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Robin Shapiro, LISW |  Bessel van der Kolk |  Elspeth Messenger |  Lisa Schwarz, M.Ed. |  Gabor Maté |  Richard C. Schwartz, PhD |  Jeffrey T. Mitchell, Ph.D. |  Janina Fisher, Ph.D. |  Diana Fosha, Ph.D. |  Steven Hoskinson, MA, MAT |  Tove Mejdahl |  Christina Buxton |  Gordon Turnbull |  Deborah Simkin |  Ciaran Mulholland |  Michael Duffy
18 Hours 53 Minutes
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Jun 27, 2018
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Robin Shapiro, LISW Related seminars and products

Robin Shapiro, LISW is an author, psychotherapist and an EMDRIA-approved consultant, offering consultation to psychotherapists on the gamut of psychotherapy issues including trauma, attachment, endogenous disorders, and countertransference issues. Author of three books, EMDR Solutions I, EMDR Solutions II and The Trauma Treatment Handbook. Leader of EMDR-related workshops including the Two-Hand Interweave, EMDR with Cultural and Generational Issues, Depression, Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorders, Medical Issues, Anxiety Disorders, Couples, Complex Trauma and Dissociation. She has presented these workshops at regional and international EMDR International Association conferences and, for many years in, in the Part Two of an EMDR Weekly Class.

Bessel van der Kolk's Profile

Bessel van der Kolk Related seminars and products

Bessel van der Kolk MD has spent his career studying how children and adults adapt to traumatic experiences, and has translated emerging findings from neuroscience and attachment research to develop and study a range of potentially effective treatments for traumatic stress in children and adults.

In 1984, he set up one of the first clinical/research centers in the US dedicated to study and treatment of traumatic stress in civilian populations, which has trained numerous researchers and clinicians specializing in the study and treatment of traumatic stress, and which has been continually funded to research the impact of traumatic stress and effective treatment interventions. He did the first studies on the effects of SSRIs on PTSD; was a member of the first neuroimaging team to investigate how trauma changes brain processes, and did the first research linking BPD and deliberate self-injury to trauma and neglect in early childhood.

Much of his research has focused on how trauma has a different impact at different stages of development, and that disruptions in care-giving systems have additional deleterious effects that need to be addressed for effective intervention. In order to promote a deeper understanding of the impact of childhood trauma and to foster the development and execution of effective treatment interventions, he initiated the process that led to the establishment of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN), a Congressionally mandated initiative that now funds approximately 150 centers specializing in developing effective treatment interventions, and implementing them in a wide array of settings, from juvenile detention centers to tribal agencies, nationwide.

He has focused on studying treatments that stabilize physiology, increase executive functioning and help traumatized individuals to feel fully alert to the present. This has included an NIMH funded study on EMDR and NCCAM funded study of yoga, and, in recent years, the study of neurofeedback to investigate whether attentional and perceptual systems (and the neural tracks responsible for them) can be altered by changing EEG patterns.

His efforts resulted in the establishment of Trauma Center, that consist of a well-trained clinical team specializing in the treatment of children and adults with histories of child maltreatment, that applies treatment models that are widely taught and implemented nationwide, a research lab that studies the effects of neurofeedback and MDMA on behavior, mood, and executive functioning, and numerous trainings nationwide to a variety of mental health professional, educators, parent groups, policy makers, and law enforcement personnel.

Dr. van der Kolk is the author of the NY Times best-selling book The Body Keeps The Score.

