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2nd Annual Conference on Trauma and Embodiment

DATE: April 10th and 11th
TIME: 8am - 1pm


(Please note that breakout sessions are chosen upon checkout.)


Saturday, April 10, 2021

8:00am optional TCTSY (45-min) - Kelsey Gustafson

9:00am Opening and Welcome

9:10 - 9:50am Keynote Speaker: Ellice Patterson and performance by Abilities Dance Boston

10:00 - 10:50am Breakout Session 1

ReScripted: Theater-based trauma healing for youth

ReScripted is a trauma-informed intervention anchored in embodiment practices that utilizes the power of play, theater and movement to promote the development of a whole healthy self focused on children and teens. ReScripted is guided by the tagline, “act. embody. and empower.”, which is brought to life by inviting students to remain connected to their embodied experience as they explore the choices they are making in the scenes that are developed. In addition there is a focus on some specific skill modules including problem solving, identity development, and perspective taking. Workshop will include an experiential component. Presenters, Valeria Krpata and Kristen Cahill

Discipline and Healing: Boxing, Trauma, and Embodied Critique

Through an exploratory workshop, Nola Hanson and Hill Donnell from the Trans Boxing Collective will present an approach to boxing which considers the effects of trauma on the embodied experience. The workshop positions boxing as a healing modality, and reveals the transformative and restorative potential of group movement and exercise. Workshop will include an experiential component. Presenters, Nola Hanson and Hill Donnell

Unraveling: Unlearning Trauma at Work + Re-imagining Generative Work-place Cultures

The presenter will discuss how they are making sense of race-based trauma in work-places by integrating race equity and work-related research with aspects of the embodied healing framework, Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga (TCTSY). Participants will leave the session with preliminary insight into a range of workplace practices and norms that are potentially traumatizing. Participants will be invited to begin imagining what it would feel like to be in organizational cultures that actively sought to mitigate such experiences. Presenter, Dr. Tiffany Johnson

11:00 - 11:20am Movement Break (Dave Emerson or Jenn Turner)

11:30am - 12:20pm Breakout Session 2

Embodied Eating

Eating can be a highly pleasurable, connected and healing daily experience, but it can also be a fraught one — a way to numb-out, exert control and/or seek comfort. Explore the power of mindful eating practices and the food-mood connection in a weight-inclusive approach to nutrition with integrative dietitian, health coach and educator Lindsay Keach Bronstein. Workshop will include an experiential component.

Healing a traumatized body through Expressive Flamenco©

Expressive Flamenco© is an emerging expressive arts practice that explores holistic healing possibilities within the art of Flamenco. This therapeutic dance practice allows the prescribed movements of flamenco dance to attune your attention inward with the goal of connecting with your authentic self. This holistic, embodied approach was born of an effort to heal a personal trauma that manifested a severe somatic condition in the body. The personal journey of healing a body in stress will be shared and attendees of this workshop will be guided in the applied practice of Expressive Flamenco© to connect with your true self in order to grow in self-realization, wholeness, and wellbeing. Work-shop will include an experiential component. Presenter, Laura Sanchez

Secondary Traumatic Stress and Professional Resilience

This workshop will provide an overview of the symptoms of Secondary Traumatic Stress (STS) along with a review of the research that identifies organizational risks and protective factors for clinicians, educators, healers, social workers and others in the "helping professions". This will be followed by a discussion of prevention and intervention practices with the opportunity to participate in an embodiment activity designed to promote resilience. Participants will receive packets containing an STS-Informed Organizational Assessment, STS Resiliency Checklist and other resources for understanding and mitigating the effects of STS. Workshop will include an experiential component. Presenter, Susan Lovett

12:30pm (20-min) Personal reflection on, “What does it mean to me to connect to the wisdom of my body?” And breakout conversation with a peer.

12:50 Closing


Sunday, April 11

8:00 - 8:45am optional TCTSY (45-min) - Laura Margarita Gomez

9:00am Welcome Back!

9:10 - 9:50am Keynote Speaker: Quentin Vennie “Strong in the Broken Places: Coping With Trauma, Addiction and Mental Health"

10:00 - 10:50am Breakout Session 1

Rebuilding the House by Tending to the Harm: A Conversation To Heal Organizations

Given the complex work of practitioners, service providers, and leaders in the trauma field, it is critical to be aware of the possible ways in which we can enact harm within our own organizations. When we neglect relationships and fail to critique our systems, we run the risk of upholding oppressive dynamics and perpetuating complacency of larger systems of oppression. This workshop will explore context and skills to build capacity for addressing harm at multiple levels and apply principles to create trusting communities within organizations. It will also introduce strategies to develop and maintain vicarious trauma-informed organizations. Presenter, Dominique A. Malebranche, Ph.D.

Trauma Informed Weight Lifting

Mariah and Mark will present on their work fostering healing through weight lifting, build-ing a community of trauma-informed coaches and trainers, and beginning to establish an evidence base for weight lifting as an adjunctive treatment for trauma. Workshop will include an experiential component. Presenters, Mariah O’Brien and Mark Schneider

Integrating Yoga Into Peer Support Groups for Survivors of Sexual Violence

Based on her work with survivors of sexual violence at Cleveland Rape Crisis Center, Rowan will describe a model for integrating TC-TSY, a yoga-based intervention for trauma healing, into a present-centered support group framework. Drawing from her doctoral dissertation research, Rowan will highlight narratives of seven support group members and identify common themes. A short (10-15 minute) TC-TSY practice will be included in this session. Workshop will include an experiential component. Presenter, Rowan Atkinson

11:00 - 11:20am Movement Break (Dave Emerson or Jenn Turner)

11:30am - 12:20pm Breakout Session 2

The Trauma-Sensitive Yoga Studio of the Future: A Foundation for Person-Centered Psychospiritual Maturation

As Humanity’s Chain of Pain—the toxic intergenerational transmission of trauma—grows in magnitude and intensity, it threatens to overwhelm our depleted mental health care system. We must shift our focus from crisis intervention to prevention strategies that address root causes of these problems, including oppressive group-based social dominance hierarchies. In this workshop, participants will explore how trauma-sensitive yoga clinicians can incorporate methods of person-centered psychospiritual maturation, transforming the yoga studio into a sanctuary for preventive approaches to individual and social well-being. Workshop will include an experiential component. Presenter, Jared Kass

Community Healing Embodied

Can a rape survivor heal in rape culture? Healing from trauma is often inextricably con-nected to society, culture, privilege and oppression. This presentation showcases some ways that communities can create physical representations of connection and solidarity. The presenter will highlight her successful initiative in Minneapolis, Minnesota, to build the first public, permanent Memorial to Survivors of Sexual Violence. What does it mean to make physical space in our world for monuments to survivors? Presenter, Sarah Super

12:30pm All Group Flamenco

12:50 Closing