Annual Boston International Trauma Conference

May 1st - 4th, 2024

Registration now open, limited early-bird pricing available now. Secure your place today.

Join Bessel van der Kolk and the Trauma Research Foundation from May 1st to 4th for the 35th Annual Boston International Trauma Conference. With a legacy spanning over three decades, our commitment to seamlessly integrate scientific exploration with clinical practice has guided the evolution of this conference. From exploring body rhythms to discussing arts, science, theatre, and the latest findings in psychedelics and neurofeedback, this year’s program reflects our dedication to innovation and practical insights from diverse practitioners.

The conference provides a valuable opportunity for a genuine exchange of knowledge. Engage in scientific exploration, participate in hands-on experiential sessions, and connect with colleagues who share a passion for shaping the trajectory of trauma research and care. It’s not just about learning; it’s a chance to grow and connect with like-minded professionals actively contributing to the field.

Reserve Your Space

Limited spaces available

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JOIN US WITH...

+ 40 Global Trauma Experts

With over 40 trauma experts in attendance the wealth of knowledge and experience they can provide is invaluable. These experts have dedicated their careers to understanding and treating trauma, and their collective expertise can help educate you. With such a diverse group of experts, attendees can learn about different approaches to trauma treatment and gain insights from a range of perspectives. 

NEW LOCATION

Sheraton Boston Hotel, 39 Dalton Street, Boston, MA, 02199.

This year we are bringing the conference to a new venue. This change aims to provide you with a fresh environment to enhance your learning and networking experience, whilst also increasing our capacity to meet the growing demand for knowledge in our field.

Conference Rate is $329 per night plus tax.

Online Hotel Registration click here
Or call 800-325-3535 or 617-236-2000 to book today!

