|Faculty | Bio
Gina Ross, MFCC
269 S. Lorraine Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90004
Websites: www.traumainstitute.org // www.beyondthetraumavortex.com //
SE Level: Somatic Experiencing Practitioner & SE Faculty
Professional Description: GINA ROSS, MFCC, is Founder and President of the International Trauma-Healing Institute (ITI-USA) and of its Israeli equivalent, ITI-Israel. She is co-founder of the Israeli Center for the Treatment of Psycho-trauma in Jerusalem and the chairwoman of the International Israeli Trauma Conference of 1999, in Jerusalem. She is a Faculty member of the Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute and an international senior trainer and practitioner of SEŽ, teaching in the Americas, the Middle East and Africa and has introduced and developed SEŽ in the Middle East. Her sensitivity to trauma is rooted in her personal life experiences of fleeing Syria as a child, leaving Lebanon overnight during the civil war and arriving in Brazil as a teenager. She immigrated to California 35 years ago.
Trained in rational-emotive, cognitive and somatic approaches, she specializes in trauma and cross-cultural therapy in seven languages. She was the Founder of the Los Angeles-CAMFT- Cross-Cultural Committee. She is a frequent presenter at international conferences and has appeared on radio and television as a trauma expert. Currently she works with Israeli and Palestinian societies and media to bring about understanding of the role of trauma in Middle Eastern politics. She has developed the Ross ModelŽ: Working with the Collective Nervous System to work with trauma at national levels and address the role of trauma in conflicts, violence and war between groups and nations, using SEŽ and other methods.
For that purpose, she has authored Beyond the Trauma Vortex: The Media's Role in Healing Fear, Terror, and Violence, several scholarly articles, and recently published a series of books for seven sectors of society entitled Beyond The Trauma Vortex Into The Healing Vortex: A Guide for the Public (in English, Hebrew and Portuguese,) Beyond the Trauma Vortex Into the Healing Vortex: Guide for Diplomats and NGOs, Beyond the Trauma Vortex Into the Healing Vortex: Guide for Psychology and Education; Beyond the Trauma Vortex Into the Healing Vortex: Guide for the Medical Field, Beyond the Trauma Vortex into the Healing Vortex: a guide for the Military and A Guide for the Media. The Guide for the Clergy is in progress. She has also created a web video analyzing the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict from the point of view of the 12 world trauma vortices that fuel the conflict, and has developed trainings to work with collective trauma. She is a consultant on trauma, the media and politics.