The Center for Trauma and Contemplative Practice Presents

2015 Symposium On

Trauma & Contemplative Practice

Exploring the Territory


Held May 1-2, 2015

At Harvard Divinity School


Schedule at a Glance



May 1

Friday Evening Session

7:00 – 9:15 PM

Welcome & Opening Remarks

Presentations & Discussion


May 2

Saturday Morning Session

8:30 AM – Noon

Keynote – John Briere

Presentations & Discussion

Noon – 1:30 PM

Lunch & Informal Discussion

Saturday Afternoon Session

1:30 – 5:00 PM

Presentations & Discussion

Closing Keynote – Victoria Follette

5:00 – 5:45 PM

Book Signing


Detailed Schedule (see version with video links – here)


Friday Evening (May 1)

Welcome & Opening Remarks

Catherine Koverola, Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Social Sciences at Lesley University;

Cheryl Giles, Francis Greenwood Peabody Senior Lecturer on Pastoral Care and Counseling, Harvard Divinity School;

Convener: Deborah Rozelle


Somatic & Neuroscience Approaches to Trauma

Polyvagal Theory:
Foundation for a Neurobiological Model of Trauma Treatment

Jared Kass & Sidney Trantham

Moderator: Willoughby Britton

Tony King

Harnessing the Seeking, Satisfaction,
and Embodiment Circuitries
in Contemplative Approaches
to Healing Trauma

Jim Hopper

Yoga as a Treatment for Trauma

David Emerson

Saturday Morning (May 2)


A Synthesis of Buddhist and Western Approaches to Trauma

John Briere

Panel: Mindfulness, Self-Compassion and Trauma

Cultivating Self-Compassion
in Trauma Survivors

Christopher Germer

Moderator: Victoria Follette

Discussant: John Briere

How Trauma Creates
Chronic Physical Pain

Ronald Siegel

Mindfulness & Self-Compassion
in Group Therapy
for Combat-Related PTSD

Tony King

Trauma Treatment
via Vipassana Meditation
Inside a Maximum-Security Prison

Jenny Phillips


Catered Lunch

The Rock Café at Harvard Divinity School

Informal Discussion and Networking

Saturday Afternoon (May 2)


Mahayana Buddhism and Trauma

David Lewis

Panel: Individual Trauma Psychotherapy

EMDR & Buddhist Practice:
A New Model of PTSD Treatment

Deborah Rozelle


Moderator: Jeffrey Ansloos

Discussant: Susan

A Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Approach to the Treatment of Trauma: Embodying the Foundational Principles

Barbara Phillips

Internal Family Systems Therapy (IFS): Healing Trauma and Living Compassionately

Frank Anderson

Closing Keynote

Conclusions and Future Directions

Victoria Follette

Book Signing
Mindfulness-Oriented Interventions for Trauma: Integrating Contemplative Practices

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