic Nervous System Provides a Neural Platform for Social Behaviour. The polyvagal theory explains the biological origins of a variety of social behaviours and emotional disorders. Stephen distills that theory into practical clinical tips, explaining its relevance to the social engagement  system and offering clinical examples, including cases of trauma and autism. · Speaker: Stephen Porges
    Q&A Session to follow

    12.15 pm - 1.30 pm
  • Introduction to EMDR - Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing EMDR is based on the idea that symptoms occur when trauma and other negative or challenging experiences overwhelm the brain’s natural ability to heal, and that the healing process can be facilitated and completed through bilateral stimulation while the client is re-experiencing the trauma in the context of the safe environment of the therapist’s office (dual awareness). · Speaker: Robin Shapiro
    Q&A Session to follow

    1.45 pm - 3.00 pm
  • The Healing Power of Emotion Affective Neuroscience, Development and Clinical Practice. Cutting-edge neuroscience to help understand emotion better. Normal human development relies on the cultivation of relationships with others to form and nurture the self-regulatory circuits that enable emotion to enrich, rather than enslave our lives Just as emotionally traumatic events can tear apart the fabric of family and psyche, the emotions can become powerful catalysts for the transformations that are at the heart of the healing process. Our brains, bodies, and minds are inseperable from the emotions that animate them · Speaker: Dan Siegel
    Q&A Session to follow

    3.15 pm - 4.30 pm
  • Healing Developmental Trauma “Connection: Our deepest desire and greatest fear”, which is seen as the core dilemma in the NeuroAffective Relational Model (NARM). Early trauma impairs the capacity for connection to self and others, as demonstrated by the (ACEs) Study. The various psychobiological patterns of disconnection, which once saved our lives (Adaptive Survival Styles), are now the dynamics that create attachment, relational and developmental trauma. Traditional psychotherapies often focus on the symptoms and strategies of disconnection, and not the root cause. NARM is a method that integrates top-down and bottom-up approaches to resolve distortions of identity such as low self-esteem, shame and chronic self-judgment, as well as emotional and nervous system dysregulation, and that are the outcomes of Complex Trauma (C-PTSD). NARM emphasizes working in the present moment to focus on clients' strengths and capacities in order to integrate the experience of connection. NARM is a vanguard treatment in supporting increased resiliency and Post-Traumatic Growth. · Speaker: Laurence Heller
    Q&A Session to follow

