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Trauma Skills Summit.

August 17–26 2020

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Trauma Skills Summit.

August 17–26 2020

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August 17–26 2020

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August 17–26 2020

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Welcome to the Trauma Skills Summit

I’m Dr. Jeffrey Rutstein, and I’m delighted to be partnering with Sounds True as the host of this online event. 

Each day, you’ll hear from two or three experts presenting on a wide range of topics and practices—trauma-sensitive meditation and breathwork, breaking the cycles of trauma, somatic therapies, collective healing, and much more. You’ll explore fascinating theories behind trauma recovery, and you’ll also discover actual tools, skills, and practices that you can begin using right away.

You can access each day’s presentations by navigating to the sidebar found on the left-hand side of this page. New presentations will be released each day and remain available for the duration of our event.

For your convenience and to allow you to go even deeper with these trainings, we’re offering a special upgrade package that gives you lifetime access, downloadable materials, presenter gifts, additional resources, and much more. You can claim this offer anytime before August 31, 2020. 

In some ways, it has never felt more crucial to address the long-lasting and wide-ranging impacts of trauma. Whether you’re a therapist working with clients, an individual seeking personal growth, or a community leader in times of need, I know you’ll benefit from joining us for the Trauma Skills Summit

With gratitude,

Dr. Jeffrey Rutstein

Clinical psychologist and host of the Trauma Skills Summit

Meet Your Host

Jeffrey Rutstein, PsyD

Jeffrey Rutstein, PsyD

Dr. Jeffrey Rutstein is a clinical psychologist who has specialized in the treatment of trauma for the past 35 years. His approach integrates traditional psychotherapy along with the latest advances in neuroscience and mind/body approaches to address the whole person in a powerful and effective manner.


Day 1

The Wheel of Awareness: A Trauma Recovery Tool for Well-Being

Daniel J. Siegel, MD
New York Times bestselling author, neuropsychiatrist

From Activation to Regulation: A Polyvagal Guided Approach

Deb Dana, LCSW
Author of The Polyvagal Theory in Therapy

Day 2

Trauma and Addiction

Peter A. Levine, PhD
Founder of Somatic Experiencing® trauma recovery

Is Your Brain Stuck in a Chronic Fight, Flight, or Freeze Response?

Annie Hopper
Founder of the Dynamic Neural Retraining System™

Day 3

Transmuting Trauma and Oppression: Embracing Our Wholeselves

traci ishigo, MSW
Therapist, yoga and meditation teacher, organizer

Relationship Trauma

Rob Fisher, MFT
Therapist, Hakomi trainer, professor, author

Day 4

Resilience Strategies for Trauma Recovery: A Strength-Based Approach to Healing

Arielle Schwartz, PhD
Clinical psychologist, EMDR and somatic therapist

Resilience: Transforming Any Adversity into Learning and Growth

Linda Graham, MFT
Psychotherapist, award-winning author

Day 5

Transforming the Six Disguises of Rage

Ruth King
Author and Founder of Mindful of Race Institute, LLC

Body, Brain, Breath, and Trauma: How Yoga Can Help

Ashley Turner, LMFT
Licensed therapist, yoga and meditation instructor

Leadership in Challenging Times

Monica Sharma, MD
Physician and epidemiologist

Day 6

Internal Family Systems Therapy with Trauma Survivors

Richard Schwartz, PhD
Creator of Internal Family Systems therapy

Parenting After Trauma

Susan Stiffelman, MFT
Author of Parenting Without Power Struggles

Breaking the Cycle of Inherited Family Trauma

Mark Wolynn
Director of the Family Constellation Institute

Day 7

Meditation for Radical Change: The Revolution Starts Inside

Justin Michael Williams
Transformational speaker, musician, author

Trauma-Sensitive Mindfulness

Elizabeth A. Stanley, PhD
Creator of Mindfulness-based Mind Fitness Training (MMFT)®

Realization Process: The Healing Ground

Judith Blackstone, PhD
Founder of the Realization Process

Day 8

The Dharma of Collective Resiliency

Lama Rod Owens
Meditation teacher, coauthor of Radical Dharma

A Traumatized Species: Pathology or Healing Crisis?

Pat McCabe, Woman Stands Shining
Diné (Navajo) grandmother, activist, artist, writer

Day 9

Trauma, Shame, and the Transformative Power of Self-Compassion

Chris Germer, PhD
Psychologist, mindfulness and self-compassion teacher

Healing Shame

Bret Lyon, PhD & Sheila Rubin, LMFT
Cofounders of the Center for Healing Shame

Day 10

Bridging from Trauma to Belonging

john a. powell, PhD
Professor of law, professor of African American studies and ethnic studies

Unlocking Our Capacity for Collective Healing

Thomas Hübl
Founder of the Academy of Inner Science



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