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Trauma and Dissociation Conference, Ivory Garden, Seattle

Felicity Lee
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Post by felicity on 5/8/2014, 7:09 pm

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Dr. Ross is an internationally renowned clinician, researcher, author and lecturer in the field of trauma-related disorders. He is the founder and President of the Colin A. Ross Institute for Psychological Trauma. Dr. Ross is the Executive Medical Director of three trauma programs located at Timberlawn Mental Health System in Dallas, Texas, Forest View Hospital in Grand Rapids, Michigan and Del Amo Hospital in Torrance, California. Dr. Ross provides treatment for patients with trauma related disorders and symptoms. This would include treatment for: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Dissociative Disorders, Borderline Personality Disorder, Addictive Disorders, Anxiety Disorders, Depression, and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. The symptoms treated and the admission criteria are: suicidal ideation, homicidal ideation, self-destructive and addictive behaviors, and inability to function. Dr. Ross has written extensively on the subject of dissociation and trauma. His latest books include Trauma Model Therapy: A Treatment Approach for Trauma, Dissociation and Complex Comorbidity. Other books by Dr. Ross include: The Trauma Model: A Solution to the Problem of Comorbidity in Psychiatry, and Schizophrenia: Innovations in Diagnosis and Treatment. Dr Ross’ books are available through his web site at www.rossinst.com, at www.amazon.com and at area bookstores. Dr. Ross has authored 170 professional papers and 27 books. He has reviewed for numerous professional journals, is a member of the American Psychiatric Association and is a Past President of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation. In addition, Dr. Ross has served as an expert witness in over 50 court cases, consulted on television, movie and video productions on trauma-related disorders, and produced six educational videos and CD’s for mental health professionals on the treatment of trauma-based disorders. Timberlawn Trauma Program Del Amo Hospital ForestView Trauma Program 1-800-426-4944 1-800-533-5266 1-800-949-8439
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Dr Paulsen authored, “Looking Through the Eyes of Trauma & Dissociation: An Illustrated Guide for EMDR Therapists and Clients,” (English, Japanese and German, in press) and Lanius, Paulsen, & Corrigan “The Embodied Self: The Neurobiology and Treatment of Traumatic Dissociation.” A fellow of ISST&D, she was invited faculty in Germany, South Africa, Japan, Scotland, Norway, Hong Kong, and was EMDRIA Masters Series Lecturer 2004. She authored numerous chapters and presents three workshops on ego state therapy, somatic methods and the early trauma protocol of EMDR. Her clinical practice includes brief intensive work in a forest near Seattle for early trauma and neglect.
Trauma and Dissociation Conference, Ivory Garden, Seattle DAVID-KALOF
David L. Calof has practiced psychotherapy, family therapy and hypnotherapy in his native Seattle for 40 years. A highly regarded clinician, Mr. Calof has lectured and consulted frequently at educational institutions, professional associations, hospitals, mental health centers, and social service agencies across the United States, and in Canada, England, France, Germany, Australia, and Japan on the treatment of posttraumatic and post-abuse syndromes, (with special regard to the dissociative disorders), self-injury syndromes, hypnotherapy, couples and family therapy. Mr. Calof has authored two books and over 50 professional publications on hypnotherapy, marriage and family therapy, and the treatment of psychological trauma and child abuse. His last book, The Couple Who Became Each Other and Other Tales of Healing From a Leading Hypnotherapist (with Robin Simons, BantamDoubledayDell, 1996) (a featured alternate selection for the Behavioral Science Book Service in 1997), has been published in North American, United Kingdom, French, German, and Israeli editions and garnered highly favorable reviews (1, 2) internationally.
Trauma and Dissociation Conference, Ivory Garden, Seattle JOAN-GOLSON
Joan C. Golston, DCSW, LICSW, is a therapist, supervisor and clinical and forensic consultant in private practice in Seattle, Washington. She has been chair of the NASW Washington Chapter Ethics Committee for some 15 years, was honored as the chapter’s 2006 Social Worker of the Year, and is a Fellow and Director of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (ISSTD). She is a coauthor of the recently published Guidelines for Treating Dissociative Identity Disorder in Adults, 3rd revision. Joan teaches ISSTD international courses on the psychotherapy of the dissociative disorders, and has served as a consultant in a number of legal cases regarding ethics and professional standards. In November she will present a pre-conference institute on “Ethics in the Treatment of Trauma” in Montreal. Joan is a warm and engaging speaker who has presented over a hundred professional lectures and workshops, and earned a reputation as a teacher who makes complex topics easily comprehensible and even entertaining. She is currently writing The Torturer’s Apprentice, an examination of cruelty as an overlooked, enduring posttraumatic adaptation.
MARVIN THOMAS, Therapist, Teacher, Community Expert