    4.45 pm - 6.00 pm

Pre-Recorded Workshops - Timings are not applicable

  • Oxytocin and Trauma: The Healing Power of Love Behavioural Endocrinology is a branch of endocrinology that studies the Neuroendocrine system and its effects on behavior. Behavioural endocrinology studies the biological mechanisms that producebehaviours, this gives insight into the evolutionary past. The field has roots in ethology, endocrinology and psychology. Examining the role of oxytocin and vasopressin in mental disorders such as autism, schizophrenia, anxiety, and depression. · Speaker: Sue Carter
    Room: Workshop 2
    12.00 pm - 12.15 pm
  • Introduction to Breath, Body & Mind Designed to activate communication pathways between the mind and the body, raise energy levels, regulate mood, relieve stress and anxiety, enhance performance, reduce inflammation, and help dissolve pain. Participants will be guided through exercises based on voluntarily regulated breathing practices, including Coherent Breathing and Breath Moving. Unique fusion of techniques drawn from yoga, qigong, meditation, martial arts and modern neuroscience. · Speaker: Patricia Gerbarg & Richard Brown
    Room: Workshop
    12.15 pm - 1.30 pm
  • Evolution of the Internal Family Systems model(IFS) IFS is a comprehensive approach which includes guidelines for working with individuals,couples, and families. The IFS Model represents a new synthesis of two already-existing paradigms: systems thinking and the multiplicity of the mind. It brings concepts and methods from the structural, strategic, narrative, and Bowenian schools of family therapy to the world of subpersonalities. · Speaker: Richard Schwartz
    Room: Workshop
    1.45 pm - 3.00 pm
  • Trauma Healing with Human Givens Human givens is a holistic, scientific, framework for understanding humans. It utilises the latest neuroscience, neurobiology and psychology. It combines wisdom with original new insights. Learn how to treat depression, anxiety, addictions and relationship difficulties quickly and effectively. Restore and maintain your client’s emotional health. · Speaker: Sue Saunders
    Room: Workshop
    3.15 pm - 4.30 pm
  • Critical Incident Stress Management - a comprehensive staff support program Dr Mitchell, a former firefighter / paramedic, developed a comprehensive, integrated, systematic and multi-component crisis intervention program for staff support. CISM has many crisis procedures that address individual and group needs at every phase of a crisis particularly for First Responders. · Speaker: Jeffrey Mitchell
    Room: Workshop
    4.45 pm - 6.00 pm
  • The Rhythm of Regulation: Building Safety From a Polyvagal Perspective The Polyvagal Theory offers a way to understand the human autonomic nervous system and directly engage with our habitual patterns of response.  Through a polyvagal lens we learn to listen to our embodied stories. We can let go of self-criticism and bring an open heart to exploring the "ways and whys" of our daily experience · Speaker: Deb Dana
    Room: Workshop
    6.15 pm - 7.30 pm
KEYNOTE Pre-Recorded Workshops - Timings are not applicable
Welcome and Introduction to Day Two
12.00 pm - 12.15 pm
Oxytocin and Trauma: The Healing Power of Love
Behavioural Endocrinology is a branch of endocrinology that studies the Neuroendocrine system and its effects on behavior. Behavioural endocrinology studies the biological mechanisms that producebehaviours, this gives insight into the evolutionary past. The field has roots in ethology, endocrinology and psychology. Examining the role of oxytocin and vasopressin in mental disorders such as autism, schizophrenia, anxiety, and depression.
12.00 pm - 12.15 pm
Speaker: Sue Carter
Room: Workshop 2
The Paths to Recovery
Filling in the holes - Creating structures. Exploring innovative treatments from neurofeedback and meditation to sports, drama and yoga that offer new paths to recovery by activating  and utilising the brains neuroplasticity
12.15 pm - 1.30 pm
Speaker: Bessel van der Kolk
Q&A Session to follow
Introduction to Breath, Body & Mind
Designed to activate communication pathways between the mind and the body, raise energy levels, regulate mood, relieve stress and anxiety, enhance performance, reduce inflammation, and help dissolve pain. Participants will be guided through exercises based on voluntarily regulated breathing practices, including Coherent Breathing and Breath Moving. Unique fusion of techniques drawn from yoga, qigong, meditation, martial arts and modern neuroscience.
12.15 pm - 1.30 pm
Speaker: Patricia Gerbarg & Richard Brown
Room: Workshop
Neurofeedback in the Treatment of Developmental Trauma - Calming the Fear Driven Brain
Working with the circuitry of the brain to restore emotional health and well-being. A type of "brain training" that allows us to see and change the patterns of our brain. Neurofeedback allows clinicians to guide their clients as they learn to transform brain-wave patterns, providing a new window into how we view and treat mental illness
1.45 pm - 3.00 pm
Speaker: Sebern Fisher
Q&A Session to follow
Evolution of the Internal Family Systems model(IFS)
IFS is a comprehensive approach which includes guidelines for working with individuals,couples, and families. The IFS Model represents a new synthesis of two already-existing paradigms: systems thinking and the multiplicity of the mind. It brings concepts and methods from the structural, strategic, narrative, and Bowenian schools of family therapy to the world of subpersonalities.
1.45 pm - 3.00 pm
Speaker: Richard Schwartz
Room: Workshop
The principles of Sensorimotor Psychotherapy
Sensorimotor Psychotherapy is body-based talk therapy, integrating current findings from neuroscience to transform traumatic memories, reorganise defensive responses and resolve traumatic effects into strengths and resources for the client. In the face of trauma, our capacity to calmly think through a life-threatening situation is superseded by instinctive animal defence, while our fight/flight/freeze responses which continue to be evoked long after events are over. Reorganizing those responses leaves survivors feeling "safe at last"
3.15 pm - 4.30 pm
Speaker: Janina Fisher
Q&A Session to follow
Trauma Healing with Human Givens
Human givens is a holistic, scientific, framework for understanding humans. It utilises the latest neuroscience, neurobiology and psychology. It combines wisdom with original new insights. Learn how to treat depression, anxiety, addictions and relationship difficulties quickly and effectively. Restore and maintain your client’s emotional health.
3.15 pm - 4.30 pm
Speaker: Sue Saunders
Room: Workshop
Trauma and Memory - Brain and Body in a Search for the Living Past
A Practical Guide for Understanding and Working with Traumatic Memory. Tackling one of the most difficult and complex questions of trauma therapy: Can we trust our memories? While trauma therapy work frequently addresses "explicit" memories, less attention has been paid to how the body itself stores "implicit" memory, and how much of what we think of as "memory" actually comes to us through our interoceptive bodily sense.
4.45 pm - 6.00 pm
Speaker: Peter Levine
Q&A Session to follow
Critical Incident Stress Management - a comprehensive staff support program
Dr Mitchell, a former firefighter / paramedic, developed a comprehensive, integrated, systematic and multi-component crisis intervention program for staff support. CISM has many crisis procedures that address individual and group needs at every phase of a crisis particularly for First Responders.
4.45 pm - 6.00 pm
Speaker: Jeffrey Mitchell
Room: Workshop
Live interview with Gabor Mate by Clive Corry - Gabor Maté on Coronavirus, Trauma, Addictions and the Future
The discussion topic will be confirmed shortly.
6.15 pm - 7.30 pm
Speaker: Gabor Máte
Q&A Session to follow
The Rhythm of Regulation: Building Safety From a Polyvagal Perspective
The Polyvagal Theory offers a way to understand the human autonomic nervous system and directly engage with our habitual patterns of response.  Through a polyvagal lens we learn to listen to our embodied stories. We can let go of self-criticism and bring an open heart to exploring the "ways and whys" of our daily experience
6.15 pm - 7.30 pm
Speaker: Deb Dana
Room: Workshop