Main Schedule

Subject to change
Registration
Full Day Workshops (includes 15 minute break AM/PM & Lunch)
Trauma and social repair in times of conflict, violence, and division
with Jack Saul, PhD,  Mike Niconchuk, PhD, Donna Harati, JD, Frank Buckley, PhD, Marta Alquijay, PhD, Maribel Mejia, PhD, Justine Hardy
Fostering self relationship, embodied awareness and the neurobiology of love and healing: An experiential and scientific exploration
with Licia Sky, Sue Carter, PhD, Donnalea Goelz, PhD
From trauma informed to trauma transformative practice: Moving the paradigm to create a more meaningful contemporary knowledge framework
with Janise Mitchell, MSW, Stephen Porges, PhD, Ed Tronick, PhD, Joe Tucci, PhD
Trauma 101: An introduction to the field of traumatic stress studies and neuroscience
with Wendy D’Andrea, PhD , CJ Healy, Scott McKernan
Morning Workshops (includes 15 minute break)
Why nothing matters: Introducing neglect informed psychotherapy
with Ruth Cohn, MFT
Hyperbaric oxygen treatment for post-traumatic stress syndromes
with Shai Efrati MD, Keren Doenyas-Barak MD, Ilan Kutz MD
Lunch Break (on your own)
Afternoon Workshops (includes 15 minute break)
Family therapy from an attachment perspective: focusing on the parent-child dyad to heal intergenerational trauma
with Dafna Lender, LCSW
Transcending trauma with Internal Family Systems therapy
with Frank Anderson, MD
Wednesday Evening
Afroflow Yoga - Experience the ultimate fusion of African Dance, Yoga, and Soul-Stirring Music to Elevate your Body, Mind & Spirit
with Jeff Jones and Leslie Salmon Jones
Registration
Full Day Workshops (includes 15 minute break AM/PM & Lunch)
Sará King, PhD, Selma Quist-Møller, PhD, Andrew Villamil, PhD
Morning Workshops (includes 15 minute break)
Introduction to Neurofeedback
with Angelika Y. Sadar, MA, Matthew Fleischman, PhD, Roxana Sasu MD, Mirjana Askovic, PhD, Bernhard Wandernoth, PhD
Advanced Neuroscience
with Ruth Lanius, MD, PhD, Wendy d’Andrea, PhD, Sherain Harricharan, PhD, Breanne Kearney, MRes, MSc OTR/L, MInwoo Lee, Anthony King, Ellen Yates, Nathanile Harnett
Somatic Energy Healing:  Using the body’s somatic and energetic intelligence to guide healing
with John Amaral, DC
Empowering Recovery and Resilience: Trauma-Informed Yoga for Incarceration and Violence Survivors
with Josefin Wikström, TCTSY-F, e-RYT, YACEP, Sarah Beranbaum, MA , Dr. Nóra Kerekes, Sam Williams, CYT, James Fox, MA, CYT, Luisa Pérez Escobedo, Maggie LaRocca, MA, Julie Fernandez
Psychedelic assisted therapies:  Promises and pitfalls
with Gita Vaid,MD, Jim Hopper, PhD, Elizabeth Call, PsyD, Licia Sky, Rick Doblin, PhD, Bessel van der Kolk, MD
Lunch Break (on your own)
Afternoon Workshops (includes 15 minute break)
Advanced Neurofeedback
with Sebern Fisher, MA, BCN, Marta Alquijay, PhD, Maribel Mejia, PhD, Bernhard Wandernoth, PhD
The evolution, neurology, and clinical assessment of chronic loneliness
with J. Walter Freiberg, III , JD, PhD
Shakespeare’s works for growth and development: In theater, we play
with Kevin Coleman / Shakespeare & Company
Rhythm: The heart of somatic regulation and attachment-building
with Elizabeth Warner, Ed.M, PsyD, Alexandra Cook, PhD, Anne Westcott, LICSW, Heather Finn, LICSW, Benjamin Pandev-Girard, M.ERG
Matt Sanford
Thursday Evening Celebrating 35 Years of Trauma Research
Poster Session, Book Signings, SMART Exploratorium, Music, Cake / Appetizers /Cash Bar
Evening Movie=
3 Days/2 Nights
Registration
Welcome
with Bruce Dixon, CEO, Trauma Research Foundation 
Introduction
with Bessel A. van der Kolk, MD
Stress impairs prefrontal cortical working memory and top-down control: Neurobiological mechanisms and strategies for treatments
with Amy Arnsten, PhD
Psychedelics: Brain mechanisms
with Robin Carhart-Harris, PhD
Morning Break
Divided Mind, Divided Body: Parts work through the lens of Sensorimotor Psychotherapy
with Pat Ogden, PhD 
Panel Discussion & Questions
with Robin Carhart-Harris, PhD, Pat Ogden, PhD, Sue Carter, Martin Teicher, MD, PhD, Bessel van der Kolk, MD
Lunch break (on your own)
Chair Yoga (Optional)
Julian Thayer, PhD
Afternoon Break
People need people: the double edged sword of our social nervous system
with Marlen Gonzalez, PhD
Panel Discussion & Questions
with Julian Thayer, PhD, Marlen Gonzalez, PhD, Wendy D’Andrea, PhD, Bessel van der Kolk, MD
Registration
Opening
with Bessel A. van der Kolk, MD
Engaging Relationships to Treat Early Trauma: The Promise and Challenge of a Family Approach
with Alicia Lieberman, PhD
No Body, No Self: Using brain therapies to quiet fear, ease attachment shock, and invite the embodied self
with Mirjana Askovic, PhD
Morning Break
Reopening Critical Periods with Psychedelics: Basic Mechanisms and Therapeutic Opportunities
with Gül Dölen, MD, PhD
Panel Discussion and Audience Questions
with Gül Dölen MD, PhD, Alicia Lieberman, PhD, Mirjana Askovic, PhD, Bessel van der Kolk, MD
Lunch Break (on your own)
Chair Yoga (Optional)
The transformative dialogue between the conscious and subconscious in healing from trauma
with Ruth Lanius, MD, PhD
Lived experiences of trauma and restoration via expressive arts: Using Arts-Based Research (ARB) to evaluate outcomes
with Cathy Malchiodi, PhD
Panel Discussion and Audience Questions
with Ruth Lanius, MD, PhD, Cathy Malchodi, PhD, Bessel van der Kolk, MD
Closing Presentation

