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18 July - 30 September 2018
Early Bird Pricing Available

1 October - 20 October 2018
Regular Pricing Available

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Through 19 October 2018

On-Site Registration
Available 20 October 2018

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Lynette Danylchuk, Phd

Lynette Danylchuk, PhD, Clinical Psychologist, has recently finished her term as President of The International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (ISSTD). She has previously served  the Director of ISSTDís Professional Training Program, and is currently Chair of ISSTDís Center for Advanced Studies in Trauma and Dissociation Certificate Program, the gold standard in trauma training for complex PTSD and dissociation. She is also Chair of the ISSTDís United Nations Task Force. ISSTD has Special Consultative Status in the UNís Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). Lynette has worked in the trauma field since mid-80ís, focused on people with complex trauma and dissociative diagnoses, from war veterans to survivors of childhood and adult trauma. She consults and teaches wherever she sees a need, has given keynote speeches and workshops internationally, and has recently co-authored a book on complex trauma and dissociation, Treating Complex Trauma and Dissociation: A Practical Guide to Navigating Therapeutic Challenges.

Lisa danylchuk, EdM, LMFT, E-RYT

Lisa Danylchuk is a licensed psychotherapist and yoga teacher trainer specializing in integrating yoga into trauma treatment. A graduate of UCLA and Harvard University, Lisa is the author of Embodied Healing: Using Yoga to Recover from Trauma and Extreme Stress, and is the founder of the Center for Yoga and Trauma Recovery located in Oakland, California. A leader in the movement to incorporate yoga into trauma treatment, she has trained yoga and mental health professionals around the world and presents her work internationally. In addition to sharing her work online and in specialized trainings, Lisa shares innovative applications of healing at psychology conferences, at universities, and in advanced yoga teacher trainings across the globe. She is a contributing editor for the recent book Best Practices for Yoga for Veterans, published by the Yoga Service Council, and has been named a top 20 Inspirational Yoga Teacher. Her website,, was recognized as one of the Top 20 Healing Blogs. She also serves on the UN Task Force for the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation. Lisa lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. When sheís not writing or traveling, youíll likely find her running trails in nearby park. You can find more information about Lisa and her work at


Steve Frankel is Board Certified Clinical and Forensic Psychologist and an Attorney at Law, who practices both professions in San Franciscoís East Bay.  A past Director of Clinical Training and current Clinical Prof. of Psychology at USC, he began recognizing childhood trauma in his adult patient case-load in 1980 and has specialized in working with that population ever since.  He joined the International Society for the Study of Trauma & Dissociation in the 1990s and was the consultant to the Trauma Program at Del Amo Hospital from 1993 until 2001.  He was President of the ISSTD in 2002 and has been active in developing and teaching courses in trauma treatment as well as publishing chapters in books and professional journals in the trauma field.  As an attorney, he represents health care professionals involved in licensing board actions and consults withmental health colleagues facing a variety of legal challenges.  He developed Practice Legacy Program, LLC, for transitioning practices of colleagues upon retirement, death or disability, and has spearheaded an effort to protect health care professionals who suffer from degenerative neuro-cogntive disorders from ending their careers with licensing board actions.

Christine forner, BA, BSW, MSW, RSW

 Christine Forner began her career early starting as a volunteer at the age of 16 at a crisis line. Getting a diploma in Social Work from Mount Royal Collage, a Bachelorís degree in Womanís Studies, a bachelorís degree in Social Work and her Masterís degree in Social work. Christine has worked at The Calgary Sexual Assault Centre, Wheatland Crisis Shelter for survivors of domestic violence and in 1998 Christine started her clinical experience at The Calgary Womenís Health Collective. Since 2011, Christine has worked in her own private practice, which specializes in complex trauma and dissociative disorders. Christine has over fifteen years of working with individuals with Trauma, Post Traumatic Stress Disorders, Traumatic Dissociation, Developmental Trauma and Dissociative Disorders, with specialized training in EMDR, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Psychotherapeutic Meditation techniques and Neurofeedback. Christine teaches locally and at an international level on the issue of dissociation. Christine is the founder of the Creative Meditation technique and Medial Prefrontal Cortex Processing for Trauma and Dissociation. Christine is the President-Elect of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation and a current board member. As well as being the current President-Elect, she is also the Chair of the ISSTD Student and Emerging Professional Committee and a member of the ISSTD Conference Committee. Christine has spent the last nine years working on methods of meditation that are effective for persons who have Complex Posttraumatic Disorder and Dissociative Disorders.

Julie graham, MFT

Julie Graham, MFT is the Director of Transgender Health Services of the San Francisco Department of Public Health as well as a psychotherapist in private practice. Julie is a consultant and trainer specializing in family, couples and individual counseling. She holds a Masters of Science in Counseling from San Francisco State University.

ericha scott, phd, LPCC, ATR-BC, REAT

Dr. Scott has 33 years of professional clinical experience and holds various licenses to practice counseling in four states. For 32 years she has worked with complex trauma and dissociation. She has presented and published peer review journal articles and book chapters in the US and abroad on topics regarding addiction, complex trauma and dissociation, self-mutilation and the creative arts therapies. In 1999, her phenomenological research study explored the experiences of dissociative disordered women who self-mutilate. Her data included poetry and a visual art based component. One case study from this work was published by UCLA in the Journal of Arts in Psychotherapy. Her theory regarding the use of the creative arts therapies for those struggling with addiction and complex trauma was published by Haworth Press in The Psychology of Trauma and Addiction. This book chapter was dually published in the Journal of Chemical Dependency that same year. Later, Dr. Scott's chapter was translated and published in the Czech Republic. Dr. Scott has co-authored two chapters in a book for Oxford University Press on the topic of Integrative Addiction Therapies. This book will be part of the Andrew Weil, MD library series and will be released in September 2018. Dr. Scott is the keynote speaker and planning chair for the new creative arts therapies educational track for the West Coast Symposium on Addictive Disorders 2018 in Palm Springs, California. Dr. Scott is an artist, a board certified registered art therapist (ATR-BC), and a registered expressive arts therapist (REAT). In the past Dr. Scott has worked as a clinical director, a core faculty member for a graduate program in counseling psychology, and now enjoys private practice and consulting in Malibu, California. Her web site is