Lesley University, Cambridge, MA, April 10th, 2021. (Rescheduled from April 2020 due to Coronavirus concerns.)
Morning Keynote Speaker Ellice Patterson is the founder and director of Abilities Dance, a Boston- based dance company that welcomes dancers with and without disabilities. Her choreography has appeared in the Abilities Expo, Bill Evans Somatic Conference, Boston Contemporary Dance Festival, The Series: Vol IV at the Ailey Citigroup Theatre, and more. Ellice’s keynote will be accompanied by a performance from Abilities Dance Boston Dancers
* Afternoon Keynote speaker Quentin Vennie, is author of the memoir, Strong in the Broken Places: A Memoir of Addiction and Redemption Through Wellness. Quentin was awarded by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention for his contribution in raising awareness for mental health and suicide prevention.
Other speakers include
* Susan Lovett: Susan is a licensed clinical social worker, certified K-8 classroom teacher, registered yoga teacher, certified mindfulness instructor and Facilitator of Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga. She is employed by the Alliance for Inclusion and Prevention as a Director of the Center for Trauma Care in Schools, leading evidence-based trauma treatment groups for Boston Public School students and providing training for classroom teachers and school-based mental health clinicians on trauma, secondary traumatic stress and professional resilience. Susan also founded Hands to Heart Center – Yoga for the People, a nonprofit that provides free, customized trauma-sensitive yoga classes.
Laura Sánchez: Laura Sánchez, a flamenco dance educator and independent expressive arts researcher based in Cambridge, MA. She received her Advanced Professional Certificate in Expressive Arts Therapies from Lesley University, where she has been developing her theory and approach of Expressive Flamenco© by conducting auto-ethnographic expressive arts-based research. Laura also leads Expressive Flamenco© workshops locally.
Mariah Rooney O’Brien: Uses yoga and weightlifting as a way of helping participants experience being fully embodied and stepping into their own strength in new ways. As a clinical social worker who specializes in treating folx with histories of complex and developmental trauma, weightlifting presented a unique opportunity to think about trauma recovery, healing and growth.
Mark Schneider: Mark Schneider is the creator and co-founder Trauma Informed Weight Lifting, a behavior and habit change program of the Center for Trauma and Embodiment at JRI. He is also a personal trainer specializing in injury recovery and return to play. Mark supports clients so they can support themselves with the skills and confidence to overcome physical, emotional, and habitual roadblocks.
Rowan Silverberg, PhD, has focused doctoral research on trauma-sensitive yoga as an adjunct modality in a feminist approach to clinical treatment for survivors of sexual violence. Certified as a Trauma-Sensitive Yoga Facilitator (TCTSY-F) by The Trauma Center in Brookline, MA, Rowan has offered yoga support groups at the Cleveland Rape Crisis Center since 2016. Rowan has been teaching yoga since 1990 and is registered with the Yoga Alliance at the experienced yoga teacher level. She has led several yoga teacher training programs in the Greater Cleveland area, lectured on yoga to students at Case Western Reserve University’s School of Medicine, and has been an adjunct faculty member at Cuyahoga Community College since 2010.
Sarah Super is a Training & Curriculum Specialist at the Battered Women’s Justice Project. Sarah has experience in training, consulting, and program development in mission-based organizations including: Hennepin County, the YWCA of Minneapolis, the Trauma Center at the Justice Resource Institute, and the Human Rights Center at the University of Minnesota. Sarah is the Founder of Break the Silence, an activist organization for survivors of sexual violence and allies to engage in dismantling rape culture in Minnesota.
Nola Hanson is trans artist whose practice centers the role of embodiment in contemporary social systems. Their work has been shown Milwaukee, Chicago, New York City, and Portland. Nola is the founder of Trans Boxing, an artist-initiated boxing club for trans and gender variant people.
Hill Donnell is an athlete, organizer and educator. Hill’s pedagogical and creative work seeks to engage critical perspectives on technological change, embodiment and the promise of participatory governance. Hill currently organizes with Trans Boxing, an artist initiated boxing club for trans and gender variant people.
Jared D. Kass, Ph.D. is a Professor of Counseling and Psychology, Graduate School of Arts and Social Sciences, Lesley University; and a Visiting Scholar at the Benson-Henry Institute for Mind-Body Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital. His recent book, A Person-Centered Approach to Psychospiritual Maturation: Mentoring Psychological Resilience and Inclusive Community in Higher Education, describes this project. Dr. Kass is the senior faculty member of a holistic studies specialization that trains clinicians to practice trauma-informed, culturally-competent, mind-body-spirit behavioral health.
Fees apply, registration is required to www.traumasensitiveyoga.com/2020-conference-on-trauma-and-embodiment.html or contact (781) 559-4900