2014 Conference Testimonials
There were approximately 200 attendees at the International Trauma and Dissociation Conference last year. About half were clinicians and the other half were supporters and adult survivors of abuse. All were invited to attend every workshop. This was a first time for this type of conference. It was amazingly successful and an honor to attend.
We are still receiving input from this conference. Here is what we have so far.
Input from clinicians:
All speakers received 4 or 5 in all areas – according to the CEU assessments. Some comments:
Marv Thomas –
“Excellent review – trauma concepts”
“Interesting, well-stated, already, experience based”
“Add to conceptual background for tools of the trade”
“Great to hear actual content of what might be said in a session”
“Really appreciated the way the substance was provided to the ‘theories/concepts. Therapeutic Neutrality (unraveled and clear). Clear about the Stockholm Syndrome and a new dimension.”
“Great – as always. Repetition IS learning”
“Very helpful and direct explanation. Awesome!”
“Love his language – commonality. Learned – ‘Trauma Model Therapy’ and ‘Therapeutic Neutrality’.
“Interesting, well-focused. Learned: re-frame attachment issues. Will help with focus on attachment issues.”
“Excellent opportunity to hear Dr. Ross speak. Learned: ‘Locus of Control Shift’ (Trauma Model).”
“You Rock! Thank you for being the voice of reason. Learned: wisdom and courage.”
Joan Golston –
“Excellent speaker! Excellent content! Nice framing of boundaries.”
“Well done. Props were fun and useful. Learned: dealing with implicit communications – great tactics.”
“Visuals were excellent. Learned: need more information.
Lynn Crook –
“Loved it. Learned – activation of different parts of the brain. Want more of the same. Thank you.”
“I loved this. Lynn’s humility, enthusiasm, inclusion, and lots of great exercises! Learned: How participation exercises connect people. And everyone’s inner light can shine s beautifully. ”
Laura Brown –
“Very impressed with Dr. Brown’s presentation: content, overheads, style of delivery, and online materials. Learned: Content of abuse! The complexities of a survivor’s responses to the need for care of an aged abusive parent and their death. The importance of preparation before delving into addressing the abuse issues. Possibly, more of my clients are abuse survivors than I had thought. Great day! Hoping that you will return next year.”
“Fantastic information! Please bring Dr. Brown back again!”
“Very helpful. Learned: New perspective on difficult issues – excellent training which I will use with my clients. This is an excellent training. Repeat would be great!”
“Was great – wish there would have been more time! Learned: the contract for care – more compassions for both sides. Want more info. This was a great class.”
“ I learned and enjoyed the info presenter and content of the presentation very much. Learned: conflicts over subject matter that are relevant and so rarely expressed. To make a plan for what may come up for myself or clients regarding death or connection to perpetrator. This was one of my favorite lecturers – thank you.”
Ellie Fields –
“Good presentation. Learned: first exposure to method. [ Thought Field Therapy].”
“Very good conceptual presentation. Nice experiential presentation.”
Sandra Paulsen –
“Learned: bringing in different cultures, listening to the soul.”
“excellent unit – addressed diversity and accepting and open while conveying important information. Wonderful to hear. Assists with mindset in practice.”
“Very good reminder about gratitudes. Learned: bringing in cultures. Listening to the soul.”
“Loved the opening to intuition.”
“Would have wanted inclusion of RA/MC, but it was helpful. Thank you.”
“Instruction was very knowledgeable about the topic. Learned: Neurobiology integrated into therapeutic practice.”
“Very professional and thoughtful. Learned: to call particular part ‘part of self’ instead of just the name. child as ‘monster’, but only child with fierce defense.”
“Loved it! Learned: Begin before the beginning. Skills of integration. Thank you.”
“Great topic and useful materials.”
“open-heared, honest, helpful, kind and clearly presented. Learned: somatic techniques, EMDR, early trauma protocol. Will attend to more somatic trainings and incorporate techniques into practice.”
“Use of examples very helpful. Learned: Somatic Techniques. To repeat at end of sessions – tucking in. Thank you Sandra!”
“A language to frame and match my practice. Learned: About amnesiac block.”
“Excellent and clear. Learned: EMDR – would like more specifics. Learned more about dissociation.”
“Helpful and informative. Learned: working with introjects.”
Input from those who attended so far – all 5 stars:
“Good work on everyone’s part!”
“I will be attending next year! This conference was very special, important, unforgettable and helpful!”
“This was such an honor to be a part of and I can’t believe I was able to go! The community aspect, the variety of sessions, etc made this a fun experience and life-changing too.”
“I was extremely impressed with the entire Conference. 3 Cheers for Felicity and Crew
HIP HIP HURRAY HIP HIP HURRAY!!!!!
“For the first year, I thought it was amazing. I’m sure with time, it will do nothing but improve. I’m so thankful for everyone’s time and effort into making this a success!”
“I’m very happy this was done as it was very educational, validating and helpful. Definitely do it again!”
“ The hotel was beautiful inside and out. Considering we have never done anything like this before, we enjoyed it very very much. we would love to do this again. Hopefully financially we can, cuz it was very very good for us. Thanks to all who made it possible.”
“Our favorite CONFERENCE SPEAKER was Lani Kent; we thoroughly enjoyed the art therapy class. In close 2nd was Ellie Fields followed by a very close Colin Ross.”
“I LOVED it! I loved being staff there, i loved helping out. i loved meeting everyone. i loved being able to HELP. i loved it all! it was wonderful! i loved lani kent’s stuff, too and was glad it was there. it was a wonderful balance to the rest to have her creativity and healing messages there.”
“hotel rooms are really nice, venue is clean and smells good. i want to know more about fms and military ptsd. it was great, thank you”
“Overall the conference was a success. The accommodations were fantastic for the price. I felt honored to hear all of the speakers and learned so much. The energy around the conference area and during presentation was amazing – supportive, accepting, and loving. I can’t wait to go next year.”
If I misquoted anyone, I apologize. These quotes came from a form that was passed around and clinicians evaluations. I will update further.
Thank you all for you input and support of this conference.
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