On 21st through to 23rd June, the Virtual Trauma Recovery Summit will be hosted live from Titanic Belfast.
The Virtual Trauma Recovery Summit brings together the world’s leading experts in the field of trauma and trauma recovery to present their latest research and understanding of trauma and how it effects both individuals, families and communities. The Summit will examine a range of treatment modalities to heal trauma and how delegates can incorporate these into their own professional practice.
Sources of trauma such as childhood adversity, social injustice and environmental stressors are linked to poor mental health. There is a strong link between addictions, self-harm and suicide. The subject of trauma is relevant to a large audience of health, education and social care professionals.
Trauma is a universal pandemic, but together we can Be the Change and work collectively to bring hope, recovery, resilience and healing to a world that is hurting.
The Virtual Trauma Recovery Summit will give practitioners in the field the latest knowledge and understanding which they can integrate into their work and communities to deliver positive outcomes on the road to recovery.
Network with over 1.500 professionals from around the world1
Take part in panel discussions, experiential sessions, workshops and training2
Attend keynote presentations from a wide range of expert speakers3
Explore trauma recovery options from the world's leading trauma mentors4
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.
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, and The Mindful Therapist. He has also written The Yes Brain and The Power of Showing Up with Tina Payne Bryson, Ph.D. Dr. Siegel also serves as the Founding Editor for the Norton Professional Series on Interpersonal Neurobiology which currently contains over seventy textbooks.
Clinician, consultant, lecturer, Coordinator - Traumatic Stress Research Consortium, Kinsey Institute
Deb Dana, LCSW is a clinician and consultant specializing in using the lens of Polyvagal Theory to understand and resolve the impact of trauma and create ways of working that honor the role of the autonomic nervous system. She developed the Rhythm of Regulation Clinical Training Series and lectures internationally on ways Polyvagal Theory informs work with trauma survivors. She is a founding member of the Polyvagal Institute, clinical advisor to Khiron Clinics, and an advisor to Unyte.
Deb’s clinical work published with W.W. Norton includes The Polyvagal Theory in Therapy: Engaging the Rhythm of Regulation, Polyvagal Exercises for Safety and Connection: 50 Client Centered Practices, and the Polyvagal Flip Chart. She partners with Sounds True to bring her polyvagal perspective to a general audience through the audio program Befriending Your Nervous System: Looking Through the Lens of Polyvagal Theory and her forthcoming print book Anchored: How to Befriend Your Nervous System Using Polyvagal Theory.
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.
In recognition of his groundbreaking therapeutic works, Dr. Levine has received the Lifetime Achievement awards from Psychotherapy Networker, 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.
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 itstreatment.
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 founderof the 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 theworld, 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
Professor, Author, Consultant
Dr. Kenneth V. Hardy is a Clinical and Organizational Consultant at the Eikenberg Institute for Relationships in New York, NY where he also serves as Director. He provides Racially Focused Trauma Informed training, executive coaching, and consultation to a diverse network of individuals and organizations throughout the United States and abroad. He is a former Professor of Family Therapy at both Drexel University in Philadelphia, and Syracuse University in New York, and has also served as the Director of Children, Families, and Trauma at the Ackerman Institute for the Family in New York, NY.
He is the author of:
- Culturally Sensitive Supervision: Diverse Perspectives and Practical Applications
- Promoting Culturally Sensitive Supervision: A Manual for Practitioners
- Revisioning Family Therapy: Race, Class, and Gender
- Teens Who Hurt: Clinical Strategies for Breaking the Cycle of Youth Violence.
In addition to his consultation work, Dr. Hardy is a frequent conference speaker and has also appeared on ABC’s 20/20, Dateline NBC, PBS, and the Oprah Winfrey Show.
Renowned Speaker and Best Selling Author
Gabor Maté (pronunciation: 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, including the award-winning In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters With Addiction, Gabor is an internationally renowned speaker highly sought after for his expertise on addiction, trauma, childhood development, and the relationship of stress and illness. 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. To learn more, join his e-news list at www.drgabormate.com.
