Fifth Annual

Summer Training Institute

on Cape Cod

July 18 - 22, 2016

*Registration for this workshop is now closed.

The Trauma Center is thrilled to announce its Fifth Annual Summer Training Institute! Conducted by Senior Faculty of the Trauma Center at Justice Resource Institute, participants will gain an indepth understanding of the complexity of adaptation to trauma and the use of cutting edge interventions to promote healing and recovery for impacted children and adults. The setting for this Summer Institute was carefully chosen to provide an elegant training environment rich in both conference offerings and vacation amenities and conveniences, while offering a more inviting and informal atmosphere conducive to connection and dialogue with our senior faculty than possible in traditional conference formats. Registration for the 2016 conference will be limited to 100 participants in order to preserve access to conference faculty and an intimate feel that have already become distinctive features of this annual event.


(Optional) On the afternoon of Day 1, Dr. Spinazzola lays the foundation for the entire conference with an innovative exploration of the complexity of adaptation to trauma. Through his one of a kind presentation style that rapidly achieves both depth and breadth of perspective, our Center’s Director Dr. Joseph Spinazzola enwraps participants in a kaleidoscope of cutting edge science, evocative case material and clinical lore.

On Day 2 of the conference, participants will attend a workshop on The Impact of Complex Trauma on the Brain and Body: Developmental Unfolding of Effects. Dr. Hilary Hodgdon will engage participants in a detailed examination of current research illuminating the effects of complex trauma on the brain and body in early childhood and adolescence, particularly as it influences child development, including neurological and biological systems.

In the evening of Day 2, Dr. Spinazzola will lead the entire group in a fully experiential workshop, The Transformative Power of Action: The Role of Theater and Play in Recovery from Trauma. Action-oriented, mind-body, gross-motor, expressive arts and team building techniques are carefully selected to cultivate developmental competencies derailed by exposure to chronic, complex trauma and life adversity.

On Day 3, participants will attend the exciting Trauma Center premier of an innovative treatment, Brainspotting. Led by its internationally acclaimed model originator David Grand along with his colleague Steve Sawyer, Brainspotting is a powerful, focused treatment method that works by identifying, processing and releasing core neurophysiological sources of emotional/body pain, trauma, dissociation and a variety of challenging symptoms. Participants will have the opportunity to experiment this innovative diagnostic and treatment approach firsthand, and hopefully experience its deep, direct, powerful yet focused and containing effects.

Finally, participants have two options to complete comprehensive trainings in one of two evidence-based trauma-focused interventions on Days 4 & 5. For the first time in its entirety at our Summer Institute, in Track A we are excited to offer the complete Two-Day Intensive Training in Component-Based Psychotherapy (CBP). This workshop will provide an in-depth introduction to the Trauma Center’s overarching framework for intervention with adult survivors of childhood complex trauma, with particular emphasis on those with prominent histories of emotional abuse and neglect. CBP is the focus of the Trauma Center’s long-awaited book from Guilford Press anticipated to be released in Winter 2016: Treating Adult Survivors of Emotional Abuse & Neglect: Reaching Across the Abyss. Also for the first time at our Summer Institute, this workshop will be co-led by all four developers of this CBP, Drs. Elizabeth Hopper, Frances Grossman, Joseph Spinazzola & Marla Zucker.

Track B is geared toward participants interested in child and family intervention and treatment of Developmental Trauma Disorder. In response to strong demand, we are pleased to offer the complete Two-Day Intensive Training in Sensory Motor Arousal Regulation Treatment (SMART). This workshop will be led by SMART’s lead developer, with contributions from Tiffany Naste and Jaclyn Jacobs, two colleagues from JRI who are assisting Dr. Warner with development of home- and community-based applications of the SMART model.

In all, we anticipate the Fifth Anniversary of our Summer Training Institute to be the most exciting one yet!


Conference Director & Lead Presenter (Day 1 & Evening Day 2; Co-Presenter CBP): Dr. Joseph Spinazzola, Ph.D., is the Executive Director of the Trauma Center, Vice President for Behavioral Health & Trauma Services, and Director of the Institute for Research, Inquiry & Evaluation at Justice Resource Institute. He is co-developer of Component-Based Psychotherapy (CBP), the Trauma Center's model for Treatment of Complex Trauma in Adults and is the lead developer of Trauma Drama, the Trauma Center's improvisational theater-based intervention model. Dr. Spinazzola holds faculty appointments at Suffolk University and Richmont Graduate University. He directs the Complex Trauma Treatment Network (CTTN) of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) and is the lead Principle-Investigator of the national Developmental Trauma Disorder (DTD) Field Trial. Dr. Spinazzola is a widely-published, recognized scholar in the field of traumatic stress. He trains multidisciplinary providers nationwide on the assessment and treatment of complex trauma in children and adults. Dr. Spinazzola maintains an active clinical and supervisory practice at the Trauma Center.

