Mindfulness Event Workshop, Seattle 2016 Trauma Conference

A part of the ‘2016 Trauma and Dissociation Conference’ – a Three-Day Event – 17 CEU’s Available.  (http://www.igdid.org)

Mindfulness Event, Seattle 2016 Trauma Conference

Friday, October 7th -Sunday, October 9th, 2016


This Year’s Theme:


“Perspectives on Trauma-Informed Care”

The ‘2016 Trauma and Dissociation Conference’ presents Mindfulness Workshops for a diverse audience of survivors of trauma (most struggling with dissociation disorders, Dissociative Identity Disorder and PTSD), clinicians, and professionals who work with trauma survivors.  These workshops will train clinicians to safely use ‘Mindfulness’ in their practices as well as teaching survivors ‘how to’ practice it in their personal lives.  These workshops are unique in that trauma survivors will be learning along side clinicians and other professionals. 

Sadly, recent research suggests negative effects for trauma survivors when practicing ‘Mindfulness’.   Emerging research led by Willoughby Britton at BrownUniversity has suggested that mindfulness practice may not be appropriate for allSide-effects including: paranoia, confusion, abreactions, and loss of identity are not uncommon, permanent side-effects within vulnerable populations. This information has often been neglected in psychotherapy research (Dimidjian &Hollon, 2010), and thus far, in meditation research as well.  

This conference is being hosted by Ivory Garden, a nonprofit organization focused on providing education and awareness for clinicians and trauma survivors alike especially in the areas of dissociative disorders, including Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID).  Therefore, guest speakers are experts in the field of trauma and dissociation and able to present ‘Mindfulness’ workshops with attention to how practicing it affects dissociated survivors who have experienced extreme trauma.  Clearly, understanding how and why clients may react differently, is the preparation needed to avoid negative effects.

During this three-day event, attendees also have the unique experience of learning the neurological and psychological affects of trauma on survivors – including dissociation.  These workshops and the information provided are sadly neglected areas of education for most providers and nearly all survivors of trauma.  Attendees leave the conference with the ability to: describe the basic physiology of the trauma response in mammals, describe the concept of complex PTSD and the symptoms it includes, and describe the role of trauma in psychosis and depression.  The purpose of this conference is to provide clinicians and survivors of trauma a clear understanding of how trauma survivors may react to different models of treatment – such as ‘Mindfulness’. 

For over a decade, Ivory Garden has been effective in supporting thousands of trauma survivors who are being treated for dissociative disorders.  During this time, many survivors have reported experiencing negative effects of treatments received from clinicians who were not trained or did not believe in DID – such as ‘Mindfulness’. 

“I felt myself ‘going away’.  The therapist didn’t seem to notice.  Then, I was gone.  I couldn’t hear her voice.  I felt scared.  I was nowhere.  I saw the bad man over me – hurting me.  I woke in an ambulance.  Evidently, the therapist tried to get me ‘back’ and couldn’t.  I had a seizure.  The experience was worse than any abuse I had ever experienced.  I will never forget and will never try that again.  My therapist didn’t know what happened and referred me to someone else.  I felt like I did something wrong.” 

We have heard this sort of story many times.  Of course, clinicians who understand and are able to recognize clients who are highly dissociative also have the qualifications to be treating them effectively.  It is a part of being ‘trauma-informed’.  Every clinician will be presented with dissociated clients during their practice.  Mis-treating or misdiagnosing these clients can cause severe set-backs in their healing.  During this conference, all attendees will not only be presented with information needed to make educated decisions about what models of treatment are most appropriate for every individual, but will also have ample time to gain professional answers to questions – during open discussion workshops with experts in the area of trauma and dissociation.  Please look through this website www.igdid.org to review presenters, schedules, and workshops. 

Mindfulness Workshops Presented by:


Sue Neufeld-Ellis

Sue has worked in the fields of counseling, nursing, addictions and psychotherapy since 1981.She has been a meditation teacher for 20 years facilitating people in groups, individually, and couples. She has taught meditation at workshops and conferences nationally and internationally.Sue’s meditation CD ‘Serenity Through Meditation’ was done with musician Steven Halpern. Sue is also a co-author in the book ‘Clergy Sexual Misconduct’.She was part time faculty for six years at Bellevue Community College in WA where taught classes on Sex and Relationship Addiction, Partners and Stress Management. She is currently adjunct faculty for IITAP (International Institute for Trauma and Addiction Professionals) teaching Mindfulness to therapists. She has been trained in Mindfulness at the Univ. of Washington and is a trained meditation teacher through UCSD.  She has been a featured guest on several radio talk shows and was a columnist for a local newspaper on sex and relationship issues. She has a private practice in Bellevue, WA.  Quantum Healing


Lopez Room

Saturday 1:00 p.m. -3:00 p.m.

