2015 Conference Speaker- Peter Isely

Peter_Isely_Headshot.jpgPeter Isely is a survivor, longtime Midwest Director of SNAP and former Board Chair. A graduate of Harvard Divinity School, Peter is a psychotherapist and established the world’s only inpatient hospital program for victims of clergy sexual trauma. Peter is the recipient of the 2014 Rev. Peter J. Gomes Distinguished Alumni Honors of Harvard University, the 2012 Public Service Award of the National Association of Social Workers, and the 2010 Thomas P Canon Equal Justice Award of the Legal Aid Society.

The Brain, Stress and Trauma—Healing Arts

The hour long presentation will introduce the audience to brain science and demonstrate how the human brain is injured by traumatic events and how the brain is effected over the long term by untreated traumatic stress.Various healing therapies will be described and linked to their positive effect on the brain. This section will focus on both neuroscience and art therapy. Finally, a discussion about the need for a detailed scientific survey to help explain the causes of delay in reporting and treatment of victims of child sex abuse by clergy.

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