You Can't Just Snap Out of It

START NOW Seminar for Recovery from Psychological Trauma May 30-31

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Self-Healing from Psychological Trauma: The START-NOW Program

Atlanta Marriott Century Center/Emory Area Hotel, May 30-31, 2015

Psychological trauma can put a stranglehold on your life. Childhood abuse, car accidents, sudden death of a loved one, the list goes on and on. You try and put things in the past and forget about them, but it can be hard to move on. Your friends and family may tell you to “get overit,” “move on,” and “just snap out of it.” You try, but it’s not that easy. The more they tell you things like that, the worse you feel, because now you are a failure, in addition to everything else. But there is a better way.

The START-NOW Program will let you take charge of your recovery from psychological trauma. Based on the critically acclaimed book You Can’t Just Snap Out of It: The Real Path to Recovery From Psychological Trauma, this weekend seminar will get you started on the road to self recovery from psychological trauma. Registration is $450 per person and $400 each for couples for the two day seminar including continental breakfast and buffet lunch and coffee breaks on both Saturday and Sunday. Partners are encouraged to attend. All sessions are open to all participants. Register at or View the trailer for the book here.

Saturday, May 30, 2015

8:30 a.m.-9:00 a.m. Registration
9:00-9:15 a.m. Continental Breakfast, Welcome (Bremner)
9:15-10:00 a.m. Is It Over Yet? Transitioning From Trauma (Bremner)
10:00-10:30 a.m. Q & A, Discussion
10:30-10:45 a.m. Coffee Break
10:45-11:15 a.m. Tools for Coping with Stress (Bremner)
11:15-11:45 a.m. Better Lifestyles
11:45-12:00 p.m. Q & A, Discussion
12:00-1:00 p.m. Buffet Lunch
1:00-1:30 p.m. The Trauma in the Room: Partners & Families (Bremner)
1:30-2:00 p.m. Better Communications (Bremner)
2:00-2:30 p.m. Q & A, Discussion
2:30-3:00 p.m. Coffee Break
3:00-3:30 p.m. The Road to Recovery From Psychological Trauma (Bremner)
3:30-4:00 p,m, Q & A, Discussion
4:00-4:30 p.m. Getting Started on the START-NOW Program (Bremner)
4:30-5:00 p.m. Q & A, Discussion

Sunday, May 31, 2015

10:00-10:15 a.m. Continental Breakfast
10:15-11:15 a.m. Special Lecture: A Battle Guide for Psychological Trauma Survivors to America’s Criminal Justice System (Conaway)
11:15-12:00 a.m. Q & A, Discussion (Conaway)
12:00-1:00 p.m. Buffet Lunch
1:00-2:00 p.m. Communicating with Partners (Sloan)
2:00-2:30 p.m. Q & A, Discussion
2:30-3:00 p.m. Coffee Break
3:00-5:00 p.m. Communication Breakout Sessions (Sloan, Hilaire)

About the Faculty

J. Douglas Bremner, M.D.

Doug Bremner, M.D.
Doug Bremner, M.D.

Dr. Bremner is Professor of Psychiatry and Radiology and Director of the Emory Clinical Neuroscience Research Unit (ECNRU) at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia. He is an international expert in the field of PTSD related to both combat and other traumas like childhood abuse, assaults, or motor vehicle accidents, and has published over 300 scientific papers and six books on the topic, including Does Stress Damage the Brain? and most recently You Can’t Just Snap Out of It: The Real Path to Recovery From Psychological Trauma: Introducing the START-NOW Program. He has over 30 years experience treating psychological trauma and PTSD and was the Medical Director of the first inpatient unit for the treatment of combat-related PTSD.

Dan Conaway, J.D.
Dan Conaway
Dan Conaway is an Atlanta-based criminal defense attorney and author of “Arrested: Battling America’s Criminal Justice System.” He is a former Assistant District Attorney and regularly appears on CNN, HLN, the Fox News Channel and other national television and radio broadcasts to give legal commentary on high-profile cases. A former Chair of the Criminal Law Committee of the International Bar Association, Conaway is also a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the American Trial Lawyers Association, the Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and the New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. Conaway represents clients throughout the United States and internationally as well.

Nichole Sloan, MSW, LCSW
Nichole Sloan

Nichole Sloan is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has extensive experience working with Homelessness, Substance Abuse & Dual Diagnosis,Mood & Anxiety Disorders, Severe Mental Illness, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Trauma Spectrum Disorders, Sexual Abuse & Sexual Trauma and Family of Origin Abuse & Violence. She is trained and practices in Trauma Informed Care, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Functional Family Therapy (FFT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Motivational Interviewing (MI), Cognitive Based Compassion Training (CBCT) and consistent personal practice of Mindfulness, Relaxation and Compassion meditation practice.

Sala Hilaire, LCSW
Sala Hiliare

Sala Hilaire is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker; Master Addiction Counselor; and Certified Anger Management Specialist. She has experience as a counselor for adults, couples, children, teens and families. Her practice philosophy is to treat the “whole person,” addressing each client’s physical, emotional, social, spiritual and cultural needs, She has advanced new and innovative programs designed specifically to impact high-risk adolescent groups; woman with high-risk pregnancies and addiction; and intensive in-home therapy services for clients at risk for repeated psychiatric hospitalizations. She is skilled in the arena of workshop development, therapeutic group facilitation, and intensive individual therapy. Her expertise and many years of experience include work with individuals in crisis; survivors of emotional and physical abuse/trauma; and persons addressing issues related to addictions, grief/loss, self-esteem and stress.