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Integrating the Body in Psychotherapy Online Summit
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[+] [-] 054505 - 3-Day Experiential in Mindfulness, Yoga & Meditation
  1. Articulate the psychological impact and long-term effects of emotional trauma on a client’s mental health.
  2. Analyze the effects of yoga and meditation on the triune brain and the applications for clinical practice.
  3. Distinguish between the default network, salience network and central executive network and utilize this information for client psychoeducation.
  4. Articulate the concept of negativity bias in the brain as it relates to clients who have experienced trauma.
  5. Explain the social brain and use of interpersonal neurobiology to activate the affiliation system of the brain.
  6. Utilize concentration, distancing, observation and distraction in treating depression producing thoughts.
  7. Apply breathing practices, simple body movement and self-compassion for emotional regulation.
  8. Describe how to incorporate an emotional freedom technique to help clients with emotional stabilization.
  9. Demonstrate components of mindful self-compassion for treating unworthiness and confronting the “inner critic”.
  10. Evaluate mindfulness techniques for helping clients address negative thoughts regarding chronic pain.
  11. Decide effective ways to incorporate chants, mantras, and songs as parts of the healing process for clients.
  12. Apply yogic interventions to assist clients in safely approaching distressing emotions.
  13. Explain how to teach clients to dis-identify from a narrative of unworthiness.
  14. Examine how to use yoga to heal the physiology of shame.
  15. Implement yoga poses applicable to the clinical setting for depression and for emotional trauma.
  16. Construct a life review/eulogy to help focus therapy on the client’s most important values.
  17. Evaluate a mindful communications process for conflict resolution and emotional bonding.
  18. Assess mindful eating for its usefulness as a therapeutic tool.

[+] [-] 056940 - Coming to Your Senses
  1. Investigate the impact of trauma on the various parts of the brain, body and nervous system.
  2. Articulate ways to restore proper balance between the rational and emotional brains, that can help clients re-establish ownership of their bodies and minds.
  3. Propose methods that re-establish connection and synchrony with others to overcome trauma.

[+] [-] 056945 - The Emergence of a Polyvagal-Informed Therapy
  1. Determine how the autonomic nervous system is related to social and defensive behaviors.
  2. Appraise the clinical conditions necessary to promote feelings of safety in the client.
  3. Theorize why deficits in the Social Engagement System are core features of several psychiatric disorders.

[+] [-] 056950 - Sensorimotor Psychotherapy
  1. Choose three somatic resources to regulate arousal
  2. Determine “bottom up processing” to resolve traumatic memory
  3. Distinguish proximity-seeking actions and how they relate to the client experience
  4. Integrate embedded relational mindfulness within treatment planning for client sessions

[+] [-] 056955 - A Mind-Body Approach to Race-Based Traumatic Stress Recovery
  1. Determine the difference between PTSD and race-based traumatic stress.
  2. Practice emotional regulation tools such as restorative yoga.
  3. Incorporate restorative yoga as a helpful aid in your treatment planning to help clients cope with race-based traumatic stress.

[+] [-] 056960 - The Body as a Shared Whole:
  1. Determine signs of disowned parts and their internal conflicts experienced by clients  
  2. Employ visualization techniques that create a sense of closeness or attunement 
  3. Practice somatic interventions that foster an increased sense of compassion for dissociated parts 

[+] [-] 056965 - Panel Discussion & Conference Closing - Day 1
  1. Distinguish among the various somatic interventions discussed by all presenters.
  2. Determine best approaches in working with race-based traumatic stress. 
  3. Propose how to incorporate the various techniques presented into treatment planning.

[+] [-] 056975 - Energy Psychology
  1. Propose at least 3 published studies demonstrating the effectiveness of energy psychology techniques 
  2. Determine at least 2 body based mechanisms that may underlie the effectiveness of energy psychology to reduce the effects of trauma and stress 
  3. Demonstrate the 4 main steps of emotional freedom techniques EFT) 

[+] [-] 056980 - Becoming Safely Embodied
  1. Construct the Parallel Lives model for tracking traumatic intrusions  
  2. Evaluate triggers and triggering by observing the client’s body experience 
  3. Distinguish how fears, blocks, and resistances can be harnessed somatically and used for motivation 

[+] [-] 056985 - From Disorganization to Organization
  1. Demonstrate to clients’ methods to track their body’s activation responses that help support both regulation and developing capacity for discomfort. 
  2. Apply titration to the process of working with client’s trauma responses. 
  3. Propose ways to clients that help normalize their responses as natural to trauma states. 

[+] [-] 056990 - Collective Trauma
  1. Apply three essential somatic tools to apply in their existing practice. 
  2. Compose a personal trauma narrative within the collective trauma context in order to better relate to clients’ narratives. 
  3. Determine the larger role that collective trauma plays within our client’s lives.

