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Trauma Sensitive Yoga

Monday, April 2, 2018 - 18:30 to 20:30
All day: 

April 2, 2018

Trauma Center - Trauma Sensitive Yoga (TC-TSY)
David Schouela and Emily Lapolice, co-presenter Chris Willard, PsyD
Location: Harvard - Bock Room, 6th floor, Smith Campus Center, Harvard University, 75 Mt. Auburn St. Cambridge MA 02138 

Trauma Center - Trauma Sensitive Yoga (TC-TSY) is an adjunctive treatment for complex trauma that focuses on giving clients an opportunity to practice noticing body sensation (interoception) in the context of a safe relationship based on an invitational approach to yoga forms with no physical assists. TC-TSY was recently listed in SAMHSA's National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP). This workshop will be delivered in a lecture format with some optional chair based yoga, followed by time for Q&A.

At the end of this event, participants will be able to:

  1. describe the theoretical underpinnings of Trauma Center - Trauma Sensitive Yoga (TC-TSY)
  2. explain how TC-TSY differs from other forms of yoga
  3. describe how TC-TSY has been successfully applied in various treatment settings.

David Schouela, RYT-500, is a Kripalu Yoga teacher whose current primary focus is teaching yoga to teens and adults with complex trauma and chronic treatment resistant PTSD. David is on the teaching faculty for the trauma sensitive yoga certificate program offered through the Trauma Center at JRI in Brookline, MA. He is also a co-founder and board member of True North Insight Meditation Center in Quebec, Canada. David provides training on yoga and meditation as scientifically supported healing modalities for stress-related conditions and as means of liberating body, mind and heart. More information can be found at

Emily Lapolice is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW), certified yoga instructor, and Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga Facilitator (TCTSY-F) working in private practice in Arlington, MA. Emily is a trauma therapist who specializes in work with adult trauma survivors, as well as anxiety, depression, general stress management, and has a special interest in perinatal mental health. Along with working in private practice, Emily is a supervisor in the TCTSY certification program at the Trauma Center at JRI in Brookline, MA, where she is also a yoga teacher for the women’s TCTSY classes. Emily integrates yoga and mindfulness into her therapeutic work with clients. More information can be found at