Full Course Description
2-Day Intensive Trauma Treatment Certification Workshop: EMDR, CBT and Somatic-Based Interventions to Move Clients from Surviving to Thriving
- Analyze the brain regions involved in trauma.
- Communicate the clinical implications of the freeze response in trauma treatment.
- Determine how clinicians can assess for simple, complex, and intergenerational trauma.
- Characterize how bottom-up techniques like grounding and breathwork can increase felt safety in clients.
- Specify methods clinicians can use to gauge when clients are ready for intense trauma work.
- Determine how narrative therapy exercises can be employed in session to help clients talk about hotspots.
- Specify how somatic approaches can be used to address the physical symptoms of trauma survivors.
- Determine how exposure, titration and pendulation can be used to “slow” emotions in clients.
- Communicate how EMDR-based techniques can be used with clients to resolve traumatic memories.
- Differentiate between EMDR, EFT and neuromodulation approaches.
- Develop plans for working with anger, resistance, and suicidality in clients who’ve experienced trauma.
- Communicate the potential risks and limitations of trauma treatment techniques.
The Neuroscience of Trauma and Mechanisms of Change
- Key brain areas involved in trauma
- Fight, flight, freeze, fawn survival responses
- Clinical implications of the freeze response
- The neuroscience of EMDR, exposure therapy and cognitive therapy
Connect Clients to a Diagnosis: Trauma Assessment Tools
- Simple vs. complex trauma
- Intergenerational trauma
- Symptom clusters and physical manifestations
- CAPS-5 and PCL-5
- Primary Care PTSD Screen
- Dual diagnosis
Stabilize Your Clients Prior to Trauma Work
- Trauma treatment roadmap – order of operations
- Bottom-up techniques to reconnect and feel safe in the body
- Self-soothing techniques
- Grounding strategies
- Gauge when a client is ready for intense trauma/cognitive work
Proven Skills and Techniques from Evidence-Based Approaches:
- Somatic Approaches: Address Physical Symptoms of Trauma
- Relevance of Polyvagal theory and early trauma
- Assess for readiness to apply somatic tools
- Teach body awareness
- Manage unease with “Felt sense” exercises
- Resourcing strategies to create a safe space
- CBT Coping Skills: Manage Emotions
- Identify inaccurate trauma-related cognitions
- Exposure, titration and pendulation to slow emotions
- Cognitive reframing and reappraisal interventions
- Memory reconstruction techniques
EMDR-Based Techniques: Resolve Traumatic Memories
- Adaptive Information Processing Theory EMDR vs EFT vs neuromodulation
- Resourcing strategies
- Combine memory reprocessing with cognitive restructuring
- Using “restricted processing” with complex trauma
Narrative Therapy Exercises: Rewrite Traumatic Experiences
- Interventions to help clients talk about hotspots
- Reclaim identity with the “Tree of life” exercise
- Awareness and closure - create life stories
Solutions to Trauma Treatment Roadblocks
- How to handle the angry client
- Strategies for the resistant trauma client
- Boundary concerns
- Dealing with crises, suicidality, substance use
Reintegration and Post-Traumatic Growth
- Better than normal - the neuroscience of post-traumatic growth
- The therapeutic alliance as a brain-based approach
- The power of forgiveness in moving forward
- Meaning making exercises
Research, Limitations and Potential Risks Copyright :
Trauma Treatment at Home: Tools and Tips for Recovery Using Telehealth
- Practice bottom-up and top-down techniques clients can begin using immediately at home.
- Utilize at least two behavioural activation techniques clients can utilize while at home.
- Theorize how the therapeutic alliance may be enhanced when working with clients remotely.
Telehealth and the Therapeutic Alliance: What to watch out for and how to enhance the alliance with traumatized clients
- Eye contact issues
- Body language less visible
- “Mirroring” may be limited
- Tips for enhancing the connection
- Strategies to keep clients engaged
Help Clients Stay Connected and Active: Social and behavioural activation when you can’t be together
- Social distancing vs physical distancing
- Creating pattern disruptions with new schedules
- Movement and exercise
- Creating structure
Bottom-Up Trauma Treatment Techniques: At Home Strategies for Clients to Use Immediately
- Ground and stabilization techniques
- Somatic and sensorimotor techniques
- Breathing techniques
Top-Down Trauma Treatment Techniques: At Home Strategies for Clients to Use Immediately
- Cognitive skills
- Resource tapping and other EMDR skills