[+] [-] 056995 - Trauma and The Moving Body
  1. Formulate a human rights framework for body-based therapies with survivors of trauma 
  2. Appraise the theories that are central to polyvagal-informed dance/movement therapy. 
  3. Practice 3 state-shifting practices to promote grounding, stabilization, enhanced interoception, self-and-co-regulation and self-reciprocity. 

[+] [-] 057000 - Panel Discussion & Conference Closing - Day 2
  1. Distinguish among the various interventions discussed by all presenters. 
  2. Propose how to incorporate the various techniques presented into treatment planning. 
  3. Evaluate the efficacy of working somatically via telehealth. 

[+] [-] 057030 - Expressive Arts Therapy as Somatically-Based Interventions with Trauma
  1. Determine why rhythm, movement, sound, and imagery are somatically-based approaches to trauma
  2. Apply at least three expressive interventions to support self-regulation and co-regulation in traumatized individuals
  3. Evaluate the roles of interoception, exteroception, and proprioception in expressive arts and traumatic stress

[+] [-] 057035 - Somatic Interventions in Couples Therapy
  1. Apply three techniques designed to engage the parasympathetic nervous system at the beginning of a session that facilitates establishing a safe atmosphere between partners.
  2. Distinguish three early signs of activation that indicate one or both partners are feeling threatened and be able to use strategies to intervene effectively such that the therapeutic work can continue.
  3. Integrate three interventions that utilize a focus on body sensations to further the therapeutic process when working with couples in session.

[+] [-] 057040 - Dreamwork as Contemplative Practice
  1. Formulate how to frame dreamwork as contemplative practice 
  2. Determine why contemplative practices and dreamwork are helpful somatically-based approaches to facilitate psychospiritual wellness. 
  3. Articulate the three phases of contemplative dreamwork 

[+] [-] 054505 - 3-Day Experiential in Mindfulness, Yoga & Meditation
Reduce Anxiety, Depression, and Unworthiness
Neuroscience – Psychoeducation and Practices
  • Neuroplasticity – your brain’s ability to organize and learn
  • The triune brain
  • Primary emotional motivators
  • Negativity bias of your brain
  • Savoring the good and affiliation system of the brain
  • Social brain: causes and conditions
  • Default mode network, salience network and central executive network of the brain
  • Neuroscience exercises for clinical use
  • Use of art expression to personalize learning
  • Use of small group sharing (not therapy) for learning
  • Exploration of emotional motivators, social brain and savoring the good to personalize learning and small group sharing
Reduce Feelings of Overwhelm, Dissociation and Shame
Lead Clients to Emotional Stabilization
  • Emotional stabilization skills
  • Body scan and sensory input for stabilization
  • Mindful breathing practices
  • Impact of yoga on nervous system
  • Emotional Freedom Technique
  • Mindful walking
  • Clinical examples of emotional stabilization skills
  • Practice emotional stabilization skills
Teach Clients to Observe and Choose Thoughts
Experience the Impact of Thoughts
  • Nonjudgmental observing of thoughts
  • Naming – write thoughts down
  • Recognize, distance and dis-identify from narrative of self-identity
  • Relate to the voice of the inner critic
  • Address negative thoughts regarding chronic pain
  • Store consciousness/mind consciousness and therapeutic implications
  • Use of chants, mantras, songs for healing
  • Nourishing wholesome thoughts – use of repetition and concentration
  • Habit tendencies and neuronal pathways
  • Accessing beneficial memories
  • Clinical examples of relating to thoughts therapeutically
  • Exploration of observing and choosing thoughts to personalize learning and small group sharing
Help Clients Approach and Alleviate Distressing Emotions While Cultivating Emotional Aliveness
Treat Distress with Mercy
  • Be there for grief
  • Comfort pose and self-love mantra
  • Emotional Freedom Technique for client self-care
  • Yoga for emotional trauma/anxiety
  • Yoga for depression
  • Clinical examples of treating distress with mercy
  • Activity to personalize the client’s experience
  • Exploration of approaching and alleviating emotions to personalize learning and small group sharing
Promote Self-Compassion and Increase Emotional Resilience and Self-Acceptance in Clients
Why Kindness to Self at Times Cause Distress
  • Who has seen your goodness? – restoring trust
  • Teachers of compassion
  • The voice of the inner friend
  • Three-part self-compassion note
  • Offering loving kindness to any inner aspect that feels not deserving
  • Compassion for the inner critic
  • Tonglen practice – receiving suffering and sending compassion
  • Clinical examples of utilizing self-compassion
  • Exploration of compassion practices to personalize learning and small group sharing
Resources to Regulate Nervous System and Restore Self-Worth in Clients
Causes of Unworthiness and Shame
  • Impact of shame on brain – default network and pain system
  • The physiology of shame
  • Differentiate among shame, defiance, and noble posture
  • Simple yoga for healing the physiology of shame
  • Narrative of unworthiness
  • Create a new narrative of self
  • Life review/eulogy to discover true values
  • Clinical examples of treating unworthiness and shame
  • Write eulogy to discover true values and small group sharing
Mindfulness Applications for Specific Clinical Use
Mindfulness Communications Process for Conflict Resolution and Emotional Bonding
  • Mindful eating practice and research on mindfulness for overeating
  • Learn and practice leading mindful exercises and yoga for emotional trauma/anxiety and depression