Elspeth Messenger Related seminars and products

Trauma Recovery Scotland

Elspeth works in private practice with a wide variety of clients in Edinburgh and online, and assists at Somatic Experiencing trainings in London, Edinburgh, and Bangalore in India. She is a member of BACP, Trauma Training in Scotland, SETI/FHE, and Co-Chair of SEA UK. Having worked for years with university students, witnessing the struggle some of them had with anxiety, with relationships, with family dif?culties and with addictions and self-harm, she trained in psychotherapy at the University of Edinburgh. In 2003, she moved to Lagos, Nigeria, for 5 years and worked there in trauma recovery counselling, and in HIV/AIDS training and counselling, for large oil companies and in the healthcare sector.  She found that while psychotherapy/counselling was helpful, it was not enough to combat ?ashbacks and other symptoms of trauma. In Somatic Experiencing she found something more effective. She attended a workshop by Peter Levine in 2010, and later completed the SE Practitioner training in London run by SOS Internationale (http:// Elspeth integrates a variety of trainings  with a long-standing interest in the inclusivity of Franciscan spirituality, valuing and being present to all living things, and including the body in an understanding of psychological and emotional healing.  She continues to pursue an interest in how neurophysiology informs our healing and recovery from trauma. Her belief for clients is one of hope in their ability to ?nd an experience of ‘good’, to develop their capacity for aliveness, greater freedom, increased calm, comfort, hope, playfulness and enjoyment of life. In SE, we don’t ‘?x’ or ‘treat’ clients: we listen, attend, and follow, making space for the body to complete natural survival defenses, to reconnect with others, and return to natural ?exibility. Elspeth has attended workshops and trainings given by Daniel Siegel, Stephen Porges, Kathy Kain, Bessel van der Kolk, and several of the other speakers at the summit, and continues to ?nd their trainings and books hugely helpful in her work!

Lisa Schwarz, M.Ed. Related seminars and products

Lisa Schwarz, M.Ed. is a Pennsylvania state licensed psychologist, consultant, and international educator based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and Beulah, Colorado. She is the developer of the Comprehensive Resource Model (CRM) and has spent the past 25 years dedicating her work to creating innovative methods for working with dissociative disorders (including medical/somatic dissociation), attachment disorders, and gestational trauma.  She is a certified Trauma Model practitioner from the Colin Ross Institute, trained in Robert Schrei’s Sourcepoint Therapy, and practices Usui Reiki. Lisa’s clinical work and teaching provides a combination of psychotherapy, neuroscience, and spirituality in facilitating holistic healing from traumatic events. She is the primary author of “The Comprehensive Resource Model: Effective Techniques for Treating Complex PTSD” (Routledge 2017) with CRM featured as the cover story in Newsweek in April 2017.

Gabor Maté Related seminars and products

Gabor Maté is a medical doctor recently retired from active practice. He was a family physician for two decades and for seven years he served as Medical Coordinator of the Palliative Care Unit at Vancouver Hospital. For twelve years he worked in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside with patients challenged by hard core addiction, mental illness, HIV and related conditions. For two years he was the onsite physician at Vancouver’s unique Supervised Injection Site, North America’s ?rst such facility. He is internationally known for his work on the mind/body unity in health and illness, on attention de?cit disorder and other childhood developmental issues, and his breakthrough analysis of addiction as a psycho-physiological response to childhood trauma and emotional loss. He is the author of four best-selling books published in twenty languages on ?ve continents, including When The Body Says No: The Cost of Hidden Stress and the award winning In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters With Addiction. Gabor is the recipient of an Outstanding Alumnus Award from Simon Fraser University and an Honorary Degree of Law from the University of Northern British Columbia, among other awards. In 2017 he was named among 150 Canadians as a Di?erence Maker in Mental Health by the Centre for Addictions and Mental Health. He frequently addresses professional and lay audiences in North America and internationally on issues related to childhood development and parenting, physical and mental health and wellness, and addiction. He is Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Criminology, Simon Fraser University. His next book, now in progress, The Myth of Normal: Finding Our Authentic Self in a Toxic Culture. To learn more, join his e-news list at

Richard C. Schwartz, PhD Related seminars and products

Richard Schwartz, Ph.D., earned his Ph.D. in marriage and family therapy from Purdue University, after which he began a long association with the Institute for Juvenile Research at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and more recently at The Family Institute at Northwestern University, attaining the status of associate professor at both institutions. He is co-author, with Michael Nichols, of Family Therapy: Concepts and Methods, the most widely used family therapy text in the United States.

Dr. Schwartz developed Internal Family Systems in response to clients’ descriptions of experiencing various parts – many extreme – within themselves. He noticed that when these parts felt safe and had their concerns addressed, they were less disruptive and would accede to the wise leadership of what Dr. Schwartz came to call the “Self.” In developing IFS, he recognized that, as in systemic family theory, parts take on characteristic roles that help define the inner world of the clients. The coordinating Self, which embodies qualities of confidence, openness, and compassion, acts as a center around which the various parts constellate. Because IFS locates the source of healing within the client, the therapist is freed to focus on guiding the client’s access to his or her true Self and supporting the client in harnessing its wisdom. This approach makes IFS a non-pathologizing, hopeful framework within which to practice psychotherapy. It provides an alternative understanding of psychic functioning and healing that allows for innovative techniques in relieving clients symptoms and suffering.

