Upcoming Events

    • 14 Mar 2020
    • 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
    • Lesley University, Brattle Campus, The Washburn Commons, 10 Phillips Place, Cambridge, MA 02138


    of Complex Trauma

    & Dissociation

    March 14, 2020 at 9am-4:30pm

    Lesley University, Brattle Campus*

    10 Phillips Place, Cambridge, MA 02138

    Many trauma experts formulate their therapeutic approaches to clients on the basis of their conceptualization of "complex traumatic stress disorders." Yet what are these? The renowned researcher and clinician, Bessel van der Kolk says, "Dissociation is the essence of trauma," and yet few graduate schools teach anything about dissociation. Our most challenging clients struggle with the long-term effects of insecure or disorganized attachment compounded by the impact of multiple instances of overt trauma. This program is designed for graduate students, behavioral health and social service providers, and psychotherapy providers who are new to learning about and working with the complex trauma spectrum. Topics introduced in the morning plenary session will include the concept of developmental trauma, attachment research, basics of relevant neurobiological research, core challenges of trauma survivors, assessment of dissociation and dissociative disorders, differential diagnoses, barriers to collaborative therapeutic relationships, and goals of therapy. The afternoon workshops will allow for exploration of more specific aspects of helping clients with the impacts of trauma and dissociation.


    Starting at just $35 for students up to $80 dollars for a regular ticket you won't find a better deal around. We know you have a busy schedule, that is why we have packed a ton of information about serving clients with trauma and dissociation into just one day! After attending a morning plenary as well as two afternoon workshops of your choice you are even eligible for 6 Continuing Education credits.

    Structure of the Day

    Fundamentals is made up of two parts, the first a morning plenary, followed by your choice of two afternoon workshops. With the afternoon workshops we have three suggested tracks that one could choose, but the final decision falls to you as to what fits your interests the best.


    To learn more about our workshops, speakers, etc visit our Fundamentals Expanded page!

    *This event takes place at Lesley University Brattle Campus.
    Click here for map: and here for walking/parking instructions: LESLEY UNIVERSITY BRATTLE CAMPUS Directions.pdf


     1) the basic principles of staying proactively grounded as therapists working with Complex PTSD and Dissociative Disorders; and 2) the opportunity to explore and develop a toolbox of resources to assist with staying grounded. The workshop will include didactic material, experiential exercises, and demos.” 
    • 04 Apr 2020
    • 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
    • Scottish Rite Masonic Museum & Library 33 Marrett Road, Lexington, MA 02421
    • 100

    Registration open now for all!!

    Toni Herbine-Blank MS, RN

    Senior Trainer, IFS Institute

    Shame in Relationships

    All-Day program

    Saturday, April 4, 2020

    9 am 4:30 pm

    Scottish Rite Masonic Museum & Library

    33 Marrett Road, Lexington, MA 02421

    Standard Members, Patrons and Sponsors:  $110, Agency/Retired Members:  $75; Student Members:  $50

    Non Members Standard:  $175; Non Member Agency/Retired $150, Non Member Students: $75

    6.0 CEs available to eligible participants

    About the program: Feeling shamed and then shameful is arguably the most disturbing and uncomfortable of all human emotions. The hallmark of intimacy is the willingness and ability to share oneself with another, but feeling shameful blocks the vulnerability necessary for intimacy and strands us in protective cycles of blame, hopelessness, and despair.  

    This workshop will provide a brief overview of the Intimacy from the Inside out© method of IFS couple therapy with an emphasis on how toxic shame affects intimate relationships.

    Toni Herbine-Blank  MS, RN  is a Senior Trainer for the IFS Institute and developer of the Intimacy from the Inside Out© curriculum for couple therapists. She presents on the topic of shame in relationship nationally and internationally. Toni lives and practices in Durango, Colorado with her husband Jordan and a menagerie of animals. Her book with co-authors Donna Kerpelman and Martha Sweezy is available on Amazon. Intimacy from the Inside out, Courage and Compassion in Couple Therapy 

    Brief video excerpts of her teaching are available on youtube: ( and a session is on her website 

    *See CE Information and register at our website at

    • 24 Apr 2020
    • 1:00 PM - 4:30 PM
    • Scottish Rite Masonic Museum & Library, 33 Marrett Road, Lexington, MA 02421
    • 53

    Registration is now open to all!


