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Attachment and Trauma Congress 2023: Embracing and Repairing the Traumatized Self in Psychotherapy - Rome

with Vincenzo Caretti, Samantha Chase, Athena Phillips, William Bumberry, Jeff Conway, Fabrizio Didonna, (Karen) Irene Countryman-Roswurm, Dafna Lender, Maggie Schauer, Bruce Hersey, Marina Cirio, Alessandro Carmelita, Jennifer Sweeton
In this fourteenth edition of the Congress Attachment and Trauma (Rome 2023) we explored the origins and potential developments arising from traumatic experiences in attachment. An internationally successful conference that is a must for your collection.
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Course accredited as asynchronous FAD from 1 November 2023 to 31 May 2024
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Neurosciences have underscored the critical importance of safety in individual self-development and the fulfilment of the need for autonomy and self-recognition. In psychotherapy, we provide individuals with forms of adaptation to their new reality, based on their needs, safety, trust, relational attunement and deep connections with others.

Our experts will present therapeutic models and theoretical perspectives, focusing on the relational development of the Self and its embodied dimensions. We will explore innovative research studies and effective clinical interventions, seeking to understand and repair trauma on a profound level.

The Attachment and Trauma Congress returns to Rome after a successful 2022 edition with over 850 attendees from around the world. Internationally renowned experts will grace the stage at the stunning Auditorium Antonianum, minutes away from the Colosseum. Join us for this enriching learning experience and connect with mental health professionals globally.

Whether in-person or online via live-stream, this congress is an essential opportunity for professional development and valuable moments of connection.

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In this On-Demand Course, speakers talk about ...

Presentation of Vincenzo Caretti

The Dissociation of Intimacy and the Attachment Bond in Emotional and Psychosomatic Regulation Psychotherapy

Emotional and Psychosomatic Regulation Psychotherapy delves into the patient's fantasies to understand and address chronic negative emotions and trauma-induced body sensations. These sensations, like fight, flight and immobilization, arise from the Internal Saboteur (or Anti-bonder). This Saboteur warps self-image and disrupts interpersonal bonds, undermining trust and wellness. By disrupting the relational attachment system, it hinders intimacy and deep attachment bonds. The therapy seeks to recognize the "scripts" causing patients to repeat traumatic patterns, which shut down social attachment and hinder their motivation to engage socially or intimately. The therapeutic alliance assists patients in becoming more conscious, reducing the Saboteur's grip. This aids in building trust in relationships, mending relational wounds, and refining their emotional and physical connections with themselves, others and their communities.

Presentation of Samantha Chase

Understanding and Treating Attachment Trauma with the Felt Sense Polyvagal Model™

The current understanding of traumatic attachment is based on a pathologizing approach that labels dysregulated attachment styles as disorders. This fails to recognize the body's innate wisdom. Therapists should adopt an approach that merges trauma and attachment through an embodied lens. The Felt Sense Polyvagal Model™ (FSPM) offers a strength-based perspective, building on Stephen Porges’ Polyvagal Theory, which provides insights into the autonomic nervous system's role in assessing safety. Through this theory, traumatic attachment and associated behaviors are understood as adaptive reactions to unsafe environments. This session introduces Jan Winhall’s book on the FSPM, summarizing her four-decade journey with trauma survivors. The FSPM promotes a novel method of engaging with embodied processes: interoception and neuroception. Attendees will learn about Gendlin’s Focusing method and the importance of bodily connection for healing. The model is versatile and complements various therapeutic approaches. Its application will be showcased through the Embodied Assessment and Treatment Tool™ (EATT), which assesses a client’s ability to manage their nervous system. This tool evolves into a structured treatment plan and can be digitally archived. The presentation will offer hands-on examples and case studies for immediate application, blending instructional content with experiential insights.

Presentation of Athena Phillips

Dissociation and Ketamine Treatment: A Case Study with Heather

Patients with complex trauma and dissociative symptoms often present with significant and stratified complexity. The treatment trajectory is lengthy, arduous, and milestones typically occur in scarce intervals. While research has contributed to notable strides in treatment outcomes for dissociative patients, the length and severity of suffering remains a feature of the clinical picture. Interventions that combine traditional psychotherapy with novel approaches have the potential to decrease the overarching length and cost of treatment to the patient. Ketamine and psilocybin may have potential to significantly shift the treatment trajectory given the research that is emerging for those with treatment resistant depression. While there may be a great deal of promise in these interventions, of equal concern is the risk potential with their use being applied to those with complex trauma and structural dissociation. Heather’s experience with and response to ketamine as an intervention may offer insight to both the risks and possibilities in the application of ketamine to this population. 

