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International Trauma Recovery Summit

27th & 28th June 2018 – Waterfront Hall,Belfast



An Invitation from Clive

Welcome to the website of the International Trauma Recovery Summit, taking place in Belfast on the 27th and 28th of June 2018.

Belfast has a tragic legacy of trauma from the ‘Troubles’. Trauma goes down the generations and affects the whole family. As a result, we have the highest suicide rate in the UK and the worst mental health statistics. Trauma also affects a great many other people and in many different ways, leading to illness, addictions, depression, rage and aggression.  However trauma is an injury, not an illness and can be successfully healed.

This Summit Conference is for professionals who deal with trauma and its consequences and anyone else with a particular interest in learning about trauma. It draws together experts from across the world and will bring you up to date with the latest statistics, thinking and healing techniques.

We want to ‘spread the word’ to as many people as possible, so attendance fees are modest. We anticipate 1000 delegates for the ‘summit’.

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If this all sounds too complicated and you seek some basic information for yourself about trauma and its effects, then consider our ‘sister event’ designed for the interested general public. Hearts & Minds is a series of events which runs in the same venue, at exactly the same time. Prices are subsidised, with special rates for those disabled or on benefits. We expect 2,000 visitors to this one. More details will be available very soon about this.

This initiative is intended to ‘grab the headlines’ and create a ‘buzz’ surrounding trauma, its effects and its healing, but it is important to acknowledge, thank and pay tribute to the many thousands of compassionate, ‘unsung heroes’ in Northern Ireland who have been, and are, working tirelessly and selflessly towards these same objectives over many years. Comprising individuals, groups and organisations in the public, private and voluntary sectors, including universities and other institutions, they are dedicated to supporting and helping others less fortunate than themselves.  Our initiative must not ‘steal their limelight’ or take away from what is already happening so strongly ‘on the ground’, but must complement, encourage and enhance it.

You are all very welcome


Clive Corry


This Summit Conference is for professionals who deal with trauma and its consequences and anyone else with a particular interest in learning about trauma. It draws together experts from across the world and will bring you up to date with the latest statistics, thinking and healing techniques.

Wednesday 27th June 2018

Thursday 28th June 2018


The speakers at the International Trauma Recovery Summit are internationally renowned experts and authors in the field of Trauma and Trauma Recovery. Here are some of those who have confirmed – more to follow.

Robin Shapiro

Bio: Robin Shapiro, LICSW, loves her work which includes writing, presenting on the topics of ego states, EMDR, suicide prevention; doing clinical consultation; and thirty-five years of psychotherapy practice, especially around issues of trauma, anxiety, and attachment.

Robin edited and contributed to EMDR Solutions: Pathways to Healing (Norton, 2005), EMDR Solutions II: Depression, Eating Disorders, Performance & More (2009) and wrote Trauma Treatments Handbook (2010), as well as Easy Ego State Interventions (2016). Her newest project is gathering connections on-line and in the world to work towards the prevention of child abuse, especially sexual abuse.


Keynote Presentation: Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing Explained


Workshop: EMDR in Action

Bio & Content

Lisa Schwarz

Bio: Lisa Schwarz, M.Ed. is a Pennsylvania state licensed psychologist, consultant, and international educator based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and Beulah, Colorado. She is the developer of the Comprehensive Resource Model (CRM) and has spent the past 25 years dedicating her work to creating innovative methods for working with dissociative disorders (including medical/somatic dissociation), attachment disorders, and gestational trauma.  She is a certified Trauma Model practitioner from the Colin Ross Institute, trained in Robert Schrei’s Sourcepoint Therapy, and practices Usui Reiki. Lisa’s clinical work and teaching provides a combination of psychotherapy, neuroscience, and spirituality in facilitating holistic healing from traumatic events. She is the primary author of “The Comprehensive Resource Model: Effective Techniques for Treating Complex PTSD” (Routledge 2017) with CRM featured as the cover story in Newsweek in April 2017.


Keynote Presentation: Comprehensive Resource Model Explained


Workshop: Comprehensive Resource Model in Action.  This workshop provides an introduction to the neuroscience, clinical conceptualization and practice of CRM. Differences between CRM and other treatment modalities will be presented as well as information related to the challenges of obstacles, blocks and fears of therapy and deep, thorough healing and how those manifest as “resistance”. Attention to the need for therapist’s own personal work as related to attunement in the therapeutic relationship will also be addressed. This workshop is a combination of lecture, demonstration and group experiential.

