Sixth Annual

Trauma Center Summer Training Institute

Hyannis, MA

July 17 - 21, 2017

The Trauma Center is excited to announce its Sixth Annual Summer Training Institute! Conducted by Senior Faculty of the Trauma Center at Justice Resource Institute, this intensive program undertakes a depth exploration of the complexity of adaptation to trauma, cutting edge interventions, and integrative approaches to healing 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 an inviting and informal atmosphere more conducive to ongoing dialogue and meaningful connection with our senior faculty than possible in traditional conference formats. Registration for the 2017 conference will be limited to approximately 100 participants to preserve the individual access to conference faculty and the intimate, relaxed feel that have become distinctive features of this annual event.


On Day 1, Dr. Joseph Spinazzola, Director of the Summer Institute and Executive Director of the Trauma Center, establishes the frame for the entire conference with through a unique exploration of the Complexity of Adaptation to Trauma. This presentation utilizes an evolving, non-linear and participant-influenced structure to assemble a mosaic of neuroscientific research, evocative case material and traumatic stress lore.

On Days 2 & 3, participants select between two clinical intervention tracks:

  • In Track A, we are delighted to have Dr. Margaret Blaustein, Director of the Trauma Center’s Training Division and internationally recognized expert in child traumatic stress, return to the Summer Institute to deliver a Two-Day Basic Training of her heavily in-demand Attachment, Regulation & Competency (ARC) intervention for children and families impacted by complex developmental trauma.
  • Track B features two adult intervention models developed by the Trauma Center. On Tuesday, David Emerson, Director of our Yoga Services Program will engage participants in an experientially-rich, applied training on integration into adult psychotherapy of concepts, exercises and techniques from our National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP)-listed Trauma Sensitive Yoga (TCTSY) model. Then on Wednesday, our Director of Training, Dr. Jana Pressley, will deliver a fascinating training on the intersection of complex trauma and spirituality in adult treatment that builds upon our Center’s adult complex trauma treatment model, Component-Based Psychotherapy (CBP).

On Day 4, we are excited to offer participants the choice between two highly innovative interventions developed by our organization that are being offered for the first time at the Summer Institute.

  • In Track A, Dr. Spinazzola, along with members of the JRI ensemble, will immerse participants in a fully experiential introduction to our Center’s Trauma Drama intervention model.
  • In Track B, we welcome our colleague, Dr. Julie Brown, to the Summer Institute for the first time. Dr. Brown will introduce participants to her Skills System for improvement of self-regulation and executive functioning in traumatized adolescents and adults presenting with cognitive challenges.

Finally, on Day 5, we are thrilled to conclude the conference with a first-of-its-kind presentation by Dr. Richard Schwartz, founder of the Internal Family Systems (IFS) model for working with and integrating dissociated “parts” of self. Dr. Schwartz will engage participants in an exploration of lessons learned from IFS about Advancing Couples and Family Therapy. Moreover, he will partner with members of the Trauma Drama ensemble to demonstrate for the first time in his career a live enactment and unscripted, real-time intervention response to a family therapy trauma case utilizing the IFS model.

In all, we anticipate the Sixth Anniversary of our Summer Training Institute to be the most clinically diverse and sophisticated one yet!



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 lead developer of Trauma Drama, the Trauma Center's improvisational theater-based youth intervention model. Joseph 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 Co-Principle-Investigator of the national Developmental Trauma Disorder (DTD) Field Trials. Joseph is a widely-published, nationally recognized clinical researcher and scholar in the field of traumatic stress, and co-author of the forthcoming book: Reaching across the Abyss: Treating Adult Survivors of Emotional Abuse & Neglect, to be published in winter 2017 by Guilford Press. Joseph trains and consults to multidisciplinary providers, programs, and systems across the U.S. and Canada on the assessment and treatment of complex trauma in children and adults. He maintains an active clinical and supervisory practice at the Trauma Center.