[+] [-] 056940 - Coming to Your Senses

The imprint of trauma on the brain, body and nervous system

The keys to overcoming trauma

Body-based clinical practices

[+] [-] 056945 - The Emergence of a Polyvagal-Informed Therapy

Polyvagal Theory

  • The role of autonomic state as an intervening variable mediating trust and calmness or reactivity to threat
  • The importance of acknowledging and honoring the consequences of a neuroception of threat
  • The effect of treat on autonomic state and neuroception

Strategies to mitigate threat

  • Role of the social engagement system is therapy
  • Harnessing the power of neuroception in therapy 

[+] [-] 056950 - Sensorimotor Psychotherapy
The Wisdom of the Body
  • Why the movement and posture is important target of intervention 
  • How to use mindfulness  to tap the wisdom of the body (embedded relational mindfulness)
  • Discovering resources of the body to stabilize arousal
Legacies of Trauma and Attachment
  • Use of movement to process traumatic memory
  • Use of movement to support adaptive relationships

[+] [-] 056955 - A Mind-Body Approach to Race-Based Traumatic Stress Recovery
  1. Race-Based Traumatic Stress: differentiation from PTSD 
  2. High-effort coping
  3. The physiology of emotion
  4. Emotional regulation tools
  5. Restorative Yoga as a helpful tool for clients

[+] [-] 056960 - The Body as a Shared Whole:

Dissociation as a Survival Strategy

Visualization as a somatic strategy to foster a felt sense attunement

“Self-Compassion”: welcoming every part of the personality 

[+] [-] 056965 - Panel Discussion & Conference Closing - Day 1
  • Review of the day’s content by host Janina Fisher, PhD 
    • The science of bringing the body into psychotherapy 
    • Somatic techniques 
    • Polyvagal Theory 
    • Working with race-based traumatic stress 
    • Treating dissociation 
  • Speakers discuss the key elements and unifying themes of the various presentations 
  • Questions and answers/discussion from the participants

[+] [-] 056975 - Energy Psychology

Science and Research of energy psychology 

  • Brief Review of the outcome research supporting the effectiveness of Energy psychology 
  • Description of energy psychology used to treat trauma after genocide 
  • Discussion of body-based mechanisms that may underlie the effectiveness of EP 

Description of the basic patterns of energy psychology tools 

  • Discussion how to use EP tools within a stage oriented, bottom-up trauma informed approach 
  • Brief review of some of the major EP schools of treatment 
  • Description of the basic protocols of emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) and how they are used to process trauma while staying within the window of tolerance. 
  • Description of a simple EP protocol to help support healthy boundaries 

Integrating EP in clinical practice 

  • How to use EP as a self-regulation tool including video resources for clients 
  • Differences between self-help versions and clinical versions of EP 
  • Simple techniques to invite clients to use deeper clinical techniques 
  • How to integrate one EP technique into treatment planning 
  • Ethical Guidelines and guidelines how clinicians can get appropriate training   

[+] [-] 056980 - Becoming Safely Embodied

A step-by-step guide to building inner structure

Fears, blocks, and resistances transformed into motivation

The Parallel Lives Model: to create success in tracking traumatic intrusions

Re-pattern clients’ trauma-related states and experience well-being 

[+] [-] 056985 - From Disorganization to Organization

The importance of embodied presence  

  • Orienting to the inherent blueprint for health and wholeness 
  • Reinforcing client wholeness 

Cultivating a sense of benevolence in response to understanding trauma’s impact on the body and psyche

Moving from disorganization to organization

Increasing the capacity to be uncomfortable

Elements of Somatic Experiencing® 

  • Bringing the body into the present 
  • Orienting to the felt-sense 
  • Titration 
  • Slowed-down processing 
  • Pendulation 
  • Understanding the threat response cycle 
  • SIBAM and coupling dynamics 
  • Deactivation and reorganization 
  • A return to curiosity and orientation 