Bio & Content

Judith Herman

Bio: Judith Lewis Herman is an American psychiatrist, researcher, teacher, and author who has focused on the understanding and treatment of incest and traumatic stress.  Herman is Professor of clinical psychiatry at Harvard University Medical School and Director of Training at the Victims of Violence Program in the Department of Psychiatry at the Cambridge Health Alliance in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and a founding member of the Women’s Mental Health Collective.

She was the recipient of the 1996 Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies and the 2000 Woman in Science Award from the American Medical Women’s Association. In 2003 she was named a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association.


Keynote Presentation (On Video): How it all Began

Bio & Content

Dr Gabor Mate

Bio: A renowned speaker, and bestselling author, Dr. Gabor Maté is highly sought after for his expertise on a range of topics, from addiction to mind-body wellness. Rather than offering quick-fix solutions to these complex issues, Dr. Maté weaves together scientific research, case histories, and his own insights and experience to present a broad perspective that enlightens and empowers people to promote their own healing and that of those around them.
As an author, Dr. Maté has written several bestselling books including the award-winning In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters with Addiction. His works have been published internationally in twenty languages.
Dr. Maté is the co-founder of Compassion for Addiction, a new non-profit that focusses on addiction. He is also an advisor of Drugs over Dinner. Dr. Maté has received the Hubert Evans Prize for Literary Non-Fiction; an Honorary Degree (Law) from the University of Northern British Columbia; an Outstanding Alumnus Award from Simon Fraser University; and the 2012 Martin Luther King Humanitarian Award from Mothers Against Teen Violence. He is an adjunct professor in the Faculty of Criminology, Simon Fraser University.


Keynote Presentation: When the Body says No: Mind/Body Unity & The Stress – Disease Connection


Workshop: Can a person literally die of loneliness? Is there a connection between the ability to express emotions and Alzheimer’s disease? Is there such a thing as a “cancer personality”? Drawing on scientific research and the author’s decades of experience as a practicing physician,  When the Body Says No: The Cost of Hidden Stress with the subtitle Exploring the Stress-Disease Connection, and also available in audiobook format provides answers to these and other important questions about the effect of the mind body link on illness and health and the role that stress and one’s individual emotional makeup play in an array of common diseases.

Bio & Content

Steve Hoskinson

Bio: Steven Hoskinson, MA, MAT, is the Founder, CEO and CCO (Chief Compassion Officer) of Organic Intelligence® and the 501(c)(3) nonprofit Organic Intelligence Outreach Institute. Steve has created the Human Empowerment And Resiliency Training (HEARTraining®) based on Organic Intelligence, which is a positive psychology, fractal method known for its strengths-based, implicit exposure, approach for trauma. Organic Intelligence is a pioneer in the interpersonal neurobiology field, and utilizes a complexity science framework that catalyzes intrinsic biological self-organization using the comprehensive OI Clinical Protocol.
Since 1999, Steve has mentored and trained thousands of professionals in North America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East in his ethical and compassionate treatment method for trauma. Prominent in the Somatic Psychology field, Steve trained students and SE Faculty as Senior International Faculty for the Somatic Experiencing® Trauma Institute for 17 years.  Now, in addition to his OI work,  he also teaches graduate students as Adjunct Faculty for JFK University’s Somatic Psychology program.  Steve is a founding member of the Northern California Society for Integrative Mental Health and the International Transformational Resilience Coalition. He also served on the Global Training and Education Council for the SE Trauma Institute, and hosts the Podcast series, “The End of Trauma.”
Workshop: An Introduction to Organic Intelligence

Bio & Content

Jeffrey Mitchell

Bio: Jeffrey T. Mitchell, Ph.D., is a Clinical Professor of Emergency , Health Services at the University of Maryland in Baltimore County, Maryland and President Emeritus of the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation. He taught elementary school science for three years. He earned his Ph.D. in Human Development from the University of Maryland. After serving as a firefighter /paramedic he developed a comprehensive, systematic, integrated and multi-component crisis intervention program called “Critical Incident Stress Management.”

