Trauma Talks

Speakers 2012 - Advancing the dialogue on trauma-informed care

Sandra Bloom

Sandra Bloom – is a board certified psychiatrist and Associate Professor of Health Management and Policy at the School of Public Health of Drexel University in Philadelphia and Co-Director of the Centre for Nonviolence and Social Justice at Drexel University. She is the Founder and Executive Director of the Sanctuary®, inpatient psychiatric programs for the treatment of trauma‐related disorders in adults. Her first book, Creating Sanctuary: Toward the Evolution of Sane Societies tells the story of the creation of one of the nation’s first inpatient programs for the treatment of adults who were abused as children. Dr. Bloom speaks nationally and internationally about the impact of traumatic experience on individuals, families, organizations, and cultures. In addition to the two books she has authored, she has edited another book on violence, has edited or co‐edited and contributed to two issues of Psychiatric Quarterly and two issues of Therapeutic Communities as well as authoring fifteen chapters and more than thirty journal articles. For more information please visit:

John Briere

John Briere – is an associate professor of Psychiatry and Psychology and director of the Psychological Trauma Program at the Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California, where he consults and teaches in the ER, burn unit, and inpatient psychiatry. A past president of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, he is recipient of the Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Science of Trauma Psychology from the American Psychological Association (Div. 56), and designation as Highly Cited Researcher by the Institute for Scientific Information. He is author or co-author of over 100 articles and chapters, 10 books, and eight trauma-related psychological tests. His latest book, with Catherine Scott, MD, is Principles of Trauma Therapy, 2nd edition (in press). He teaches on trauma, therapy, and mindfulness practices internationally. For more information please visit:

Laura S. Brown

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 has written ten books and 140 professional articles and book chapters; her two most recent books, both published by APA, are Cultural competence in trauma treatment: Beyond the flashback, and Feminist Therapy. She is the therapist in two APA Videos on trauma treatment. She is also the founder and supervisor of the Fremont Community Therapy Project, a low-fee psychotherapy training clinic in Seattle which focuses on training therapists to work with survivors of complex trauma. . For more information please visit:

Catherine C. Classen

Catherine C. Classen – is an associate professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto and the director of the Women's Mental Health Research Program at Women’s College Research Institute in Toronto Canada. She is the academic leader for the Trauma Therapy Program at the Women's Mental Health Program at Women's College Hospital where she serves as a research scientist and a clinical psychologist. She is also a past president of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation. She is co-author or editor of two books, has over 90 publications and presents locally, nationally, and internationally on trauma and psychotherapy.

Christine A. Courtois

Christine A. Courtois – is a psychologist in private practice in Washington, DC. She is cofounder and past Clinical and Training Director of The Center: Posttraumatic Disorders Program at the Psychiatric Institute of Washington, and past Co-director of the Maryland Psychological Association’s Post-Doctoral Institute on Psychological Trauma. Dr. Courtois has authored three books, as well as numerous articles and book chapters. Among her recent awards are the Outstanding Contributions to Professional Practice Award from Division 56 (Psychological Trauma) of the American Psychological Association and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation. Dr. Courtois routinely conducts professional training locally, nationally, and internationally on topics related to traumatic stress.  For more information please visit:

Steven N. Gold

Steven N. Gold – is a professor at Nova Southeastern University (NSU) Center for Psychological Studies in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He is a past president of the American Psychological Association Division of Trauma Psychology and of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (ISSTD). Dr. Gold specializes in research, treatment of and training in psychological trauma and trauma-related disorders, dissociation, hypnosis, and sexual addiction-compulsivity. He is the author of many articles, chapters in edited volumes, and presented on these topics at national and international professional conferences. For more information please visit:

Candice Schachter

Candice L. Schachter – is an adjunct professor at the School of Physical Therapy, University of Saskatchewan. She is an activist and researcher in the area of sexual violence. She is currently involved in dissemination of research aimed at improving health care experiences of adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse. She is the co-author of The Handbook on Sensitive Practice for Health Care Practitioners: Lessons from Adult Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse. For more information please visit:

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