[+] [-] 056990 - Collective Trauma

The Interconnected Nature of Trauma 

  • Trauma is not just an individual story 
  • The therapist’s job as interconnected to the societal forces 
  • Seeing ones helping capacity as interdependent  

Somatic Intelligence  

  • Key somatic techniques to reconnect with one’s innate somatic knowledge, through key practices  
  • Foster emotional resilience for both the clinician and client 
  • Enhance the capacity for emotional resilience  

[+] [-] 056995 - Trauma and The Moving Body

Landing in Our Bodies Practice

Restorative Movement Psychotherapy and Polyvagal-informed Dance/Movement Therapy

Practices for Regulation and Reciprocity  

  • Grounding and Stabilizing Practice 
  • Enhancing Interoception Practice 

[+] [-] 057000 - Panel Discussion & Conference Closing - Day 2
  • Review of the day’s content by host Janina Fisher, PhD 
    • The research and use of Tapping as a modality for anxiety stress and trauma 
    • Somatic Experiencing and the work of Peter Levine 
    • Working with clients somatically via telehealth during the pandemic 
  • Speakers discuss the key elements and unifying themes of the various presentations 
  • Questions and answers/discussion from the participants 

[+] [-] 057030 - Expressive Arts Therapy as Somatically-Based Interventions with Trauma

How Expressive Arts Therapy Addresses Trauma

  • Why the body’s rhythm is a natural foundation for trauma repair
  • Simple rhythm and sound interventions to support self-regulation and embodied safety

Interoception, Exteroception, and Propioception: Three Key Concepts in Restoring a Good Rhythm within the Body

  • Using imagery and movement to tap interoception experiences
  • How to combine imagery and movement to support attunement, entrainment, and synchrony

[+] [-] 057035 - Somatic Interventions in Couples Therapy
Somatic-focused couple’s therapy
  • Polyvagal theory, implicit memory, neuroception and
  • Applying these critical concepts in therapy sessions with couples
How to engage the parasympathetic nervous system at the beginning of a session
  • Why this is critical for the efficacy of the therapeutic process 
  • Techniques for settling the nervous system
Once the conversation begins
  • Structuring a conversation to facilitate maximum parasympathetic system engagement 
  • The value of mirroring in keeping the parasympathetic system engaged
  • Tracking the body for subtle signs of nervous system activation – what to look for and strategies to employ
  • Learning the language of body and how to use it as a resource for therapeutic inquiry

[+] [-] 057040 - Dreamwork as Contemplative Practice

Introduction to the Contemplative Dreamwork 

  • Dreamwork and Contemplative Practice 
  • Rest and Deep Embodiment  
  • (Restful Activity: Reverence, Joy, Imagination)  

Phases of Contemplative Dreamwork 

  • Entry 
  • Engagement 
  • Effect  



Mary NurrieStearns, MSW, LCSW, C-IAYT, teaches seminars and retreats to teach clinicians how to take mindfulness skills, brain based protocols for treating shame and office-based yoga back to their clients. These evidence based clinical interventions move therapy forward by improving emotional regulation, restoring healthy nervous system functioning and cultivating healthier thought patterns. Both mindfulness and yoga practices have brought healing and calm to Mary’s clients and students.

Mary provides participants with the latest research results and pulls together the work of experts in the mental health field who are proponents of both practices (i.e. Bessel van der Kolk, Jon Kabat-Zinn). She draws on 37 years as a mental health professional counselor and 27 years of meditation and yoga practice. She is a certified yoga therapist, seasoned yoga teacher and ordained member of Thich Naht Hahn’s Order of Interbeing. Mary is the author of Healing Anxiety, Depression and Unworthiness: 78 Brain-Changing Mindfulness & Yoga Practices (PESI, 2018), Yoga for Anxiety with Rick NurrieStearns (New Harbinger, 2010), Yoga for Emotional Trauma with Rick NurrieStearns (New Harbinger, 2013), Yoga Mind – Peaceful Mind with Rick NurrieStearns (New Harbinger, 2015), and Daily Meditations for Healing and Happiness: 52 Card Deck (PESI, 2016). Mary is the co-editor of Soulful Living (Hci, 1999) and former editor of Personal Transformation magazine. She has produced DVDs on yoga for emotional trauma and depression. Mary teaches across the United States.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Mary NurrieStearns maintains a private practice. She receives royalties as an author for New Harbinger’s Publishing. Ms. NurrieStearns receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Mary NurrieStearns has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.