    Joanne Twombly LICSW


    Perpetrator Parts and Non-Verbal Communication:

    What Every Therapist Should Know

    Friday, April 24, 2020, 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm

    Scottish Rite Masonic Museum and Library

    33 Marrett Road

    Lexington MA

    $65 for Members, $75 for Nonmembers, $30 for students

    Program Description:  Have you ever had a trauma client who was great at getting under your skin? Whom you dreaded seeing? Where you and the client got into repetitive struggles or you became sleepy or distracted? Or where you have seemingly important discussions that don't lead anywhere? This talk will demystify some of these situations through discussion of various styles of non-verbal communication including countertransference/transference patterns and the concepts of projective identification and reenactment which help to make sense of all this.

    Through a combination of didactic presentation, demonstration, and case examples focusing on perpetrator, victim, and rescuer/bystander parts, participants will learn to sort out, identify their responses to, and develop a useful road map for decoding, working with, and eventually resolving clinical material from clients for whom the non-verbal is a necessary and meaningful mode of communication.

    Participants will be able to:

    1.     Identify common countertransference patterns and struggles.

    2.     Identify different kinds of perpetrator parts and functions.

    3.     Describe enactments that take place during therapy sessions.

    4.     Develop treatment strategies.

    5.     Learn to unlock countertransference reactions through an Internal Family Systems practice.*

    *No Internal Family systems (IFS) training necessary.

    Joanne H. Twombly, MSW, LICSW is in private practice in Waltham, MA where she works extensively with people with complex PTSD and Dissociative Disorders, and in addition, provides trainings and consultation in EMDR and IFS. She has had several book chapters published on EMDR, EMDR and Internal Family Systems, and on working with Perpetrator Introjects. Her commitment to providing the optimal space for healing has resulted in her becoming an EMDR Trauma Recovery HAP Facilitator, a certified consultant in EMDR, Internal Family Systems Certified, and an American Society for Clinical Hypnosis Consultant. She is the past president of the New England Society for the Treatment of Trauma and Dissociation and served on various committees and the board of the International Society for the Treatment of Trauma and Dissociation where she received their Distinguished Achievement Award in 2010, and has been named a Fellow in 2020. 

    *Cost for CEs is $25.

