Full Course Description

Shame and the Disowned Self: Overcoming Internal Attachment Disorder

Program Information


  1. The Natural Cycle of Attachment Formation
    1. Attunement, Dysregulation, Repair
    2. Effect of Neglect and Abuse on Attachment Formation
    3. Attachment & Brain Development
    4. Attachment Styles
  2. Trauma & Alienation from One’s Self
    1. Early Body & Emotional Experience
    2. Manifestations of Self-Alienatio
  3. Brain Research
    1. Remembering Somatically
    2. Right vs. Left Brain Hemispheres
    3. Structural Dissociation Model
    4. Split-Brain Research
    5. Case Study
    6. Question & Answer Period
  4. Understanding “Parts”
    1. Internal Community
    2. Alienated Parts Experienced as Feelings
    3. Repairing Internal Attachments
      1. Integration of Structural Dissociation and Internal Family Systems (IFS)
      2. The Language of Parts
      3. Blending vs. Unblending
  5. Establishing a Relationship between the Adult Self & Parts
    1. From Alienation to Attachment
    2. Repair & Internal Attachment
      1. Video Demonstration
    3. Increasing Capacity for Social Engagement
    4. Social Engagement System of the Therapist


  • Explore how to help clients develop curiosity toward their child selves rather than overidentifying with parts that hate vulnerability
  • Explore how to access clients’ inherent empathy and compassion for others
  • Explore how to become an “attachment broker,” using visualization and somatic techniques to bring a mindful adult and wounded child together
  • Explore how to help clients understand the role of early attachment wounds in their presenting issues

Copyright : 03/24/2017

The Attachment Dance with Traumatized Clients

Program Information


  • Determine how to handle the impact of disorganized attachment and traumatic transference on the client-therapist relationship
  • Explore how to recognize how your own attachment experiences can evoke counter-transreferential responses that can influence therapy
  • Ascertain how to integrate strategies that can strengthen attunement
  • Explore how to apply approaches that address testing behaviors and increase secure attachment


  • Types of Trauma and Abuse
    • Physical & Emotional
    • Inconsistent Roles & Expectations
  • Losses Associated with Trauma
    • Boundaries
    • Trust
    • Innocence
    • Emotional Expression
  • Relationship between Attachment and Trauma
    • Desire for Connection
    • Fear of Connection
  • Physiology & Attachment
    • Positive and Negative Triggers
    • Regulating Stress
  • Early Childhood Attachment Patterns
    • Free/Autonomous
    • Dismissing
    • Ambivalent
    • Disorganized
  • Frightened vs. Frightening Behaviors
    • Withdrawn & Avoidant
    • Reactive & Aggressive
  • Managing Emotional States
    • Inter-regulation
    • Auto-Regulation
  • Affect Dysregulation
    • Hypoarousal
    • Hyperarousal
  • Art Therapy Strategies
    • Types of Art Expression
    • Strategic Prompts
    • Open vs. Closed Questions
  • Therapist countertransference responses
    • Empathy and compassion
    • Secure attachment
  • De-pathologizing Trauma
    • Borderline Personality Disorder
    • Complex Trauma
  • Attachment Dance
    • Stepping In
    • Stepping Out
    • Normalizing
  • Trauma-Informed Therapy
    • Optimum Window of Arousal
    • Assessment
    • Prioritizing
  • Traumatic Transference
    • Fear of Abandonment
    • Sabotaging the Relationship
    • Not asking for help
    • Ambivalence
  • Manifestations of Counter-transference
    • Empathetic Disequilibrium
    • Empathetic Withdrawal
    • Empathetic Enmeshment
    • Empathetic Repression

Copyright : 03/24/2017

When Unresolved Attachment Trauma Is the Problem: Working with Avoidant and Disorganized Clients

Program Information


1.Therapeutic Presence



2.The Role of family in Attachment Style Development

3.Styles of Attachment





4.Defining Secure Attachment

a.Tone of Voice






5.Secure Attachment Strategies

a.Repairing Mis-attunements

b.Repair Rituals

c.Secure Priming

d.Synaptic Sculpting

e.Kind Eyes Exercise

f.Affect Modulation

g.Regulating the Nervous System

h.Reversing the Freeze Response

i.Somatic Strategies (D.A.R.e.)

6.Neuroscience & Neuroplasticity

a.The science of what helps us connect

b.The Fluidity of Memory

c.Impact of Abuse on the brain

7.Being sensitive to client cues

a.Nonverbal cues

b.Relational cues

c.Somatic cues

8.Sadistic Abuse

9.Trauma Resolution

10.Video Vignettes of Complex Trauma Treatment


  • Focus on how to identify three different styles of troubled attachment with special emphasis on the avoidant and disorganized styles
  • Focus on how to recognize why some clients begin to dissociate once they’ve formed a positive attachment with the therapist and why empathy can backfire
  • Focus on how to enhance your skills for creating a safe haven and secure attachment bond by becoming more sensitive to clients’ nonverbal, relational, and somatic cues
  • Focus on how to increase your capacity for intersubjectivity and incorporating well-timed humor and playfulness in your style

Copyright : 03/24/2017

Trauma Therapy in Perspective: Lessons from the Past 25 Years featuring Janina Fisher


  1. Explore how to integrate EMDR therapy into an existing framework for trauma treatment.


  • The limitations of exposure therapy and alternative strategies for bolstering cognitive, emotional, physical, and behavioral resilience
  • The contribution that brain science, somatic therapy, mindfulness, and the practice of “dual awareness” can make to trauma recovery
  • Practical methods for heightening right-brain-to-right-brain communication in therapy



Copyright : 09/27/2012

Promoting Post-Traumatic Growth: From Devastation to Hope featuring Lisa Ferentz


  1. Assess the concept of Post-Traumatic Growth and how it differs from simple recovery from trauma.


  • Help clients tap into their deepest inner wisdom by reinforcing personal strengths and tapping into remembered resources
  • Integrate writing exercises, drawing, role-plays, guided imagery, and the creative arts to enrich the therapy experience
  • Guide clients through the key transition points in the process of post-traumatic growth



Copyright : 08/30/2012