Gift From Within – PTSD Resources for Survivors and Caregivers

Conferences, Workshops & Seminars

Join Experts and Innovators in Trauma Therapy for a Global Online Conference.

Dr. Frank Ochberg is participating in a novel web-based seminar on PTSD treatment – for info go to

The Innovations In Trauma Therapy Conference 2014 will feature expert presenters teaching unique and innovative treatments. We have gathered an outstanding faculty to present the theory and application of innovative treatment models. Interactive dialogue and clinical demonstrations make this event both a valuable and a unique learning experience for professionals around the world. We are excited to share this knowledge and increase our collective ability to provide excellent care.

Psychotherapies for Chronic PTSD

Psychotherapy is key to effective treatment of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), but good resources are hard to find. At Columbia University/ New York State Psychiatric Institute, we offer individuals with PTSD 14 weeks of no-cost treatment with one of three psychotherapies in a research study funded by the National Institute of Mental Health. Experienced therapists supervised by experts in the field provide Prolonged Exposure (PE), Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT), and Relaxation therapy. Carefully trained independent evaluators provide regular evaluations. People who improve in treatment are assessed 3 months later to make sure they stay better. Non-responders to treatment are offered up to 3 months of no-cost alternative treatment. No medication is involved in the treatment study.

There is no cost for participating in the study. Individuals who complete their final ratings receive a $75 honorarium. All ratings and treatment are kept confidential. To learn more, please see our website ( or contact Ms. Helena Rosenfeld (212 543-6747) at New York State Psychiatric Institute.


MaleSurvivor Weekends of Recovery are open to any man, 18 or older, who has been sexually victimized or assaulted as a child and/or as an adult. MaleSurvivor, an international non-profit organization, is the sponsor of the weekends. We sponsor 4 introductory weekends, which we call Level One, at 4 different locations around the U.S. and Canada, and one Advanced Weekend open to any alumnus of a Level One Weekend. We choose conference centers known for sponsoring healing weekends and able to provide safety and nurturance for our participants and staff. Currently, the 3 locations in the U.S. are: the Sequoia Retreat Center, near Santa Cruz, CA in late March; the Center for New Beginnings, in Dahlonega, GA in May; and Hope Springs Conference Center, in Peebles, OH, in October. Our Canadian weekend is held at the Kempenfelt Conference Centre just a ‘little above’ Toronto on beautiful Kempenfelt Bay, Lake Simcoe, in July.

Registration Costs

Registration includes the costs of the facilitated Weekend of Recovery program, with our team of skilled facilitators from the MaleSurvivor Weekend of Recovery Facilitator Team, plus lodging, 7 meals, and snacks. Bottled water, juices, tea and coffee will be available throughout the weekend. Although accommodations vary by facility, participants generally have a choice of single, double or triple rooms. Costs vary depending on the facility and the type of room reserved. Early registration discounts and discounts for paid members of MaleSurvivor are also available each weekend. Partial scholarships are also available for every Level One Weekend as well, dependent on our resources.

To register or to get more information about each of our weekends, log on to and click on the tab on the left side of the website that says “Weekends of Recovery”.
You may also contact MaleSurvivor at 800-738-4181 or Dr. Fradkin at 800-285-9397, ext 11 for further information as well.

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Founded in 1997, the International Trauma Studies Program (ITSP) is a training and research institute in New York City. The program is committed to enhancing the resilience and coping capacities in individuals, families, and communities that have endured and/or are threatened by traumatic events – domestic and political violence, armed conflict and natural disaster. ITSP pursues its mission by providing professional training, conducting innovative research, offering technical assistance to international organizations, and helping build a global learning community in mental health and human rights.

The International Trauma Studies Program provides intensive training in trauma theory, prevention and response for professionals from such diversified fields of interest as health and mental health, law, human rights, community activism, the arts, journalism and the media. Our training programs based in New York City and Arua, Uganda bring together professionals from around the world to develop and share innovative approaches to working with trauma survivors.

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Contact Info: Jack Saul, PhD 245 Fifth Avenue Suite 2205 New York, NY 10016 USA Email – Tel and Fax 212.889.8117

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Give An Hour is a nonprofit organization dedicated to developing a national network of volunteers to respond to acute and chronic needs within our society. We are currently establishing a national network of mental health professionals and reaching out to our first target population, the U.S. troops and families affected by the current military conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq. The mental health professionals who join us are giving an hour of their time each week to provide free mental health services to military personnel and their families. Those who receive services from the Give an Hour network will be given the opportunity to give back to their own communities. Visitors can log on and enter their zipcode to locate the counselor nearest them. For more information please contact

Available Workshop/Presentation.

A Child’s Path to Mental Illness and Suicide with Dr. Ann Jennings, Director

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Dr. Ann Jennings

Ann Jennings, Ph.D, has been involved for over 20 years in raising public awareness and influencing fundamental change in the way public health and mental health systems view and treat people with histories of unaddressed sexual and physical abuse trauma. Dr. Jennings is also the founder and president of The Anna Institute, Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to speaking truth about the effects of childhood trauma, promoting prevention and early intervention, and providing resources for professional, community, and survivor use.