There were approximately 200 attendees at this conference. About half were clinicians and the other were supporters and adult prevalors of abuse. All were invited to attend every workshop. This was a first time for this type of conference. It was amazingly successful and an honor to attend.
We are still receiving input from this conference. Here is what we have so far.
Input from clinicians:
All speakers received a 4 or 5 in all areas – according to the CEU assessments. Some comments:
Marv Thomas –
“Marv – you rock! Amazing workshop for the end of the conference”
“Excellent review – trauma concepts”
“Interesting, well-stated, already, experience based”
“Add to conceptual background for tools of the trade”
“Great to hear actual content of what might be said in a session”
“Really appreciated the way the substance was provided to the ‘theories/concepts. Therapeutic Neutrality (unraveled and clear). Clear about the Stockholm Syndrome and a new dimension.”
“Great – as always. Repetition IS learning”
“Very helpful and direct explanation. Awesome!”
“Love his language – commonality. Learned – ‘Trauma Model Therapy’ and ‘Therapeutic Neutrality’.
“Interesting, well-focused. Learned: re-frame attachment issues. Will help with focus on attachment issues.”
“Excellent opportunity to hear Dr. Ross speak. Learned: ‘Locus of Control Shift’ (Trauma Model).”
“You Rock! Thank you for being the voice of reason. Learned: wisdom and courage.”
“Thank you! Thank you! We took so many notes and bought books and listened. Now, just going through it all and processing everything we learned.”
Joan Golston –
“Excellent speaker! Excellent content! Nice framing of boundaries.”
“Well done. Props were fun and useful. Learned: dealing with implicit communications – great tactics.”
“Visuals were excellent. Learned: need more information.”
“This was a brilliant workshop. Boundaries were explained in a way that could understand. Hope to hear more next year.”
Lynn Crook –
“Loved it. Learned – activation of different parts of the brain. Want more of the same. Thank you.”
“I loved this. Lynn’s humility, enthusiasm, inclusion, and lots of great exercises! Learned: How participation exercises connect people. And everyone’s inner light can shine s beautifully. ”
Laura Brown –
“Very impressed with Dr. Brown’s presentation: content, overheads, style of delivery, and online materials. Learned: Content of abuse! The complexities of a survivor’s responses to the need for care of an aged abusive parent and their death. The importance of preparation before delving into addressing the abuse issues. Possibly, more of my clients are abuse survivors than I had thought. Great day! Hoping that you will return next year.”
“Fantastic information! Please bring Dr. Brown back again!”
“Very helpful. Learned: New perspective on difficult issues – excellent training which I will use with my clients. This is an excellent training. Repeat would be great!”
“Was great – wish there would have been more time! Learned: the contract for care – more compassions for both sides. Want more info. This was a great class.”
“I learned and enjoyed the info presenter and content of the presentation very much. Learned: conflicts over subject matter that are relevant and so rarely expressed. To make a plan for what may come up for myself or clients regarding death or connection to perpetrator. This was one of my favorite lecturers – thank you.”
“hope to see you next year. You gave me the courage to speak out when I need to.”
Ellie Fields –
“Good presentation. Learned: first exposure to method. [ Thought Field Therapy].”
“Very good conceptual presentation. Nice experiential presentation.”
Sandra Paulsen –
“Learned: bringing in different cultures, listening to the soul.”
“Excellent unit – addressed diversity and accepting and open while conveying important information. Wonderful to hear. Assists with mindset in practice.”
“Very good reminder about gratitudes. Learned: bringing in cultures. Listening to the soul.”
“Loved the opening to intuition.”
“Would have wanted inclusion of RA/MC, but it was helpful. Thank you.”
“Instruction was very knowledgeable about the topic. Learned: Neurobiology integrated into therapeutic practice.”
“Very professional and thoughtful. Learned: to call particular part ‘part of self’ instead of just the name. child as ‘monster’, but only child with fierce defense.”
“Loved it! Learned: Begin before the beginning. Skills of integration. Thank you.”
“Great topic and useful materials.”
“Open-heared, honest, helpful, kind and clearly presented. Learned: somatic techniques, EMDR, early trauma protocol. Will attend to more somatic trainings and incorporate techniques into practice.”
“Use of examples very helpful. Learned: Somatic Techniques. To repeat at end of sessions – tucking in. Thank you Sandra!”
