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Module 1: Understanding Polyvagal Theory: Emotion, Attachment, and Self-Regulation

OBJECTIVES

  1. Integrate effective non-verbal behavior into your sessions with clients.

OUTLINE

  • Neurophysiology of Behavioral State Regulation
  • Autonomic Nervous System
  • Social Engagement System
  • Perception
  • The Polyvagal Theory for Trauma Treatment
Copyright : 01/10/2013

Module 2: Bringing a Polyvagal Perspective into Therapy: How to Safely Navigate Emotional Storms

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Objectives

  1. Discover how to use your own autonomic nervous system to create an environment of safety for your clients
  2. Discover how to develop the expressive range of your eyes, voice, breath, and body to enrich your nonverbal attunement skills
  3. Discover how to help your clients listen to their internal state and let go of their problem story
  4. Discover how to reliably guide your clients from state to state and enhance their capacity for self-regulations

Copyright : 24/03/2018

Module 3: Harnessing the Polyvagal System to Help Clients with Anxiety, Depression, and Anger

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OutlineThe Social Engagement System-What is it?

  • Underlying biology
  • Effect on fight/flight/freeze reaction
  • How interacting with others can help
The Social Engagement System-How to use it
  • Voice Prosidy
  • Resonance
  • Facial expressions
  • Eye contact
  • Touch
Play as a neural exercise for harnessing the SES to create safety and connection
  • The concept of interstate travel
  • Practicing various games for calming, regulating, establishing trust, maximizing eye contact, maximizing prosodic voice

Objectives

  1. Explore how to connect with defensive clients, eliciting novel responses that grab their attention, interrupt automatic defensiveness, and generate curiosity
  2. Explore how to practice exercises for helping guarded or angry clients feel more open
  3. Explore how to develop skills to create small but transformative moments in therapy
  4. Explore how to master specific behaviors that elicit trust, like a sing-songy, rhythmic voice; open, curious eyes; reassuring touch; and sounds of empathy
  5. Explore how to use games to help anxious clients more relaxed and depressed clients more energized

Copyright : 22/03/2018

Module 4: Brain Switch - Apply Polyvagal and Memory Reconsolidation Theories with Parts Work, Somatic, and Mindful Approaches

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Outline

  • Use the insula to reduce visceral sensations
  • Find sensations to rewind them
  • Teach clients to release endorphins
  • Transform brain research into interventions
  • Change the brain’s negative bias
  • Externalize & personify negative thoughts
  • Rapidly activate centers for positive emotions
  • No‐fail homework assignments
  • 4‐step method to overcome negative self‐talk: demonstration and practicum
  • Replace controlling, critical inner voices with compassion and curiosity
  • Use memory tricks to increase mindfulness
  • Learn the prerequisite for deep therapeutic change
  • Mix everyday tech savvy with neuroscience

Objectives

  1. Explore the therapeutic impact of activating brain centers that neutralize stressful neurochemicals
  2. Explore how to regulate sensations from disturbing emotions by balancing them with uplifting neurochemicals
  3. Explore the power of visual images to externalize distress, enhance attunement, and create pathways to implicit memories and inner assets
  4. Explore ways to integrate a variety of therapeutic approaches into a three-step, brain-based protocol that can be used with diverse populations and ages

Copyright : 23/03/2018

BONUS: Opening the Heart: How to Deepen the Experience of Therapy

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Outline

 

Traumatic Memory

  • Types of Memory
  • Implicit Memory as the Focal Point
    • Forms of Implicit Memory
The Relationship Between Heart and Brain
  • Neuroception
    • Fight-Flight-Freeze
    • How the Brain Perceives Threat
    • Somatic effects of anxious or traumatic attachment
  • The Brain in Survival Mode
    • How the body protects us from hurt: armoring, bracing, constricting
    • Consequences in later life: emotional distance, guarded, closed off
  • Early Attachment and The Capacity for Empathy
When Clients Cannot Feel, Approaches to Accessing Emotion
  • Increase engagement and promote internal sense of safety
  • Experiment with changes in posture, shoulders, opening the chest, relaxing the body
  • Experiment with increasing or decreasing heart rate and tension
  • Going “deep” with the client
Use the Client’s History to Diagnose Why the Body Has Closed Off Emotion
  • What necessitated distance from emotion?
  • How did guarding, constricting, or armoring help client survive?
  • What happens when the client thinks about being vulnerable?
Accessing the Social Engagement System to Evoke Emotional Engagement
  • Make use of the facial muscles, larynx, movements of the head and neck
  • Increase playfulness, laughter, lightness
  • Avoid pressure on client to feel vulnerable emotions
Psychotherapy Approaches in the Treatment of Trauma
  • The Transformation Model
  • Sensorimotor Psychotherapy
  • Integrating Mindfulness into Psychotherapy
  • Neuroplasticity and Its Clinical Implications

Objectives

  1. Articulate psychotherapy techniques to help clients access emotion to inform the clinician’s choice of treatment interventions.
  2. Determine the impact of early attachment and its clinical implications for purposes of client psychoeducation and symptom management.
  3. Evaluate the relationship between memory and trauma and communicate how this information can be utilized therapeutically to help clients cope with traumatic memories.
  4. Investigate how mindfulness and meditation impact the nervous system and articulate how mindfulness interventions can be used to improve clinical outcomes.
  5. Incorporate specific memory reconsolidation techniques to help clients change how they perceive and respond to memories of past traumatic events.
  6. Apply simple yet effective clinical interventions drawn from Sensorimotor Psychotherapy to alleviate symptoms in clients.

Copyright : 22/03/2018