Featured Keynote Presenter (Day 3): Dr. David Grand, Ph.D., is an internationally acclaimed psychotherapist, writer, lecturer, performance coach and humanitarian, best known for his discovery and development of the internationally acclaimed Brainspotting method. Dr. Grand is a licensed Clinical Social Worker with a PhD from International University. He has personally treated thousands of survivors of the World Trade Center Attack and Hurricane Katrina. Dr. Grand is the author of the ground breaking book Emotional Healing at Warp Speed, and has been interviewed on CNN, NBC, and Nightline, and featured in the New York Times, the Washington Post, O Magazine, Golf Digest and Newsday. The PBS documentary Depression: Out of the Shadows which included Dr. Grand as a featured expert won a 2008 Peabody Award. He is the clinical director of the Faithful Response program which treats 9/11 survivors and returning vets from Iraq and Afghanistan. He is the former chairman of the EMDR-Humanitarian Assistance Program (HAP) through which he organized pro bono trauma therapy trainings in some of the most underserved, high-need cities and countries worldwide. He maintains a private psychotherapy and performance enhancement practice in Manhattan and Long Island.

Lead Presenter (Day 2): Dr. Hilary Hodgdon, Ph.D., is the Director of Research Operations at the Trauma Center at JRI. A published scholar in the field of traumatic stress, her research spans treatment outcome research, and risk and protective factors and trajectories of youth victims and perpetrators of violence. Dr. Hodgdon oversees a large longitudinal multisite, multi-respondent clinical outcomes database developed by the JRI IRIE. She trains nationally on the neurobiological impact of trauma and approaches to child trauma intervention including the Trauma Center’s Attachment, Regulation, Competency (ARC) model. She is also a Staff Psychologist and Supervisor at the Trauma Center.

Lead Presenter (CBP): Elizabeth Hopper, Ph.D., is the lead developer of Component-Based Psychotherapy (CBP), the Trauma Center's model for Treatment of Complex Trauma in Adults, and lead author of the forthcoming book Treating Adult Survivors of Emotional Abuse & Neglect: Reaching Across the Abyss. She is the Director of Project REACH, a program that serves victims of human trafficking throughout the United States. Dr. Hopper is a published scholar, trains nationally on a variety of topics related to traumatic stress, and is a Staff Psychologist and Senior Supervisor at the Trauma Center.

Lead Presenter (SMART): Elizabeth Warner, Psy.D. is the lead developer of the Trauma Center at JRI’s Sensory Motor Arousal Regulation Treatment (SMART) model and Director of our SMART program. Dr. Warner has maintained a psychotherapy practice with adults, adolescents and children in Brookline for over three decades. She specializes in child and adolescent development, family therapy, and the impact on adults of parenting. Previously Dr. Warner worked with severely disordered children including autistic children and their parents, using innovative methodologies at the Language & Cognitive Development Center. She has also worked in psychiatric inpatient and outpatient settings at Boston University Medical Center, schools, mental health clinics and residential treatment, providing therapy, teaching and consultation. Dr. Warner is a Senior Supervisor and Staff Psychologist at the Trauma Center.

Co-Presenter (Day 3): Steve Sawyer, LCSW CSAC, is a licensed psychotherapist and vice president of the Midwest Brainspotting Institute. A master clinician, Mr. Sawyer is trained in several unique therapeutic models including somatic trigger release, traumatic memory reprocessing, Brain Spotting and HeartMath. He is also the Founder and Clinical Director of New Vision Wilderness Therapeutic Wilderness Programs.

Co-Presenter (CBP): Frances Grossman, Ph.D., has been a Senior Supervisor and faculty member at the Trauma Center since 2002. She is Professor Emeritus at Boston University. A pioneer of the traumatic stress field, Dr. Grossman is a widely published scholar and author of multiple books, including With the Phoenix Rising: Lessons from Ten Resilient Women Who Overcame the Trauma of Childhood Sexual Abuse, and the forthcoming Treating Adult Survivors of Emotional Abuse & Neglect: Reaching Across the Abyss. She is a co-developer of the Trauma Center’s Component-Based Psychotherapy (CBP) model.

Co-Presenter (CBP), Marla Zucker, Ph.D., is the Director of Clinical Services of the Trauma Center and the Director of the Metrowest Behavioral Health Center at Justice Resource Institute. and a Licensed Clinical Psychologist. A published scholar, Dr. Zucker’s research has focused on youth violence prevention, risk trajectories for violence, neuropsychological assessment and the intersection of complex trauma and dissociation. She is co-developer of Component-Based Psychotherapy (CBP), the Trauma Center's model for Treatment of Complex Trauma in Adults, and is the lead developer of an educator-led classroom companion to the Urban Improv youth violence prevention curriculum. A Certified Consultant of the Association for Applied Sport Psychology, Dr. Zucker also owns and directs Boston Sport & Performance Psychology.

