Online registration is now closed but there is still space for walk-ins Saturday morning. Please arrive no later than 8:30 a.m. to register.
Although the use of mindfulness-based interventions to treat mental health issues has increased dramatically in recent years, their use in trauma treatment is nascent. While current mindfulness-based interventions show promise as an adjunctive treatment for building improved coping and regulatory function and for reducing some post-traumatic symptoms, especially avoidance, obstacles remain in developing mindfulness-based interventions that facilitate actual cure, as various evidenced-based exposure treatments offer (e.g. EMDR, prolonged exposure). In addition, some mindfulness-based interventions may not be especially useful or effective for an individual client, or may even be harmful when applied without attention to principles of trauma-informed clinical practice. This program will elaborate on these issues and provide a practical framework for trauma-informed practitioners interested in using mindfulness and meditation practices in their clinical work and for their personal well-being.
The morning presentation will help participants place mindfulness and meditation practices in context, and will include: specific benefits and challenges of integrating them into clinical practice; competing definitions and systems of mindfulness; an overview of existing mindfulness-based interventions; and a framework for how the clinician might integrate implicit and explicit forms of mindfulness-based practice.
The afternoon intensive will be interactive, affording the smaller group a reflective and experiential dialogue about integrating mindfulness and meditation practice into trauma treatment. Exploring specific love and compassion practices – for the client as well as the therapist – will be highlighted. Afternoon Intensive requires separate registration and a fee of $50. Register here.
Both the morning and afternoon program will showcase material from a forthcoming Guilford Publications book, "Contemplative Methods in Trauma Treatment: Integrating Mindfulness and Other Approaches," edited by Victoria Follette, John Briere, Deborah Rozelle, Jim Hopper, and David Rome.
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About Dr. Rozelle
Dr. Rozelle is a licensed clinical psychologist in independent practice in Lexington, Massachusetts, an approved EMDR consultant and a registered art therapist. She received her master’s degree in Creative Arts Therapy from Pratt Institute in 1982 and her doctorate in clinical psychology from Antioch University in 1997, completed post-doctoral training at Bessel van der Kolk’s Trauma Center in 1999, and served there as faculty and clinical supervisor from 1998 to 2008. She also has advanced training in Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy with Dan Hughes.
Dr. Rozelle’s professional interests address the impact of trauma, attachment, and adoption on human development and well-being. She presents nationally and internationally on these and related subjects. She helped design and deliver a school-based psychosocial intervention for earthquake survivors in Turkey in 2000; and in 2009-10 spearheaded a trauma-informed, mindfulness-based training program for human rights workers for an international human rights organization based in Ireland. Dr. Rozelle is a Trauma Consultant at the Jane Koomar Center-Occupational Therapy Associates in Newton, helping develop and implement SAFE P.L.A.C.E., a trauma and attachment-informed treatment model for children and families that integrates Sensory Integration© principles and practices, created by Dan Hughes and Jane Koomar. Dr. Rozelle served on the program committee and board of the New England Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (NESSTD) from 2003 to 2007.
Dr. Rozelle has studied and practiced Buddhism since 1985 under the guidance of Gehlek Rimpoche and other teachers in the Tibetan tradition. After being urged to bring her Buddhist training more overtly and visibly into her professional identity, Dr. Rozelle became Senior Fellow at the Garrison Institute’s Initiative for Transforming Trauma from 2007 to 2010 and joined the faculty of the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy in 2008. She is currently co-editing the book “Contemplative Methods in Trauma Treatment: Integrating Mindfulness and Other Approaches” available from Guildford Publications in summer 2013.