In 2000, Richard Schwartz founded The Center for Self Leadership in Oak Park, Illinois. Dr. Schwartz is a featured speaker for many national psychotherapy organizations and a fellow of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, and he serves on the editorial boards of four professional journals. He has published four books and over 50 articles about IFS. His books include Internal Family Systems Therapy, Introduction to the Internal Family Systems Model, and The Mosaic Mind (with Regina Goulding), as well as Metaframeworks (with Doug Breunlin and Betty Karrer). Dr. Schwartz lives and practices in Brookline, MA and is on the faculty of the Department of Psychiatry, Harvard School of Medicine.

Speaker Disclosure:

Financial: Richard Schwartz is the Founder of The Center for Self Leadership. He receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Richard Schwartz is a Fellow and member of the American Association for Marital and Family Therapy.

Jeffrey T. Mitchell, Ph.D. Related seminars and products

Jeffrey T. Mitchell, Ph.D., is a Clinical Professor of Emergency , Health Services at the University of Maryland in Baltimore County, Maryland and President Emeritus of the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation. He taught elementary school science for three years. He earned his Ph.D. in Human Development from the University of Maryland. After serving as a firefighter /paramedic he developed a comprehensive, systematic, integrated and multi-component crisis intervention program called “Critical Incident Stress Management.”  He has authored over 250 articles and 10 books in the stress and crisis intervention fields. He serves as an adjunct faculty member of the Emergency Management Institute of the Federal Emergency Management Agency. He is a reviewer for the Journal of the American Medical Association, Psychological Reports: Perceptual and Motor Skills, and the International Journal of Emergency Mental Health. He has been honored by the Austrian Red Cross with the Bronze Medal for his work in Crisis Intervention.  Dr. Mitchell is board certified in traumatic stress and credentialed as a Diplomate and a Member of the Board of Scientific and Professional Advisors of the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress. He has been approved as a Certified Trauma Specialist by the Association of Traumatic Stress Specialists. The United Nations has appointed him to the United Nations Department of Safety and Security Working Group on Stress.

Janina Fisher, Ph.D.'s Profile

Janina Fisher, Ph.D. Related seminars and products

Janina Fisher, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist and former instructor at The Trauma Center, a research and treatment center founded by Bessel van der Kolk. Known as an expert on the treatment of trauma, Dr. Fisher has also been treating individuals, couples and families since 1980.

She is past president of the New England Society for the Treatment of Trauma and Dissociation, an EMDR International Association Credit Provider, Assistant Educational Director of the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute, and a former Instructor, Harvard Medical School. Dr. Fisher lectures and teaches nationally and internationally on topics related to the integration of the neurobiological research and newer trauma treatment paradigms into traditional therapeutic modalities.

She is author of the bestselling Transforming the Living Legacy of Trauma: A Workbook for Survivors and Therapists (2021), Healing the Fragmented Selves of Trauma Survivors: Overcoming Internal Self-Alienation (2017), and co-author with Pat Ogden of Sensorimotor Psychotherapy: Interventions for Attachment and Trauma.(2015).

Diana Fosha, Ph.D. Related seminars and products

Diana Fosha, Ph.D. is the developer of A E D P (Accelerated Experiential-Dynamic Psychotherapy), and founder and current director of the AEDP Institute, an internationally recognized  school that specializes in training therapists in a healing-oriented transformational approach to the treatment of attachment trauma. A leader in the field of transformational studies in trauma treatment, Fosha’s work on healing transformational processes focuses on integrating neuroplasticity, recognition science and developmental dyadic research into experiential clinical process work with patients. She is the author of The transforming power of affect: A model for accelerated change (Basic Books, 2000) and senior editor, with Daniel Siegel and Marion Solomon, of The healing power of emotion: Affective neuroscience, development & clinical practice (Norton, 2009). She is the author of numerous papers and chapters on healing transformational processes in experiential therapy and trauma treatment. Three DVDs of her live AEDP clinical work have been issued by the American Psychological Association (APA). Dr. Fosha practices in New York City and leads workshops and trainings worldwide. She teaches and is on the faculty of the Departments of Psychiatry and Psychology of NYU and Mt. Sinai Medical Centers in New York. Many of her papers are available through the AEDP website at