Title:  Grounding and Mindfulness


 Grounding is learning and using skillful techniques to assist you in being aware of your body and surroundings by being in the present. We will explore many useful techniques as well as some Mindfulness practices together.

1) Participants will be able to identify and practice emotional and physical grounding techniques.

2) Participants will experience at least three Mindfulness practices.

3) Participants will be able to identify and experience the Inquiry Process to better stay in the present.

Sunday 1:00 p.m.- 3:00 p.m.    

Title:  Mindfulness in Recovery


Come and experience Mindfulness practices to assist professionals, clients and others to assist with dealing with stress and uncomfortable emotions, as well as to become more calm and peaceful. We will talk, together, about what Mindfulness and Inquiry is and isn’t. I will share some of the history and research and ways I have used it for the last twenty five years.. We will also practice together.

1) Participants will be able explain some of the history and research of Mindfulness practices.

2) Participants will experience at least three Mindfulness practices and the Inquiry Process.

3) Participants will be able to explain the difference between formal and informal Mindfulness practices.



Julie Valenti, formerly a medical/surgical nurse, is the owner of the Wisdom and Recovery Healing Center located in Portland, Oregon. Her program provides individuals, couples, and families with support and guidance. Educational classes on addiction, trauma, brain re-wiring, as well as workshops and support groups for individuals and couples enrich the program. Mobile and Online access allows Julie to provide her clients with support and guidance across the U.S. and internationally. Julie has developed a unique approach to treat individuals struggling with PTSD due to childhood trauma. This method, named the ”The 20 Concepts”, has yielded such positive results that her clients have encouraged her to write a book to make these concepts more available to the public. Knowing How-20 Concepts to Rewire the Brain, will be in print and available for purchase later this year. She is currently a featured speaker at the Serenity Lane Drug and Alcohol Treatment Centers, located in Oregon and Washington. Her education and experience in treating addictions, as well as her own recovery from childhood trauma, brings an informative and interesting perspective to her presentations. Julie is also a Certified Hypnotherapist skilled in helping people overcome adversities and compulsive behaviors, which can be rooted in the subconscious mind. These powerful treatments are also proven to have positive results in the lessening of pain and anxiety. As an Ordained Minister, Julie brings a spiritual and mindful experience to a ceremony, whether it is an end of life ritual or a joy filled marital union.
Julie currently resides and works in Portland, Oregon and San Diego, California. Wisdom and Recovery Wellness Center


Orcas Room

Friday, 1:00-5:15 p.m.

“Knowing How – 20 Concepts to Re-wire your Brain” 3 CEU’s

Description:  In this class  we learn how a child’s brain and body develops (wires) when in an environment of stress and confusion. We often think about war when we hear the acronym  PTSD and many people don’t realize that when a secure, loving attachment is unavailable to a child, it is processed in the brain as a threat to survival. As an adult with PTSD, there will be specific triggers that cause a person to slip into a regressive (childlike) state. This disables the person from living a mature, peaceful and consistent life. I will teach 20 Concepts that when used repeatedly will re-wire the brain and diminish the disabling mood states and behaviors of PTSD. Current neuroscience states we can rewire the brain and the 20 Concepts are the tools to accomplish this.

1) Gain a basic understanding of the anatomy and physiology of the brain and body

2) Learn how neurological and hormonal systems (feelings) interplay 

3) Understand PTSD as it relates to trauma and childhood attachment conflicts 

4) Identify triggers and learn effective anchors, thereby reducing the flooding of emotions and regressive behaviors

5) Learn how to implement an intelligent and mature (5-part) communication formula to use when conflicts arise

6) Develop the skill of having an integrated viewpoint of situations and parts of oneself

7) Through repeated practice of the tools in the 20 Concepts, gain the ability to re-wire the brain—allowing one to live a mature, peaceful and joy filled life

We hope that all will consider being trauma-informed and educated in the area of dissociation before deciding to practice ‘Mindfulness’ and/or utilizing at as a model for clients.  We believe strongly that all providers will benefit from attending this fundraiser presented for the purpose of providing for clinicians, survivors of abuse, and supporters quality education and information. 

If you need more information or have questions about this conference, contact:

Pat Goodwin, MA

Ivory Garden President