Rick NurrieStearns has co-led yoga retreats for 14 years. He has been immersed in consciousness studies, meditation and mindfulness practices for four decades. For 20 years, he was involved in publishing transformational books and magazines. He was the publisher of Lotus and Personal Transformation magazines, and co-author of the books Soulful Living, Yoga for Anxiety, Yoga for Emotional Trauma and Yoga Mind, Peaceful Mind. He is a long time mindfulness student of Thich Nhat Hanh and a member of the Order of Interbeing. Rick experiences chronic pain from an airplane crash and suffered from a tick borne disease. He relies on mindfulness practices for healing and has learned that you can cultivate happiness and inner peace even when you are hurting.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Rick NurrieStearns receives royalties as an author for New Harbinger’s Publishing.

Non-financial: Rick NurrieStearns has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.


Bessel A. Van der Kolk, M.D., is a clinician, researcher and teacher in the area of post-traumatic stress. His work integrates developmental, neurobiological, psychodynamic and interpersonal aspects of the impact of trauma and its treatment.

Dr. van der Kolk and his various collaborators have published extensively on the impact of trauma on development, such as dissociative problems, borderline personality and self-mutilation, cognitive development, memory, and the psychobiology of trauma. He has published over 150 peer reviewed scientific articles on such diverse topics as neuroimaging, self-injury, memory, neurofeedback, Developmental Trauma, yoga, theater and EMDR.

He is founder of the Trauma Center in Brookline, Massachusetts and president of the Trauma Research Foundation, which promotes clinical, scientific and educational projects.

His 2014 #1 New York Times best seller, The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Treatment of Trauma, transforms our understanding of traumatic stress, revealing how it literally rearranges the brain’s wiring – specifically areas dedicated to pleasure, engagement, control, and trust. He shows how these areas can be reactivated through innovative treatments including neurofeedback, somatically based therapies, EMDR, psychodrama, play, yoga, and other therapies.

Dr. van der Kolk is the past president of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, and professor of psychiatry at Boston University Medical School. He regularly teaches at conferences, universities, and hospitals around the world.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Bessel van der Kolk is a professor of psychiatry at the Boston University School of Medicine. He receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Bessel van der Kolk has no relevant nonfinancial relationship to disclose.


Stephen W. Porges, PhD, is Distinguished University Scientist at Indiana University, where he is the founding director of the Traumatic Stress Research Consortium within the Kinsey Institute. He holds the position of Professor of Psychiatry at the University of North Carolina and Professor Emeritus at the University of Illinois at Chicago and the University of Maryland.

Dr. Porges served as president of both the Society for Psychophysiological Research and the Federation of Associations in Behavioral & Brain Sciences and is a former recipient of a National Institute of Mental Health Research Scientist Development Award. He has published more than 300 peer reviewed scientific papers across several disciplines including anesthesiology, biomedical engineering, critical care medicine, ergonomics, exercise physiology, gerontology, neurology, neuroscience, obstetrics, pediatrics, psychiatry, psychology, psychometrics, space medicine, and substance abuse.

In 1994 Dr. Porges proposed the Polyvagal Theory, a theory that links the evolution of the mammalian autonomic nervous system to social behavior and emphasizes the importance of physiological state in the expression of behavioral problems and psychiatric disorders. The theory is leading to innovative treatments based on insights into the mechanisms mediating symptoms observed in several behavioral, psychiatric, and physical disorders. He is the author of The Polyvagal Theory: Neurophysiological foundations of Emotions, Attachment, Communication, and Self-regulation (Norton, 2011), The Pocket Guide to the Polyvagal Theory: The Transformative Power of Feeling Safe (Norton, 2017) and co-editor of Clinical Applications of the Polyvagal Theory: The Emergence of Polyvagal-Informed Therapies (Norton, 2018). Dr. Porges is also the creator of a music-based intervention, the Safe and Sound Protocol™, which currently is used by more than 1000 therapists to improve spontaneous social engagement, to reduce hearing sensitivities, and to improve language processing, state regulation, and spontaneous social engagement.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Stephen Porges is a Distinguished University Scientist at Indiana University; and a professor at the University of North Carolina. Dr. Porges has intellectual property rights, and receives royalties, from Integrated Listening Systems (iLs). He is an author for W. W. Norton and receives royalties. Dr. Porges receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Stephen Porges has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.


Pat Ogden, PhD, is a pioneer in somatic psychology and both founder and education director of Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute®, an internationally recognized school specializing in somatic-cognitive approaches for the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder and attachment disturbances. She is co-founder of the Hakomi Institute, past faculty of Naropa University, a clinician, consultant, international lecturer and trainer, and first author of Trauma and the Body: Sensorimotor Approach to Psychotherapy. Her second book, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy: Interventions for Trauma and Attachment (2015) is a practical guide to integrate Sensorimotor Psychotherapy® into the treatment of trauma and attachment issues. Dr. Ogden, with colleagues, is currently developing Sensorimotor Psychotherapy® for children, couples and families.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Pat Ogden is in private practice. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Pat Ogden is a member of the American Psychological Association.


