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2017 Trauma and Dissociation Conference Update

Felicity Lee
Felicity Lee

2017 Trauma and Dissociation Conference Update

Post by felicity on 9/27/2017, 4:08 pm

2017 Trauma and Dissociation Conference Events Overview

Updated Information –

To view this on the website, click - https://igdid.org/2017-trauma-dissociation-conference-events-overview/

A Bit About the Conference:

Mark your calendars!  This annual three day fundraising event hosted by Ivory Garden Nonprofit Corporation will be held in Seattle, WA at the Radisson Hotel near the SeaTac Airport on October 19th through the 22nd, 2017.   Professionals working in the area of trauma, trauma survivors, and those who support survivors all benefit from attending workshops and plenaries presented by internationally renowned clinicians, researchers, authors, and lecturers in the field of trauma-related disorders.  This event also provides, for all attendees, a unique experience of meeting and interacting with peers and experts from all over the world.

  • Parking is free.
  • Coffee, tea, and water provided by hotel.
  • Reduced rates for rooms including many amenities – room link

  • 19 CEU’s with certificates available.  Certificates of completion and sign-in forms available for all attendees.
  • Sliding-scale registration available for everyone – including CEU’s – as low as $99.00 for the entire conference.
  • Evening live entertainment.
  • Everyone interested in learning more about how trauma affects people is invited.
  • Internationally recognized by professionals, survivors, and supporters. 
  • Pet-friendly venue.
  • Arts and crafts room open with supplies and workshops during the conference.
  • Please, look though this website for more information home

    Conference Theme:

    “Demystifying Trauma-Informed-Care within the Dissociative Spectrum”

    This year’s theme reflects the need for an awareness of trauma and how it affects people differently. Relating to traumatized individuals knowledgeably, compassionately and respectfully, within daily or professional environments, is vital to the well-being and stability of clients, friends, and peers who have experienced trauma in their lives.
    ‘Trauma-Informed Care’ is an organizational structure and treatment framework that involves understanding impact of trauma on human development, recognizing trauma related symptoms, and responding effectively and appropriately. Practicing trauma-informed care requires awareness and knowledge of current research, education of trauma related symptoms/behaviors, and effective therapeutic interventions based on where each falls within the ‘dissociative spectrum’.
    Dissociative disorders, a common effect of trauma, range on a spectrum of severity correlating how extreme and chronic the trauma – the least extreme on this spectrum is post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and the most extreme is dissociative identity disorder (DID). “Other disorders at points on this spectrum in between these two diagnoses include dissociative amnesia (with or without dissociative fugue), depersonalisation/derealisation disorder, other specified dissociative disorder (OSDD) and unspecified dissociative disorder (UDD). OSDD and UDD are what was previously known as dissociative disorder not otherwise specified (DDNOS) which is a diagnosis given when the full diagnostic criteria for other dissociative disorders including dissociative identity disorder are not met” (source: https://www.pods-online.org.uk/).
    Objectives and goals:
    Attendees will be able to:
    1) explain and define the relationship between childhood trauma and how it effects people within the dissociative spectrum including: different types of trauma (sexual abuse, physical/emotional abuse, human trafficking, ritual abuse) and effects of trauma (dissociative disorders, developmental delays, neurological effects, addiction, eating disorders, self-harm, suicide ideation, depression, and anxiety).
    2) explain and describe current designs of psychotherapy treatment studies and outcomes through literature, strategies, techniques, neurology and clinical implications of treatments in the area of trauma and dissociation.
    3) explain, describe, and define how practicing trauma-informed care can resolve issues within therapeutic relationships including: ethical, boundaries, safety, shame, trust, confidentiality, attachment to perpetrator, cultural differences, core beliefs, expectations, and misunderstandings.
    4) demonstrate practical knowledge of trauma-informed care within the dissociative spectrum through open discussion, brief case consultations, question and answer sessions, workshops, and discussion panels presented by renowned experts in the field of trauma and dissociation.
    5) demonstrate the skills, education, and knowledge gathered during this conference that can be practiced in daily life or within the clinical setting – whether professionals, survivors of trauma, or those who support trauma survivors.

    Guest Speakers




    DANA C. ROSS, M.D.












    NAOMI LOMBARDI, MA Clinical Psychology  


    Topics Covered:

    Topics do not apply to any certain paradigm promoted by Ivory Garden, but are comprehensive and relate to anyone interested in learning about or practicing skills in the area of trauma-informed care and/or trauma and dissociation.  Workshops are divided between two rooms (See the schedule) within the large ballroom – seating about 250 people.  This gives everyone a chance to interact as they please within the workshops and plenaries.  Speakers are professional, knowledgeable experts in their fields. It is not expected that attendees will always ‘agree’, but more often, will gain familiarity enough to decide whether to further pursue the topic. Rooms for arts and crafts and general discussion are also available.

    • “Ego State Therapy”
    •   EMDR
    • “Understanding the Neurobiology of the Fight, Flight, Freeze, Collapse Response”
    • “Building Trust within the Therapeutic Relationship – Legal/Ethical Issues
    • “Not the price of admission: Healthy relationships after childhood trauma.”
    • “Conversation/Consultation Hour with David Calof, DAPA”
    • “False Memories – Where Are We Today?”
    • “Techniques for Conversations with the Voices Within”
    • “Addiction and Dissociation: Two Clinical Case Studies”
    • “Ritual Abuse: A cultural and epistemological assessment”
    • “Trafficked Boys: Bringing male victims of HT out of the shadows”
    • “Human Trafficking Panel – Question – Answer, and Discussion”
    • “Art Therapy and its Benefits with those with Dissociations and DID”
    • Practical Tools For The Healing Journey – Developing Self-Care, Nurture, Compassion and Cooperation”
    • “Healing from Trauma-Induced Chronic Pain:  A Survivor’s Experience”
    • “Bridging Trauma and Spirituality”
    • “Writing Your Fairy Tale or Mythical Journey: The Call to Adventure & Initiation”
    • “The Process of Owner Training a Psychiatric Service Dog for people with trauma and disassociation.”

    Daily Activity Overview:

    Thursday, October 19, 2017:

    This is a pre-conference day with an informal reception for everyone to get together, meet each other, and prepare for the next three full-days of plenaries, workshops, and entertainment.  We will begin at about 1:00 p.m.  Speakers and sponsors are welcome to set up tables, audio-visual staff will be setting up the rooms, and IG staff will be handing out program binders and nametags.  If you come on Thursday, you will find the Ivory Garden tables and staff who will help you find anything that you need.  Food will be served from one of the board rooms in the early-evening/late afternoon.  Everyone is also welcome to help out as they feel comfortable.  This is a fun-filled evening that everyone enjoys.

    Friday, October 20, 2017:

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  • Saturday, October 21, 2017


    Sunday, October 22, 2107


    A Few Words from President:

    We look forward to seeing everyone there.  This is always an exciting event for speakers, professionals and survivors.  This year, we have more seats available than ever before.  We have extended the early-bird special until the first week in October.  Please, take advantage of this and let others know about the sliding-scale option.  We appreciate everyone’s continued support.
    Thank you,
    Pat Goodwin, President – Ivory Garden
    253 347 7846


Don't miss the Ivory Garden Conference this year!!

Who is Ivory Garden Nonprofit Corporation?


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President: Ivory Garden Nonprofit Corporation

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