Past Events

25 Jan 2020 MORNING PROGRAM: Sociocultural Context and Traumatic Stress, Usha Tummala-Narra PhD
07 Dec 2019 December All-Day Program with Janina Fisher
08 Nov 2019 Jayme Shorin and Robin Zachary, Friday Afternoon Series
28 Sep 2019 INTENSIVE Program: Fran Waters DCSW, LMSW, LMFT
03 May 2019 Friday Afternoon Series, Debbie Korn
06 Apr 2019 Bethany Brand INTENSIVE: Incorporating the Findings of TOP DD with Severely Dissociated Clients
06 Apr 2019 Bethany Brand MORNING PROGRAM - The Treatment of Patients with Dissociative Disorders (TOP DD) Network Study
16 Mar 2019 Fundamentals of Complex Trauma and Dissociation
09 Feb 2019 INTENSIVE PROGRAM: Gary Bailey: My Identity Matters: The Intersection of Trauma and Racism
09 Feb 2019 MORNING PROGRAM: Gary Bailey: Race Still Matters: Between the World and US
01 Dec 2018 When Unresolved Attachment Trauma is the Problem: Working with Avoidant and Disorganized Clients
09 Nov 2018 Shamed and Shaming: Their Role in the Experience and Treatment of Trauma
20 Oct 2018 Afternoon Intensive: Utilizing "Therapeutic Dissociation" and Corrective Experiences to Enhance Somatically-Oriented Trauma Resolution
20 Oct 2018 Morning Program: Unblocking What's Stuck: Using Somatic Experiencing® and Body-Based Parts Work to Support Trauma Resolution
27 Apr 2018 NEW FRIDAY AFTERNOON SERIES: Three Therapeutic Models: Concepts and Demonstrations of Working with Traumatic Experiences: IFS, EMDR, AEDP (3CE)
15 Apr 2018 Dolores Mosquera, MA, Master Class: “How to Move Safely from Stabilization to Processing Traumatic Memories When Working with Dissociative Disorders: Micro-processing Procedures Using EMDR Therapy” (3.5 CE)
14 Apr 2018 Dolores Mosquera, MA, Full-Day Program: "Practical Tools to Work with Dissociative Processes" (6 CE)
17 Mar 2018 "Fundamentals of Complex Trauma and Dissociation"
03 Feb 2018 Anne Westcott, LICSW, AFTERNOON INTENSIVE PROGRAM: "Experiential Exploration of Regulation Tools and State Shifts" (3CE)
03 Feb 2018 Anne Westcott, LICSW, MORNING PROGRAM: "Discovering the Strengths Within: Children’s Bodies are a Pathway to both Psychological Injury and Recovery" (3CE)
02 Dec 2017 Mary Jo Barrett, MSW, AFTERNOON PROGRAM - "Collaborative Systemic Treatment of Family Violence" (3CE)
02 Dec 2017 Mary Jo Barrett, MSW, MORNING PROGRAM: "Relational Interventions: The Great Integration for Working with Complex Developmental Trauma" (3CE)
13 Oct 2017 NEW FRIDAY AFTERNOON SERIES: "Trauma, Attachment and the Body: An Introduction to Sensorimotor Psychotherapy" presented by Lana Epstein, MA, LICSW (2CE)
23 Sep 2017 Anna Salter, PhD, FULL DAY PROGRAM "Understanding the Psychology of Offenders and Victim-Perpetrator Dynamics: The Importance to Clinicians and Clinical Work with Victims" (6CE)
08 Apr 2017 Ruth Lanius MD, PhD : AFTERNOON INTENSIVE “The Therapeutic Process of Working with a Fragmented Self: Toward Communication and Wholeness”
08 Apr 2017 Ruth Lanius MD, PhD “Challenging Moments in Trauma Treatment: Working with Complex Dissociation“
18 Mar 2017 "Fundamentals of Complex Trauma and Dissociation"
25 Feb 2017 Lynn Sanford presents: "I Am Bad So I Do Bad: The Power of Shame"
03 Dec 2016 Deb Dana LCSW presents AFTERNOON INTENSIVE "Bringing Polyvagal Theory Into Your Clinical Practice"
03 Dec 2016 Deb Dana LCSW presents " The Rhythm of Regulation: Building Safety from a Polyvagal Perspective"
18 Sep 2016 Bruce Ecker LMFT and Sara K. Bridges PhD Present "Coherence Therapy: Training Intensive "
17 Sep 2016 Bruce Ecker LMFT and Sara K. Bridges PhD Present "Memory Reconsolidation in Psychotherapy: Utilizing the Innate, Core Process of Transformational Change"
02 Apr 2016 Constance Dalenberg, PhD, Intensive "Building Relationships and Regulation Skills in Dissociative Populations"
02 Apr 2016 Constance Dalenberg, PhD "Countertransference and Transference Crises in Working with Traumatized Clients"
12 Mar 2016 Fundamentals of Complex Trauma and Dissociation: What Every Clinician Needs to Know
30 Jan 2016 Joanne Twombly, LICSW Intensive
30 Jan 2016 Joanne Twombly, LICSW " Using Hypnotic Language to Make Your Interventions More Effective"
05 Dec 2015 Aline Zoldbrod, PhD, Intensive
05 Dec 2015 Aline Zoldbrod, PhD “Exploring the role of overt and developmental trauma in women’s desire, arousal and willingness for sex”
13 Sep 2015 Dan Hughes PhD, Intensive
