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Resilience and Recovery after Trauma Return to Well-Being

  • Villa Serena Las Galeras Samaná Dominican Republic (map)

Space is limited

June 5 – 10, 2018


Exposure to traumatic events like sexual assault, physical violence, motor vehicle crashes, and natural disasters is, unfortunately, quite common. The perception of long-term psychological harm and the need for therapy after such events are almost commonplace in our media. To some extent, the same is true for mental health workers. People now often assume that experiencing something traumatic automatically leads to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). In contrast, though, decades of research have taught us that most people are resilient in the aftermath of trauma and do not need therapy.  Being resilient does not necessarily mean a lack of a reaction to a traumatic event.  Rather, resilience is an ability to "spring back" or "recover."  

Learn the principles and practices essential for lasting resilience.


JOIN US @ Villa Serena for a four-day/ five-night retreat at the spectacular Villa Serena Retreat Center.   


In this retreat, we will explore factors that are often present after trauma exposure to facilitate resilience, promote recovery, and reduce the psychological harm that can follow trauma. We will delve deeply into questions, such as:

- How do social connections help people be resilient?
- How do I, or others, talk about what has happened in a way that is healthy?
- How can I or others get back to life and continue to heal?


about NORAH:

Norah Feeny, PH.D.   Director, PTSD Research and Treatment Program at Case Western Reserve University

Dr. Norah Feeny is a professor of psychology at Case Western Reserve University in Ohio.  Her laboratory focuses on the development and evaluation of cognitive-behavioral treatments for anxiety and mood disorders. Much of her work is centered in the area of PTSD specifically where she has ongoing research evaluating treatments for PTSD, understanding what predicts who will benefit from such therapies, which treatments people prefer, and finding ways to prevent PTSD. She earned her Ph.D. from Bryn Mawr College.



Situated right on the stunning coastline of Rincon Bay on the peninsula of Samana, Villa Serena's environment promotes healing and optimal wellness for body, mind, and soul. Palm trees, azure skies surround the resort, and gently rolling waves of the Atlantic Ocean boasting a 4,300 feet on an oceanfront villa on a 2-acre land and 21 spacious rooms with large private terraces overlooking the ocean. Be rejuvenated in an environment that's good for body, mind, and soul!  

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Discover yourself

in the serene surroundings of VILLA SERENA!



  • Complimentary unlimited wireless access for all delegates

  • Luxurious accommodations for five nights
  • All meals excluding beverages and alcohol
  • Early morning yoga or Zumba classes
  • two hours per day of workshop and practicums
  • Free equipment rental; bike, paddle board, kayak
  • Boat excursion from/to Villa Serena to the world famous Rincon Beach for an afternoon

When you register, please advise us of any special dietary requirements.The hotel can arrange ground transportation to and from the airport; is not included.


  • $ 1400: Single private room
  • $ 995: Shared double room

Partial Scholarships available. Please email for more information.



  1. Yoga or Zumba in the morning; included
  2. Massage and Horseback riding not included



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