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Digital Seminar

Frontiers of Therapeutic Interventions

Richard C. Schwartz, PhD |  Laurence Heller, PhD |  Michael Niconchuk, MSc |  Wendy D'Andrea, PhD
2 Hours 45 Minutes
May 21, 2022
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Prominent researchers and mental health professionals in the field of trauma provide cutting edge and diverse approaches to trauma treatment in this recording, which may be utilized by clinicians in a variety of settings.  Drawing upon many years of research and practice, new frontiers of therapeutic intervention for trauma patients are discussed, including reaching more diverse populations, providing services to refugees impacted by trauma, and understanding the role of the brain in trauma treatment. Clinicians who work with clients presenting with histories of shock trauma, developmental trauma and complex trauma will gain new knowledge and skills to best serve their clients. 



PESI Australia, in collaboration with PESI in the USA, offers quality online continuing professional development events from the leaders in the field at a standard recognized by professional associations including psychology, social work, occupational therapy, alcohol and drug professionals, counselling and psychotherapy. On completion of the training, a Professional Development Certificate is issued after the individual has answered and submitted a quiz and course evaluation. This program is worth 2.75 hours CPD for points calculation by your association.



Richard C. Schwartz, PhD's Profile

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IFS Institute

Richard Schwartz, PhD began his career as a family therapist and an academic at the University of Illinois at Chicago. There he discovered that family therapy alone did not achieve full symptom relief, and in asking patients why, he learned that they were plagued by what they called "parts." These patients became his teachers as they described how their parts formed networks of inner relationship that resembled the families he had been working with. He also found that as they focused on and, thereby, separated from their parts, they would shift into a state characterized by qualities like curiosity, calm, confidence and compassion. He called that inner essence the Self and was amazed to find it even in severely diagnosed and traumatized patients. From these explorations, the Internal Family Systems (IFS) model was born in the early 1980s.

IFS is now evidence-based and has become a widely-used form of psychotherapy, particularly with trauma. It provides a non-pathologizing, optimistic, and empowering perspective and a practical and effective set of techniques for working with individuals, couples, families, and more recently, corporations and classrooms.

In 2013, Schwartz left the Chicago area and now lives in Brookline, MA where he is on the faculty of the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.

Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Dr. Richard Schwartz is the Founder and President of the IFS Institute. He maintains a private practice and has a employment relationship with Harvard Medical School. He receives royalties as a published author. Dr. Schwartz receives a speaking honorarium, recording, and book royalties from Psychotherapy Networker and PESI, Inc. He has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Dr. Richard Schwartz is a fellow of Meadows Behavioral Healthcare and is a member of the American Family Therapy Academy and the American Association for Marital and Family Therapy. He is a contributing editor for Family Therapy Networker. Dr. Schwartz serves on the editorial boards for the Journal of Feminist Family Therapy, the Contemporary Family Therapy, the Journal of Family Psychotherapy, and the Family Therapy Collections.

Laurence Heller, PhD's Profile

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Laurence Heller, PhD, developed the NeuroAffective Relational Model® known as NARM®. Dr. Heller is also the founder of the NARM Training Institute.

He has 40 years of clinical experience and has been leading trainings for psychotherapists for much of that time. He has developed an innovative psychotherapy which integrates elements from Attachment Theory, somatic psychotherapies, Object Relations Theory and non-western traditions, creating a unique psychotherapy, which integrates elements from Attachment Theory, somatic psychotherapies, Object Relations Theory and non-western traditions, creating a unique psychotherapy model that is non-regressive, non-interpretive, present moment oriented and works in a unique way with a client’s personal history: The NARM model is based on the premise that it is the persistence of once life-saving adaptive survival style mechanisms not the trauma itself that creates symptoms.

Dr. Heller is the co-author of Healing Developmental Trauma, published in English and 14 other languages as well as the co-author of the Practical Guide to Healing Developmental Trauma to be published in July 2022 as well as two other books on psychotherapy.

He and NARM teachers that he trained run trainings online, throughout the USA and in most European countries.


Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Dr. Laurence Heller is the founder and director of NARM Training Institute and developed NeuroAffective Relational Model®. He has an employment relationship with Foundation for Human Enrichment. Dr. Heller receives royalties as a published author. He receives a speaking honorarium and recording royalties from PESI, Inc. He has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Dr. Laurence Heller has no relevant non-financial relationships.

Michael Niconchuk, MSc's Profile

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Michael Niconchuk is a neuroscience researcher, author, and technical expert in mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS) in conflict settings and the neuroscience of intergroup conflict. Michael currently serves as the Mental Health and Armed Conflict Program Director at Beyond Conflict and Senior Technical Expert for Mental Health and Psychosocial Support at Questscope in Amman, Jordan.

In his role, Michael leads various initiatives focusing on mental health and conflict, building programs to support community mental health among conflict-affected populations, and addressing links between mental health and cycles of violence in communities, including challenges such as the reintegration of former combatant populations, deradicalization and mental health of violent extremists, and social stability in trauma-affected communities. Michael is the author of several innovative scientific publications on issues of neuroscience, trauma, violent extremism, and intergroup relations. Mike is the author of the Field Guide for Barefoot Psychology and oversees the program’s implementation in the Middle East and Americas.

Michael is a former Fulbright Scholar and is fluent in English, Spanish, and Arabic. He holds degrees from Tufts University (BA, International Relations) and University College London (MSc Social Cognition).

Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Michael Niconchuk has an employment relationship with Wend Collective and receives royalties as a published author. He receives a speaking honorarium and recording royalties from PESI, Inc. He has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Michael Niconchuk is an advisor for the Center for the Study of Trauma and Radicalization. He is a board member of Tällberg Foundation and the #MeWe International, Inc.

Wendy D'Andrea, PhD's Profile

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Wendy’s research focuses on the psychobiological alterations associated with exposure to complex trauma. This work has focused on changes in factors such as affect recognition and regulation, attention and cognition, relationship, and identity, with an eye towards using lab-based and physiological methodologies for assessment.

Her work also attempts to unpack the contributions of marginalization to ways in which individuals adapt to adversity. This research unfolds both the lab as well as in the field, in psychosocial intervention settings. Dr. D’Andrea received her doctorate in clinical psychology at the University of Michigan and completed her postdoctoral training at The Trauma Center at Justice Resource Institute. She is an associate professor of psychology and director of clinical training at The New School in New York, NY. When not working, she loves to dance and cook (sometimes at the same time).


Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Dr. Wendy D'Andrea has employment relationships with Trauma Research Foundation and the New School in New York, NY. She receives a speaking honorarium and recording royalties from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships.
Non-financial: Dr. Wendy D'Andrea has no relevant non-financial relationships.


  1. Differentiate various treatment models for the treatment of trauma in clinical practice.
  2. Evaluate mind based and body based interventions to promote healing from trauma.
  3. Analyze the potential efficacy of different practices in treating various types of trauma.


  • Understanding the use of the Internal Family Systems (IFS) Model in the treatment of trauma
  • Learning how racial healing can be promoted through use of the IFS model
  • Exploring how the Neuro Affective Relational Model (NARM) can be used to treat developmental and shock trauma
  • Learning important tools for treating trauma in refugees using the Barefoot Model of trauma treatment
  • Learning how psychoeducation may play a critical role in one’s clinical work

Target Audience

  • Addiction Counselors
  • Counselors
  • Therapists
  • Psychotherapists
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Nurses
  • Physicians
  • Psychologists
  • Social Workers
  • Other Mental Health Professionals

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