“A language to frame and match my practice. Learned: About amnesiac block.”
“Excellent and clear. Learned: EMDR – would like more specifics. Learned more about dissociation.”
“Helpful and informative. Learned: working with introjects.”
These are input from survivors who attended so far – all 5 stars:
“Good work on everyone’s part!”
“I will be attending next year! This conference was very special, important, unforgettable and helpful!”
“This was such an honor to be a part of and I can’t believe I was able to go! The community aspect, the variety of sessions, etc made this a fun experience and life-changing too.”
“I was extremely impressed with the entire Conference. 3 Cheers for Felicity and Crew
HIP HIP HURRAY HIP HIP HURRAY!!!!!
“For the first year, I thought it was amazing. I’m sure with time, it will do nothing but improve. I’m so thankful for everyone’s time and effort into making this a success!”
“I’m very happy this was done as it was very educational, validating and helpful. Definitely do it again!”
“ The hotel was beautiful inside and out. Considering we have never done anything like this before, we enjoyed it very very much. we would love to do this again. Hopefully financially we can, cuz it was very very good for us. Thanks to all who made it possible.”
“Our favorite CONFERENCE SPEAKER was Lani Kent; we thoroughly enjoyed the art therapy class. In close 2nd was Ellie Fields followed by a very close Colin Ross.”
“I LOVED it! I loved being staff there, I loved helping out. I loved meeting everyone. I loved being able to HELP. I loved it all! It was wonderful! I loved lani kent’s stuff, too and was glad it was there. It was a wonderful balance to the rest to have her creativity and healing messages there.”
“Hotel rooms are really nice, venue is clean and smells good. I want to know more about fms and military ptsd. it was great, thank you”
“Overall the conference was a success. The accommodations were fantastic for the price. I felt honored to hear all of the speakers and learned so much. The energy around the conference area and during presentation was amazing – supportive, accepting, and loving. I can’t wait to go next year.”
“The Ivory Garden Conference on Trauma and Dissociation was the first of it’s kind EVER! The presentations were all top notch and the people who attended came away with a greater respect and knowledge of what it is like to have DID and Complex PTSD. Removing these conditions out of the realm of conspiracy- the therapists learned how prevalent these conditions are and what extreme trauma does to the human psyche. Gaining a greater understanding of how trauma effects the behavior of individuals, now the attendees will be able to take what they know out into the world and help others who were not able to attend. I look forward to next year’s conference- which is shaping up to be more informative and influential than the first. Kudos!!”
“The whole conference was a wonderful experience. To get to meet the people I’ve talked with online for so many years was thrilling. I enjoyed the workshops and most of all watching the suite upstairs. There were so many interesting people to meet and for the first time in my life I didn’t need to feel I had to hide who I really am. Colin Ross was amazing and full of helpful information. So were the other speakers. It was great when we got to play during our free time at night also…absolutely made my night the night we decided to go on the town! It was a none in a lifetime experience for me and I will cherish the memories of all the events and the people, especially the person whom I got to room with. She is a super cool gal and I enjoyed her company very much. Thank you Felicity and everyone who made this incredible event take place. It was wonderful. Morgan”
“This conference was beyond amazing. I felt respected and competent. No safe or quiet room, no stigma attached to being a survivor. I felt comfortable and relaxed during the whole thing. Met so many people, including speakers, artists, and other survivors. The energy was amazing – supportive and calm. The plenaries and workshops were informative. We couldn’t get enough. Wish it would have lasted longer. We had a hard time saying goodbye to everyone who came from so far away to be there. Can’t wait for next year!!!! Thank you to everyone who so generously donated your time and resources.”
If I misquoted anyone, I apologize. These quotes came from a form that was passed around and clinicians evaluations. I will update further.
Thank you all for you input and support of this conference.
Enjoy some pictures: (people were asked not to take pictures in the conference area). We have a few. If anyone else has pictures, please email me firstname.lastname@example.org if they do not include people or you don’t mind them here.
Here is an amazing video that Debbie took during the conference.
She writes, “Ron, one of the attendees of the conference was playing the piano so beautifully, these two balloons were gracefully dancing in the background. Turn up your sound so you can hear the piano.”
Again, a big thank you to all who made such a wonderful weekend possible.
President, Ivory Garden