Annual Boston International Trauma Conference

May 1st - 4th, 2024

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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.

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+ 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’s conference is steadily approaching – and our venue of choice is bigger and better than ever! Set in the heart of Historic Boston, attendees will find themselves next to Boston Common, in full bloom. The hotel also gives you direct access to Prudential Tower, plus easy access to eateries, shopping streets, Duck Tours, and the Boston Public Library and Church. 

Conference Rate is $329 per night plus tax.

Select nights have sold out!
Call the hotel directly for availability 800-325-3535 or 617-236-2000

ALTERNATIVE HOTEL OPTION
Consider staying at the Hilton Back Bay, located directly across the street at 40 Dalton Street, Boston, MA 02115. The Hilton provides a convenient alternative within close proximity to the conference venue.

Rate is $400 per night plus tax.

With thanks to our sponsor

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 Mike Niconchuk, MSc, Donna Harati, JD, Frank Buckley, PhD, Marta Alquijay, PhD, Maribel Mejia, PhD, Justine Hardy, Cindy Salazar, LMFT, Shirley Torres, MSW, Inez Salcido, BA, Gabriel Lopez, BA
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
Trauma 101: An introduction to the field of traumatic stress studies and neuroscience
with Wendy D’Andrea, PhD , CJ Healy, MA, Scott McKernan, MA, Chantel Ebrahimi, MA
Morning Workshops (includes 15 minute break)
Attachment and repair: What the inevitable disruptions in parent/child attunement and repair can inform us about the reparative processes in trauma focused therapy
with Ed Tronick, PhD
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
Music and Trauma Healing: Processing The Processing Series
with Kevin Becker, PsyD, Lucy Dhegrae, Psyche Loui, PhD, Liz Lerman
Booksigning
with Bessel van der Kolk and Stephen Porges
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
Evening Movie: 3 Days 2 Nights
Followed by a discussion with Mark and Andy Godfrey, and J. Walter Freiberg, III, JD, PhD, and Amy Banks, MD
Imagine the defining moment of your life. Then imagine never talking about it with anyone. This is a film about two brothers coming to grips with the defining moment of their lives. Their story is one of cathartic discovery in hopes of reconciling such a tragedy. It’s about how the twin beacons of love and family can help overcome even the greatest of losses.
Registration
Full Day Workshops (includes 15 minute break AM/PM & Lunch)
Loving-Awareness-In-Action: Artificial intelligence, technology, and ancestral embodiment practices towards healing intergenerational trauma
with Sará King, PhD, Selma Quist-Møller, PhD, Andrew Villamil, PhD
Morning Workshops (includes 15 minute break)
An introduction to Neurofeedback: Bridging neuroscience and clinical practice in trauma treatment
with Ruth Lanius, MD, PhD, Angelika Y. Sadar, MA, Matthew Fleischman, PhD, Roxana Sasu MD, Mirjana Askovic, PhD, Bernhard Wandernoth, PhD
Advanced Neuroscience: The neurobiology of self in context
with Ruth Lanius, MD, PhD, Wendy D’Andrea, PhD, Marlen Gonzalez, PhD, Sherain Harricharan, PhD, Breanne Kearney, MRes, MSc OTR/L, Minwoo Lee, PhD, Anthony King, PhD, Ellen Yates, MA and Nathaniel Harnett, PhD
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
Lunch Break (on your own)
Afternoon Workshops (includes 15 minute break)
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
Neurofeedback in action: Transforming public mental health and trauma therapy
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
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.OT
Sensing from Body-to-Mind: A Way Home After Trauma
with Matt Sanford, MA
Celebrating 35 Years
Poster Session, Book Signings, SMART Exploratorium, Neurofeedback Experience, Appetizers / Cash Bar
SPECIAL EVENING EVENT:
The transformative power of music; creating safety and neuromodulation with musical rhythms and frequencies
with Stephen Porges, PHD, Anthony Gorry and Bessel van der Kolk, MD
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 Amy Arnsten, PhD, Robin Carhart-Harris, PhD, Pat Ogden, PhD, Sue Carter, PhD, Martin Teicher, MD, PhD, Bessel van der Kolk, MD
Lunch break (on your own)
Chair Yoga (Optional)
The Generalized Unsafety Theory of Stress: Leveraging Findings from the Autonomic Nervous System to Understand Chronic Adversity and Historical Trauma
with 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, Sará King, 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)
How the Body Remembers: From the Neuroimaging Lab to the Therapy Chair
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 Malchiodi, PhD, Bessel van der Kolk, MD
Seeing ourselves in the future: Creating a sustainable framework for a thriving trauma field
with Wendy D’Andrea, PhD

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:

Download the PESI Events APP or go to www.pesi.com/traumacon.

Click login and use your credentials to log in to the hub.

Within the Attendee hub, click on the title of the presentation from the “All Sessions” tab

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.

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-7:00 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. 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 35th 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. This list is subject to change.

Wednesday: Pre-Conference Workshops

Thursday: Pre-Conference Workshops

Friday: All Keynotes

Saturday: All Keynotes

IN-PERSON FAQS

A Recording Package is available for purchase through PESI, allowing unlimited access to the recordings and the ability to earn some CE credits. 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 35th 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.

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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