Euphrasia (Efu) Nyaki was born and raised in Tanzania where she earned a bachelor of science degree, trained as a Science teacher, and later on was trained as a healer using holistic methods. Efu is a Faculty Member of Somatic Experiencing®, and a Professor of Family Constellation System Therapy by Hellinger Institute. In the last 27 years Efu has been living in Brazil facilitating trainings and therapy for trauma healing using Somatic Experiencing® and Family Constellation System Therapy (Generational trauma healing). While living in Brazil, Efu has also been travelling in different countries such as India, Egypt, South Korea, China, Bolivia, Peru, Spain, Uruguay, Tanzania, Philippines, and Hong Kong facilitating trainings and workshops on different kinds of trauma healing. Due to Pandemic situation, Efu has been giving international trainings, workshops and individual therapy sessions online. Efu is a co-founder of AFYA: Holistic Healing Center located in the northeast of Brazil. Afya supports many people from the local community as well as national and international individuals that approaches the center in order to receive support in healing, using different types of natural and holistic healing methodologies.
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The Somatic Experiencing Approach
The Somatic Experiencing® method is a mind and body-oriented approach to the healing of trauma and other stress disorders. It is the life’s work of Peter A. Levine, PhD, resulting from his multidisciplinary study of stress physiology, ethology, biology, neuroscience, psychology, and indigenous healing practices, together with over 50 years of successful clinical application. The SE™ approach releases traumatic shock and restores connection, which is key to transforming PTSD and the wounds of emotional and early developmental attachment trauma.
"Trauma is perhaps the most avoided, ignored, belittled, denied, misunderstaood and untreated cause of human suffering" - Peter A Levine PhD
Exploring trauma in young people/communities/vulnerable adults and how as a society we can break the cycle and bring about healing.
Healing the Hidden Wounds of Racial Trauma
A disproportionate number of children and youth of colour fail in school and become trapped in the pipelines of treatment, social service, and justice systems. This presentation examines racial trauma and highlights strategies for healing and transformation. Racial oppression is a traumatic form of interpersonal violence which can lacerate the spirit, scar the soul, and puncture the psyche. Without a clear and descriptive language to describe this experience, those who suffer cannot coherently convey their pain, let alone heal. The source of their hurt is often confused with distracting secondary symptoms. As with other forms of trauma, we ask the wrong question about struggling youth of colour. Instead of asking “What is wrong with them?” we need to ask the trauma-informed question, “What has happened to them?”.
Introduction to Internal Family Systems Model (IFS)
IFS is a transformative, evidence-based psychotherapy that helps people heal by accessing and loving their protective and wounded inner parts. We believe the mind is naturally multiple and that is a good thing. Just like members of a family, inner parts are forced from their valuable states into extreme roles within us. We also all have a core Self, Self is in everyone. It can't be damaged, it knows how to heal. By helping first access their Self and, from that core, come to understand and heal their parts, IFS creates inner and outer connectedness. Richard is the Founder of IFS and will present on how IFS can heal and bring relaxation to help treat inner traumas.
Mindfulness Workshop - Moving from Chaos to Calm
In this workshop Caroline will provide a pathway for living more peacefully and with less chaos in our lives. Caroline's work will inspire us to develop a deep and enduring appreciation for ourselves and all that we hold together in our families, workplaces and communities.
Artistic Therapy - Colour is the language of the soul - Experiential Workshop - Materials required
This one hour workshop will be divided into two parts. The first part will be a practical introduction to the three primary colours - yellow, blue and red - whereby participants are invited to explore their individual qualities. In a further guided exercise, they will begin to work with all three to produce their own unique image. These simple exercises can be both profound and fun. No previous experience is required. Just some blank paper and red yellow and blue paints, coloured crayons, pens or pastels. In the second part, Angela will present some examples from her workshops to demonstrate how this approach can be developed and used in different situations.