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I have been working in Seattle as a counselor and psychotherapist since 1964. My life experience, along with the plus 45-plus years I have been studying psychology and classical spiritual practice, has enabled me to help thousands of people find solutions to their problems, both as individuals and in their relationships. I provide a wide range of therapeutic services: individual and marriage counseling, psychotherapy, and group therapy as well as classes and training workshops in such areas as How To Meet People, Mastering the Art of Intimacy, and developing the skills in how to make "Magic" happen in groups.
Trauma and Dissociation Conference, Ivory Garden, Seattle Laura-brown
Laura S. Brown is a clinical and forensic psychologist in independent practice in Seattle, Washington. A writer and speaker on feminist therapy theory and practice, she offers workshops and trainings to professionals and the public on such topics as trauma treatment, cultural competence, psychological assessment, and ethics. She is also the founder and Director of the Fremont Community Therapy Project, a low-fee psychotherapy training clinic in Seattle.
Lynn Crook was a therapist when she recovered memories of childhood sexual abuse. Since her successful lawsuit, she’s been investigating false memory claims. She presented her findings in the U.S., England and at the United Nations. She joined a comedy improv group to handle any hecklers that might show up. They didn’t. Lynn is an editor emeritus of Treating Abuse Today, and is writing a book she’s currently calling “An Inconvenient Crime.”
Trauma and Dissociation Conference, Ivory Garden, Seattle GinaAbout1
Gina Vance has been called lots of names, including, Soul Coach, Therapeutic Mentor, Miracle Worker, Mind-Body Mentor and The Mind-Body Whisperer! Many of those names were conferred by those that were told that there was nothing more that could be done for them. Some were “fired” by their therapists, some told the only thing left to try was shock treatment (ECT), others, that they just had to accept a life of pain, anxiety and disability and learn to live with it! Together with these heroic souls on healing journeys (“clients”), Gina developed a uniquely transformative blend of mind-body tools to relieve stress and pain; change unwanted habits, and feel peaceful, confident and empowered. Gina has witnessed that whatever you want; whatever you want to be free of, and however you want to contribute your unique talents, gifts and abilities to the world, it’s probably doable. Because, when the good that’s inside us is supported, nourished and energized, things that have been intractable, immovable, and unhealable, are suddenly, easily, safely transformed! We can be the change we want to see in the world.
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Approved Consultant EMDRIA, Regional Coordinator – Nebraska, Member ISSTD, EMDRIA, NBCC. Ellie Fields is currently a partner with the Attachment and Trauma Center of Nebraska where she provides individual and group psychotherapy specializing in disorders of attachment and trauma. Ellie uses CBT, Ego State Therapy, EMDR, Hypnosis, Thought Field Therapy, Somatic Psychotherapy and Energy/Reiki work as well as breathing and centering practices. For the last 10 years, a significant portion of her practice serves those who are challenged with a dissociative disorder. Ellie has been in clinical practice for 20 years. Recently, her rescue dog, Hershey, has been an important and loving addition to her clinical practice. Running, Vinyasa Yoga, Reiki, Gardening, Cooking, Walks on a beach when I can find one, Burning sage and essential oils, Passionate conversations about healing and helping with my colleagues, and the privilege of sharing in loving moments with her husband and 4 children support her in the work that she does.
Trauma and Dissociation Conference, Ivory Garden, Seattle Susan
Author, Speaker, Consultant, TeacherSusan Pease Banitt, LCSW is a psychotherapist with over thirty-five years experience in mental health work. She is an expert in traumatic states and alternative healing modalities by virtue of practice, research and her own journey of healing. Susan is a Kripalu-trained Registered Yoga Teacher through the Yoga Alliance and author of the award winning book, The Trauma Tool Kit: Healing PTSD From the Inside Out (Quest, 2012). She is the past Board Chair for Street Yoga in Portland, OR.
Ivory Garden is proud to be a provider for CEUs by the Washington Chapter, National Association of Social Workers (NASW) for Licensed Social Workers, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapists and Licensed Mental Health Counselors. Provider number #1975-362. Please attend to schedule and registration from information on each workshop and/or plenary.
Disclaimer – This conference is not intended to ‘replicate’ or ‘duplicate’, nor is Ivory Garden associated with any other group, organization, or similar event. Ivory Garden is exclusively and proudly sponsoring this conference.
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Post by define on 5/9/2014, 12:59 am

wow, what an impressive list and the backgrounds..wow is all i can say. If you don't mind my asking, how did you find the T's? I think it's quite a feat and to get colin ross, another wow.
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Post by felicity on 5/9/2014, 6:51 am

I chose those who I thought would really relate well with the mixed audience of survivors of abuse, students, mental health professionals and supporters. These speakers are all wonderful. I am so grateful to each and every one of them.

Oh, and there are other wonderful therapists who had other engagements also.

It is going to be so great!! I can't wait.

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