The SASS 35th Birthday Party Celebration

Thursday, October 2nd, 6-8 p.m.
The Children's Museum of New Hampshire, 6 Washington St, Dover, NH
Suggested Donation $35
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For the past 35 years, Sexual Assault Support Services (SASS) has offered many services to both the local community and sexual assault survivors who have sought our help. Our organization has changed the way survivors are able to access support, how hospitals and police stations respond to reports, and created an educational component that works with over 10,000 children a year. This prolific work would not have been possible without the support of our community, local businesses and especially you.  


This year, to honor our 35th year of service, we are hosting a Birthday Party celebration on Thursday, October 2nd at The Childrens Museum of New Hampshire in Dover.

Lively entertainment will be provided by WTSN's Mike Pomp from Music on Wheels, delicious appetizers by Cartelli's Bar and Grill
, birthday cake, raffle items and many other surprises are in store.

Please join us as we honor this special anniversary! Click here for sponsorship information.
This event is generously sponsored by:
Women's Life Imaging Center
McLane Law Firm
Garrison Women's Health Center
Cartelli's Bar and Grill
Music on Wheels
Helen S. Rizza, APRN, PLLC

Volunteer Celebration Night

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014, 6-9 p.m.
Cara's Irish Pub, 11 Fourth Street, Dover, NH 03820
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It's time to celebrate some of the most amazing and important people we know, our volunteers!
Join us for a casual evening with light fare and appetizers compliments of SASS and Cara's Irish Pub, live music, a cash bar and a special recognition ceremony at 7 p.m.
Optional: Guests are welcome to share a few words about their volunteer experience throughout the evening. Recite a poem, quote, sing a song, etc. Please sign up with Joi Smith at

This is a a free event. Friends, family and partners are welcome to attend.

Neuroscience of Contemplative Practice, Trauma Sensitive Yoga and Trauma Recovery for Clinicians and Yoga Teachers

Friday, November 14th, 2014 (9 a.m. to 5 p.m.)
Harbor Events Center, 100 Deer Street., Portsmouth, NH
Co-sponsored by NHPA, NH-NASW, SATYA and SASS
Register online OR click here to download the form to register via U.S. mail.
Clinicians and teachers $155
Student (With ID) $70
*Registration will close by November 13th
Continuing Education
5.5 CE credits for Licensed NH Psychologists
5.5 CE credits for Licensed NH Social Workers
5.5 CE credits for Yoga Alliance RYT 500

This year’s professional conference is an extension of Sexual Assault Support Services ongoing commitment to offering trauma informed services to its clients and to facilitating community education and development.  

The hope of SASS is that by deepening our collective understanding and application of the neuroscience and theory of contemplative practices and trauma sensitive yoga will help both the therapeutic and yoga communities continue to expand evidence based opportunities for trauma recovery in our community at large. Please join us!