KEYNOTE

  • Welcome and Introduction to Day Two
    12.00 pm - 12.15 pm
  • The Paths to Recovery Filling in the holes - Creating structures. Exploring innovative treatments from neurofeedback and meditation to sports, drama and yoga that offer new paths to recovery by activating  and utilising the brains neuroplasticity · Speaker: Bessel van der Kolk
    Q&A Session to follow
    12.15 pm - 1.30 pm
  • Neurofeedback in the Treatment of Developmental Trauma - Calming the Fear Driven Brain Working with the circuitry of the brain to restore emotional health and well-being. A type of "brain training" that allows us to see and change the patterns of our brain. Neurofeedback allows clinicians to guide their clients as they learn to transform brain-wave patterns, providing a new window into how we view and treat mental illness · Speaker: Sebern Fisher
    Q&A Session to follow

    1.45 pm - 3.00 pm
  • The principles of Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Sensorimotor Psychotherapy is body-based talk therapy, integrating current findings from neuroscience to transform traumatic memories, reorganise defensive responses and resolve traumatic effects into strengths and resources for the client. In the face of trauma, our capacity to calmly think through a life-threatening situation is superseded by instinctive animal defence, while our fight/flight/freeze responses which continue to be evoked long after events are over. Reorganizing those responses leaves survivors feeling "safe at last" · Speaker: Janina Fisher
    Q&A Session to follow

    3.15 pm - 4.30 pm
  • Trauma and Memory - Brain and Body in a Search for the Living Past A Practical Guide for Understanding and Working with Traumatic Memory. Tackling one of the most difficult and complex questions of trauma therapy: Can we trust our memories? While trauma therapy work frequently addresses "explicit" memories, less attention has been paid to how the body itself stores "implicit" memory, and how much of what we think of as "memory" actually comes to us through our interoceptive bodily sense. · Speaker: Peter Levine
    Q&A Session to follow

    4.45 pm - 6.00 pm
  • Live interview with Gabor Mate by Clive Corry - Gabor Maté on Coronavirus, Trauma, Addictions and the Future The discussion topic will be confirmed shortly. · Speaker: Gabor Máte
    Q&A Session to follow

    6.15 pm - 7.30 pm

Pre-Recorded Workshops - Timings are not applicable

  • Oxytocin and Trauma: The Healing Power of Love Behavioural Endocrinology is a branch of endocrinology that studies the Neuroendocrine system and its effects on behavior. Behavioural endocrinology studies the biological mechanisms that producebehaviours, this gives insight into the evolutionary past. The field has roots in ethology, endocrinology and psychology. Examining the role of oxytocin and vasopressin in mental disorders such as autism, schizophrenia, anxiety, and depression. · Speaker: Sue Carter
    Room: Workshop 2
    12.00 pm - 12.15 pm
  • Introduction to Breath, Body & Mind Designed to activate communication pathways between the mind and the body, raise energy levels, regulate mood, relieve stress and anxiety, enhance performance, reduce inflammation, and help dissolve pain. Participants will be guided through exercises based on voluntarily regulated breathing practices, including Coherent Breathing and Breath Moving. Unique fusion of techniques drawn from yoga, qigong, meditation, martial arts and modern neuroscience. · Speaker: Patricia Gerbarg & Richard Brown
    Room: Workshop
    12.15 pm - 1.30 pm
  • Evolution of the Internal Family Systems model(IFS) IFS is a comprehensive approach which includes guidelines for working with individuals,couples, and families. The IFS Model represents a new synthesis of two already-existing paradigms: systems thinking and the multiplicity of the mind. It brings concepts and methods from the structural, strategic, narrative, and Bowenian schools of family therapy to the world of subpersonalities. · Speaker: Richard Schwartz
    Room: Workshop
    1.45 pm - 3.00 pm
  • Trauma Healing with Human Givens Human givens is a holistic, scientific, framework for understanding humans. It utilises the latest neuroscience, neurobiology and psychology. It combines wisdom with original new insights. Learn how to treat depression, anxiety, addictions and relationship difficulties quickly and effectively. Restore and maintain your client’s emotional health. · Speaker: Sue Saunders
    Room: Workshop
    3.15 pm - 4.30 pm
  • Critical Incident Stress Management - a comprehensive staff support program Dr Mitchell, a former firefighter / paramedic, developed a comprehensive, integrated, systematic and multi-component crisis intervention program for staff support. CISM has many crisis procedures that address individual and group needs at every phase of a crisis particularly for First Responders. · Speaker: Jeffrey Mitchell
    Room: Workshop
    4.45 pm - 6.00 pm
  • The Rhythm of Regulation: Building Safety From a Polyvagal Perspective The Polyvagal Theory offers a way to understand the human autonomic nervous system and directly engage with our habitual patterns of response.  Through a polyvagal lens we learn to listen to our embodied stories. We can let go of self-criticism and bring an open heart to exploring the "ways and whys" of our daily experience · Speaker: Deb Dana
    Room: Workshop
    6.15 pm - 7.30 pm
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