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Individual trauma is defined by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) as “an event, series of events, or set of circumstances that is experienced by an individual as physically or emotionally harmful or life threatening and that has lasting adverse effects on the individual’s functioning and mental, physical, social, emotional, or spiritual well-being.”

In a "Mini TED talk" format with discussion, a distinguished group of researchers and clinicians will discuss current understandings of the neuroscience of memory and trauma, secondary and vicarious stress affecting health care providers, and current approaches and innovations in the treatment of emotional and psychological trauma including psychedelic- and MDMA-assisted therapies, and the new "non-exposure" Flash Technique®. The role of trauma in health, with international perspectives, will also be addressed.

This program will be of interest to medical, nursing, mental health and spiritual care providers.

Panel: Treating Trauma: Current Approaches and Innovations
Lewis Engel, PhD, EMDR certified therapist and approved consultant, San Francisco

Janis Phelps, PhD, professor and founder and director, center for psychedelic therapies and research, California Institute of Integral Studies, San Francisco 

Dianne Shumay, PhD, health sciences assistant professor, department of psychiatry and director, psycho-oncology, Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center, UCSF

Phil Wolfson, MD, director, Ketamine Research Foundation, San Rafael, CA; co-editor, The Ketamine Papers (2016) 

Panel: International Perspectives on Trauma and Trauma-informed Health Care
Wajdi Akef Fakhoury, MA, MFTA, Psychotherapist, San Francisco, CA, conducting research with refugee populations in Jordan, Syria and Turkey

Ilene Serlin, PhD, BC-DMT, co-editor, Integrated Care for the Traumatized: A Whole-Person Approach (2019); training trauma therapists in China, Israel, Jordan and Turkey.

Edward Machtinger, MD, professor of medicine and director, women's HIV program and center to advance trauma-informed health care (CTHC), UCSF

David Bullard, PhD, consultant, spiritual care services and symptom management service, division of palliative medicine and clinical professor - volunteer, departments of medicine and psychiatry, UCSF

The program will start at 6:45pm with a short introduction and experience of seated yoga presented by Nora Burnett CIYT. Nora has taught Iyengar Yoga for 30 years, including classes of all levels, topical workshops, retreats, and Teacher Education, primarily at the Iyengar Yoga Institute of San Francisco.

Program Sponsor:

Division of Palliative Medicine, Department of Medicine, UCSF


Psycho-Oncology, Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center, UCSF

Spiritual Care Services, UCSF Health

California Institute of Integral Studies, San Francisco

Ketamine Research Foundation, San Rafael, CA

Net proceeds from this event will be donated to
The International Rescue Committee El Salvador.

Livestreaming also available, with recording accessible for one year $10.


2 Continuing Education Credits are available for attending this program; $20 total in addition to registration fee:
CE credits for psychologists are provided by the Spiritual Competency Resource Center (SCRC) which is co-sponsoring this program. The Spiritual Competency Resource Center is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Spiritual Competency Resource Center maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
The California Board of Behavioral Sciences accepts CE credits for LCSW, LPCC, LEP, and LMFT license renewal for programs offered by approved sponsors of CE by the American Psychological Association.


LCSWs, MFTs, and other mental health professionals from states other than California need to check with their state licensing board as to whether or not they accept programs offered by approved sponsors of CE by the American Psychological Association..
SCRC is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN Provider CEP16887) for licensed nurses in California.
For questions about receiving your Certificate of Attendance, contact David Bullard, Ph.D. at For questions about CE, visit or contact David Lukoff, PhD at
The filing fee for CEs for this program is $20, payable to "SCRC"either at registration or by the time you check in. 


Learning Objectives: At the end of the program, participants will be better able to…

-   Describe two non-exposure-based treatments for traumatic memories

-   Describe two ways previous trauma impacts the healthcare of patients

Event Details

  • David Bullard, Ph.D.
  • Keith Mostov

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