By the end of this presentation, participants will be able to:

  1. Discuss the potential treatment outcomes in the use of Ketamine treatment with dissociative patients.
  2. Identify potential risks in the use of ketamine treatment with dissociative patients. 
  3. Discuss the importance of pursuing additional research in utilizing ketamine as an intervention with dissociative patients. 
  4. Discuss the cultural denial of dissociation as a contributing factor in research gaps with novel interventions, such as ketamine. 
  5. Discuss possibilities for the use of ketamine in adjunct with psychotherapy in patients with dissociative disorders.
Presentation of William Bumberry

Working with Infidelity: The Gottman Method 

Infidelity, with the core ingredients of emotional and/or sexual betrayal, is a distressing, disorienting experience. The impact is visceral, the pain profound. While the bond can be destroyed in a flash, healing and rebuilding take time. Those who have experienced this in their own relationship, or navigated the path with clients, know the journey is turbulent. Intense emotions open quickly. Reactivity is the norm. As a therapist, staying present, attuned and balanced is crucial. A healthy therapeutic alliance is essential. This presentation will focus on the paradigm shifting Gottman “Atone, Attune, Attach” approach to treating infidelity. This model offers clarity and wisdom about how to weather the storm, heal the hurt and rebuild the broken bond. Building on Drs. John and Julie Gottman’s seminal research, this model emphasizes the centrality of Trust and Commitment in the journey from betrayal to intimacy.

Presentation of Jeff Conway

Attachment, Trauma and the schemas of impaired autonomy and performance

Two of the most basic of core needs for all humans are the need to attach and the need to be autonomous. And although these two needs might appear to be quite distinct from each other; in fact, they are intrinsically tied and complementary. 

When a secure base is built between a caregiver and child; when a child feels safe and protected and understood, their ability to thrive, to explore, to internalize this relational security plays out in their ability to have agency and feel confident in their life and in their capacity to form and develop relationships.

But when there is not enough safety, and protection and understanding between the caregiver and child, this can be described as an attachment trauma. This trauma plays out in an internalized insecurity that engenders such Schemas or Impaired Autonomy and Performance as the Schemas of Dependency/Incompetence and Enmeshment/Undeveloped Self.

We will explore the relationship between attachment trauma and the idea of a corresponding “autonomy trauma” in the form of these Impaired Autonomy and Performance Schemas and the perpetuating Coping Modes. We also explore the remedy of the limited reparenting relationship for healing these Schemas which can help cultivate within a patient a more secure attachment style and a greater sense of autonomy.

Presentation of Fabrizio Didonna

Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for OCD and Trauma: Where New and Old Paths to Dealing with Suffering Meet

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder are both challenging and difficult-to-treat psychiatric problems. They may share some common symptoms (such as avoidance, safety seeking behaviors), emotions (anxiety, guilt, disgust, shame), cognitive biases, a hyper reactivity to specific stimuli, a dysfunctional relationship with their own internal experience.

Mindfulness-based approaches, in particular MBCT, are thought to target several core features of both OCD and PTSD, including experiential avoidance, hyperarousal, safety seeking behaviors, and distressful emotions. There are several components of mindfulness that may promote recovery from OCD and PTSD, including attention, a mindful cognitive style, a shift in perspective and non judgment and normalization toward the internal experience.

Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) for OCD is an innovative, manualised and empirically validated 'third wave' treatment programme designed to create significant clinical and life improvement in those suffering from Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. The programme integrates the most effective tools of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy with the clinical application of the principles and practices of mindfulness and self-compassion. 

During this presentation the strengths of a mindfulness-based approach, and in particular MBCT, to both disorders and how these interventions act powerfully and effectively on some overlapping etiological and phenomenological factors will be highlighted.

Dr Didonna will also share the latest research results on the effectiveness of mindfulness-based interventions for OCD and PTSD. 

Participation in this intervention will ensure that participants learn more about this new therapeutic approach and how to use MBCT and more generally mindfulness-based interventionsto help clients with OCD and PTSD to radically change the dysfunctional relationship they have developed in a healthy way with their internal states in order to create meaningful well-being and balance.

Presentation of (Karen) Irene Countryman-Roswurm

Survivors thrive and overcome: human trafficking and narrative therapy practices to rewrite the history of trauma. 

