33rd annual trauma conference

Real, three dimensional, on the ground, as well as virtual

May 18th - 21st 2022

Trauma research foundation and Bessel van der Kolk are delighted to announce the 33rd annual trauma conference

For the 33rd year, Bessel van der Kolk hosts some of the world’s most innovative leaders from the field of trauma, attachment, neuroscience, mindfulness, body oriented work and psychedelic studies. 


Seaport Hotel, Boston

Join us in person as we host the conference live in Boston!

Virtual - join from home

For those who aren't able to come to Boston, we are still able to offer it online.

May 18th - 21st 2022

Save the Date in your calendar.

Limited spaces available


Confirmed Speakers

We will update this page as more of our line-up are announced

Bessel A. van der Kolk, MD

Bessel van der Kolk, MD, is a clinician, researcher, and teacher best known for his work with posttraumatic stress. Active in the field of mental health since the 1970s, he currently serves as medical director at the Trauma Center in Boston.

Internationally and throughout the United States, van der Kolk has worked as a lecturer, teacher, and professor. He previously served as President of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies and as a co-director of the National Center for Child Traumatic Stress Complex Trauma Network. He teaches psychiatry at the Boston University Medical School and continues to work as a clinician in his Boston-area private practice.


Martin H Teicher MD, PHD

Presentation: To be confirmed

About: Martin Teicher, MD, PhD, has been director of the Developmental Biopsychiatry Research Program at McLean Hospital since 1988. He was director of the former Developmental Psychopharmacology Laboratory (now the Laboratory of Developmental Neuropharmacology), and is currently an associate professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Teicher is a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology, Current Pediatric Reviews, and Current Psychosomatic Medicine. He is a member of the Scientific Advisory Council of the Juvenile Bipolar Research Foundation and has been part of Harvard University’s Brain Development Working Group. He has served on or chaired numerous review committees for the National Institutes of Health, published more than 150 articles, and has received numerous honors.


Ruth Lanius, MD, PhD

Presentation: To be confirmed

About: Ruth Lanius, MD, PhD, Professor of Psychiatry is the director of the posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) research unit at the University of Western Ontario. She established the Traumatic Stress Service and the Traumatic Stress Service Workplace Program, services that specialize in the treatment and research of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and related comorbid disorders. She currently holds the Harris-Woodman Chair in Mind-Body Medicine at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry at the University of Western Ontario. 

Her research interests focus on studying the neurobiology of PTSD and treatment outcome research examining various pharmacological and psychotherapeutic methods. She has authored more than 100 published papers and chapters in the field of traumatic stress and is currently funded by several federal funding agencies. She regularly lectures on the topic of PTSD nationally and internationally. She has recently published a book ‘The Impact of Early Life Trauma on Health and Disease’ with Eric Vermetten and Clare Pain.


Janina Fisher, Ph.D

Presentation: To be confirmed

About: Janina Fisher, Ph.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist and former instructor, Harvard Medical School.  An international expert on the treatment of trauma, she is the author of Healing the Fragmented Selves of Trauma Survivors: Overcoming Self-Alienation (2017), Transforming the Living Legacy of Trauma: a Workbook for Survivors and Therapists (2021) and The Living Legacy of Trauma Flip Chart: a Psychoeducational In-Session Tool for Clients and Therapists (in press).  She is best known for her work on integrating neurobiologically-informed interventions into traditional psychotherapy.

Schedule coming soon

We will publish the full conference schedule as soon as it has been finalized.

Limited spaces available


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33rd annual trauma conference

Early Bird Registration

from $299 $225

virtual ticket - early bird

$299 $225

One of the few blessings that have come out of the pandemic is that we were able to take our annual trauma conference online. This has meant that we’ve been joined by so many people from around the world, who previously may not have been able to attend. We are delighted to be able to offer this option again this year to anyone who would like to watch it in the comfort of their own homes. 

in-person ticket - early bird

$629 $550

It’s been two years since we’ve been able to host our conference in person, and though we have loved the newfound ability to reach so many more of you in your own homes and countries, we miss being able to gather together in person. Therefore we are extremely excited to be able to offer the 33rd Annual Conference from the Seaport Hotel in Boston, for all those that would like to attend live.

ADA Statement

If participants have special needs, reasonable accommodations will be made for persons who request them, consistent with ADA requirements.

Code of Ethics Statement

It is the responsibility of every attendee to abide by the standards set forth in the Code of Ethics for maintaining security and confidentiality of test materials and proprietary information presented as part of this continuing education program. Any materials used as part of this program may not be copied or otherwise distributed, and no proprietary information will be disclosed by attendees to any person not registered for this program.

Conflict of Interest Statement

There is no commercial support for this program nor are there any relationships between the CE Sponsor, presenting organization, presenter, program content, research, grants, or other funding that could reasonably be construed as conflicts of interest.

Utility/Validity Statement

The content of this presentation, when applied according to psychological practice guidelines, within the expertise of the expertise of the practitioner do not pose any risks.

Target Audience

Counselors, Psychologists, Social Workers, Psychotherapists, Addiction Counselors, Therapists, Marriage & Family Therapists, Case Managers, Nurses, Physicians, Other Mental Health Professionals

Credit requirements and approvals vary per state board regulations. Please save the course outline, the certificate of completion you receive from the activity and contact your state board or organization to determine specific filing requirements.