2nd Annual Trauma Center

Summer Training Institute

July 22 - 25, 2013

The Trauma Center is thrilled to announce it’s Second Annual Summer Training Institute on Cape Cod! Conducted by Senior Faculty of Trauma Center, participants will gain a depth 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's Institute was carefully chosen to provide an elegant training environment rich in both conference offerings and vacation amenities and conveniences, while preserving the comfortable and casual atmosphere so valued by attendees of our inaugural event last summer. In response to overwhelming demand, the 2013 Institute will expand registration from 60 to 90 participants in order to accommodate more attendees while retaining the interactive workshop format, ample access to conference faculty, opportunities for Cape and Island excursions, and intimate feel that have already become distinctive features of this annual event.

In it's Second Year, the Trauma Center Summer Training Institute will once again deliver an unparalleled training experience, offering the most Continuing Education Credits (20 CEs) for the best value on the Cape. This summer's Institute will include expanded opportunities for social interaction, networking and professional case consultation with conference Faculty. Baystate Professional Book vendors will have tables set up each day of the Institute with a wide selection of therapeutic book and audio resources for sale. Moreover, to accommodate those participants seeking a more intensive and diversified conference experience, we have added an optional afternoon workshop on Day 2 of the Institute for an additional 2 Continuing Education credits.


All participants of this four-day Institute will receive foundational training on the developmental, clinical and neurobiological impact of complex trauma during Days 1 & 2, along with a one-of-a kind, nationally heralded experiential workshop on vicarious trauma, self-care, and the transformative power of action. Additionally, an exciting new optional workshop on the role of spirituality in complex trauma treatment is being offered as a bonus session on Day 2, along with optional enrollment in private case consultation with Dr. Frances Grossman, lead developer of the Trauma Center's treatment model for complexly traumatized adults. Expanded opportunities to network with Conference Faculty and participants include a Welcome Reception immediately following the opening workshop on Day 1, as well as an ice cream social following the evening session on Day 2.

The second portion of the conference will focus on innovative approaches to complex trauma intervention, and will provide participants the flexibility to select between sessions focusing on treatment of children, adults or both, featuring leading treatment models developed by Senior Faculty of the Trauma Center.

Institute Instructors feature Senior Training Faculty at the Trauma Center, including internationally recognized leaders in the traumatic stress field along with emerging talents.


Conference Director: Dr. Joseph Spinazzola, Ph.D., Executive Director of the Trauma Center; Vice President, Behavioral Health & Trauma Services, Justice Resource Institute, co-developer of 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 intervention model.

Dr. Margaret Blaustein, Ph.D., Director of Training & Education, The Trauma Center at JRI. Co-Developer of the ARC model and Lead Author of the book "Treating Traumatic Stress in Children and Adolescents: How to Foster Resilience Through Attachment, Self-Regulation, and Competency."

Dr. Frances Grossman, Ph.D., Senior Trainer at the Trauma Center and Professor Emeritus, Boston University. Lead Developer of the Trauma Center's model for Treatment of Complexly Traumatized Adults. Author of "With the Phoenix Rising: Lessons from Resilient W."omen Who Overcame the Trauma of Childhood Sexual Abuse."

Dr. Hilary Hodgdon, Ph.D., Assistant Director of Research, Staff Clinician, Supervisor and Trainer, The Trauma Center at JRI; Trauma Programming Director, the van der Kolk Center residential treatment program for traumatized youth.

Robert Aikin, LICSW, Staff Clinician and Trainer, the Trauma Center and Metrowest Behavioral Health Center, JRI.

Special Guest Presenter: Jana Pressley, Psy.D., Director of Clinical Training & Associate Professor of Psychology, Wheaton College.


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

Room reservations can be made by calling 1-855-610-TREE and referencing group booking "Trauma Center Summer Training Institute". You will need to use a credit card to guarantee the reservation. Individual cancellations require 72- hour notice in order to receive a deposit refund.

To make an online reservation at the TC Summer Institute's hotel, please CLICK HERE. 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: TRA. Click "Check Availability". Click "Select" to start the reservation process and complete your booking.

Topics Include:


  • The Complexity of Adaptation to Trauma (Spinazzola)
  • Neurobiological Underpinnings of Complex Trauma Presentations (Hodgdon)
  • Vicarious Trauma and Self-Care: Insidious Risk Meets Transformative Action (Spinazzola)
  • Disrupted Faith: Attending to Client Spirituality in Complex Trauma Intervention (Pressley) (optional bonus workshop)

SPECIALTY SESSIONS Choose desired combination of two workshops: Child track (C), Adult track (A), Expressive arts intervention track (E), Comprehensive complex trauma treatment model track (CTTM)

  • Trauma Experience Integration with Complex Child and Adolescent Clients: Using the ARC Framework to Support Integration of Developmental Trauma (Blaustein) (C, CTTM)
  • Applying the Trauma Center Model in Treating Adult Survivors of Childhood Emotional Abuse and Neglect, with Emphasis on Working with Dissociative Parts (Grossman) (A, CTTM)
  • Sand Tray Therapy and Trauma Treatment with Children and Adolescents (Aikin) (C, E; enrollment in this hands-on, experiential workshop limited to 24-registrants on a first-come registration basis)
  • Sand Tray Therapy in Trauma Processing with Adults (Aikin) (A, E; enrollment in this hands-on, experiential workshop limited to 24-registrants on a first-come registration basis)


Day 1 12:00 P.M. Registration
Full Group 12:30 - 5:15 P.M. The Complexity of Adaptation to Trauma
5:30 - 6:30 P.M. Welcome Reception (all invited!)
Day 2 7:30 - 8:15 A.M. Continental Breakfast
Full Group 8:15 - 12:30 P.M. Neurobiology of Complex Trauma
Optional 2:30 - 4:30 P.M. Bonus Workshop on Trauma & Spirituality (2.0 bonus CE credits)
Optional 4:45 - 6:15 P.M. Case Consultation w/Dr. Fran Grossman (limited to 3 participants on a first-come, advanced registration basis; additional registration is required)
Full Group 6:30 - 9:00 P.M. Vicarious Trauma & Self Care Experiential Workshop
9:00 - 10:00 P.M. Ice Cream Social (all invited!)
Day 3 7:30 - 8:15 A.M. Continental Breakfast
Select one of the following 8:15 - 1:00 P.M. Trauma Center Adult Complex Trauma Treatment Model
8:15 - 1:00 P.M. * Sand Tray Therapy & Trauma Treatment with Children & Adolescents
Day 4 7:30 - 8:15 A.M. Continental Breakfasat
Select one of the following 8:15 - 1:00 P.M. Trauma Experience Integration with Children Using the ARC Framework
8:15 - 1:00 P.M. * Sand Tray Therapy in Trauma Processing with Adults

* NOTE: Enrollment in sand tray workshops limited to 24 participants each on a first-come, advance selection basis (See Registration instructions).




CLICK HERE for more information or to REGISTER.


Standard Tuition: $695

Optional: Case Consultation with Dr. Fran Grossman: Additional Fee: $100 (limited to 3 participants on a first come registration basis)

Optional: Become a Friend of the Trauma Center by supporting the 30th Anniversary Fund Drive Challenge Match to Establish the Endowed van der Kolk Research Directorship: $30


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. JRI designates this activity for 20.0CE credits with a bonus option to earn an additional 2.0CE credits at no additional cost.

For information regarding the status of continuing education credits for Massachusetts social workers and licensed mental health counselors, please contact Shannon Smith.

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 $25 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.

To register, please CLICK HERE.