The term human trafficking is an overarching concept that includes various multifaceted and intersecting forms of maltreatment. Existing on a larger continuum of violence, human trafficking is ultimately a type of abuse and exploitation perpetrated for the purpose of labor or sex. Individuals subjugated to human trafficking endure holistic (physical, psychological, sexual, social, and spiritual) cruelty that cumulatively, results in psychophysiological trauma.

With a history of demonstrated success walking alongside survivors of human trafficking (as well as other forms of trauma), and a heart to grow with colleagues in developing effective transformational therapeutic practices, Dr. Roswurm will share her Lotus Emancipation ModelTM. In doing so, Dr. Roswurm will focus on how practitioners can utilize culturally relevant narrative practices to assist trauma survivors in re-storying their lives.

Participants will increase their capacity to assist clients through use of therapeutic narrative practices such as:

  • Identifying Maladaptive Self-Schemata as an Adaptive Challenge
  • Expressing The “Problem-Saturated” Account
  • Naming “The Problem”
  • Externalizing “The Problem”
  • Identifying Unique Outcomes
  • Utilizing Unique Account, Redescription, Possibility, and Circulation Questions
  • Utilizing Questions that Historicize Unique Outcomes
  • The Invitation to “Take a Position” in Life Re-Storying
Presentation of Dafna Lender

Applying Polyvagal Theory: Harnessing Your Social Engagement System to Quickly Elicit Trust with Traumatized Children and Adolescents

In this workshop, you will learn about how the Polyvagal Theory (PVT) can help you in your work with children and caregivers.

Many presentations about PVT focus on adult treatment, despite the fact that it is early experiences that create the felt sense of safety or defense. It is critical for all child and caregiver therapy clients to feel safe and to be able to co-regulate; this is especially true for clients who have sustained trauma. This presentation will focus on two complementary forms of caregiver-child relationship interventions, Theraplay® and Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP). You will see the impact of physiological state on the child and caregiver client and detail how PVT concepts can be used more intentionally to strengthen your therapy with video examples, practice exercises and case discussion. Assessment methods, planning and treatment advice will be discussed for Video examples of clients with presenting issues of traumatic loss, orphanage care and adoption, dysregulation, autism and parenting difficulties will illustrate.

This presentation will focus on the first component of establishing safety and regulation.

In this workshop, you will learn to: 

  • Use voice, rhythm, facial expressions and touch to elicit trust
    • Exercises that hone in on various vocal qualities
    • Creating and maintaining an open facial expression with defensive clients
    • Strategies for incorporating safe touch
  • Surprise the brain of a defensive client with novel responses that will grab their attention, interrupt their automatic defensiveness, and generating curiosity.
    • Using playfulness and paradox
  • Learn exercises and activities to make shut down, guarded or angry clients feel more relaxed, open and read to connect. shutdownLearn exercises and activities to make shut down, guarded or angry clients feel more relaxed, open and read to connect.
      • Movement and breathing exercises that create connection
        • movement and breathing exercises that create connection.

      By the end of this seminar, attendees will be able to:

      1. Describe the foundational principles and features of the Polyvagal Theory.
      2. Discuss how to apply features of the Polyvagal Theory in clinical settings.
      3. Describe the Social Engagement System and how the brain-face-heart connection evolved.
      4. Identify when a client’s Social Engagement System is compromised by stress and trauma and help to reset it
      5. Describe how a therapy session can be planned and carried out to maximize client safety, social engagement and regulation. 

      Theraplay® treatment: Describe activities for responding to retraction of the client’s social engagement system.

    Presentation of Maggie Schauer

    Narrative Exposure Therapy - Treatment after multiple and complex traumatisation 

    Adversities and multiple exposure to traumatic stressors are the 'building blocks' of psychopathology for the individual, the family and the society across generations. Narrative exposure therapy (NET) for children, adolescents and adults is an efficient, trauma-focused, short-term psychotherapeutic treatment for survivors of multiple and complex trauma. Within a life-span approach, it enables the integration of traumatic memories into the biographical context, activates the person's resources and allows meaning-making and corrective relationship experiences. The cross-cultural approach is straightforward and can be deployed by academic professionals as well as trained local counsellors in resource poor contexts and emergency settings within 'screen and treat'- and cascade models of stepped care. In NET, survivors individually and collectively, are supported to give words to injustice, to testify to human rights violations and thereby regain dignity, and satisfy the need for acknowledgement.

