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 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.
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 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 (pronounced GAH-bor MAH-tay) is a retired physician who, after 20 years of
family practice and palliative care experience, worked for over a decade in Vancouver’s
Downtown East Side with patients challenged by drug addiction and mental illness. The
bestselling author of four books published in twenty-five languages, Gabor is an
internationally renowned speaker highly sought after for his expertise on addiction,
trauma, childhood development, and the relationship of stress and illness. His book on
addiction received the Hubert Evans Prize for literary non-fiction. For his groundbreaking
medical work and writing he has been awarded the Order of Canada, his country’s highest
civilian distinction, and the Civic Merit Award from his hometown, Vancouver. His books
include In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters With Addiction; When the Body
Says No; The Cost of Hidden Stress; Scattered Minds: The Origins and Healing of
Attention Deficit Disorder; and (with Gordon Neufeld) Hold on to Your Kids: Why Parents
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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 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.
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.
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 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 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 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, 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 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 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.