Poster Sessions

Click the button below for more information on submitting a poster for either the virtual or in-person conference. Poster proposals are due March 8, and applicants will receive notification of whether their proposal was selected by March 22.

GET YOUR TICKETS FOR THE 35TH ANNUAL BOSTON INTERNATIONAL TRAUMA CONFERENCE

Purchase your tickets via our ticket booking portal to see all purchasing options, and to complete your booking.

Tickets are limited and prices include access to all 4 days of the conference. We can’t wait to see you there.

virtual ticket

$299 $199

We are excited to offer our annual trauma conference virtually – allowing access to the conference online from the comfort of home, within 30 days.

Virtual access to the conference:

in-person ticket

$899 $499

Come and gather with us in person for the 35th Annual Conference. We will be hosting the conference live from the Sheraton Hotel in Boston. 

In person:

Registration completed on external booking portal

Scholarships now available

Trauma has a profound impact on the lives of countless individuals, and at the Trauma Research Foundation, we recognize the importance of all of you who are dedicated to addressing the effects of trauma and promoting healing and well-being worldwide. We also believe that access to transformational trauma related education and professional development should not be limited by financial constraints. To that end, we are thrilled to announce that we are offering scholarships for The 35th Annual Boston International Trauma Conference to insure that all of our allies have access to the all of the tools they need to continue our mission of hope and healing.

Virtual FAQS

The conference can be accessed through the attendee hub, and instructions will be provided via email a couple of days before the conference starts. 

Steps on how to access the Pre-Conference Workshop & Main Conference Days:

  1. Download the PESI Events APP or go to www.pesi.com/traumacon.
  2. Click login and use your credentials to log in to the hub. 
  3. Within the Attendee hub, click on the title of the presentation from the “All Sessions” tab
  4. On the session description page, if there are less than five minutes before the presentation starts there will be a “Join session” button below the title and date of the presentation that will begin the video.
  5. There will be an “Add Session” button available instead if the start time of the session is more than 5 minutes away, which will add the session to your schedule for faster access.

We do not have any capacity limits on our virtual sessions themselves, so everyone who wants to attend a presentation will have access to it. 

Having trouble accessing your account or the conference? email us anytime at [email protected] or [email protected] or call us at 800-844-8260 Monday-Friday 7:30 am-8:00 pm Eastern Time.

A Recording Package is available for purchase through PESI, allowing unlimited access to the recordings and the ability to earn some CE credits. Click here to learn more.  Due to recording restrictions, some presentations will not be included, and CE hours and approvals may differ from live CE approvals. Final details are being confirmed and will be reflected on the schedule.

Otherwise, all conference tickets (both in-person and virtual) come with 30-day free recording access post-conference. The recordings are available 1-2 hours after the live sessions and are accessible via the conference hub.

Scholarships are available for virtual attendance only here on this page above. You will be notified within 48 hours of the decision.

CE will be offered, and we are working diligently with the CE boards for confirmation. ACCME credit is currently pending review. We will be adding updates to this website as soon as CE details become available.

PESI will be emailing a link to the evaluations for the live sessions after The 34th Annual Boston International Trauma Conference has ended.  You will identify any of the live sessions that you watched as they were occurring live, then evaluate the presentations to receive your CE certificate for those Sessions.

Please note:  If you attended some sessions in person and some sessions virtually, you will need to complete separate evaluations — one for the sessions you attended in person, and one for the sessions you attended virtually.