    Presentation of Alessandro Carmelita and Marina Cirio

    MIMT: Beyond the Intrapsychic and Relational Integration, Towards a Deep Connection with the Whole

    Mindful Interbeing Mirror Therapy has been working for many years with patients on overcoming trauma, through integration, which is not only intrapsychic, but first and foremost relational.

    The unique setting of this approach allows to directly access the deepest dimension of the attachment trauma, as the patient can see the organization of the different Selves that have differentiated during the development, starting from the internalization of the Other, who perpetrated abuse or deprivation. The mirror allows the patient to simultaneously relate with the child victim of the trauma and the Internalized Other, who feels disgust, anger, shame, and fear.

    Moreover, the techniques used in therapy allow to work at a deep level, below the level of awareness, by accessing the core of the Self.

    Through a continuous and careful process of mirroring in the therapeutic relationship, calibrated through deep compassion between therapist and patient, neural pathways for the integration of different selves and the reconstruction of a cohesive and integrated self are restored.

    The ultimate goal of the MIMT is not only intrapsychic integration, but also a sense of compassion for everything surrounding human beings, in a broad, ecological view of reality where we are all interconnected at an ancestral and deep level.

    Presentation of Marina Cirio

    MIMT: Beyond the Intrapsychic and Relational Integration, Towards a Deep Connection with the Whole

    Mindful Interbeing Mirror Therapy has been working for many years with patients on overcoming trauma, through integration, which is not only intrapsychic, but first and foremost relational.

    The unique setting of this approach allows to directly access the deepest dimension of the attachment trauma, as the patient can see the organization of the different Selves that have differentiated during the development, starting from the internalization of the Other, who perpetrated abuse or deprivation. The mirror allows the patient to simultaneously relate with the child victim of the trauma and the Internalized Other, who feels disgust, anger, shame, and fear.

    Moreover, the techniques used in therapy allow to work at a deep level, below the level of awareness, by accessing the core of the Self.

    Through a continuous and careful process of mirroring in the therapeutic relationship, calibrated through deep compassion between therapist and patient, neural pathways for the integration of different selves and the reconstruction of a cohesive and integrated self are restored.

    The ultimate goal of the MIMT is not only intrapsychic integration, but also a sense of compassion for everything surrounding human beings, in a broad, ecological view of reality where we are all interconnected at an ancestral and deep level.

    Presentation of Bruce Hersey

    Dual Attention in Healing: The Essence of IFS-Informed EMDR

    Eye-Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR) and Internal Family Systems Therapy (IFS) have become widely popular approaches to treating disorders of attachment and trauma. Their shared assumption of the underlying innate human healing capacity, EMDR’s long association with ego state constructs, and IFS’s uniquely accessible formulation have combined to inspire broad curiosity regarding their allied application. At the core of this alliance, dual attention emerges as a key to unlocking their mutual connection to the universal process inherent in all successful healing. How each model approaches a dual attention template, how these parallel the necessary conditions for memory reconsolidation, and how a systematic synthesis of these templates assures more precise alignment to the essence, are illustrated in this presentation.

    Presentation of Jennifer Sweeton

    Neural Desensitization and Integration Training: The New Evidence-Informed, Brain Science-Driven Approach to Trauma Treatment 

    Several evidence-informed approaches to trauma can be immensely helpful to clients. However, many of these therapies are either rigid, making it difficult to stay client-centered, or vague, mainly rooted in theory. Neural Desensitization and Integration Training (NDIT), developed by a neuroscientist-turned-psychologist, is a brain science-based, exposure, trauma-focused approach to trauma treatment that is both structured and flexible, providing clinicians with easy-to-incorporate strategies that promote trauma processing and help prevent flooding and re-traumatization. Attending this presentation will allow participants to learn more about this new therapy, which has been featured in Bloomberg and Yahoo Finance, as well as to learn key NDIT skills that can be immediately integrated into their own work with clients.