Steven Hoskinson, MA, MAT Related seminars and products

Steven Hoskinson, MA, MAT, is the Founder, CEO and CCO (Chief Compassion Officer) of Organic Intelligence® and the 501(c)(3) nonprofit Organic Intelligence Outreach Institute. Steve has created the Human Empowerment And Resiliency Training (HEARTraining®) based on Organic Intelligence, which is a positive psychology, fractal method known for its strengths-based, implicit exposure, approach for trauma. Organic Intelligence is a pioneer in the interpersonal neurobiology field, and utilizes a complexity science framework that catalyzes intrinsic biological self-organization using the comprehensive OI Clinical Protocol.  Since 1999, Steve has mentored and trained thousands of professionals in North America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East in his ethical and compassionate treatment method for trauma. Prominent in the Somatic Psychology field, Steve trained students and SE Faculty as Senior International Faculty for the Somatic Experiencing® Trauma Institute for 17 years.  Now, in addition to his OI work,  he also teaches graduate students as Adjunct Faculty for JFK University’s Somatic Psychology program.  Steve is a founding member of the Northern California Society for Integrative Mental Health and the International Transformational Resilience Coalition. He also served on the Global Training and Education Council for the SE Trauma Institute, and hosts the Podcast series, “The End of Trauma.”

Tove Mejdahl Related seminars and products

Tove is a psychologist, licensed specialist and supervisor in clinical psychology and Somatic Experiencing Practitioner. Tove has worked with NARM-therapy since 2006 and is approved teacher, assistant and supervisor in NARM. Her background comprises training in hypnosis and psychodrama. Has her own full time practice since 2001 with therapy, supervision and education. 

Christina Buxton Related seminars and products

Christina is a chartered academic psychologist and psychotherapist specialising in psychological trauma. She is programme lead for the MSc in Psychological Trauma at Chester University.  Christina is a chair elect of the British Psychological Society (BPS) Crisis Disaster and Trauma section and a registered psychological tester with the (BPS) Psychological Testing Centre (PTC) where she also serves on the Committee in Testing Standards. Christina work is in teaching, research and consultancy in PTSD and psychological trauma, psychological assessment,  and in individuals working with psychological trauma. Christina  works clinically with young people and adults who suffer from PTSD.

Gordon Turnbull Related seminars and products

A graduate of Edinburgh University in 1973, Professor Gordon Turnbull entered psychiatry at the Neuropsychiatric Centre, Royal Air Force Hospital Wroughton in Wiltshire in 1980.  Previous post-graduate experience had been in General Medicine, expedition medicine and neurology. Appointed Consultant in 1986 his focus turned to psychological trauma after the Lockerbie Air Disaster in 1988 and  active service in the Gulf War of 1991 as RAF psychiatric adviser in the field, first-ever debriefings of British prisoners-of-war and released British hostages from the Lebanon.  He developed new treatment strategies for trauma in the RAF and post-RAF has concentrated on trauma services for police officers, emergency service personnel and military veterans. In 1992 he received the RAF Aviation Medicine prize and in 1993 received the “People of the Year “ Award from the Royal Association for Disability and Rehabilitation in recognition of his work in the field of psychotrauma. Currently, he is Consultant Psychiatrist in Trauma at The Nightingale Hospital, London, and at Brinkworth House in Wiltshire and Visiting Professor to the University of Chester MSc in Psychological Trauma. He published “TRAUMA: From Lockerbie to 7/7: How Trauma Affects Our Minds and How We Fight Back” in 2011.  

Deborah Simkin Related seminars and products

Dr. Simkin is a board certified Child, Adolescent and Adult Psychiatrist. She is also a diplomate of the American Board of Integrative and Holistic Medicine, board certified in neurofeedback and practices Integrative (Functional) Psychiatry Medicine in private practice. She is a Clinical Assistant Professor at Emory School of Medicine where she teaches Functional Psychiatry. She is a Diplomate Fellow with the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. She has co-edited several textbooks including a 2 volume text on Complementary and Alternative Medicine in the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Disorders in the Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Clinics of North America, is the co-editor for the adolescent section of the ASAM textbook on addictions and has written several chapters on LORETA neurofeedback,   neurofeedback research, meditation, and the role of inflammation as it pertains to psychiatric illnesses. She serves as co-chair of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry’s Committee on Complementary and Integrative Medicine and serves as a liaison to the National Committee on Complementary and Integrative Psychiatry at NIH. She has received several awards including the two most outstanding faculty teaching awards and outstanding mental health clinician. She co-presents with Joel Lubar, PhD to educate physicians to new research and methods in LORETA neurofeedback and has worked with veterans using LORETA neurofeedback for Traumatic Brain Injury and PTSD, as well as other conditions in child, adolescent and adult psychiatry. She has presented internationally and will soon become certified in Functional Medicine with the Institute of Functional Medicine at Cleveland Clinic. 

