“2017 Trauma and Dissociation Conference”- Takes Off in Seattle – (conference update – great article).
Spokesperson announces that the annual Seattle Trauma and Dissociation Conference, hosted by Ivory Garden (IG), will most likely sell out this year. This conference has gained interest, nearly doubling attendance each year.
What is it that makes this such a popular international event for survivors of trauma, professionals, and supporters?
“We strive to create for speakers, exhibitors, all attendees (professionals, survivors, supporters) a safe venue to learn, experience, network, earn CEU’s, and enjoy a special weekend where attendees respect and validate each other. All speakers, planners, and directors volunteer their time and expertise, because they believe in the purpose. IG is a nonprofit organization whose purpose is to educate and support ALL who are interested in learning how trauma affects people’s lives. Unlike other conferences and groups, IG has no personal agenda, does not benefit financially or try to influence attendees in any way toward any certain point of view.” (IG Spokesperson)
With that in mind, it is easy to imagine why this conference has become so popular with such a wide range of attendees. First, the organization directors are both survivors of abuse and professionals. Attention to the needs of every attendee is paid during the planning process and is ‘felt’ during the conference. Everyone is welcome with open arms. The venue is warm and inviting, the exhibitors include speakers/resources that interest everyone, there is entertainment in the evening, and the workshops/plenaries are professional and tailored to meet anyone’s needs. CEU’s are available with certificates given during the conference. The price is affordable including four full days – a weekend that past attendees have reported literally changed their lives.
Why is this conference unique to any other conference?
According to past attendees, the Trauma and Dissociation conference differs in that attendees interact with world renowned speakers, other professionals, survivors, and supporters throughout the conference as well as learning from each other during workshops and plenaries. There is no ‘status distinction’ of attendees, which creates an environment of respect and validation for all. IG staff, directors, and volunteers support everyone with a clear intention of hosting this event by creating a safe and enjoyable time for all. Attendees hale from all over the world.
“There will never be another conference like this. For over a decade, Ivory Garden has provided safe venues where survivors, professionals, and supporters experience education, respect, and support. IG does not promote their organization or their directors or any personal agenda. They simply host the conference. This cannot be said for any other conference or group.” (2015 Conference Attendee).
“I had the feeling of ‘belonging’. I connected with both experts/therapists and survivors, people who I feel I will know for years to come. The Trauma and Dissociation Conference not only met, but far exceeded my expectations.” (2016 Conference Attendee).