Program Details

Understanding the Impact of Trauma

with Judith Vreeland & Trish Nuzzola & Katherine King & Alex Gokce
September 5 / 7:00 PM - September 5 / 9:00 PM

This workshop will help participants understand different types of trauma, its prevalence, as well as its potential impact on our view of the world, ourselves, and communities in which we participate. We will discuss how meditation and mindfulness skills can be part of a toolbox to support trauma survivors, as well as potential challenges when attempting to engage in these practices. This workshop will include instruction, discussion, and trauma-informed guided meditation practice. It is best suited for current meditation practitioners, trauma survivors, and members of communities contemplating interpersonal harm and trauma.

Facilitated by:

Alex Gokce, MSW has experience leading psychotherapy groups on topics including mindfulness, cognitive-behavioral therapy, and mind-body approaches to pain management. He has personal and professional interests in the individual, societal and intergenerational impacts of trauma, as well as the sociocultural roots of interpersonal harm. He has a master’s degree in social work from Salem State University and an undergraduate degree in Comparative Government from Harvard University.

Katherine King, PsyD is a clinical psychologist and assistant professor of psychology at William James College. She was trained in evidence-based treatments for trauma within the Veterans’ Administration and has a private practice on the South Shore. She is a member of the Shambhala Board of Directors and has practiced meditation for over 20 years.

Patricia Nuzzola,  PMHCNS-BC is a retired advanced practice nurse with over thirty years of experience as an individual, family, and group therapist. She has been practicing meditation for twelve years.

Judy Vreeland, MA, has worked as a teacher and as a  therapist providing individual, group and family therapy.  For 17 years she ran a national residential school and treatment center serving Deaf youth with severe emotional and psychiatric challenges, most of whom had long and complex trauma histories.  Most recently she was the CEO of a large nonprofit providing a wide range of educational and mental health services within the Deaf Community.  Judy has been a member of the Boston Shambhala Center since 2006 and currently serves on the center's Board of Directors.

Registration is helpful but not required.


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