Gail Parker, PhD, C-IAYT, E-RYT 500, is a psychologist and a certified yoga therapist. She is a nationally and internationally renowned media personality, educator, author, and thought leader. Dr. Parker is the current president of the Black Yoga Teachers Alliance (BYTA) and the author of Restorative Yoga for Ethnic and Race-Based Stress and Trauma (2020). Her broad expertise in behavioral health and wellness includes forty years as a practicing psychotherapist. Dr. Parker is a lifelong practitioner of yoga and is well known for her pioneering efforts to blend psychology, yoga, and meditation as effective self-care strategies that can enhance emotional balance and contribute to the overall health and well-being of practitioners. She has a special interest in utilizing and teaching Restorative Yoga and meditation as self-care practices for managing ethnic and race based traumatic stress. She is a faculty member in the Beaumont School of Yoga Therapy in the department of Integrative Medicine and William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak Michigan, where she teaches mind/body strategies for reducing stress and healing emotional trauma to aspiring yoga therapists.

Dr. Parker was a faculty member in the groundbreaking Co-Curricular Yoga Therapy Program at Wayne State University School of Medicine, teaching Yoga Therapy to first- and second-year medical students as part of their academic curriculum. She was an adjunct faculty member in the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, teaching “Effective Managerial Coaching and Counseling” to executives for ten years, where she was also an Executive Coach customizing and conducting leadership development programs through the Department of Executive Education.

Dr. Parker appears as a psychologist expert on local and nationally syndicated talk shows, including numerous appearances on the “Oprah Show”. She was featured a s a health and wellness expert on the benefits of yoga and meditation, in a nationally syndicated PBS health talk show series called “Feel Grand”, hosted by Emmy Award winning actress, Jane Seymour. She appears as a psychologist expert on the acclaimed, internationally syndicated medical lifestyle show “The Dr. Nandi Show”.

In 2006, Dr. Parker appeared in the inaugural edition and three subsequent editions of Who’s Who in Black Detroit, a Real Times Media Publication celebrating African American achievements. In 2011 she was honored by the Michigan Chronicle as a “Woman of Excellence” and is featured in volume one of Vital Signs, A Real Times Media tribute to African American achievements in the health care industry. She served on the Michigan Department of Civil Rights Race4Equity task force, whose mission is to combat health care disparities in Southeast Michigan. Dr. Parker has authored The Art and Skill of Restorative Yoga: A Self-Care Guide and Restorative Yoga for Resilience: A Practitioner’s and Teacher’s Guide. She is a contributing author in the book Yoga Rising: 30 Empowering Stories for Yoga Renegades.

She is married and the mother of one son.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Gail Parker is the owner of Empowered by Yoga. She is a faculty member at Beaumont School of Yoga Therapy, William Beaumont Hospital. She Ms. Parker receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Gail Parker is a member of the American Psychological Association; the Michigan Psychological Association; the Association of Black Psychologists; and International Association of Yoga Therapists.


Janina Fisher, Ph.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist and former instructor at The Trauma Center, a research and treatment center founded by Bessel van der Kolk. Known as an expert on the treatment of trauma, Dr. Fisher has also been treating individuals, couples and families since 1980.

She is past president of the New England Society for the Treatment of Trauma and Dissociation, an EMDR International Association Credit Provider, Assistant Educational Director of the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute, and a former Instructor, Harvard Medical School. Dr. Fisher lectures and teaches nationally and internationally on topics related to the integration of the neurobiological research and newer trauma treatment paradigms into traditional therapeutic modalities.

She is co-author with Pat Ogden of Sensorimotor Psychotherapy: Interventions for Attachment and Trauma (2015) and author of Healing the Fragmented Selves of Trauma Survivors: Overcoming Internal Self-Alienation (2017) and the forthcoming book, Working with the Neurobiological Legacy of Trauma (in press).

Speaker Disclosures:

Speaker Disclosures: Financial: Janina Fisher is in private practice. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Nonfinancial: Janina Fisher has no relevant nonfinancial relationship to disclose.


Robert Schwarz, PsyD, DCEP, has been a practicing psychologist for 29 years. He is a clinical member of AAMFT, an approved ASCH consultant in hypnosis; and he has been involved with Energy Psychology since 1995. He is diagnostically trained in Thought Field Therapy. He is a diplomat in Comprehensive Energy Psychology. He is the executive director of the Association for Comprehensive Energy Psychology (ACEP) and was the chief architect of ACEP’s making it possible for psychologists to get CE credits for Energy Psychology training. Dr. Schwarz is the author of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder: a clinician’s guide (1991); Tools for Transforming Trauma (2002), one of the first trauma books to describe Energy Psychology approaches, as well as We’re No Fun Anymore: Cultivating Joyful Marriages Through the Power of Play. He has organized the last 7 international conferences on Energy Psychology and taught workshops throughout the United States, Canada and Brazil.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Robert Schwarz has an employment relationship with ACEP (Association for Comprehensive Energy Psychology). He receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Robert Schwarz is a clinical member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy.


