Ivory Garden Trauma and Dissociation Guest Speakers

Ivory Garden is proud to announce that we will be hosting the annual Trauma & Dissociation Conference being held October 3rd through the 5th, 2014 (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday).   Please go to the “Conference Schedule” tab to see a preliminary schedule.  The actual conference begins at 8:30 am on Friday.

The conference will focus on clinicians, child abuse survivors, and loved ones working together in order to share knowledge that will empower, enlighten, and benefit each uniquely. Our goal is that trauma survivors will leave the conference with the tools and knowledge that can be used in everyday life; that supporters acquire a better understanding of trauma and dissociation and its effects on survivors; that clinicians gain skills that will be useful when treating dissociative clients.

The conference will be held in Seattle, WA at the the DoubleTree by Hilton near Sea-Tac Airport.  Please go to the “Hotel and Lodging” tab for more information on rooms and accommodations.

For your information:  we are sorry that we must limit attendees to 350 people.  If you would like to register now, we are offering special rates.  We will keep you updated as to how many people have registered.

There is ample room for sponsorship exhibition tables.

Donations are also appreciated.  We depend on donations in order to put on the conference and for financial scholarships for those in need of help attending the conference.

We will be asking for submission of poster presentations and activities presentations soon.

Who is invited?

Survivors of trauma and/or those who have dissociative disorders.  We would love to see everyone here.  You will get a chance to meet and hear others who have experienced traumal.   We welcome your submissions for presentations and hope that you will share publications and/or artwork that you have completed.  Here is a place where you will participate in gaining coping skills and information that will be beneficial in your everyday life as well as sharing with others as you feel comfortable.

Supporters of survivors.  If you have a family member, friend, or associate who has experienced trauma, you are also welcome.  This is your chance to become more familiar with the needs of survivors as well as hearing valid and reliable information about trauma and dissociation.  We would also welcome submissions for presentations.

Mental Health Clinicians.  All mental health clinicians are welcome to attend.  There will be several presenting on different aspects of trauma and dissociation.  We hope that you will contact us if you would like to present.  Otherwise, this conference will be helpful for you in your practice.

Do not hesitate to contact me with any questions that you might have about this conference.








Dr Paulsen authored, “Looking Through the Eyes of Trauma & Dissociation: An Illustrated Guide for EMDR Therapists and Clients,” (English, Japanese and German, in press) and Lanius, Paulsen, & Corrigan “The Embodied Self: The Neurobiology and Treatment of Traumatic Dissociation.” A fellow of ISST&D, she was invited faculty in Germany, South Africa, Japan, Scotland, Norway, Hong Kong, and was EMDRIA Masters Series Lecturer 2004.  She authored numerous chapters and presents three workshops on ego state therapy, somatic methods and the early trauma protocol of EMDR.  Her clinical practice includes brief intensive work in a forest near Seattle for early trauma and neglect.






David L. Calof has practiced psychotherapy, family therapy and hypnotherapy in his native Seattle for 40 years.  A highly regarded clinician, Mr. Calof has lectured and consulted frequently at educational institutions, professional associations, hospitals, mental health centers, and social service agencies across the United States, and in Canada, England, France, Germany, Australia, and Japan on the treatment of posttraumatic and post-abuse syndromes, (with special regard to the dissociative disorders), self-injury syndromes, hypnotherapy, couples and family therapy. Mr. Calof has authored two books and over 50 professional publications on hypnotherapy, marriage and family therapy, and the treatment of psychological trauma and child abuse.  His last book, The Couple Who Became Each Other and Other Tales of Healing From a Leading Hypnotherapist (with Robin Simons, BantamDoubledayDell, 1996) (a featured alternate selection for the Behavioral Science Book Service in 1997), has been published in North American, United Kingdom, French, German, and Israeli editions and garnered highly favorable reviews (1, 2) internationally.








MARVIN THOMAS, Therapist, Teacher, Community Expert

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I have been working in Seattle as a counselor and psychotherapist since 1964. My life experience, along with the plus 45-plus years I have been studying psychology and classical spiritual practice, has enabled me to help thousands of people find solutions to their problems, both as individuals and in their relationships. I provide a wide range of therapeutic services: individual and marriage counseling, psychotherapy, and group therapy as well as classes and training workshops in such areas as How To Meet People, Mastering the Art of Intimacy, and developing the skills in how to make “Magic” happen in groups.






