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Release Date: 04/27/2015

Sandra Salzillo, MA, CAGS, LMHC, APA, a licensed mental health clinician with the Program in Women’s Oncology at Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island, a Care New England hospital, was invited to serve on the faculty for an international conference on trauma treatment.

“After the Storms: Psyche’s Response to Trauma, Resilience and Healing” will take place June 18 to 21, at The Assisi Institute, an international psychological organization founded in 1989 and located in Mystic, CT. Salzillo joins some of the world’s leading scholars, psychologists and trauma experts on the faculty. This includes: Edward Tick, author of War and the Soul and founder of Soldier’s Heart; author and lecturer Thomas Moore who wrote Care of the Soul; Dr. Ruth Lanius, an associate professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Western Ontario, where she established and directs the Traumatic Stress Service; and Michael Conforti, a psychoanalyst, author and founder and director of The Assisi Institute.

“The psychological, emotional and physical impact of trauma is a daily reality for millions of Americans,” Salzillo says. “About 70 percent of us have experienced some type of traumatic event at least once in their lives. Of these people, at least 20 percent, or about 44 million people, will develop post-traumatic stress syndrome or PTSD as a result.”

The conference will highlight the need for a more nuanced approach in working with people who struggle with the daily realities of PTSD, and will offer some of the latest research in neurological and somatic studies. In addition, presentations on innovative approaches to helping integrate and work with the ongoing effects of trauma are planned.

Salzillo is a nationally-acclaimed visual artist, expressive arts facilitator and archetypal pattern analyst. She is a senior faculty member at the Assisi Institute and an adjunct professor in the holistic counseling master’s program at Salve Regina University. At Women & Infants, she facilitates groups and workshops, and provides individual counseling to patients. Her work is based on connecting women to their imaginative abilities, which allows for a deeper understanding of their personal process.

For more information on the conference, go to or call (860) 415-5004. For more information go to the Program in Women’s Oncology at Women & Infants, or call (401) 453-7520.

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Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island, a Care New England hospital, is one of the nation’s leading specialty hospitals for women and newborns. A major teaching affiliate of The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University for obstetrics, gynecology and newborn pediatrics, as well as a number of specialized programs in women’s medicine, Women & Infants is the 9th largest stand-alone obstetrical service in the country and the largest in New England with approximately 8,500 deliveries per year. A Designated Baby-Friendly® USA hospital, U.S.News & World Report 2014-15 Best Children’s Hospital in Neonatology and a 2014 Leapfrog Top Hospital, in 2009 Women & Infants opened what was at the time the country’s largest, single-family room neonatal intensive care unit.

Women & Infants and Brown offer fellowship programs in gynecologic oncology, maternal-fetal medicine, urogynecology and reconstructive pelvic surgery, neonatal-perinatal medicine, pediatric and perinatal pathology, gynecologic pathology and cytopathology, and reproductive endocrinology and infertility. It is home to the nation’s first mother-baby perinatal psychiatric partial hospital, as well as the nation’s only fellowship program in obstetric medicine.

Women & Infants has been designated as a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiography; a Center of Excellence in Minimally Invasive Gynecology; a Center of Biomedical Research Excellence by the National Institutes of Health (NIH); and a Neonatal Resource Services Center of Excellence. It is one of the largest and most prestigious research facilities in high risk and normal obstetrics, gynecology and newborn pediatrics in the nation, and is a member of the National Cancer Institute’s Gynecologic Oncology Group and the Pelvic Floor Disorders Network.
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