Margaret Blaustein, Ph.D. is the Director of the Trauma Training and Education Division at The Trauma Center at JRI in Brookline, MA. Margaret is a practicing clinical psychologist who specializes in the assessment and treatment of complex childhood trauma. She is co-developer of the Attachment, Self-Regulation and Competency (ARC) treatment framework, designated as a promising practice for treatment of childhood trauma by the National Child Traumatic Stress Network, and co-author of the text, “Treating Traumatic Stress in Children and Adolescents” published by Guilford Press. She has provided extensive didactic and interactive training nationally and internationally to clinicians, educators, professionals, and consumers regarding the impact of and intervention for childhood-onset trauma.

David Emerson, E-RYT is the Founder and Director of Yoga Services for the Trauma Center at the Justice Resource Institute in Brookline Massachusetts, where he coined the term “trauma-sensitive yoga”. He was responsible for curriculum development, supervision and oversight of the yoga intervention component of the first of its kind, NIH funded study, conducted by Dr. Bessel van der Kolk to assess the utility and feasibility of yoga instruction with severely traumatized adults with PTSD. David has extensive experience in the instruction of yoga with PTSD in various populations, and has developed, conducted, and supervised yoga groups for several rape crisis centers, domestic violence programs, residential programs for youth, military bases, survivors of terrorism, and Veterans Administration centers and clinics. In addition to co-authoring several scholarly articles on the subject of yoga and trauma, David is the co-author of Overcoming Trauma through Yoga: Reclaiming Your Body, released in 2011 by North Atlantic Books and author of the recently released, Trauma-Sensitive Yoga in Therapy: Bringing the Body into Treatment (Norton, 2015). He leads trainings for yoga teachers and mental health clinicians in North America, Europe, and Asia.

Jana Pressley, Psy.D. is Director of Training and Professional Development at the Trauma Center, and an Adjunct Associate Professorat Richmont Graduate University. Her research interests are focused on the experience of court-involved young adults who have suffered relational trauma in the midst of chronic poverty and community violence, as well as the impact of complex trauma history on adult spirituality and meaning-making. Clinically, Jana serves as a therapist and supervisor at a community-based counseling center, where she specializes in the treatment of individuals and families whose lives have been impacted by complex trauma. Jana founded and directed a non-profit agency for uninsured/underinsured individuals and families in Chattanooga, TN. She is a national ARC trainer and consultant, and also trains on the impact of trauma on adult spirituality.

Julie F. Brown, Ph.D., is the author of the Emotion Regulation Skills System for the Cognitively Challenged Client: A DBT™-Informed Approach (2016). Julie is the director of the Skills System at Justice Resource Institute and an adjunct faculty at the Trauma Center at JRI. She is an independently licensed social worker and has provided individual and group therapy for individuals with complex learning and behavioral health issues for over 25 years. She has been a DBT trainer with Behavioral Tech, LLC (Linehan Institute) since 2005, specializing in improving the accessibility of DBT for individuals with cognitive impairments/behavioral health issues. In addition to publishing articles and book chapters addressing issues related to intellectual disabilities, Julie authored the book The Skills System Instructor’s Guide: An Emotion Regulation Skills Curriculum for All Learning Abilities in 2011. She has presented and trained extensively on the topics of intellectual disabilities, the Skills System, DBT, and the treatment of sexual abusers in the US and abroad.

Richard Schwartz, Ph.D., received his degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Purdue University, after which he began a long association with the Institute for Juvenile Research at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and more recently at The Family Institute at Northwestern University, attaining the status of Associate Professor at both institutions. He is coauthor, with Michael Nichols, of Family Therapy: Concepts and Methods, the most widely used family therapy text in the United States. Richard developed the Internal Family Systems (IFS) model and founded The Center for Self Leadership. An internationally acclaimed trainer and presenter, Richard is a featured speaker for many national psychotherapy organizations, a fellow of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, and serves on the editorial boards of four professional journals. He has published four books and over fifty articles about IFS. His most recent book is about using IFS with couples, titled You Are The One You've Been Waiting For, under the Trailheads imprint of The Center for Self Leadership. Dr. Schwartz lives and practices in Brookline, MA.


