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1st Annual Conference on Trauma and Embodiment

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Lesley University Brattle Campus

Washburn Commons (10 Phillips Place)

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Coffee, Breakfast and Registration starts at 8:15am.

There will be a yoga room, equipped and staffed by folks from 4 Corners Yoga + Wellness, available to participants all day.

The first annual Conference on Trauma and Embodiment presented in partnership with Lesley University - Cambridge, Massachusetts

Experiences of psychological trauma profoundly change our relationship to our body. The Center for Trauma and Embodiment at JRI is dedicated to researching, developing and training providers in effective, trauma-informed practices that help survivors safely re-connect to their body so that they may engage more fully with their life.

Opening Keynote Speaker: Dr. Thema Bryan-Davis, Embodied Healing

Dr. Thema Bryant-Davis is a licensed psychologist, ordained minister, and sacred artist who has worked nationally and globally to provide relief and empowerment to marginalized persons. Dr. Thema, a professor at Pepperdine University, is a past president of the Society for the Psychology of Women. Her contributions to psychological research, policy, and practice have been honored by national and regional psychological associations.

Dr. Thema earned her doctorate from Duke University, completed her post-doctoral training at Harvard Medical Center, and is a past American Psychological Association representative to the United Nations.

She has served as a mental health media consultant for numerous print, radio, and television media outlets, including but not limited to the Huffington Post, NPR, CBS, Oxygen, CNN, BET, TV One, Lifetime, and We TV.
Dr. Thema has edited and co-edited books on recovery from sexual violence, spirituality and religion in women’s lives, and womanist and mujerista psychologies. She is the author of the critically-acclaimed books Tweets for the Soul: When Life Falls Apart, Thriving in the wake of trauma: A multicultural guide, Mangos and Manna and The Birthing of a Lioness and is the recording artist on the CD Sky: An upbeat black girl's song. Her work is based in an interdisciplinary understanding of spirituality, gender, culture and psychology.

Research Panel: Empirical insights into yoga and mind-body medicine for health and wellness


Morning Breakout Options:

1. Yoga in post conflict Colombia - DUNNA, based in Bogota, Colombia, has developed an innovative yoga program designed to contribute to the achievement of an integral and sustainable peace after decades of civil war. Program developers from DUNNA will present on their experience designing, applying and evaluating their yoga models for individual and societal recovery. Facilitated by Natalia Quinoes, Maria Adelaide Lopez, Marcela Uribe and Morgan Vanderpool.

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.

3. PRISM: a Model for Addressing Cycles of Harm in Yoga Communities​ - yoga teacher, trainer, writer and researcher, Matthew Remski will share his thinking around how to better foster transparency and care in spiritual communities. His model, PRISM, is meant to prevent retraumatization and to obviate the stress of disillusionment by making power structure more accountable.


Afternoon Keynote Speaker: Jared D. Kass, Ph.D., The Neuroscience of Somatic Memory, Resilient Coping, and Secure Existential Attachment

Jared D. Kass, Ph.D. a Professor of Counseling and Psychology, Graduate School of Arts and Social Sciences, Lesley University; and a Visiting Scholar at the Benson-Henry Institute for Mind-Body Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital. He is a licensed mental health counselor who utilizes mind-body psychotherapeutic approaches, particularly with trauma survivors. During four decades of teaching and research, Dr. Kass has made many contributions to the integration of yoga psychology and western psychotherapy. These include the development of two assessment tools: The Inventory of Positive Psychological Attitudes, measuring a resilient worldview, Confidence in Life and Self; and the Index of Core Spiritual Experience, tapping subjective experiences commonly reported during meditation. Dr. Kass is deeply committed to building communities of health, social justice, and peace. He has developed a curriculum for young adult university students, Know Your Self, which promotes psychological resilience while helping students learn to build culturally-inclusive community. His recent book, A Person-Centered Approach to Psychospiritual Maturation: Mentoring Psychological Resilience and Inclusive Community in Higher Education, describes this project. Throughout his work, Dr. Kass explicates the neuroscience of somatic memory because this phenomenon plays a central role in the repetition of intergenerational trauma and Humanity’s Chain of Pain.

Dr. Kass graduated from Amherst College with high honors and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa (1969). He received his Ph.D. in Psychology and Education from the Union for Experimenting Colleges and Universities, with support from a Danforth Foundation and Woodrow Wilson Foundation Graduate Fellowship (1975). During his early professional work, he had the honor and opportunity to work with Dr. Carl Rogers, as a staff-member of the Person-Centered Approach Project. Dr. Kass has been training mental health clinicians at Lesley University since 1976. He is the senior faculty member of a holistic studies specialization that trains clinicians to practice trauma-informed, culturally-competent, mind-body-spirit behavioral health.



Gender, Race, and Economics: How girls, women, and female-identifying people experience and are treated in American institutions and what this means for trauma care.


Afternoon Breakout Options:

1. Embodying Transgender Identities - Learn about the trauma that many transgender people may face as they experience their bodies while walking through the world. Celebrate the resilience and tenacity that it’s taken for many trans people to simply exist in societies that reject them. Facilitated by Elijah Oyenuga and Rene Rives.

2. Disrupting Trauma Dynamics Through Exercise - Jon Feinman from InnerCity Weightlifting and Coach Mike Ferullo from Boston Bulldogs will talk about their innovative work using the gym and road running to address core dynamics of trauma.

3. Equity at Work - This workshop is for people who are interested in interrogating and transforming the culture, structures, practices and/or relationships of power and exclusion in their work and/or work place. We will explore what it will take for you and/or your work partners to embody the causes and condition for equity and access. This will be an engaged and interactive session. Facilitated by Sadada Jackson.​


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