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32nd Annual Boston International Trauma Conference

May 26 - May 29

Trauma Research Foundation and Bessel van der Kolk would like to extend a warm welcome to the 32nd Annual Boston Trauma Conference!  

Psychological Trauma:  Neuroscience, embodiment and the restoration of the self

May 26th – 29th, 2021

Sign up for an amazing conference with the leading experts in the field of trauma.

Dr. Lorraine R. Freedle will be presenting the pre-conference workshop:

Stories in the Sand: Psychocultural pathways to healing trauma during community crisis

For several hundred thousand years human beings have shared stories to transmit knowledge, preserve culture, and to draw meaning from their life experiences. Cultural stories emerge in times of community crisis and can play an important role in reducing traumatic distress and improving resilience. Used effectively around the world in disaster response, Sandplay Therapy provides a unique, culturally-sensitive and trauma-informed platform for storytelling that does not depend on verbal language. The enriched sensory, relational, and symbolic nature of sandplay safely and organically brings forth healing stories from the deepest level of our psyche, soul and nervous system.

This workshop explores advances in research and practical applications of Sandplay Therapy in the treatment of trauma for children, adults, and communities in crisis. Sand images from field research during the 2018 Kilauea volcanic eruption on Hawai’i Island and the Covid-19 pandemic will elucidate concepts. Participants will also view an award-winning documentary film, Fire and Sand to further explore how cultural stories provide a critical resource for healing from trauma.


Learning Objectives

  1. Identify the key tenets of sandplay therapy in the context of culturally-sensitive and trauma-informed practice.
  2. Describe the relevance of cultural stories to the human experience and how these stories may be accessed through sandplay therapy.
  3. Discuss the evidence base of sandplay therapy in the treatment of trauma.
  4. Distinguish mobile sandplay in disaster response from traditional applications of sandplay therapy.


May 26
May 29
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Trauma Research Foundation


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