Trauma Healing on the Spiritual Path
When real, physical threats arise, human instincts take over and can create extraordinary feats of focused attention and action. The “awe-full” qualities of horror and terror we can experience at such times share essential roots with profoundly transformative states such as flow, awe, presence, timelessness, and ecstasy as they reach far beyond the limiting mind. The bridging of these states with everyday awareness can be a key feature of spiritual growth and expansion. As we bring awareness to our wounds and gradually access and integrate this energy into our nervous system and psychic structures, we begin to experience greater freedom, expansion and connection to our true self. As we integrate those wounds, the instinctual survival response embedded within trauma can catalyse authentic spiritual transformation. This workshop will help you to understand the relationship between trauma healing and various spiritual states. Discover how to work withaltered states in dealing with the residue of deep trauma.
The Deep Biology of Love - Oxytocin Unpacked
Love is not a soft feeling, it is “deep biology.” Oxytocin research pioneer Dr. Sue Carter unravels the mystery of Sue's favourite neuropeptide. You may have heard of oxytocin, it is often called the "love drug", however it is more than just that. Oxytocin also protects and defends from intruders and heals our body physically. Sue will explain the intricate moleculardances of oxytocin and vasopressin, these work together to fine tune social activities such as parental care and protection. They also help heal from trauma and are a powerful medicine
Develop professionally through CPD Accreditation
Learn from world-renowned trauma experts
A rare opportunity to interact with world-leading experts
Participate in many different workshops
Providing systems of support for delegates
Network and make connections with professionals around the world
Dr. Sue Carter
Elaine Millar Karas
For Baby’s Sake
Conferences are expensive to run. Speakers and their costs must be paid. There is also planning and promotion to pay for. Action Trauma is committed to increasing the awareness of psychological trauma, its many causes, widespread effects and the many ways of treating and healing it. We are a not-for-profit company and the delegate fees are struck at a rate which tries to cover operational costs. For what we offer, we are told that our fees are much less than most other similar events.
No, we do not offer any concessionary rates, this is because we are a not-for-profit company and the delegate fees are struck at a rate which tries to cover operational costs. For what we offer, we are told that our fees are much less than most other similar events.
If for any reason you need to cancel your booking, we will refund you as follows:
Please note if you have rolled over to our Trauma Recovery Summit 2022 and purchased an exclusive £90 ticket for this event you are not eligible for any refund. Exclusive tickets at £90 are strictly non-refundable.
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Yes, the hours you complete will equal the amount of CPD points earned. After the event is over, you will receive a certificate equivalent to the hours of the conference. Using your best judgement, you will then credit yourself with the hours spent learning for your own record.
Upon completion of a virtual event with Action Trauma, you will receive a certificate of attendance within 14 days. This certificate will detail the amount of CPD hours that the conference covers. Based on the content you have watched – you can then proceed to make a personal record of the hours you watched. We encourage you to be honest with yourself in recording the hours you watched. This may be flagged with a membership organisation, so you must track points appropriately. The certificate will also have a ‘CPD learning tool’ on the second page. This learning tool will contain a few questions which will allow you to reflect and capture your learning outcomes from that particular event. Please note that many professional membership bodies and governing institutes require this as part of a formal CPD record and will not accept points recorded/certificates, that do not include this information.
The platform will remain live for up to 6 months after the event. During this time, you will be able to network with colleagues from across the globe, spend time at our virtual exhibitor booths and re-watch the workshops and keynote presentations.
Most of them will be available. Some speakers have not given permission to have their slides available for download after their presentation due to the content that is being touched upon during their presentation.
Yes, we have incorporated two breaks into the daily schedule. This will give you the opportunity to take a break or join in on our online breathing exercises.
There are two reasons. A lot of our speakers are based in the US and in order to create an allowance for their time zone, we start at midday. Our speakers are live and their locations range from East to West coast of the US – which have significant time differences. We also have a wide reach of International delegates attending from across the globe. Even though the event is recorded, this time delay still gives an allowance for delegates joining us in real time from the US/Canada and South America.
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