Dr. Ursula Kelly, PhD


Trauma-Sensitive Yoga for PTSD: Introduction and Clinical Application

Yoga is increasingly used in the treatment of various physical and mental health conditions, including posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Trauma Center Trauma-Sensitive Yoga (TCTSY) is a model used to treat women with PTSD related to sexual trauma. TC-TSY is designed to cultivate awareness of the mind-body connection and to build self-regulation skills to address the way that trauma is held in the body. This session includes descriptions of the principles of TCTSY, the psychophysiologic model of the effects of yoga on PTSD symptoms, and current TCTSY research, as well as discussion of techniques to incorporate TCTSY into clinical practice. The session also provides experiential segments during which participants are introduced to yoga practices, including TC-TSY, which they can use in their clinical work with clients and for clinicians’ self-care. Experiential yoga segments include breathing techniques that are grounded to body sensations and reduce rather than activate the sympathetic nervous system.

About Dr. Kelly

Ursula Kelly, PhD, is the Nurse Scientist at the Atlanta VA Health Care System and Associate Professor at Emory University School of Nursing. She has over 20 years of experience working with women survivors of interpersonal violence as a researcher and a clinician. The central foci of her research are posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression and chronic pain in women who experienced intimate partner violence and military sexual trauma (MST), particularly exploring barriers to care and developing and evaluating innovative treatment models. She is currently conducting a four-year VA-funded randomized control trial of Trauma-Sensitive Yoga for women veterans with PTSD and chronic pain who experienced MST and is evaluating patient-reported outcomes as well as psychophysiologic and biologic outcomes.

Stacey Beth Shulman, MEd


Co-Presenter: Trauma-Sensitive Yoga for PTSD: Introduction and Clinical Application

About Ms. Shulman

Stacey Beth Shulman received her 200 & 500 hour yoga teacher training from Yoganand Michael Carroll of Pranakriya Yoga, a variant of the Kripalu lineage. She is a Certified Trauma Sensitive Yoga Facilitator (TCTSY-F) through David Emerson of the Justice Resource Institute in Boston, MA and is a Certified Yoga Therapist (C-IAYT) with the International Association of Yoga Therapists. Stacey has been teaching yoga full time for more than 9 years. Her mission is to bring gentle movement and breath awareness to people of all genders, shapes, sizes, and abilities.

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