Resolving the Impact of Trauma

In recent years, the mental health field under the leadership of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, has made significant progress in understanding the importance of trauma-informed and trauma-specific care. The Adverse Childhood Experiences Study ( has gained widespread exposure and the pioneers in the field of Traumatology have made great strides in research and true treatment of trauma. Those of us who have practiced Traumatic Incident Reduction (TIR) for decades are very happy to see this progress and to experience the attention that we are now receiving. In 2011, TIR passed the rigorous review required to be acknowledged as an evidenced-based practice and is now listed in the National Registry of Evidenced-based Programs and Practice

Presenter Bios

Teresa Descilo, MSW, MCT is the Founder and Executive Director of the Trauma Resolution Center, formerly known as Victim Services Center.  Founded in 1995, the TRC is the first trauma-focused Community Mental Health Center and state licensed substance abuse program in the US. Teresa has always believed in the resiliency of the human spirit and in the ability of each being to expand consciousness and tap inner strengths. She has explored many paths and cultures over the decades and has collected many effective techniques for dealing with stress, raising awareness and connecting to one’s spiritual source. She always found it unreasonable that anyone should be permanently labeled and identified with any condition, as most things pass or can be worked through with some discipline and diligence, with the benefit of gaining strength and awareness. Teresa founded her agency on these values. The agency has kept validated measurements since its inception and the data shows that people who complete the program no longer meet the clinical cut-off for post-traumatic stress disorder, depression or anxiety -  in an average of 25 hours of treatment. The agency’s core service is a client-centered exposure treatment called Traumatic Incident Reduction, which is delivered in a holistic setting. Teresa has been delivering and teaching this method since it's inception in 1986, when Applied Metapsychology International was founded by Dr. Frank Gerbode.

Michael Brechtel, MEd, JD, LMT is an engaging transformational educator, author and empath. Michael has been teaching about trauma, self-care, ethics and intimacy for the past decade. “The person I am meant to change is myself. What I am meant to change is reflected in those I meet. I am finished when I see God in everyone.” A massage therapist since 1999, former Director of Education at Educating Hands School of Massage in Miami and Professional Massage CE Provider since 2004, Michael holds a BS in Secondary Education and an MEd in Vocational Education, as well as a Juris Doctor. He has taught public school, community college, massage therapy, and continuing education for massage therapists and licensed mental health professionals.

"Let people tell their story, tell of their pain.
And let others listen.
We discovered that in telling,
that people begin to experience a healing."

--Archbishop Desmond Tutu, 2000.

"I write as the co-Principal Investigator of the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study of 17,334 adult participants at Kaiser Permanente, dealing with the relationship of ten common categories of adverse life experiences in childhood to emotional state, biomedical disease, and social malfunction fifty years later. As a result of this experience and our over seventy publications, I have come to value the work of the Trauma Resolution Center in Miami, Florida. This unusual, trauma-focused program has a history of providing effective services for victims of crime who have developed posttraumatic stress disorder, depression, and/or anxiety because of their victimization. (September 5, 2013)"

--Dr. Vince Felitti