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Posted Monday January, 18th 2021

Looking forward to 2021 - A Message From Licia Sky, TRF CEO

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Dear TRF Community,

Now that 2021 is upon us, we would like to take a moment to share with you some information about the exciting programming we have planned for this year.

SAVE the DATE! May 26th -29th.

The 32nd Annual Boston International Trauma Conference
Psychological Trauma:
Neuroscience, Embodiment and the Restoration of the Self

Frontiers of Trauma Treatment - The field of traumatic stress is barely three decades old and still is in a continuing state of evolution. The study of trauma has probably been the single most fertile area in helping us to develop a deeper understanding of the relationship among the emotional, cognitive, social and biological forces that shape human development.

Now in its 32nd year, the Annual Boston International Trauma Conference will continue its tradition of presenting the state of the science to examine what we are learning about the impact of trauma on mind, brain and body throughout the life span; to present well established innovative treatments; and to explore the frontier of innovative approaches to treatment.

As the unprecedented political upheaval against the backdrop of a global pandemic continues, we are committed to staying connected in 2021. This conference will be presented online, but, if possible, we will also return to an in-person-virtual hybrid by the end of May – stay tuned.

Among our featured keynote speakers: the attachment researcher, Karlen Lyons-Ruth; the mindfulness researcher, Tania Singer from Berlin; arguably the world’s foremost neuroscientist of trauma, Ruth Lanius; the Author of My Grandmother’s Hands, Resmaa Menakem; IFS originator Richard Schwartz; the leading psychedelic researcher Robin Carhart Harris; expressive therapist Cathy Malchiodi; psychedelics researcher Michael Mithoefer; Debbie Korn; the author of The Body Keeps the Score, Bessel van der Kolk, and many others.


Thanks again to all who attended the TRF Social Justice Summit. This was our first time holding an online event completely dedicated to the issues of inclusion and accessibility in healing trauma. People from 37 countries around the world registered and participated with us online! We welcome our friends and colleagues from Australia, Austria, Bangladesh, Bermuda, Canada, Chile, Ethiopia, German, Greece, Iceland, Israel, Jersey, Malaysia, Myanmar, Namibia, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Qatar, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Spain, St. Lucia, Sweden, Taiwan, Trinidad, Turkey, United Kingdom, USA, Zambia, and Zimbabwe!

If you didn’t make the live broadcast, the TRF Social Justice Summit is available for purchase online and can be viewed until the 9th of February. We always welcome feedback, so if you managed to attend, we would love to hear from you. Click here to give us Summit feedback.

TRF Tuesday continues January 19th, with Mind-Body Solutions’ Matthew Sanford – Week 5, Coming Home to the Body-the Sensation of Expansion.

On January 28th, we start our Fundamentals of Peer Counselling with Dr Barbara Love. This is a beginning level, safe, affordable opportunity to see and be seen, listen and be heard, witness and be witnessed. Some of the most attuned and embodied therapists I have worked with have been through peer counselling training. I highly recommend this training experience.

Then on February 26th – 28th, our TRF Therapeutic Alliance partners, Black Therapists Rock and IFS Institute, are holding an Heirloom Summit: Exploring the intergenerational traumatic wounds of Systemic Racism, the transformational processes for facing and healing, and reclaiming ourselves and our wholeness together.

Looking ahead to March 12th, we are pulling together a Symposium: Accessible Neurofeedback—Simplifying & Integrating Neurofeedback into Ongoing Trauma Treatment. Among our presenters: Sebern Fisher, Ruth Lanius, and Bessel van der Kolk.

Lastly, we are recruiting volunteers to help organize our new, online Book Club. The first book we will be reading is, fittingly, The Body Keeps the Score, by Bessel van der Kolk. If you would like to join us as we grow, please click here to explore volunteering.

Until next time.

Warmest Regards,



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