Psychological Trauma Seminar with guest speaker Robert D. Macy PhD - Thursday, June 11, 2015


Changing the fundamental question in Psychological Trauma Care. A Seminar with guest speaker Robert D. Macy PH.D


Thursday June 11, 2015, 9a.m. to 12p.m. Hanna Boys Center will present an engaging seminar, with speaker Dr. Robert D. Macy, Executive Director of the International Trauma Center, for local professionals and community members to explore how extreme stressors impact youth development, adult development and society as a whole. The seminar will illustrate the most recent research, theories and practices, gained over the last three decades of psychological trauma studies that have kept pace with the ever-increasing level of trauma and subsequent violence in the United States and abroad.


As recently as 2012 the U.S. Attorney General’s office released findings from the Federal Advisory Commission under the President’s Defending Childhood Initiative substantiating that 2 out of every 3 children in America are exposed to violence. 


Questions loom regarding the possible genetic traits of trauma: Can it be ‘passed down’ from generation to generation? Are those who experience trauma really only lazy, not tough enough? Perhaps they lack true motivation and moral character? What causes trauma? How can you protect yourself and your children from trauma? Once you are traumatized, or your children are traumatized, how does the trauma impact your future? Is trauma something you can recover from?


Dr. Macy is a tireless pioneer in the field of psychological trauma, psychosocial recovery and resiliency in research, interventions and violence prevention initiatives for children, youth, their families, and adults and their communities exposed to traumatic events including large-scale disasters, terrorist events, and political, school based, community and armed conflict violence. Dr. Macy continues to successfully utilize somatocognitive-based trauma informed care continuums across early childhood, school, child welfare, foster care and juvenile justice settings.


As one of only 12 experts in the nation to be selected for membership to the Barack Obama commissioned Attorney General’s Federal Advisory Commission on Children Exposed to Violence as part of Attorney General Eric Holder’s broader Defending Childhood Initiative, Dr. Macy will work with the audience to clarify and deepen an understanding of the origins and recovery trajectories of psychological trauma and perhaps the most mysterious and profound trait of our ancestors and us­­--resiliency.


If you would like to attend this seminar at Hanna Boys Center, please contact or call 707 933 2555


About Robert D. Macy, Ph.D.


Dr. Robert Macy was trained as a theatre artist, Taoist martial artist, dance movement therapist, clinical psychologist, traumatologist, and neuroscience researcher with over 34 years practice in the field of body-based psychological trauma interventions, disaster medicine and the design, development, dissemination and implementation of trauma informed care assessment and intervention service delivery systems in the United States and overseas.


Dr. Macy is the Founder and President of the International Trauma Center-Boston, as well as the Co-Founder Executive Director of The Boston Children’s Foundation, also in Boston. Dr. Macy is a member of the SAMHSA Disaster Technical Assistance Center (DTAC) and works nationally to assist SAMHSA in disaster response and recovery.


Dr. Macy is a founding member of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN), where he is a primary content provider for the development of Psychological First Aid, (PFA) and Skills for Psychological Recovery (SPR), and was instrumental in the design and development of NCTSN network products during its first 8 years. He has co-chaired the NCTSN Terrorism and Disaster Network Committee and led numerous response and behavioral health recovery teams during national and international disasters.



DOCUMENTARY SCREENING: The Raising Of America by California Newsreel and PBS - Friday, July 10, 2015 - Friday, July 10, 2015

Join us for the screening of The Raising of America, by the producers of Unnatural Causes: Is Inequality Making Us Sick? This documentary series explores how a strong start for all our kids can lead to a healthier, safer, better educated and more prosperous and equitable America.

The Raising of America grew directly out of California Newsreel’s four-hour PBS series, UNNATURAL CAUSES: Is Inequality Making Us Sick which explores the root causes of our alarming class and racial inequities in health. The series won Best Science Film/Radio/TV program of 2009 by the National Academies, a duPont–Columbia Award (considered the Pulitzers of broadcast journalism), among other prestigious honors. 

6:00pm Cocktails
6:30pm Screening
A panel discussion will be held after the screening

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23rd ANNUAL HANNA BOYS CENTER GOLF CLASSIC - Monday, September 21, 2015 - Monday, September 21, 2015

Join us for the 23rd Annual Hanna Boys Center Golf Classic. The Golf Classic is open to all and raises money for our specialized education program, to give each Hanna boy the tools and confidence he needs to succeed in school.

The days program is as follows: "Shotgun start, Scramble Format"

9:30am Registration at Hanna Boys Center
11:30am Tee-off, Sonoma Golf Club (shuttle provided)
5:00pm Hosted cocktail hour and BBQ dinner at Hanna Boys center

Entry Fee: $275

Includes: Green fees, brunch, golf cart, driving range privileges, participation gifts, refreshments on the course, and dinner

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SEMINAR: THE ADVERSE CHILDHOOD EXPERIENCE STUDY with Dr. ROBERT ANDA - Tuesday, September 22, 2015 - Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Dr. Anda will be discussing Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study and the impact of childhood adversity on adult health, mental health and social outcomes, as well as what communities around the country are doing to address the issue of childhood trauma and adversity.  

This seminar is open to everyone.

Hanna Boys Center is also the beneficiary of proceeds from other local events, including the PGA Charles Schwab Cup Championship, the Sonoma Valley Harvest Wine Auction and the Carneros Wine Country Half Marathon. For more events click here.

Hanna Boys Center works with a myriad of local businesses. And the Center has a long tradition of welcoming its neighbors to share its facilities, from the tennis courts and swimming pool to fields for baseball, soccer and rugby, along with meeting rooms and halls. On average, each month more than 140 area youth and families utilize Hanna’s facilities.

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