Full Course Description
Trauma: How the Body Releases Trauma and Restores Goodness with Peter Levine, Ph.D.
- Articulate the four major developmental stages that increase vulnerability to trauma and how to recognize them in your clients.
- Determine the naturalistic mechanics of trauma and survival responses of flight, fight, freeze and collapse as it relates to clinical treatment.
- Discover the evolutionary underpinnings of trauma and the Polyvagal theory and their clinical implications.
- Demonstrate the importance of “Bottom-up” processing versus “Top Down” processing to improve treatment outcomes.
- Summarize the process of how overwhelming stress leads to somatic and emotional syndromes in clients.
- Incorporate Dr. Levine’s simple containment tools in order to more effectively engage your client in trauma therapy.
- Child Development: The Signs of Trauma in Each Developmental Period:
- Hormonal interactions between mother and child
- Birth Stress
- Year One
- Safety, affection and containment
- Proprioceptive development
- The Dopamine System
- The space to explore one’s effect on the world
- The formation of a self that is different from Mom and Dad
- Testing boundaries
- Age 3-5
- The Biology and balance of shame
- The importance of shame in society
- The signs of overshaming
- The signs of undershaming
- The initial forays into sexuality
- The importance of flirting
- How these sames stages replay themselves out in later life
- The Naturalistic Mechanisms of Trauma
- Understanding our primary survival tactics and how they play out in the body: Flight, fight, freeze and collapse
- 500 million years of evolution: Our Polyvagal underpinnings
- How the Dorsal Vagal System is related to shutdown and collapse
- Fight or flight: Sympathetic/adrenal
- System mobilization, Returning to the our Mammalian birthright: The Ventral vagal system and social engagement
- How we get “stuck”
- Tonic immobility - The fallback to freeze
- Freeze couples with Fear
- Bracing and terror
- Euphoric dissociaton
- Somatic and emotional - syndromes and complexes
- Emotional - anxiety, depression
- Somatic - chronic pain, fibromyalgia
- Autonomic - migraines, irritable bowel
- Resolving Traumatic Reactions
- The importance of “Bottom-Up” processing
- The Paul MacLean’s Triune Brain- In an Unspoken Voice
- Somatic Experiencing©
- Renegotiation vs. Reliving.
- Restoration of self-regulation
- Trauma isn’t about the event, but the body’s inability to process and integrate the nervous system charge
- The importance of developing a felt sense
- The nine basic stages of trauma treatment
- Containment of strong sensation and emotion
- Pendulation - The dual opposites of sensation
- Titration - going gradually
- Renegotiation of active for passive responses
- Allow things to settle: Self-Paced termination
- Simple exercises that you can use in your practice
- Spirituality and Trauma
- Trauma as one of the 4 avenues to enlightment
- Lessons from the Kundalini
- A feeling of “okayness”, wholeness and trust in the world
- And other side effects of effective trauma treatment
- The importance of maintaining balance in one’s life
In Session — Resolving Trauma in Psychotherapy: A Somatic Approach
- Introduction: Peter Levine’s Approach to Trauma Resolution
- The 9 Building Blocks
- Create an Environment of Relative Safety
- Support initial exploration and comfort with bodily sensations
- Restore active defensive responses
- Uncoupling fear from immobility
- Encouraging the discharge of energy
- Restore equilibrium and balance through self-regulation
- Reorient to the here-and-now
- Video Sessions with Ray
- Session 1
- Session 2
- Session 3
- Session 4
- Session 5
- Client reflections
• Analyze the nine building blocks of Somatic Experiencing®.
• Articulate techniques to establish a safe environment, orient the client to the here-and-now, and explore bodily sensations.
• Communicate the physiological basis of trauma.
• Articulate why unresolved trauma impacts the ability to interact on an emotional level.