Deirdre Fay, LICSW, with decades of experience exploring the intersection of trauma, attachment, yoga and meditation, teaches “a radically positive approach to healing trauma.” Deirdre is the author of Becoming Safely Embodied (in publication), Attachment-Based Yoga & Meditation for Trauma Recovery (W.W. Norton, 2017), Becoming Safely Embodied Skills Manual, and co-author of Attachment Disturbances for Adults (W.W. Norton, 2016) as well as the co-author of chapters in Neurobiological Treatments of Traumatic Dissociation. Depth and understanding comes from being a former supervisor at The Trauma Center, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute trainer from 2000–2008, certified in Internal Family Therapy, qualified trainer in Mindful Self-Compassion, trained in Self-Awakening Yoga, LifeForce Yoga, Kripalu Yoga, and former Board member of the New England Society for the Study of Trauma. Deirdre is a respected international teacher and mentor for working safely with the body. To get a FREE Safe Guide to Healing Trauma go to>

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Deirdre Fay maintains a private practice. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Deirdre Fay has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.


Nancy J. Napier, MA, LMFT is a psychotherapist and hypnotherapist in private practice in New York City. She is a faculty member of the Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute and taught Somatic Experiencing® in New York City for 12 years. She is author of Recreating Your Self, Getting Through the Day, Sacred Practices for Conscious Living, and co-author of Meditations & Rituals for Conscious Living. She also has published a series of CDs drawn from self-help exercises in her three books. The CDs have become downloadable guided meditations of these exercises.

Nancy offers workshops and webinars for professional, interfaith seminary students, and occasionally lay audiences on a range of subjects oriented to trauma resolution, relational, and attachment issues, self of the therapist, embodied presence, and those that have a more focused spiritual orientation. In addition, she founded Devadana Sanctuary, an organization that offers a safe context within which to explore multidimensional awareness,

On her own website,, she offers weekly practices in conscious living, among other resources. These practices are geared to help bring into conscious awareness the ways in which we create and nurture the quality and tone of our inner life moment to moment.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Nancy Napier maintains a private practice. She is a faculty member at the Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute. Ms. Napier receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Nancy Napier is a member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy; the International Society for the Study of Dissociation and Trauma; and the New York Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.


Manuela Mischke-Reeds, MA, LMFT, is a licensed somatic psychotherapist, international teacher and speaker, author and meditation teacher. She co-directs and teaches at the Hakomi Institute of California and is the developer of “From Trauma to Dharma”, a somatic trauma training for professionals. Manuela is the author of Somatic Psychotherapy Toolbox (PESI, 2018), 8 Keys to Practicing Mindfulness (W.W. Norton, 2015) and was a contributor to Hakomi Mindfulness-Centered Somatic Psychotherapy.

Manuela brings together 25 years of in-depth clinical practice and teaching in somatic trauma therapies, Hakomi psychotherapy, attachment and infant mental health work, Buddhist meditation practices and movement therapies. Her approach to working with trauma is an inside out approach that utilizes the depth of the body’s knowledge. Her unique teaching gift is inspiring how we live our lives from the reverence and awareness of interconnection.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Manuela Mischke-Reeds is a co-director and teacher with Hakomi Institute of California. She maintains a private practice and receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Manuela Mischke-Reeds is a member of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists.


Amber Elizabeth Gray, PhD, is a long-time human rights activist and pioneer in the use of Dance Movement Therapy with survivors of trauma, particularly torture, war and human rights abuses. She is an ADTA Outstanding Achievement Award recipient; a recent nominee for The Barbara Chester Human Rights award, and featured expert on torture treatment through Tulane University’s Institute of Traumatology. Amber’s expertise is represented in many published articles, chapters, keynote addresses, professional collaborations and presentations around the world. Amber has provided clinical training on the integration of refugee mental health and torture treatment with creative arts, mindfulness, and body-based therapies to more than 30 programs worldwide. She is the originator of Polyvagal-informed Dance/Movement and Soma-Movement Therapies developed over 20+ years of immersion in The Polyvagal Theory, and Restorative Movement Psychotherapy, a resiliency-based framework and clinical approach for somatic, mindfulness and dance/movement therapies with refugees and survivors of torture war trauma.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Amber Elizabeth Lynn Gray is the founder and executive director of Kint Institute. She is program consultant and training coordinator at New Mexico Department of Health, Refugee Division.