Laura S. Brown is a clinical and forensic psychologist in independent practice in Seattle, Washington. A writer and speaker on feminist therapy theory and practice, she offers workshops and trainings to professionals and the public on such topics as trauma treatment, cultural competence, psychological assessment, and ethics. She is also the founder and Director of the Fremont Community Therapy Project, a low-fee psychotherapy training clinic in Seattle.






Gina Vance has been called lots of names, including, Soul Coach, Therapeutic Mentor, Miracle Worker, Mind-Body Mentor and The Mind-Body Whisperer!  Many of those names were conferred by those that were told that there was nothing more that could be done for them. Some were “fired” by their therapists, some told the only thing left to try was shock treatment (ECT), others, that they just had to accept a life of pain, anxiety and disability and learn to live with it!  Together with these heroic souls on healing journeys (“clients”), Gina developed a uniquely transformative blend of mind-body tools to relieve stress and pain; change unwanted habits, and feel peaceful, confident and empowered. Gina has witnessed that whatever you want; whatever you want to be free of, and however you want to contribute your unique talents, gifts and abilities to the world, it’s probably doable. Because, when the good that’s inside us is supported, nourished and energized, things that have been intractable, immovable, and unhealable, are suddenly, easily, safely transformed!  We can be the change we want to see in the world.






Approved Consultant EMDRIA, Regional Coordinator – Nebraska, Member ISSTD, EMDRIA, NBCC.  Ellie Fields is currently a partner with the Attachment and Trauma Center of Nebraska where she provides individual and group psychotherapy specializing in disorders of attachment and trauma. Ellie uses CBT, Ego State Therapy, EMDR, Hypnosis, Thought Field Therapy, Somatic Psychotherapy and Energy/Reiki work as well as breathing and centering practices. For the last 10 years, a significant portion of her practice serves those who are challenged with a dissociative disorder. Ellie has been in clinical practice for 20 years. Recently, her rescue dog, Hershey, has been an important and loving addition to her clinical practice.  Running, Vinyasa Yoga, Reiki, Gardening, Cooking, Walks on a beach when I can find one, Burning sage and essential oils, Passionate conversations about healing and helping with my colleagues, and the privilege of sharing in loving moments with her husband and 4 children support her in the work that she does.






Author, Speaker, Consultant, TeacherSusan Pease Banitt, LCSW is a psychotherapist with over thirty-five years experience in mental health work. She is an expert in traumatic states and alternative healing modalities by virtue of practice, research and her own journey of healing.  Susan is a Kripalu-trained Registered Yoga Teacher through the Yoga Alliance and author of the award winning book, The Trauma Tool Kit: Healing PTSD From the Inside Out (Quest, 2012). She is the past Board Chair for Street Yoga in Portland, OR.



LISA PELTO, President Concierge Marketing & Publishing Services Inc.

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In 2004, the name Concierge Marketing was chosen for Lisa’s company so she could focus services just like a concierge does – getting authors and small publishers into places they can’t get themselves. She helps develop books and create micro-publishing companies as she guides authors through the publishing process from setting up their company, to initial book concept, editing, design, setting up whatever hybrid distribution system, to publicity and marketing, rights deals, and events. Her clients participate in coop marketing activities and events; and 80% of CMI clients have received prestigious international, national and regional awards in publishing, but also for outstanding products from outside the publishing community. Lisa teaches writing and publishing classes, and speaks to groups across the nation.




For your information: this list is incomplete.  Please return often for updates.  We apologize to the speakers if we have provided incomplete information – as we are still updating this information.

Note – This website and the information herein will be updated regularly at the discretion of our board of directors.  For the safety of our attendees, we also reserve the right to restrict attendance and/or access to the conference at our discretion.

Disclaimer – This conference is not intended to ‘replicate’ or ‘duplicate’, nor is Ivory Garden associated with any other group, organization, or similar event. Ivory Garden is exclusively and proudly sponsoring this conference.

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