Peter A Levine, Ph.D., is the developer of Somatic Experiencing®, a naturalistic and neurobiological approach to healing trauma, which he has developed during the past 50 years. He is the Founder of the Somatic Experiencing® Trauma Institute/Foundation for Human Enrichment and the Founder and President of the Ergos Institute of Somatic Education™. His work has been taught to over 50,000 therapists in over 45 countries. Dr. Levine served as a stress consultant for NASA in the early space shuttle development and has served on the American Psychological Association task force for responding to the trauma of large-scale disasters and ethnopolitical warfare. He holds doctorates in both Biophysics and Psychology and is the author of several best-selling books on trauma, including Waking the Tiger, which is published in over 29 languages. He is currently a Senior Fellow and consultant at The Meadows Addiction and Trauma Treatment Center in Wickenburg, Arizona and continues to teach trauma healing workshops internationally.
Day One 19th January
Keynote Five - Peter Levine
Making the Invisible, Visible: A Trauma Healing Journey from Hauntings to Wholeness, an exploration of Transgenerational Trauma
We tend to believe in free will. That it is we who ultimately determines our fate; that we are the captains of our own ships. When working with healing trauma, this belief is often challenged, as we become aware of repetitive patterns of suffering and unhappiness that can span generations. This pattern is grounded in an energetic presence of unresolved trauma responses that were once activated for protection and have now passed on from generation to generation. These lingering “ghosts” can still have powerful influences on our emotions, reactions, behaviors, and choices.
Dr. Levine will lead us through how, unbeknown to us, we may be influenced by events and circumstances that our ancestors (and their ancestors in turn) have experienced during their lifetimes. These influences are often far out of conscious awareness. By exploring our unconscious connection to our lineage, that neither time nor distance alters, we can be capable of connecting to the complexities of our family line with healing reverence.