• Each Fall and Spring, the Trauma Studies Center hosts a workshop featuring a prominent figure in the trauma field. We have been pleased to have some of the most important contributors to trauma theory and treatment come share their work with us. These events are popular and fill quickly, so please register early by contacting the Trauma Program Manager at

Fall 2017 Workshops

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Trauma 101


Sunday, October 29th, 2017 from 9am to 6pm


1841 BROADWAY & 60TH STREET on the 4th floor

 This workshop is approved for 7 CE units. 

Community Education Project of ICP Trauma Studies Center invites you to attend a one day workshop on psychological trauma theory and its clinical application.

ICP Trauma Studies Center has been providing relevant and well received trauma training programs to many community service providers since 2001. This workshop aims to orient clinicians to psychological trauma and to provide a new framework from which to conceptualize clinical practice. We will define psychological trauma, explain the neuroscience of traumatic stress, and how to think about post-trauma behavior in terms of a nervous system response. We will also delve into how trauma impacts human development and capacity for

attachment. Skills for integrating a trauma-focused lens into clinical practice and for stabilizing clients will be taught.

Workshop Goals:

  • Define and recognize trauma, traumatic stress, post-traumatic stress symptoms, complex post-traumatic stress and dissociation
  • Understand the nervous system response to trauma and how neuroscience explains the impact of trauma on the brain
  • Identify how early developmental and attachment trauma may have a lifelong impact on survivors
  • Develop resiliency factors that mitigate PTSD
  • Define the three stage model of trauma focused psychotherapy
  • Understand how to “be” and work with a traumatized patient
  • Resourcing and stabilization techniques to utilize in clinical work

About the Presenters:

Zoe Landers, LCSW specializes in working with complex psychological trauma and co-occurring eating disorders, with a particular interest in dissociative disorders. Ms. Landers has completed advanced trainings in EMDR and Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, and has training in various other treatment modalities. She has provided trauma-focused services in a variety of settings outside of private practice including the Hospital for Special Surgery, the Crime Victims Treatment Center, Safe Horizons, and Jewish Board for Family and Children Services. Ms. Landers is the Co-Director of the ICP Trauma Studies Program.

Antonieta Contreras, LCSW is a Gestalt-trained psychotherapist holding specializations on Trauma Studies, on Human Sexuality from NYU School of Medicine, and is certified on Neurofeedback and EMDR. She adds to her trainings several somatic modalities and the contemplative techniques that she acquired through her studies in India and the Tibetan Buddhist traditions. She spent few years working at agencies with highly traumatized people, and is currently in private practice.

Amy Bauman, PhD, LCSW is a clinical social worker and Ph.D. educator whose current work explores the intersection of trauma and family therapy.  Her doctoral work, at the University of North Carolina, examined the unexplored workings of white privilege in educational settings.  After returning to New York and teaching graduate students at the Bank Street College of Education, she realized that the fuller work of insuring education that was truly culturally sensitive demanded training in social work.

Karen Chasen's 'Reclaiming Your Voice'

Claiming your Voice – Defending Your Boundaries Speaking up and Defending Boundaries:

Introducing the Empowerment Self Defense Approach into Psychotherapy with Trauma Survivors

November 11, 2017 from 9:00 A.M – 1:00 P.M

At The Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy

      1841 Broadway at 60th Street

 This workshop is approved for 7 CE units. 

Many survivors of childhood abuse and neglect develop interpersonal patterns of submission and conflict avoidance. Cognitive understanding of these patterns does not necessarily lead to permanent change. Instead, the ability for self-efficacy and boundary setting often develop most efficiently and effectively through somatically experienced interventions.

Designed for mental health practitioners, this experiential workshop will:

  • Demonstrate how clients benefit from practicing activation of their voices and embodying somatically the experience of defending their boundaries.
  • Give participants the opportunity to experience in themselves the changes in affect, self-confidence and somatic state when embodied self-empowerment methods are practiced.
  • Provide examples of empowerment interventions that are suitable for psychotherapy practice.

About the Presenter:

The Workshop Presenter, Karen Chasen, is one of the founders of Prepare Inc., an internationally recognized organization that provides Violence Prevention programs and Empowerment Self-Defense training.

Please Note:

The workshop will be limited to 24 participants. Since much of the workshop will be experiential, participants should wear comfortable clothing and sneakers or rubber soled flat shoes.


Please contact Shanek Wynter, MPA, Program Manager of the Trauma Studies Center, a division of the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy, at for more information.


Past Presentations:

  • Stephen Porges, PhD – Clinical Applications of the Polyvagal Theory: The Transformative Power of Feeling Safe
  • Bessel van der Kolk – Trauma and the Sense of Self
  • Phil Bromberg – Never the Rose without the Thorn: Dissociation, Human Relatedness and ‘Safe Surprises’
  • Richard Chefetz – Working with Ego States: A Clinically Focused Day on Dissociative Disorders
  • Pauline Boss – The Trauma of Ambiguous Loss: Working with Families of People Missing Physically or Psychologically
  • Michi Rose – Techniques to Harmonize and Heal Dualities & Intergenerational Healing
  • Deborah Korn – Building a Strong Foundation: EMDR Resource Development and Ego-strengthening
  • Laura Brown – Cultural Competence in Treatment Treatment
  • Janina Fisher – Working with Self Destructive and Suicidal Behavior
  • Kathy Steele – Implicit Conversations: Nonverbal Communication in the Treatment of Dissociative Disorders
  • Dan Shaw, Shelly Rosen, and a Panel of Former Members of Cultic Groups – Cults and Trauma: A Conversation with Psychotherapists and Former Cult Members

Continuing Education Information

NYS Continuing Education Information

*The Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists.

*The Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed psychoanalysts.

*The Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy is recognized by the NYS Education Department State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education credit for licensed social workers.

*The Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed mental health counselors.

*The Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed marriage and family therapists.

AASECT CE Credit Information

Select programs meet the requirements of the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists
(AASECT) and are approved for CE credits. These CE credits may be applied toward AASECT Certification and renewal
of certification.