Full Course Description


When Talk Isn’t Enough: Embodied Awareness in the Consulting Room with Bessel van der Kolk, M.D.

Objectives

  1. Demonstrate breathing, posture, facial, and vocal exercises to energize your therapeutic presence and enhance your mirroring of the client’s words and expressions
  2. Implement techniques for projecting different messages (empathy, support, authority, guidance) through how you stand, sit, and walk
  3. Explain how to make yourself “heard” through your body language and movements
  4. Discuss how to bring more mindfulness and optimism into your approach with clients

Outline

Copyright : 03/23/2014

Healing from the Bottom Up: How to Help Clients Access Resource States with Peter Levine

One of the keys to helping clients move beyond trauma is to help them learn how to access safety and positive resource states instead of repeatedly experiencing threats that no longer exist. In this workshop, we’ll focus on specific tools for reading clients’ psychological and physical cues and using their natural instincts to heal and rebalance their physiology.

Program Information

Objectives

  1. Assess physical cues of internal states that indicate the resources clients can access to improve clinical outcomes.

Outline

Copyright : 03/22/2014

Advances in Trauma Treatment Today

Program Information

Objectives

  1. Explain what really works in trauma therapy.
  2. Summarize a systemic view of trauma.
  3. Discuss to complex trauma issues in youth, including post-traumatic stress, attachment disturbance, behavioral and affect dysregulation, interpersonal difficulties, and identity-related issues
  4. Discover the underlying trauma or sense of shame that clients are trying to resolve when working substance abusers.

Outline

Copyright : 03/21/2014

The Challenge of Treating Complex PTSD: What to do When Things Get Messy and Uncomfortable

Objectives

  1. Describe how to assess the client’s motivation, stage of change, and preferred mode of learning and how to build a therapeutic collaboration around it
  2. Summarize the importance of therapist transparency
  3. Explain how to empower clients by making the therapy process as safe and explicit as possible
  4. Explore intra-family violence or include additional family members in your sessions

Outline
Introduction and overview of collaborative change model for trauma treatment

Experiencing collaborative change therapy with trauma

Concluding remarks and question and answer session

Copyright : 03/18/2016

Accessing the Deep Brain with Brainspotting: Interpersonal Neurobiology in Action with David Grand, Ph.D.

Objectives

  1. Identify how specific eye movements, including wobbles and microsaccades, as well as other facial cues and reflexes reveal specific “spots” in the brain
  2. Describe “brainspots,” the eye positions associated with the activation of trauma
  3. Instruct traumatized clients to attend to their inner experience as they move through dissociative blocks and maximize a process of self-healing
  4. Develop skills that allow you to pay attention to interactions with clients while staying attuned to the internal brain changes reflected in their eye movements

Outline
Introduction to Brainspotting

Discussion/demonstration of how to use Brainspotting in a clinical session

Concluding remarks from David Grand

Copyright : 03/27/2015

BONUS: Working the Edge in Healing Trauma: Can Therapy Sometimes Be Too Safe?

Objectives

  1. Use resourcing and other methods to set up corrective experiences with clients learning how to handle increasing arousal and discomfort
  2. Recognize your own tendency to be overprotective and rescue vulnerable clients
  3. Describe strategies to invite and empower clients to face manageable challenges and find ways to test their own limits
  4. Recognize the dangers of playing it too safe in therapy
  5. Describe strategies to draw fully on clients’’ resilience and capacity for self-healing

Outline
Overview of working with disorganized attachment in trauma clients

Step-by-step discussion through client demonstration video

Concluding remarks from Diane Poole Heller

Copyright : 03/18/2016