Co-Presenter (SMART): Jaclyn Winer, LICSW, is an in-home child and family therapist for JRI’s Boston-area Community-Based Services (CBS) Team. She has experience serving vulnerable youth and their caregivers in residential treatment center, school-based and camp settings.

Co-Presenter (SMART): Tiffany Naste, LICSW, is Director of JRI’s Boston-area Community-Based Services (CBS) Team. She leads the JRI CBS Division’s internal ARC (Attachment, Regulation, Competency) leadership team, and is assisting Dr. Elizabeth Warner in home- and community-based applications of the SMART model. Ms. Naste is also a member of JRI’s Trauma Response Network (TRN), providing education, support, emergency assistance and counseling in response to terrorism, disasters, community violence and other acute traumatic incidents impacting the Greater Boston community.


DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Cape Cod, 287 Iyannough Road, Hyannis, MA 02601.

To make guest room reservations at this hotel, please call (508) 771-1700 and ask for the “Trauma Center” rate, or book online using the following instructions:

  • Click here to go to website
  • Enter your desired arrival/departure dates, number of adults/children and click “Add Special Rate Code”
  • In the “Group Code” field, enter in the three letter code: TCS
  • Click "Check Rooms & Rates"
  • Click "Select" to start the reservation process and complete your booking

Schedule of Events:


7/18/16 12:00 P.M. Registration
  12:30 - 5:15 P.M. The Complexity of Adaptation to Trauma
5:30 - 6:30 P.M. Welcome Reception
7/19/16 7:30 - 8:15 A.M. Continental Breakfast
8:15 - 12:30 P.M. The Impact of Complex Trauma on the Brain and Body: Developmental Unfolding of Effects
  12:30 - 5:30 P.M. Free time
7:00 - 9:00 P.M. The Transformative Power of Action: The Role of Theater and Play in Recovery from Trauma
  9:00 - 10:00 P.M. Ice Cream Social
7/20/16 7:30 - 8:15 A.M. Continental Breakfast
  8:15 - 1:15 P.M. Brainspotting
  1:15-5:00 P.M. Free Time
7/21/16 7:30-8:15 A.M. Continental Breakfast
Track A 8:15-12:00 P.M. CBP (Component-Based Psychotherapy): The Trauma Center's Treatment Model for Adult Survivors of Complex Childhood Trauma
Track B *Track Full 8:15-12:00 P.M. SMART (Sensory Motor Arousal Regulation Treatment): The Trauma Center's Somatic Regulation Treatment Method for Children and Adolescents with Developmental Trauma Disorder *Please note: Track B is now full
12:00-1:30 P.M. Free Time
Track A 1:30-4:45 P.M. CBP (continued)
Track B 1:30-4:45 P.M. SMART (continued)
7/22/16 7:30-8:15 A.M. Continental Breakfast
Track A 8:15-1:00 P.M. CBP (concluded)
Track B 8:15 - 1:00 P.M. SMART (concluded)

We will have a bookstore open for your enjoyment and convenience on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of the Summer Training Institute.





Conference Rates

Options Regular Rates
Individuals: 4-day Conference (7/19-7/22) $715
Individuals: 5-Day Conference (7/18-7/22) $795
Students: 4-Days (*See below) $515
Students: 5-Days (*See below) $595
Group/Agency: 4-Days (*See below) $615
Group/Agency: 5-Days (*See below) $700

*Students must provide proof of school registration. A group is considered three or more people from the same organization and proof of non-profit status must be provided.


This conference is appropriate for mental health clincians who work with adults, children or families, as well as for allied providers (i.e., case managers, school personnel, milieu staff) and program administrators with interest in applying trauma-informed principles to their individual or programmatic work.

Continuing Education

The Justice Resource Institute (JRI) is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. JRI maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

For information regarding the status of continuing education credits for Massachusetts social workers and licensed mental health counselors, please contact the Training Division administrative support staff.

Cancellation Policy

If you are unable to attend the Summer Institute, we will provide a refund, minus a $100 administrative fee, until one month prior to the start date. If you cancel within one month but more than two weeks prior to the start date, we will provide a credit toward a future Training Institute workshop, less a $200 administrative fee. We must receive explicit notification of this cancellation, and credit must be used within one year of the original training date. We are unable to provide a refund or credit within two weeks of the start of the Summer Institute.