12 Sep 2015 Dan Hughes, PhD, “The Challenges of Treating and Caring for Children Who Have Experienced Developmental Trauma: Understanding and Treating Blocked Trust and Blocked Care”
01 May 2015 Full Day workshop - Trauma and Contemplative Practice: Exploring the Territory (Co-sponsored by NESTTD)
22 Mar 2015 Anne Hallward, MD, Intensive *SUNDAY*
22 Mar 2015 Anne Hallward, MD - NEW DATE, DAY, AND TIME -SUNDAY Traumatic Silence and Shame: in the Victim, Perpetrator, Bystander Triangle
14 Mar 2015 Fundamentals of Complex Trauma and Dissociation: What Every Clinician Needs to Know
31 Jan 2015 Frank G. Anderson, MD “Meds and Meditation: Key Components to Healing Trauma"
06 Dec 2014 Stephen W. Porges, PhD "Connectedness as a Biological Imperative: Understanding trauma through the lens of the polyvagal theory"
18 Oct 2014 Elizabeth Bowman, MD Intensive
18 Oct 2014 Elizabeth S. Bowman, MD "How Trauma Shows Up in the Body: Recognizing, explaining, treating"
05 Apr 2014 Relentless Shame and Interpersonal Trauma: A Psychodynamic Exploration Informed by the Language of Dissociative Processes, Richard Chefetz, MD
04 Apr 2014 Richard Chefetz, MD Intensive - Working Through Impasse in Complex Trauma Treatments: A Multi-case Conference Focusing on Dissociation, Enactment, and Negative Therapeutic Reaction
15 Mar 2014 Essential Skills for the Successful Treatment of Complex Trauma and Dissociation, Suzanne Hoffman, PsyD
01 Feb 2014 Patricia Papernow, EdD Intensive
01 Feb 2014 The Complexity of Attachment Dynamics in Stepfamilies, Patricia Papernow, EdD
23 Nov 2013 Cece Sykes LCSW, Intensive
23 Nov 2013 An IFS (Internal Family Systems) Lens on Trauma, Risk-Taking and Addiction, Cece Sykes, LCSW
06 Oct 2013 Allan N. Schore, PhD Intensive
05 Oct 2013 The Science of the Art of Psychotherapy, Allan N. Schore, PhD, Full Day Event
20 Apr 2013 Essential Skills for the Successful Treatment of Complex Trauma and Dissociation with Suzanne Hoffman, PsyD
02 Mar 2013 Deborah Rozelle, PsyD, Intensive
02 Mar 2013 Deborah Rozelle, PsyD " Mindfulness, Meditation and Trauma: Finding a Path Toward Post-traumatic Growth, Resilience and Flourishing"
26 Jan 2013 Pat Ogden, PhD: Implicit Conversations, "Not Me" Self States and Dissociation: A Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Perspective
01 Dec 2012 Introduction to Dissociation with Suzanne Hoffman, PsyD
17 Nov 2012 Bethany Brand, PhD, Intensive
17 Nov 2012 "Assessing and Treating Psychotic vs. Dissociative Disorder Patients: What are the Differences?" Bethany Brand, PhD
13 Oct 2012 Christine Courtois, PhD, Intensive
13 Oct 2012 "Death in the Life of the Therapist" Christine Courtois, PhD, ABPP
05 May 2012 Steve Frankel, PhD, JD Intensive
05 May 2012 Steve Frankel, PhD, JD "Dancing with the Risks: Safe Steps, Tricky Steps, Landmines"
28 Apr 2012 Introduction to Dissociation with Suzanne Hoffman, PsyD
04 Mar 2012 Kathy Steele, MN, CS Intensive
03 Mar 2012 Beyond the Basics: Special Issues in the Treatment of Complex Developmental Trauma Disorders, Kathy Steele, MN, CS
03 Dec 2011 Trauma Experience Integration (TEI) with Complex Child and Adolescent Clients, Margaret E. Blaustein, PhD
17 Sep 2011 Maggie Phillips, PhD, Intensive
17 Sep 2011 Finding the Energy to Heal Trauma and Dissociation, Maggie Phillips, PhD
30 Apr 2011 Does Child Abuse Permanently Alter the Human Brain?, Martin Teicher, MD, PhD
02 Apr 2011 Introductory Workshop: Identifying and Treating Dissociative Symptoms in Clients with Complex Trauma Histories, Joanne H. Twombly, MSW
05 Mar 2011 Treating Complex Trauma: Optimal Integration of Treatment Models, Debbie Korn, PsyD
22 Jan 2011 Amy Banks, MD: Understanding the Neuroscience of PTSD: Clinically Useful Applications
26 Sep 2010 Diana Fosha, PhD, Master Class
25 Sep 2010 Diana Fosha, PhD: The Birth of Transformance, Transformational Theory and AEDP Work with Attachment Trauma
24 Apr 2010 Basic Workshop on Dissociation
20 Mar 2010 Frances K. Grossman, PhD; Anne Westcott, MSW, LICSW & Meg Striepe, PhD: "Working with Dissociation and Parts in Couples and Family Work: A Collaborative Model"
09 Jan 2010 Nancy Riemer, LICSW: "Creativity, Improvisation and Trauma Treatment: When there is no Road Map--finding your way home"
31 Oct 2009 Richard B. Gartner, PhD
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