Non-financial: Amber Elizabeth Lynn Gray is a member of the American Dance Therapy Association; Colorado Association for Play Therapy; and Colorado Sandplay Therapy Association.


Cathy A. Malchiodi, PhD, ATR-BC, LPCC, LPAT, REAT,?is an expressive arts therapist and art therapist who has spent over 30 years working with individuals with traumatic stress and studying how the arts support reparation, integration and recovery from trauma. She is the founder and executive director of the Trauma-Informed Practices and Expressive Arts Therapy Institute that trains mental health and health care practitioners in medical, educational, and community settings and assists in disaster relief and humanitarian efforts throughout the world. Cathy has given more than 500 invited presentations in the US, Canada, Europe, Middle East, Asia and Australia and has published numerous articles, chapters, and more than 20 books, including?Trauma and Expressive Arts Therapy: Brain, Body and Imagination in the Healing Process,?Understanding Children’s Drawings, Handbook of Art Therapy, Creative Arts and Play Therapy for Attachment Problems,?and?Creative Interventions with Traumatized Children. She has received numerous awards for distinguished service, clinical contributions and lifetime achievements, including honors from the Kennedy Center and Very Special Arts in Washington, DC. A passionate advocate for the role of the arts in health, she is a contributing writer for?Psychology Today Online?with more than 5 million readers and a visual artist and occasional ukulele and hulusi musician.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Cathy Malchiodi is the founder, director and lead faculty member of the Trauma-Informed Practices and Expressive Arts Therapy Institute. She is one of the founders and president of Art Therapy Without Borders. She is an author and receives royalties.

Non-financial: Cathy Malchiodi is a member of the American Art Therapy Association.


Deborah J. Fox is a Certified Imago Relationship therapist and Certified Sex Therapist in private practice in Washington, DC. She offers individual, couples, and group psychotherapy, as well as clinical consultation. Deborah conducts seminars and consultation groups on couples therapy and sex therapy. She has presented on these subjects at the Washington Society of Clinical Social Workers, the Institute for Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy, and the Integrative Sex Therapy Institute and at the 2018 International Imago Relationship Therapy conference. She has studied Somatic Experiencing and wrote the chapter, The Mind Body Connection: Sex, Couples and Somatic Therapy in Integrative Sex and Couples Therapy, by Tammy Nelson, Ph.D. She is passionate about taking couples therapy to a deeper emotional level and enabling greater intimacy and satisfaction.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Deborah Fox maintains a private practice. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Deborah Fox has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.


Sherri Taylor, Psy.D. is a contemplative, scholar, consultant, and facilitator. She completed her undergraduate education in Feminist Studies at Stanford University and earned her master’s and doctoral degrees from the Wright Institute in Berkeley, California. Her scholarship and research interests include the intergenerational transmission of benevolence and resilience, psycho-spiritual trauma theories, attachment theory, human development, and processes of embodiment/incarnation. Dr. Taylor is also the founder of the soulstudiolab and Black Womxn’s Dream Lab. The soulstudiolab offers relevant and meaningful programming for individuals, groups, and organizations that integrates innovative approaches and practices from the expressive arts and psychology, with a special focus on the psycho-spiritual importance of creativity and contemplative embodiment to inspire and enact personal growth, interpersonal understanding, and social justice.
Continuing Education Credits Awarded for Completion of Entire Package
[+] [-] Combined Continuing Education Credit From All Components
Breakdown of Continuing Education Credits by Components
[+] [-] 054505 - 3-Day Experiential in Mindfulness, Yoga & Meditation
[+] [-] 056940 - Coming to Your Senses
[+] [-] 056945 - The Emergence of a Polyvagal-Informed Therapy
[+] [-] 056950 - Sensorimotor Psychotherapy
[+] [-] 056955 - A Mind-Body Approach to Race-Based Traumatic Stress Recovery
[+] [-] 056960 - The Body as a Shared Whole:
[+] [-] 056965 - Panel Discussion & Conference Closing - Day 1
[+] [-] 056975 - Energy Psychology
[+] [-] 056980 - Becoming Safely Embodied
[+] [-] 056985 - From Disorganization to Organization
[+] [-] 056990 - Collective Trauma
[+] [-] 056995 - Trauma and The Moving Body
[+] [-] 057000 - Panel Discussion & Conference Closing - Day 2
[+] [-] 057030 - Expressive Arts Therapy as Somatically-Based Interventions with Trauma
[+] [-] 057035 - Somatic Interventions in Couples Therapy
[+] [-] 057040 - Dreamwork as Contemplative Practice
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