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2015 ISEPP Annual Conference – Understanding Trauma: Responding Beyond the Medical Model

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Date(s) - October 9, 2015 - October 11, 2015
All Day

Crowne Newton/Boston

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Understanding Trauma: Responding Beyond the Medical Model

October 9-11, 2015

Crowne Plaza (Boston/Newton) – Newton, MA

What would happen if the mental health system stopped asking, “What’s wrong with you?” and instead asked, “What happened to you?”  This year’s annual ISEPP conference in Newton, MA, will explore this question.  Our twelve plenary speakers hail from the United States, Canada, and England and include psychiatric survivors, therapists, researchers, academics, activists, trainers, and advocates whose work is framed around trauma-informed understandings of the experiences that get called “mental illness”, and approaches to distress.



Friday 10/9 Pre Conference Workshops 12:30-3:30pm (more info) 3 CEUs available

Friday 10/9 Mind Freedom Mini Conference 9-4:30pm (more info)

Friday 10/9 Welcome Reception 6:30pm

Saturday 10/10 – Sunday 10/11 ISEPP Conference (up to 15 CEUS)

Saturday 10/11 – Awards Dinner 6:30pm


CEUs will be offered (Psychologists, Social Workers, Counselors, MFTs).

Conference Topics include:

  • the inadequacy of the medical model in understanding trauma and effectively addressing trauma
  • trauma-informed approaches to helping people experiencing emotional distress and altered states
  • the relationship between trauma and biology
  • intersectionality and trauma
  • personal narratives of surviving trauma as well as the retraumatization that can come with being a patient in the conventional mental health system
  • reflecting on what it means to work as a professional in that system

Plenary Speakers


Joanne Cacciatore, PhD        Barry Duncan, PsyD           


October 10th

jcacciatore Barry Duncan
Maria Liegghio, PhD  Bessel van der Kolk, MD David Walker, PhD 
Maria Liegghio Bessel van der Kolk David Walker-1


                                                       Cathy Cave Chris Chapman, PhD


October 11th

Cathy Cave Chris Chapman
Bruce E. Levine Brenda LeFrançois, PhD Rachel (Rai) Waddingham
Bruce Levine Brenda Rachel Waddingham

For plenary talk titles and summaries,         click here.

Breakout Schedule TBA

Topics Include:

-Trauma Informed Yoga
-Emotional Freedom Techniques/EFT
-Sensorimotor Psychotherapy
-Hearing Voices Networks
-Peer-Run Respites
-Dialogic Practices inspired by Open Dialogue
-Psychiatric Drug Withdrawal Tapering
-Gender, Oppression, and Trauma


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