    Vincenzo Caretti
    Vincenzo Caretti is Clinical Psychologist, Psychoanalyst and Professor of Dynamic Psychology at the LUMSA University in Rome. He is also the Director of the Post-Graduate Program in “Clinical Criminology and Forensic Science” at the LUMSA University in Rome, as well as the Director of Forma Mentis, the Specialization School in Integrated Psychodynamic Psychotherapy of the Agostino Gemelli Teaching Hospital in Rome. Furthermore, he is the Director of the Italian Institute of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy (IIPP) in Palermo. Over the years, his research studies have been focusing on different subjects: alexithymia, developmental trauma, psychopathic personality, the application of Polyvagal Theory to psychosomatic approaches in Psychotherapy. He is the author of several publications and has standardized various psychometric tests and semi-structured interviews (such as PDSS, ABQ, PDI, PCL-R and HCRv3), which are commonly used for assessment purposes and in the clinical practice.
    Samantha Chase
    Samantha Chase, your Felt Sense Polyvagal Model Facilitator, is a passionate mental health advocate and clinician. Following several years of work in community mental health services, she completed University of Toronto’s Master of Social Work program. As a Felt Sense Polyvagal Model Facilitator, Samantha assists in Jan Winhall’s Felt Sense Polyvagal Model certificate course at the Polyvagal Institute, as well as facilitating groups on the model. Samantha is trained in Focusing, Mindfulness (MTER), and Narrative Therapy. Now, she operates a private practice working with trauma and addiction. You can reach Samantha at [email protected]
    Athena Phillips
    Athena Phillips, LCSW, PhD candidate, began her career in behavioural health care in 1995, where she worked with children and adults with disabilities. This work inspired her to pursue a degree in social work, which she completed at Pacific University in Forest Grove, OR. She graduated Magna Cum Laude and was Social Work Student of the Year. Phillips received her master's degree in social work from Portland State University; her internship was at the Sexual Assault Resource Center, where she helped develop a sexual assault prevention programme for children for use in the school system. The demand for a progressive view of working with post-traumatic stress, dissociative identity disorder and related mental health challenges prompted her to build the Integrative Trauma Treatment Center (ITTC) in 2012.
    William Bumberry
    William Bumberry, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist with more than 25 years of experience working with couples. He has been with the Gottman Institute for more than a decade and is a Senior Certified Gottman Couples Therapist, Trainer and Consultant. Dr. Bumberry is a member of the American Psychological Association and is an adjunct professor in the Department of Psychology at St. Louis University. Since becoming a certified trainer for the Gottman Institute, Dr. Bumberry has presented Gottman professional training throughout the U.S. and abroad. He is an experienced, clear, energetic speaker with the ability to present complicated material in a practical, easy to use manner. Dr. Bumberry is passionate about helping clinicians bring the Gottman Method into their life’s work … “making the world a better place, one couple at a time”. His presentations are highlighted by a blend of humor, creativity, and accessibility. In addition to his expertise in the Gottman Method, Dr. Bumberry is certified in Emotionally Focused Therapy. For many years, he worked closely with Dr. Carl Whitaker. He is co-author of “Dancing with the Family: A Symbolic-Experiential Approach, A Different Kind of Caring” (videotape) and “Reshaping Family Relationships: The Symbolic Therapy of Carl Whitaker”.
    Jeff Conway
    Jeff Conway, MS, LCSW is the current president of the International Society of Schema Therapy (ISST). He is a founding member of ISST and has held various roles for ISST since its founding. His previous position on the Executive Council was Training Coordinator from 2018 to 2020. He continues to be a trainer and supervisor of Schema Therapy and has cultivated a training niche for understanding and effectively treating the Schema of Enmity and the Undeveloped Self. He has written on this schema and organised several workshops and supervision groups on this topic globally. Conway is also a founding member of the New York Centre for Emotion Focused Therapy and is trained in Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT), a model of couples therapy based on Attachment Theory. He is also a certified trainer and supervisor of couples Schema Therapy and has recently completed a new online ST couples training programme.
    Fabrizio Didonna
    Prof. Fabrizio Didonna is an internationally renowned Clinical Psychologist, Adjunct Professor of Clinical Psychology at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Padua, Italy, Professor at the Institute for Lifelong Learning, University of Barcelona, Spain and Visiting Professor at Shanghai Jiao Tong University. He is also Director of the MBCT International Centre for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, in Vicenza, Italy. He is the developer of the therapeutic model and author of the related manual, Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (Guilford Press, 2020, translated into Chinese, Spanish, Italian, French and Russian), the first manualised and validated mindfulness-based treatment model for obsessive-compulsive disorder. Didonna is founder and honorary president of the Italian Institute of Mindfulness. He has presented research, lectures and workshops at international conferences and universities around the world.
    (Karen) Irene Countryman-Roswurm