Trauma, Neuroscience and Contemplative Interventions: Key Brain Circuitries in Suffering and Healing: Satisfaction, Seeking and Embodiment
Presentation by James Hopper, PhD (9:15-11:45 a.m.)
This presentation offers theoretical and practical approaches to key brain and psychological processes involved in trauma, healing, particularly with interventions that cultivate mindfulness, love, kindness and compassion. Dr. Hopper provides a framework that draws on knowledge from many scientific, clinical and contemplative traditions, especially neuroscience and Buddhist psychology. The framework highlights and clarifies how the brain circuitries of seeking, satisfaction and embodiment can be harnessed to cultivate healing, freedom and happiness.
Learning Objectives:
  1. Define and describe relationships among the four key brain circuitries in cycles of post traumatic suffering and healing.
  2. Explain the basic elements of Buddhist psychology's teaching that aversion, craving and ignorance are the fundamental sources of human suffering.
  3. Explain how contemplative methods for cultivating mindfulness, love, kindness and compassion can harness the brain's circuitries of seeking, satisfaction and embodiment for healing and transformation of psychological trauma.
About James Hopper
James Hopper, PhD, is an independent consultant and Clinical Instructor in Psychology at Harvard Medical School. His work has focused on the psychological and biological effects of child abuse and sexual assault, and the brain bases of meditation and other spiritual practices. He is a long-time meditator, primarily in the Vipassana tradition. He consults and teaches on a variety of topics, including neuroscience, meditation and clinical practice for mental health professionals working with trauma. Dr. Hopper is co-editor of the forthcoming Mindfulness-Oriented Interventions for Trauma.
Trauma Sensitive Yoga in the Studio and Therapy Room
Presentation by Dave Emerson, ERYT-500, (1:15-5 p.m.)
Mr. Emerson presents groundbreaking research, conducted at the Trauma Center at the Justice Resource Institute, which provides empirical support for the efficacy of Trauma-Sensitive Yoga (TSY) in recovery from PTSD. 2014 research focuses on the benefits and efficacy of the use of TSY in the therapy room.  Mr. Emerson will teach the trauma and attachment theory, the neuroscience of TSY and the very practical aspects of offering this embodied practice of TSY in yoga therapy and clinical settings.  Clinicians will learn short, simple exercises/ interventions/ practices that they can do with clients as part of overall treatment.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Summarize empirical research, methodology and measures of PTSD and TSY efficacy.
  2. Explain the latest trauma and neurophysiology theories that underpin TSY.
  3. Discuss how and why TSY can be useful in therapeutic yoga room and can enhance regular pyschotherapy; and recognize what is needed to start a trauma-sensitive yoga class or offer TSY in the therapy room.
  4. Demonstrate and apply chair and mat yoga postures and trauma sensitive principals for a wide range of physical abilities for use in existing yoga classes and client sessions.
About Dave Emerson
Dave Emerson, E-RYT, is the Founder and Director of Yoga  Services for the Trauma Center at the Justice Resource Institute in Brookline Massachusetts, where he coined the term “trauma-sensitive yoga”. He was responsible for  curriculum development,  supervision and oversight of the yoga intervention component for the first NIH funded study, conducted by Dr. Bessel van der Kolk, to assess the utility and feasibility of yoga instruction with severely traumatized adults with PTSD. Mr. Emerson has  extensive experience in the instruction of yoga with PTSD in various populations, and has developed, conducted, and supervised yoga groups for rape crisis centers, domestic violence programs, residential programs for youth, military bases, survivors of terrorism, and VA centers and clinics. Mr. Emerson has co-authored scholarly articles and is the co-author of Overcoming Trauma through Yoga, released in 2011 by North Atlantic Books and Author of the forthcoming, Trauma-Sensitive Yoga in Therapy. He leads trainings for yoga teachers and mental health clinicians in North America, Europe, and Asia.
Conference Schedule:
8:30-9:00 a.m., Registration
9:00-9:15 a.m., Opening
9:15-11:45 a.m., James Hopper, PhD
11:45 a.m.-1 p.m., Lunch
1-1:15 p.m., Rochelle Jewell, SATYA
1:15-5:00 p.m., Dave Emerson, ERYT-500
(*Coffee, water, snack and lunch included)
Reading List Recommendations:
Mindfulness in Plain English: 20th Anniversary Edition, by Bhante Henepola Gunaratana, 2011.
Mindfulness and Psychotherapy, by Christopher Germer, Ronald Siegel, Paul Fulton (Editors), 2005.
Buddha's Brain: The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love & Wisdom, by Rick Hanson and Richard Mendius, 2009.
Overcoming Trauma through Yoga: Reclaiming Your Body, by David Emerson and Elizabeth Hopper, 2011.
The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion: Freeing Yourself from Destructive Thoughts and Emotions, by Christopher Germer, 2009.
ACT Made Simple: An Easy-to-Read Primer on Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, by Russ Harris, 2009.

Clinical Implications of Neuroscience Research in PTSD

Harnessing the Seeking, Satisfaction and Embodiment Circuitries in Contemplative Approaches to Healing Trauma by James Hopper


Cancellation Policy:
Cancellations must be received in writing prior to November 7th. Cancellation fee is $20. For cancellations after Nov. 7th, the full fee will be charged. For questions, please call SASS at 603.436.4107.
Continuing Education:
NH-NASW: This program has been approved for 5.5 Category I Continuing Education hours for licensure. NH-NASW Authorization #3081. 

NHPA: This program has been approved for 5.5 CE Credits for Licensed NH Psychologists. Credits granted are approved for all NH mental health professionals licensed by the NH Board of Mental Health Practice. NHPA is approved by the American Psychological Association to offer Continuing Education for psychologists. NHPA maintains responsibility for the program.

5.5 CE Credits for Yoga Alliance RYT 500

Out of State: In addition to the organization's shown above, any organization licensed under the NH Board of Mental Health Practice are be eligible to receive CE credits for this conference.

Parking Suggestions:
High-Hanover Parking Garage, 34 Hanover St., Portsmouth, NH
Parking lot across from the Sheraton Hotel on Russell Street, Portsmouth , NH

SASS Training Team: Seacoast Half Marathon

Sunday, November 9th, 2014
Click here to learn more about the Seacoast Half Marathon.
Check out our blog to learn more about this years SASS Team!
Team members commit to fundraising for the SASS Safe Kids Strong Teens violence prevention education program as well commit to a 6 month training with a certified running coach. For more information or to sign up contact our Community Outreach Coordinator Christiana at:



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