Introduction to Trauma Center Trauma-Sensitive Yoga (TCTSY)

Presented by: Chelsey Silveria, LCSW

Wednesday, December 6, 2017
9:00am to 11:00am
(two contact hours)

The Guidance Center, 2nd Floor Training Room
1301 Pine Avenue, Long Beach, CA 90813



Cost: $30 



TGC Staff, trainees and Interns: Free 



Trauma Center Trauma-Sensitive Yoga (TCTSY) is an evidenced-based treatment for adults affected by traumatic stress, which incorporates yoga principles and practices. TCTSY aims to support emotion regulation, stabilization, and skill building for adults with chronic, treatment-resistant posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD); complex PTSD; dissociative disorders; and other related emotional and behavioral problems.


In TCTSY, elements of traditional yoga are modified to maximize tolerance, build trauma survivors’ experiences of empowerment, and cultivate a more positive relationship to one’s body. Trauma-informed alterations to accommodate unique needs and sensitivities include prioritizing gentleness in movement, removing strongly suggestive language, de-emphasizing posture intensity, eliminating hands-on assistance from the instructor, and highlighting opportunities for participants to adjust the practice and make selections that feel appropriate for themselves. (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 2017).


TCTSY is an adjunctive trauma treatment to be utilized with other trauma informed psychotherapy or other evidenced-based trauma treatments. This program overviews the theoretical underpinnings of TCTSY, the methodology TCTSY, current research findings, and practice knowledge that inform the application of TCTSY.  This program offers an introduction to this material in order to increase the practitioner’s understanding of TCTSY.


  • Describe the theoretical underpinnings of TCTSY
  • Identify the differences between complex trauma and experiencing a traumatic event.
  • Describe the concept of introception and difficulties individuals with complex trauma have with introception
  • Describe the importance of relationship between the participant and facilitator based on attachment theory.
  • Apply the concept of introception to the language used when teaching TCTSY
  • Apply choice-making, present moment experience, lack of assists’, and invitational language to when utilizing TCTSY


Licensed psychologists, marriage and family therapists, clinical social workers, and registered play therapists who want to develop knowledge and skill in the Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga training.  Unlicensed and trainees are also welcome to attend though program content will be at the postdoctoral/post-licensure level. 


Chelsey Silveria, LCSW is a Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga instructor. She completed her 300-hour training with the Trauma Center in Brookline Massachusetts in April 2017. Chelsey Silveria is also a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and has used Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga with clients who have a history of complex trauma and struggle with various mental health symptomatology. Chelsey has performed Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga to adult females in a group setting. She has integrated TCTSY into her individual psychotherapy sessions as well.


For additional questions regarding this training, please contact the program administrator, Dawn Vo-Jutabha, Ph.D. at

The Guidance Center is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Guidance Center maintains responsibility for this program and its content. The California Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) accepts programs offered by approved APA sponsors of continuing education for licensed marriage and family therapists and licensed clinical social workers. The Guidance Center is approved by the Association for Play Therapy (APT) to sponsor continuing education for registered play therapists. APT Approved Provider # 14-393.