    Dr Countryman-Roswurm is a tenured associate professor at the School of Social Work. She is also a field educator for the Kansas Leadership Center (KLC). In all, Dr. Roswurm has more than 26 years of professional experience in movements that work not only to end abuse, homelessness, exploitation, trafficking and the 'isms' of adaptation in which these problems are often rooted, but more importantly to promote healing and holistic prosperity. She is a native Blackfoot woman who remains grounded in her own life experiences in overcoming pathways and systems (e.g. child welfare, foster care, judicial and penal systems, etc.). She has more than twenty publications and has facilitated thousands of conferences, workshops and critical conversations worldwide.
    Dafna Lender
    Dafna Lender, LCSW, is an international trainer and supervisor for practitioners working with children and families. She is a certified trainer and supervisor/consultant in both Theraplay and Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP). Dafna's experience comes from 25 years of working with families with attachment problems in many contexts: after-school at-risk programmes, therapeutic foster care, crisis stabilisation in the home, residential care and private practice. Dafna's style, both as a therapist and as a teacher, combines lightness with depth, bringing a playful, intense and passionate presence to every encounter. Dafna is coauthor of Theraplay the Practitioner's Guide (2020). She teaches and supervises clinics in 15 countries in 4 languages: English, Hebrew, French and Spanish.
    Maggie Schauer
    Dr. Maggie Schauer is a psychotraumatologist at the University of Konstanz, Germany. Together with Frank Neuner and Thomas Elbert, she developed Narrative Exposure Therapy (NET). She is a founding member of the NGO Vivo International, the NGO Babyforum (through which she combats neglect and maltreatment in early childhood) and the NET Institute. Maggie is a trauma therapist who studies multiple and complex traumatisation as a result of domestic and organised violence, childhood trauma, torture and human rights violations, particularly the transgenerational consequences of violence and neglect. Maggie continuously trains future generations of psychotherapists, mental health professionals and psychosocial staff to provide support to trauma survivors. Among her various achievements, she was recently appointed as a board member of the Italian Society for the Study of Traumatic Stress (SISST).
    Alessandro Carmelita and Marina Cirio
    Dr Alessandro Carmelita is an Italian psychotherapist and psychologist based in London with over 20 years of experience in the field of clinical and sports psychology. He specialised in Cognitive Therapy before training with international experts in Schema Therapy, Emotionally-Focused Therapy and Accelerated Dynamic Psychotherapy. Dr. Carmelita graduated in Clinical Psychology from the University of Padua in 1999. He has since completed specialised training in Cognitive Therapy at the APC in Rome, in Schema Therapy at the Schema Therapy Institute in NY, in Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy at the Ackherman Institute in NY and in Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy at ISC International. Dr. Carmelita has trained and mentored hundreds of fellow therapists internationally. He is a compassionate therapist and co-creator of the pioneering Mindful Interbeing Mirror Therapy.
    Marina Cirio
    Marina Cirio is a Psychologist and Psychotherapist. She has enriched her professional training with recent contributions in the field of psychotherapy and neuroscience. She developed Mindful Interbeing Mirror Therapy (MIMT) together with Alessandro Carmelita, thus contributing to expanding both the clinical implications and research work on therapeutic interventions that can be used with different types of patients. Having used this innovative approach for years, Dr Cirio is about to conduct - together with Dr Carmelita - a new training course in MIMT that will enable many more therapists to learn and understand this new way of relating to clients, which can facilitate real and profound change.
    Bruce Hersey
    Bruce Hersey, LCSW, is co-founder of the Syzygy Institute and creator of the Internal Family Systems (IFS) for EMDR. Since creating emdrifs.com, Bruce's teachings continue to develop and evolve to new levels of integration and complexity. While his methods began with the application of Richard Schwartz's IFS framework within Francine Shapiro's Standard Protocol for Desensitisation and Reprocessing through Eye Movements (EMDR), further insights have been added through Bruce Ecker's Coherence Therapy and his clinical application of the neuroscience of memory reconsolidation research. Bruce is an experienced presenter and workshop leader, known for his clarity, humour, warmth and humility. He has conducted and co-conducted numerous IFS and IFS-informed EMDR introductory workshops, both in person and online.
    Jennifer Sweeton
    Jennifer Sweeton is a clinical and forensic psychologist, author of the #1 Amazon bestseller in clinical psychology, and an internationally recognised expert on trauma and mental health neuroscience. She is the author of Trauma Treatment Toolbox, Train Your Brain Card Deck, Eight Key Brain Areas of Mental Health and Illness and the soon-to-be-published Traumatic Stress Recovery Workbook. Dr. Sweeton completed her doctoral training at Stanford University School of Medicine, the Pacific Graduate School of Psychology and the National Center for PTSD. In addition, she holds a master's degree in personality psychology (with an emphasis in affective neuroscience) from Stanford University and studied behavioural genetics and psychopathology at Harvard University.

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