Ciaran Mulholland Related seminars and products

Ciaran Mulholland has been a consultant psychiatrist with the Northern Health and Social Care Trust since 1998. Since April 2000 he has been a Senior Lecturer in the Centre for Medical Education (Lead for Psychiatry) at The Queen’s University of Belfast and continues to work as a Consultant Psychiatrist with the Northern Trust. Ciaran is currently the co-lead for an innovative service for young people with "at risk mental states"-that is, those thought to be at risk of developing a psychotic illness. Ciaran is also Co-Clinical Lead of the Northern Ireland Clinical Research Network, Mental Health Special Interest Group, and acted as an advisor to the Victims and Survivors Service on clinical interventions for those who have been impacted on by the trauma of the "Troubles". Ciaran is a Fellow of the Centre for Evidence and Social Innovation and an Associate Fellow of The Senator George J. Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice at Queen's University, and has recently been appointed Interim Clinical Director for the Northern Ireland Mental Trauma Service.

Michael Duffy Related seminars and products

Dr Michael Duffy’s research looks at mental health linked to trauma and conflict and the development of evidence based psychological interventions, in particular cognitive therapy for conflict related PTSD. In 1998 after the Omagh bombing Michael was invited with Dr Kate Gillespie to co-lead the work of the H&SC Trauma & Recovery team. In collaboration with Profs David M Clark and Anke Ehlers, Oxford university and KCL, they led and evaluated the application of a new cognitive model for PTSD with victims of this traumatic event. Since then Michael systematically explored the phenomenology of PTSD linked to civil conflict and researched the effectiveness of Trauma Focused cognitive behavioural psychotherapy (TFCBT) with other conflict related traumas via single case studies, a case series and clinical trials.   Michael has been invited to present many TFCBT workshops for clinicians working with survivors after tragedies such as: the 9/11 Twin Towers attack New York (2004); 7/11 bombings London (2005); Oslo bombing and Utoya Island shootings in Norway (2012). In June 2017 Michael delivered "the psychological care of victims of terrorism" at Complutense University Madrid. In addition Dr Duffy has been an advisor to the Manchester Mental Health Senior staff on responses for victims of the terrorist attack at the Manchester concert hall on 22 May 17 delivered a keynote on "evidence based responses for PTSD" for 150 therapists working with victims of this tragedy. 


  • Why I love EMDR! — Robin Shapiro
  • Complexity of Adaptation to Trauma throughout Ones Lifespan — Bessel Van Der Kolk
  • Beyond Words: The Primacy of Presence in Healing Trauma — Elspeth Messenger
  • Comprehensive Resource Model Explained — Lisa Schwarz
  • When the body says No: Mind/Body Unity & The Stress – Disease Connection — Gabor Maté
  • Clinical Demonstration of the Comprehensive Resource Model — Lisa Schwarz
  • Rhythm, Synchrony & Embodiment: From Neurofeedback to Psychodrama — Bessel Van Der Kolk
  • Internal Family Systems — Richard Schwartz
  • First Responders and Psychological Trauma: Personal and Professional Costs — Jeffrey Mitchell
  • Trauma and the Body: Integrating Sensorimotor Psychotherapy into Trauma Treatment — Janina Fisher
  • Accelerated Experential Dynamic Psychotherapy — Diana Fosha
  • Organic Intelligence — Steve Hoskinson
  • Fostering Resilience in a Stressed Culture — Gabor Maté
  • The NeuroAffective Relational Model™ (NARM™) — Tove Mejdahl
  • Neurofeedback: Introductions to core principles of EEG & Operant Training — Deborah Simkin
  • Healing The Body, Healing The Mind — Janina Fisher
  • Trauma Focused CBT Learning from NI's Troubled Past — Ciaran Mulholland, Michael Duffy



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