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


Room Location
7/17/17 11:30AM Registration Cape Cod
  12:30-5:30PM Unraveling the Complexity of Complex Trauma (4.5 CE hrs) Spinazzola Cape Cod
  5:30-6:30PM Welcome Reception   Ivy
7/18/17 7:30-8:15AM Continental Breakfast Cape Cod and Regatta
Track A 8:00-1:15PM Treating Developmental Trauma Disorder in Children & Adolescents: Fostering Resilience through Attachment, Regulation and Competency (ARC) (10 CE hrs) Blaustein Cape Cod
Track B 8:00-1:15PM Reclaiming Your Body: Yoga for Development Trauma (5 CE hrs) Emerson Regatta
7/19/17 7:30-8:15AM Continental Breakfast   Cape Cod and Regatta
Track A 8:00-1:15PM ARC (Continued) Blaustein Cape Cod
Track B 8:00-1:15PM Bending Darkness into Light: Reconciling Spirituality and Complex Trauma in Adults through Component-Based Psychotherapy (CBP) (5 CE hrs) Pressley Regatta
7/20/17 7:30-8:15AM Continental Breakfast Cape Cod and Regatta
Track A 8:15-12:00PM Rescripting Legacies of Developmental Trauma for Vulnerable Youth: Introduction to Trauma Drama (6.5 CE hrs) Spinazzola & JRI Trauma Drama Ensemble Cape Cod
Track B 8:15-12:00PM Enhancing Emotion Regulation Skills for the Cognitively Challenged Client: The Skills System (6.5 CE hrs) Julie Brown Regatta
  12:00-1:00PM Pizza & Salad Lunch   Ivy
Track A (cont.) 1:00-4:15PM Trauma Drama (continued) Spinazzola & JRI Trauma Drama Ensemble Cape Cod
Track B (cont.) 1:00-4:15PM The Skills System (continued) Julie Brown Regatta
7/21/17 7:30-8:15AM Continental Breakfast Cape Cod
  8:00-1:00PM Coming Full Circle: Using IFS to Advance Trauma Therapy with Couples and Families (4.5 CE hrs) Schwartz Cape Cod

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


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This weeklong program has been designed to provide a shared learning experience that follows an intentional leaning arc that builds from theory and science to evidence-based clinical practice to highly experiential learning. Accordingly, it has been carefully priced in effort to enable the vast majority of participants to avail themselves of the entire 5-day conference. Nevertheless, recognizing inevitable constraints of travel, budget, and time apart from work and family, a 4-day registration option is offered (M-Th or Tu-F at participant preference). In the event that the conference is not sold out by early June, a limited number of 2 or 3-day registration slots may be announced.


Number of Days
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Group/Agency (*See below)
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*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 advanced, intermediate and beginning student/early career mental health clinicians (including psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, master’s level counselors, clinical nurse specialists, marriage and family counselors and other providers who work with adults, children or families) as well as for allied professionals (including case managers, school personnel educational advocates, milieu personnel, social service organization administrators and leaders, state agency personnel, law enforcement, judicial personnel and advocates, early-interventionists, clergy, community-leaders and activists, and artists for change) as well as state agency personnel, behavioral health services administrators, faith-based, tribal and nonprofit organization leaders interested in applying trauma-informed principles toward enhancing trauma-informed systems for the individual, families and communities they serve in order to mobilize change, empower minds and bodies, ameliorate health disparities and reroute healthy life trajectories that have been disrupted by familial trauma, social adversity, chronic oppression and community violence.


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.


If you are unable to attend the Summer Institute, we will provide a refund, minus a $125 administrative fee, until six weeks prior to the start date. If you cancel within six weeks but more than three 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 three weeks of the start of the Summer Institute.

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TRAUMA CONFERENCE: 28th Annual International Trauma Conference, Seaport World Trade Center, Boston, MA, May 31-June 3, 2017


SUMMER INSTITUTE: 6th Annual Summer Training Institute, Cape Cod, July 17-21, 2017