Sharon Stanley, Ph.D
Pre-conference Workshop: Six Body-Centered, Relational Practices for Healing Trauma: Transformation Through Embodied Empathy & Opening Keynote Address: Restoring the Natural Healing Cycle: Dissolving the Neural Structures of Trauma
Dr. Sharon Stanley is a psychotherapist, educator and writer. Sharon received her doctorate at the University of Victoria in 1994 and began exploring the links between contemporary neuroscience with ancient wisdom as she created relational, somatic practices for healing trauma. Over the last twenty-five years, she has integrated a number of somatic practices for healing trauma into a bodily-based, relational and phenomenological model called Somatic Transformation. As long time student of Dr. Allan Schore, Sharon synthesizes research in the field of Interpersonal neurobiology, the polyvagal theory, cellular biology and developmental neuroscience with embodiment, relational witnessing, body-based meditation, reflectivity, ceremony and interventions into the unconscious for healing trauma and stress. Somatic Transformation is based on embodied empathy, the practice of feeling into another’s inner world with attunement, connectivity and inquiry. Embodied empathy animates the intersubjective field and guides the use of somatic interventions and reflection. In addition to her in-depth courses for practicing psychotherapists, Sharon has worked extensively with First Nations people in Canada, studied Afro-Brazilian practices of healing the residue of the trauma of slavery in Brazil, teaches professionals on Bainbridge Island and Vancouver, offers retreats in Nelson, BC and continues to explore trauma with emerging research and somatic psychotherapy. Her book: Relational and Body-Centered Practices for Healing Trauma: Lifting the Burdens of the Past. (2016) was published by Routledge and is used as a text in many graduate programs for psychotherapy.
Vikki Reynolds, ph.d., rcc
Closing Keynote Address: Justice-Doing in Community Work & Therapy: ‘Walking Our Talk’
Vikki Reynolds PhD RCC is an activist/therapist from Vancouver, Canada, who works to bridge the worlds of social justice activism and therapy. Vikki is a white settler of Irish, Newfoundland and English folks, and a heterosexual woman with cisgender privilege. Her experience includes supervision and therapy with peers, activists, and other workers responding to the opioid epidemic/poisonings, torture and political violence, sexualized violence, mental health and substance misuse, homelessness and legislated poverty and working alongside gender and sexually diverse communities. Vikki is an Adjunct Professor and has written and presented internationally on the subjects of ‘Witnessing Resistance’ to oppression/trauma, ally work, resisting ‘burnout’ with justice-doing, a supervision of solidarity, ethics, and innovative group work.
Vikki’s articles and keynotes are available free on her website: www.vikkireynolds.ca