34th Annual Boston International Trauma Conference


May 17th - 20th, 2023


Trauma research foundation
Bessel van der Kolk
are delighted to announce
the 34TH Annual
Boston international trauma conference

For the 34th 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. 

The study of trauma has probably been the single most fertile area in helping to develop a deeper understanding of the relationship among the emotional, cognitive, social and biological forces that shape human development. Starting with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in adults and expanding into early attachment and overwhelming attachment and social experiences in childhood (“Developmental Trauma”), this endeavor has elucidated how certain
experiences can “set” psychological expectations, bodily experiences and biological selectivity.

When addressing the problems of traumatized people who, in a myriad of ways, continue to react to current experiences as a replay of the past, there is a need for therapeutic methods that do not depend exclusively on drugs, talk or understanding. We have learned that most experience is automatically processed on a subcortical level of the brain; i.e., by “unconscious” interpretations that take place outside of conscious awareness. Insight and good intentions only have a limited influence on the operation of these subcortical processes, but synchrony, movement and reparative experiences do. This conference will present both basic research about the impact of trauma over the life cycle, and a range of effective interventions that are being practiced in clinics, schools, prisons, families, and communities around the world.

JOIN US LIVE Online AND In-Person


Seaport Hotel, Boston

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

Virtual - Join from Home

Register to join us online from all over the world.

May 17th - 20th, 2023

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Conference brochure


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Bessel van der Kolk

Licia Retreat

Licia Sky

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Tania Singer


Richard Schwartz

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Adriana Barton

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Bethany Brand

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Matt Fleishman


Cathy Malchiodi

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Ron Siegel


Stephan Wolfert

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Diana Fosha


Josefin Wikstrom

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Tian Dayton

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Andres Gonzalez

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Ali Smith

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Atman Smith


James Fox


Sam Williams

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Licia Sky


Limited spaces available


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34th Annual Boston International Trauma Conference

Attendee Registration - OPENING SOON
Early bird closes on March 31st

Prices below include access to all 4 days of the conference. Once available, click one of the purchase buttons below to access our ticket booking portal to see all purchasing options, and to complete your booking

virtual ticket

$199 Early Bird

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

$449 Early Bird

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.

Registration completed on external booking portal

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.