Full Course Description
The Body Keeps the Score Part 1
The last 20 years have provided us with great advances in understanding the impact of trauma on developing brains and how it interferes with the capacity to concentrate and filter out irrelevant information. In this workshop, you’ll review the latest research and interventions on how bottom-up processes (involving touch, movement, and breathing) as well as top-down processes (using mindfulness and interoception) can help traumatized children and adults regulate their arousal and regain mastery over their lives. You’ll explore:
- How traumatic imprints can be integrated using techniques drawn from yoga, theater, neurofeedback, and somatic therapies
- Breathing, posture, facial synchrony, and vocal exercises to energize your therapeutic presence and enhance your mirroring of the client’s words and expressions
- Techniques for bringing parts of the brain “online” that are knocked out by hyper- and hypoarousal, while tracking physiological arousal in body language and movements
- How to achieve self-leadership through activation of the areas of the brain involved in interoception and mindfulness
- Characteristics of Trauma
- Trauma and the body
- Trauma and the brain
- Trauma and culture
- Trauma Treatment
- Role of Mirroring
- Therapy techniques for treatment
- Treatment Modalities
- When Trauma Occurs
- Changes in Brain function and bringing the parts of the brain together
- Research on the effects of Treatment
- Explore how traumatic imprints can be integrated using techniques drawn from yoga, theater, neurofeedback, and somatic therapies
- Explore breathing, posture, facial synchrony, and vocal exercises to energize your therapeutic presence and enhance your mirroring of the client’s words and expressions
- Explore techniques for bringing parts of the brain “online” that are knocked out by hyper- and hypoarousal, while tracking physiological arousal in body language and movements
- Explore how to achieve self-leadership through activation of the areas of the brain involved in interoception and mindfulness
The Body Keeps the Score Part 2
Couples Therapy for Treating Trauma: The Gottman Method Approach
Trauma treatments have largely ignored the interpersonal symptoms of PTSD. But whether caused by early abandonment, childhood abuse, military combat, or other traumatic experiences, the impact of trauma on committed relationships is commonly encountered in everyday practice.
Watch John and Julie Gottman and discover therapy that interweaves individual PTSD treatment with the interpersonal orientation of Gottman Method Couples Therapy. Explore the negative ways that PTSD can enter a couple’s relationship and determine the best intervention for your couples with PTSD.
- Determine the impact of PTSD on a couple’s relationship to inform the clinician’s choice of treatment interventions for both the individual and couple.
- Apply simple yet effective clinical interventions in session to help clients acquire a new perspective of PTSD and a more adaptive approach to managing symptoms.
- Explore the often ignored social and interpersonal symptoms of PTSD in clients.
What is PTSD?
Effective Treatments of PTSD
- Ignored PTSD Symptoms
- Cases of PTSD
- Neuroscience of PTSD
- The Physiology of PTSD
Couples’ Therapy for PTSD
- Individual Treatments
- Couples Treatments
- Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT)
Intervention for Couples with PTSD
- PTSD’s Affects on Relationships
- The Non-PTSD Partner
- Effects on Sound Relationship House
- Love Maps
- Turning Toward
- Conflict Management
- Returning to Couple Interaction
- Specific Interventions
- Creating Shared Meaning
Mastering the Craft of Treating Trauma - Part 1
Underlying all the techniques and methodologies for treating trauma today is a core set of fundamental skills that determine a clinician’s effectiveness in this challenging arena of practice.
Watch Deany Laliotis identify and explore in -depth the clinical skills that transcend theoretical paradigms, bringing together all that we know about trauma treatment. Help your clients understand their traumatic experiences and create a safe environment for them to heal.
- Navigate the clinical demands of working with developmental trauma using the core clinical skills.
- Establish the clinical implications of trauma as they manifest in the consulting room and in the client’s life.
- Explore the history of client’s significant attachments as it relates to case conceptualization.
- Analyze the efficacy of the four core clinician skills in relation to assessment and treatment planning.
- Working Definition of Trauma
- Identifying and working with the by-products of trauma as they manifest in the consulting room and the client’s life.