He has authored over 250 articles and 10 books in the stress and crisis intervention fields. He serves as an adjunct faculty member of the Emergency Management Institute of the Federal Emergency Management Agency. He is a reviewer for the Journal of the American Medical Association, Psychological Reports: Perceptual and Motor Skills, and the International Journal of Emergency Mental Health. He has been honored by the Austrian Red Cross with the Bronze Medal for his work in Crisis Intervention.

Dr. Mitchell is board certified in traumatic stress and credentialed as a Diplomate and a Member of the Board of Scientific and Professional Advisors of the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress. He has been approved as a Certified Trauma Specialist by the Association of Traumatic Stress Specialists. The United Nations has appointed him to the United Nations Department of Safety and Security Working Group on Stress.


Workshop: CISM for Frontline Services – Why Debriefing Works

Bio & Content

Diana Fosha

Bio: Diana Fosha, Ph.D., is the developer of AEDP (Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy), and Founder and Director of the AEDP Institute.  For the last 20 years, she has been active in promoting a scientific basis for AEDP’s healing-oriented experiential therapy, a treatment for attachment trauma that seamlessly entrains attachment, emotion and transformational processes. With an interest in the phenomenology of experience, Diana is on the cutting edge of transformational theory and practice. AEDP’s transformational theory, a basis for putting neuroplasticity into clinical action, is similarly receiving increasing recognition.

Changing how we think about change, she is opening up exciting possibilities for what can happen in psychotherapy.


Workshop: Accelerated Experential Dynamic Psychotherapy

Bio & Content

Dr Van Der Kolk

Bio: Bessel A. van der Kolk M.D. has been active as a clinician, researcher and teacher in the area of posttraumatic stress and related phenomena since the 1970s. His work integrates developmental, biological, psychodynamic and interpersonal aspects of the impact of trauma and its treatment. His book Psychological Trauma was the first integrative text on the subject, painting the far ranging impact of trauma on the entire person and the range of therapeutic issues which need to be addressed for recovery.

Dr. van der Kolk and his various collaborators have published extensively on the impact of trauma on development, such as dissociative problems, borderline personality and self-mutilation, cognitive development in traumatized children and adults, and the psychobiology of trauma. He was co-principal investigator of the DSM IV Field Trials for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. His current research is on how trauma affects memory processes and brain imaging studies of PTSD.


Keynote Presentation: Complexity of adaptation to trauma throughout ones lifespan


Workshop: Rhythm, Synchrony and Embodiment: from Neurofeedback to Psychodrama

Bio & Content

Janina Fisher

Bio: Janina Fisher, PhD is a licensed Clinical Psychologist and Instructor at the Trauma Center, an outpatient clinic and research center founded by Bessel van der Kolk. Known for her expertise as both a therapist and consultant, she is also past president of the New England Society for the Treatment of Trauma and Dissociation, an EMDR International Association Credit Provider, a faculty member of the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute, and a former Instructor, Harvard Medical School. Dr. Fisher has been an invited speaker at the Cape Cod Institute, Harvard Medical School Conference Series, the EMDR International Association Annual Conference, University of Wisconsin, University of Westminster in London, the Psychotraumatology Institute of Europe, and the Esalen Institute. Dr. Fisher lectures and teaches nationally and internationally on topics related to the integration of research and treatment and how to introduce these newer trauma treatment paradigms in traditional therapeutic approaches.


Keynote Presentation: Healing the Body, Healing the Mind


Workshop: Trauma and the Body (experiential workshop).

Workshop participants can learn to tap into the wisdom of the body to help their clients heal from trauma. Sensorimotor Psychotherapy is based on current research on neurobiology and trauma and the technique is used to address both traumatic and non-traumatic attachment related issues incorporating the wisdom of the body.  Discover how the body holds past trauma, and how it also provides inroads into what clients need in order to recover and move on, even if the trauma occurred decades ago. Participants can explore simple relational mindfulness interventions that will help your clients draw upon the intelligence of their bodies.

