Sponsored by The California Endowment, Josephine S. Gumbiner Foundation, and Congressmember Alan Lowenthal

"The Healing Fields"
Symposium on Trauma, Healing, and Resiliency

An Integrated Holistic Healing Event

tuesday, wednesday, & thursday JANUARY 27th-29th, 2015
First Congregational Church of Long Beach

Please join The California Endowment, The Josephine S. Gumbiner Foundation and Representative Alan Lowenthal (partial sponsors) for a three-day symposium called “Trauma, Healing and Resiliency: The Healing Fields” from January 27-29 in Long Beach, California at the First Congregational Church, conference room (see map). The inaugural event will bring survivors, leading professionals, scholars, and practitioners on trauma and healing from the US and across the globe.

The event brings together medical, human services agencies and survivors of trauma, war, violence and domestic abuse, and private foundations concerned with multi-cultural integrated holistic care to cultivate resiliency of individuals and communities in Long Beach area.



Dr. Richard F. Mollica, M.D. is the Director of the Harvard Program in Refugee Trauma (HPRT) of Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School. Under Dr. Mollica’s direction, HPRT conducts training, policy and research activities for traumatized populations around the world. Dr. Mollica received his medical degree from the University of New Mexico and completed his Psychiatry residency at Yale Medical School. He has received numerous awards for his work and is the author of the newly published book Healing Invisible Wounds: Paths to Hope and Recovery in a Violent World. In 1993, he received the human rights award from the American Psychiatric Association and in 1996, the American Orthopsychiatry Association presented him with the Max Hymen Award. He and his team over the past 30 years have cared for over 10,000 survivors of extreme violence worldwide. Through his research, clinical work, and trainings, Dr. Mollica is recognized as a leader in the treatment and rehabilitation of traumatized people and their communities.


Dr. Lucia Roncalli, M.D. is a former midwife who has travelled throughout the world helping victims of trauma, especially women and children. She has extensively investigated the nature and science of trauma, healing and resiliency and has been trained by Dr. Peter Levine and Dr. Richard F. Mollica in how to work with laypeople and medical experts in cultivating healing in traumatized populations. She currently works in Sonoma, CA where her practice includes a weekly group of Cambodian women survivors and young women using art, spirituality and culture to address resiliency.


Youk Chhang is the Executive Director of the Documentation Center of Cambodia and a survivor of the Khmer Rouge’s “killing fields.” He became DC-Cam’s leader in 1995, when the Center was founded as a field office of Yale University’s Cambodian Genocide Program to conduct research, training and documentation relating to the Khmer Rouge regime. Chhang continued to run the Center after its inception as an independent Cambodian non-governmental organization in 1997 and is currently building on DC-Cam’s work to establish the Sleuk Rith Institute, a permanent hub for genocide studies in Asia, based in Phnom Penh. Chhang is also the author of Cambodia's Hidden Scars and the executive producer of a documentary film entitled A River Changes Course (2012), known as Kbang Tik Tonle in Khmer, about the changing social, economic, and environmental landscape in Cambodia. He was named one of TIME magazine’s “60 Asian heroes” in 2006 and one of the “Time 100” most influential people in the world in 2007 for his stand against impunity in Cambodia and elsewhere.


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First Congregational Church  |  241 Cedar Ave, Long Beach, CA  90802

First Congregational Church  |  241 Cedar Ave, Long Beach, CA  90802


We are grateful that "The Healing Fields" Symposium will be held at The First Congregational Church of Long Beach. With a mission to "faithfully work for the inclusion of, and justice for, all people, regardless of age, gender, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, ethnicity or national origin, or any other particular element of a person's total humanity, and for all of God's creation," The First Congregational Church is a prime place to honor all people. 


DAY 1: tuesday, JANUARY 27th
[Part 1] Descendants of the Khmer Empire, Cambodian Legacy of Resilience: "From The Killing Fields to The Healing Fields"
Long Beach is home to the largest population of Cambodians in the nation. Surviving the Khmer genocide and immigrating to the United States, many Cambodian refugees and families experienced trauma. Dr. Mollica, community leaders, and Cambodian community members share the needs, resiliency, and ways to healing. Those who may be interested in attending: individuals interested in healing and the Cambodian community experience, providers who serve the Cambodian community, and Cambodian community members.

8:30 AM - 10:30 AM: Building Healthy Communities - Book Club by with Dr. Richard F. Mollica, MD
Breakfast served

 10:45 AM - 12:15 PM: Understanding Trauma and Integrated Holistic Healing by Dr. Richard Mollica and Team

12:15 PM - 1:30 PM: Trauma and Chronic Health Disorders with Dr. Richard F. Mollica, MD, and Team
Lunch served

[Part 2] Integrated Community Healing
Community organizations discuss the current needs of the Cambodian community and culturally-appropriate strategies for healing and recovery.

1:30 PM - 3 PM: Community Resources

[Part 3] Story-Telling and Legacy of Resilience: Triumph over Trauma
Various Cambodian community members share their stories of survival, healing, and resiliency.

3:20 PM - 5 PM: Triumph over Trauma: “Testimonies of Resiliency”

5:30 PM - 8:30 PM: Inter-generational Healing Night
Cambodian youth, adults, and seniors connect and celebrate the resiliency of the community through art, dance, and music.
Dinner served


DAY 2:  wednesday, JANUARY 28th
Multi-Cultural Integrated Holistic Approach: The Science, Spirituality, and Art in Healing
What is the science of trauma? Understanding how trauma affects us is critical to understanding healing and the cultivation of resiliency. Trauma impacts us in the context of our culture. How we heal also necessarily reflects our culture and history. We explore how self-healing occurs, and how to nurture and sustain health and resilience in the face of historical trauma.

9 AM - 10:15 AM: Dr. Richard F. Mollica, MD will be presenting the H-5 Model
Light snacks and refreshments served

10:30 AM - 12 PM: Dr. Lucia Roncali, MD: The Science of Trauma and Resiliency- Why Cheetahs Don’t Have PTSD!

12 PM - 1 PM: Dr. Lucia Roncali, MD: Unique Issues Affecting Women and Art in Healing
Lunch served

1:30 PM - 4:30 PM: How do H-5 model components work in Long Beach

6 PM - 8 PM: Meet and greet with Dr. Richard F. Mollica, MD, Dr. Lucia Roncalli, MD, Youk Chhang at La Lune Imperial**
Dinner served


DAY 3: thursday, JANUARY 29th
Trauma Informed Care and Healing
How do we integrate an informed understanding of trauma in the care of our community? How do we approach trauma and healing in a culturally sensitive way that embraces people’s innate capacity for self –healing? Different racial and ethnic groups have experienced different traumas, so we need to understand the experience, the cultural perspective and the unique qualities of healing in each group.

9 AM - 12 PM: Training for Medical and Mental Health Professionals - Dr. Richard F. Mollica’s “Pandora’s Box” and 11 point tool kit and 11 vignettes
Light snacks and refreshments served

12 PM - 1:15 PM: Youk Chhang, Cultural Perspectives in Diagnosis and Treatment “Folk Diagnosis"
Lunch served

1:30 PM - 3 PM: Community Focus and Approaches to Trauma and Healing with Dr. Richard F. Mollica, MD

A BIG THANK YOU to our sponsors and partners:


For additional questions, contact Seak Smith at (310) 863-9690 or email info@themayecenter.org