- Evaluate client readiness and motivation for desired change
- Evaluate client skills necessary for effective trauma treatment
- Explore history of significant attachments
- Navigate the unique clinical demands of working with developmental trauma
Mastering the Craft of Treating Trauma - Part 2
The Essentials of Effective Trauma Treatment: How to Go Beyond Technique
When it comes to working with complex developmental trauma, it seems like therapists can’t get enough tools for their tool bag. And yet what determines effectiveness in this challenging arena of practice are crucial dimensions of the therapeutic relationship that go beyond any technical intervention. In this workshop, we’ll explore what trauma clients themselves say about the key elements in their own experience of healing. You’ll focus on:
- Recognizing the client’s natural change cycle and how to organize therapy around it
- Procedures for creating a secure, safe attachment, including a transparent and overt collaborative contract
- How to emphasize clients’ resources rather than becoming preoccupied with pathology
- How to assess the client’s resources and your own to create an effective treatment plan
- Creating a Context for Change
- Micro and macro perspectives
- Awareness and attunement to when you use (or don’t use) 5 essential ingredients
- failure in therapy is failure to notice these 5 ingredients
- key to therapy and life changes is recognizing when you use and do not use them
- Discuss with clients the process of therapy
- Understand client’s goals
- Explain therapy processes that enable change to happen
- Build collaboration, interaction and engagement
- Ask client, “what do you want to know about me?” (note: this was discussed during Role Play)
- Challenging Patterns/Cycles and Expanding Realities: a Collaborative Change model
- Fractal model: repeating patterns of the 5 essential ingredients, within and between sessions
- Concept-driven, universal model
- Adapt to the needs and goals of each client: therapy as an art form
- Challenges client and therapist to think differently
- Use the Five Essential Ingredients for Healing
- Attachment and connection: help clients build relationships with you and others
- Create a sense of belonging, mutual curiosity, compassion, empathy
- Communicate with collaborative conversations that validate the client
- Connect to a deep set of values that provide meaningful vision
- Safety and empowerment: build refuge by creating boundaries
- Explain your therapeutic model and why you chose to use this approach
- Expect client challenges
- Values: use collaborative, strength-based guidance
- Generate discussion of vulnerabilities and resources, and how to use them in the moment
- Recognize the universal nature of challenge and change
- Skills: learn and apply many therapeutic models (discussed primarily during “Role Play”)
- Apply psycho-educational and therapeutic approaches
- Identify resources for client success
- Hope: expecting the possibility of change (discussed primarily during “Role Play”)
- Use resources to create possibilities
- Build expectations in clients
- Accept finite possibilities to create infinite hope
- Consolidation and repetition: pause, reflect, and combine experiences
- Harness the natural cycle of change and growth through using these 3 steps in the Collaborative Change Model,
- Recognize and repeat the 5 Essential Ingredients for Healing
- Build skills for therapeutic intervention
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- Role play demonstrations with participants:
- Pictionary: draw a time you felt safe when growing up in your family
- Pause and reflect, to contract and consolidate
- all clients are asked to keep a journal of resources to use in the process of change
- contrast vulnerabilities with resources
- write one thing you will take with you from session today; distill this to one word
- Focus on recognizing the client’s natural change cycle and how to organize therapy around it
- Focus on procedures for creating a secure, safe attachment, including a transparent and overt collaborative contract
- Focus on how to emphasize clients’ resources rather than becoming preoccupied with pathology
- Focus on how to assess the client’s resources and your own to create an effective treatment plan
Cultural and Historical Traumas: Invisible Barriers to Healing and Change
Cultural and historical trauma appears and is influenced in your work more than you think, especially if you work with people of color, war survivors, refugees and their descendants. Additionally, if your clients differ from you in the areas of race, culture, religion, sexuality, class or gender, your own biases are likely to come out in session.
Watch Anita Mandley as she brings these issues out of the shadows and into consciousness, and opens a new path toward addressing the hidden grief of cultural and historical wounds. Not only will she show you how to help your client’s historical trauma, but she will help you become a culturally more mindful and competent therapist to effectively help your clients heal their trauma.
- Explore the clinical implications of clients with historical trauma to inform the clinician’s choice of treatment interventions.
- Articulate clinical interventions that acknowledge and process grief and loss connected to the client’s historical trauma.
Awareness, Acknowledgement and Assessment
Moving from Reflexive Reactivity to Connection, Fluidity and Coherence in The Here and Now
- Acknowledgement and Awareness of The Intergenerational Impact and Memory Traces of Cultural and
- Historical Traumas on Clients and The Therapist’s Own Self
- Relevant Areas for Assessment
- Structured Model of Assessment
- Case Examples of The Clinical Implications of Traumatic Experiences in The Present
How to Uncover the Survival Narrative, Validate the Trauma, And Move to A Strengths-Based Process of Empowerment and Healing
- Difference Between Bias, Prejudice and the “Isms”
- The Process to Regulate the Neurobiology of Bias
- The Benefit and Power of Providing the Resources of Witness, Protector and Comforter to Heal Intergenerational Wounds
- Studying, Listening to And Validating the Client’s Traumatic Cultural Narrative, While Listening for The Resources That Helped Them Survive
- Using the Client’s Own Survival Resources, As Well As Cultural-Specific Rituals and/or Creating New Rituals for Acknowledging and Processing the Loss and Grief Connected to Historical Traumas
- New Ways to Establish Boundaries and Self-Defense and Self-Protection