Bio & Content

Dr Deborah Simkin

Bio: Dr. Simkin is a board certified Child, Adolescent and Adult Psychiatrist. She is also a diplomate of the American Board of Integrative and Holistic Medicine, board certified in neurofeedback and practices Integrative (Functional) Psychiatry Medicine in private practice. She is a Clinical Assistant Professor at Emory School of Medicine where she teaches Functional Psychiatry. She is a Diplomate Fellow with the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. She has co-edited several textbooks including a 2 volume text on Complementary and Alternative Medicine in the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Disorders in the Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Clinics of North America, is the co-editor for the adolescent section of the ASAM textbook on addictions and has written several chapters on LORETA neurofeedback,   neurofeedback research, meditation, and the role of inflammation as it pertains to psychiatric illnesses. She serves as co-chair of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry’s Committee on Complementary and Integrative Medicine and serves as a liaison to the National Committee on Complementary and Integrative Psychiatry at NIH. She has received several awards including the two most outstanding faculty teaching awards and outstanding mental health clinician. She co-presents with Joel Lubar, PhD to educate physicians to new research and methods in LORETA neurofeedback and has worked with veterans using LORETA neurofeedback for Traumatic Brain Injury and PTSD, as well as other conditions in child, adolescent and adult psychiatry. She has presented internationally and will soon become certified in Functional Medicine with the Institute of Functional Medicine at Cleveland Clinic.

Workshop: Introductions to Core Principles of EEG & Operant Training

Bio & Content

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Visit – Belfast Waterfront – Conference Venue

Belfast Waterfront is conveniently located within a 5-minute walk of the city centre. The address is: 2 Lanyon Place, Belfast, BT1 3WH

By Car

Located in Lanyon Place, just off Oxford Street in the city centre.

If you are traveling on a major road into the city, follow signs for the city centre and Belfast Waterfront via East Bridge Street or Oxford Street.

Local car parking facilities
There are two 24-hour car parks located near Belfast Waterfront, offering more than 800 parking spaces.

The multi-storey Lanyon Place car park is located 100 metres from the venue.
The car park at the Belfast Hilton Hotel is also multi-storey and is next door to the building.

Car parking rates
The current hourly rate for the car parks in Lanyon Place and the Belfast Hilton Hotel is £2.50.

Delegates can benefit from a special evening rate of £7.50 (available in both car parks from 5.30pm – 12am). It’s best to pre-pay on arrival to avoid queues when you are leaving the car park.

By Bus

The nearest bus station is the Laganside Bus Centre, which is approx. two minutes’ walk from Belfast Waterfront.

There is a bus stop on Oxford Street, directly outside the building.

The main bus provider in Belfast is Translink, which runs both Ulsterbus and Citybus Metro services.

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By Train

The nearest train station is Central Station, which is in East Bridge Street, around five minutes’ walk from the venue.
There is a regular train service to Dublin and the average journey time is approx. two hours.
For train timetables, visit Translink

By Air

Belfast is served by two airports and is within easy reach of national and international destinations.

The George Best Belfast City Airport is located three miles from Belfast Waterfront. A regular bus service runs to and from the city centre and the journey time by car is around five minutes.

Belfast International Airport is around 20 miles north of the city centre and the average journey time by car is around 45 minutes. There is a regular bus service to and from the city centre.

By Boat

Belfast is well served by ferries and we are located near the main port.
Stena Line and P&O Irish Sea Ferries operate daily services from the UK to Northern Ireland.

On Foot

Belfast Waterfront is located in Lanyon Place beside the River Lagan.
We are approximately. five minutes’ walk from the city centre – just follow the directions from Belfast City Hall towards Chichester Street. Cross at the traffic lights on Victoria Street, continue past the law courts and then cross at the traffic lights on Oxford Street – we are located next to the Belfast Hilton Hotel.


Europa Hotel
Great Victoria St., Belfast · 028 9027 1066

Ten Square Hotel
10 Donegal Square South, Belfast · 028 9024 1001

Fitzwilliam Hotel
Great Victoria Street, Belfast · 028 9044 2080

Hotel Etap Belfast
35 Dublin Road, Belfast · 028 9032 8126

Malmaison Belfast
34-38 Victoria Street, Belfast · 028 9600 1405

Jurys Inn Hotel
Great Victoria Street, Belfast · 028 9053 3500

The Merchant Hotel
16 Skipper Street, Belfast · 028 9023 4888

Ibis Belfast City Centre
100 Castle Street, Belfast · 028 9023 8888

Park Inn
4 Clarence Street West, Belfast · 028 9067 7700


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