Partial credit is not available. In order to receive credit for a session, the session must be viewed in its entirety. Please note that you will be participating in the conference on Friday and/or Saturday, you must attend a block in its entirety to earn credit. Credit cannot be earned if a participant leaves a block part-way through.

Below are the workshops and presentations included with your virtual conference ticket.

Wednesday: Pre-Conference Workshops

Full Day  8 AM-5 PM EDT

From Empathic Distress to Compassion: Building Resilience in the Face of Trauma with Tania Singer and Ronald Siegel

Half Day 8 AM-Noon EDT

The Basic Concepts and Practice of Psychodrama and Sociometrics with Tian Dayton

Half Day 1:15 PM – 5 PM EDT

Healing Attachment Wounds and Trauma Using PBSP (Pesso Boyden System Psychomotor Therapy) with Gus Kaufman, JR 

Thursday: Pre-Conference Workshops

Half Day 8 AM – 3 PM EDT

Option 1 – How to Incorporate Neurofeedback into Trauma Treatment with Ruth Lanius, Sebern Fisher, Matt Fleishman, Bernhard Wandernoth, & Angelika Sadar 

Option 2 – Psychedelics Workshop with Bessed van der Kolk, Susan Walker, Jim Hopper, Elizabeth Call, Francis Guerriero, Rheinila Fernandes, & SungLim Shin

Half Day 1:15 PM – 3 PM EDT

IFS for Addictions with Dick Schwart 

Friday 

All Keynotes 

Saturday

All Keynotes

In-Person FAQS

We are happy to hear that you want to join us in person. Unfortunately, we have reached maximum capacity and are no longer able to offer in-person tickets. However, you can join our in-person ticket waitlist here

We are still accepting virtual registrations that can be purchased here. 

We hope ​to have you in attendance at this year’s Trauma Conference!

If you are registered to attend in person, you are required to select which workshops you will attend on Wednesday and Thursday due to limited capacities. Friday and Saturday main conference sessions are automatically included with your registration.

If you plan to attend the Evening Performances in-person, registration is required as seating is limited.

Steps to Make Your Workshop Selections

  1. Click here to log in to your registration:
    1. Enter the email address used for your registration
    2. Registration Type: Full Pass (4 Day)
    3. Enter your Confirmation Number: 
  2. Once you are logged in, click on the “Modify Registration” button.
  3. Review the information that we have on file for your registration. Do not change your registration pass type. Follow the instructions to make your workshop selections.
  4. Finalize your registration changes.

If you have any questions, just email us anytime at [email protected] or call us at 800-844-8260 Monday-Friday 7:30 am-8:00 pm Eastern Time.

A Recording Package is available for purchase through PESI, allowing unlimited access to the recordings and the ability to earn some CE credits. Click here to learn more.  Due to recording restrictions, some presentations will not be included, and CE hours and approvals may differ from live CE approvals. 

Otherwise, all conference tickets (both in-person and virtual) come with 30-day free recording access post-conference. The recordings are available 1-2 hours after the live sessions and are accessible via the conference hub. Only sessions viewed live are eligible for CE Credit.

CE will be offered, and we are working diligently with the CE boards for confirmation. ACCME credit is currently pending review. We will update the TRF website as soon as CE details become available.

PESI will be emailing a link to the evaluations for the live sessions after The 34th Annual Boston International Trauma Conference has ended.  You will identify any of the live sessions that you watched as they were occurring live, then evaluate the presentations to receive your CE certificate for those Sessions.

Please note:  If you attended some sessions in person and some sessions virtually, you will need to complete separate evaluations — one for the sessions you attended in person, and one for the sessions you attended virtually.

Partial credit is not available. In order to receive credit for a session, the session must be viewed in its entirety. Please note that if you will be participating in the conference on Friday and/or Saturday, you must attend a block in its entirety to earn credit. Credit cannot be earned if a participant leaves a block part-way through.

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.

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