The Trauma Center's Third Annual

Summer Training Institute

July 28 - August 1, 2014

The Trauma Center is thrilled to announce its Third Annual Summer Training Institute on Cape Cod! 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 condusive to connection and dialogue with our senior faculty than possible in traditional conference formats. Registration for the 2014 conference will be limited to 100 participants in order to preserve access to conference faculty, opportunities for Cape and Island excursions, and an intimate feel that have already become distinctive features of this annual event.


During Day 1, all participants of this four - five day Institute will receive foundational training on the developmental, clinical and neurobiological impact of complex trauma, led by Dr. Joseph Spinazzola.

On Day 2 of the conference, participants will choose between two workshops. In Sacred Dissonance: Attending to Client Spirituality and Religiosity in Complex Trauma Treatment, Dr. Jana Pressley will engage participants in exploring the intersection between trauma and religion/spirituality, as well as introduce participants to the Trauma Center's model for adult complex trauma treatment: Component-Based Psychotherapy (CBP).

In the second workshop, 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 be treated to a special extended presentation by the Founder and Medical Director of the Trauma Center at JRI, Dr. Bessel van der Kolk, who will introduce the latest innovations in mind-body healing for trauma survivors, as well as offer them the first glimpse of excerpts from his long-awaited, new book The Body Keeps The Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma.

Finally, participants have two options on Day 4: Those interested in advanced strategies of adult complex trauma treatment will be offered a conceptual framework and phase-oriented approach to working with chronically traumatized adult clients by Dr. Deborah Korn, who culls from a variety of models, including IFS, EMDR, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, DBT, and the Structural Model of Dissociation.

For those participants interested in child intervention, and in response to a strong demand, we are pleased to introduce a Two Day Intensive Training: Sensory Motor Arousal Regulation Treatment(SMART), developed and led by Dr. Elizabeth Warner.


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. 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.

Deborah Korn, Psy.D., Training Faculty member at the Trauma Center, Faculty of the EMDR Institute, and private practice. She presents and consults internationally on the treatment of adult survivors of childhood abuse and neglect. As a clinician, teacher, researcher, author and consultant, Dr. Korn is known for her knowledge and integration of many different clinical models.

Bessel van der Kolk, M.D. is the Trauma Center's Founder and Medical Director. He is an internationally recognized leader in the field of psychological trauma and has been active as a clinician, researcher and teacher in the area of posttraumatic stress and related phenomena since the 1970s.

Elizabeth Warner, Psy.D. Clinical Supervisor, SMART Project Director, Training Faculty, Research Team at the Trauma Center.

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.

PLEASE NOTE: the special hotel rate for this conference expires June 26, 2014.


Day 1 12:00 P.M. Registration
  12:30 - 5:15 P.M. The Complexity of Adaptation to Trauma (Spinazzola)(4.5 CE credits)
5:30 - 6:30 P.M. Welcome Reception (all invited!)
Day 2 7:30 - 8:15 A.M. Continental Breakfast
choose Option A 8:15 - 12:30 P.M. Pressley (4.0 CE credits)
or Option B 8:15 - 12:30 P.M. Hodgdon (4.0 CE credits)
  1:30 - 5:30 P.M. Whale Watch Cruise (*optional*) or free time
7:00 - 9:00 P.M. The Transformative Power of Action: The Role of Theater and Play in Recovery from Trauma
Day 3 7:30 - 8:00 A.M. Continental Breakfast
8:00 - 1:15 P.M. New Frontiers in Trauma Treatment (van der Kolk) (5.0 CE credits)
  3:00 - 5:00 P.M. Free Time
Day 4 7:30 - 8:15 A.M. Continental Breakfast
Standard Institute 8:15 - 1:00 P.M. An Integrated Approach to Case Conceptualization, Treatment Planning, and Intervention in Treating Complex Trauma in Adults (Korn) (4.5 CE credits)
Two-day SMART Training (7/31-8/1) 8:15 - 12:00 P.M. Sensory Motor Arousal Regulation Treatment (SMART): Two Day Intensive Training (Warner) (11.0 CE credits)
1:30 - 4:30 P.M. Sensory Motor Arousal Regulation Treatment (SMART) continues
Day 5 7:30 - 8:15 A.M. Continental Breakfast
Two-day SMART Training (7/31-8/1) 8:15 - 1:00 P.M. Sensory Motor Arousal Regulation Treatment (SMART): Two Day Intensive Training (Warner)

2 Days = 11 CE credits

4 Days = 20 CE credits

5 Days = 27 CE credits

*Optional* Day 2 - Whale Watch Cruise from Hyannis Harbor. Extra fee will apply. Stay posted for more details.


In addition, our bookstore will be open for your convenience on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of the Summer Training Institute.



CLICK HERE for more information or to REGISTER.


  Student & Group Rate Regular Rate
  *see below  
Standard 4-day Conference (7/28-7/31) $625 $695
5-Day Extended Conference (7/28-8/1) (includes updated SMART manual) $750 $845
2-Day SMART Training Only (includes updated SMART manual) Sold Out Sold Out

*Students must provide proof of school registration. A group is considered three or more people from the same organization.


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 Zach Levko, Training Coordinator.

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.

To register, please CLICK HERE.