Full Course Description
When Talk Isn’t Enough: Mobilizing the Power of Embodied Awareness featuring Bessel van der Kolk
- Describe three ways of evaluating whether an event can be classified as traumatic.
- Understanding the limitations of exposure therapy with its emphasis on desensitization to pain and exploring alternative methods that encourage a fuller mind/body integration
- How to make the most of your own healing presence through attention to breathing, posture, and mirroring your clients’ words and expressions
- A future-focus overview of emerging tools and research that promise new possibilities for healing from complex trauma
Promoting Post-Traumatic Growth: From Devastation to Hope featuring Lisa Ferentz
- Assess the concept of Post-Traumatic Growth and how it differs from simple recovery from trauma.
- Help clients tap into their deepest inner wisdom by reinforcing personal strengths and tapping into remembered resources
- Integrate writing exercises, drawing, role-plays, guided imagery, and the creative arts to enrich the therapy experience
- Guide clients through the key transition points in the process of post-traumatic growth
The Challenge of Complex Trauma: Embracing the Disowned Self featuring Richard Schwartz
- Explain why Internal Family Systems therapy is an effective method for treating trauma.
- Help clients communicate with disowned and disliked parts of the themselves
- Avoid becoming the primary attachment figure and, instead, open the way for the client’s Self to emerge
- Use methods for transparently handling situations in which the therapist can get emotionally triggered
Healing From the Bottom Up: Resource States in Trauma Work featuring Peter Levine
- Explain how traumatized clients can use Somatic Experiencing to improve clinical outcomes.
- Master the SIBAM model for systematically observing clients' nonverbal responses.
- Guide clients in "riding the waves" of their sensations as they exit from their immobility response and experience release from their original trauma.
- Titrate your interventions to maximize your impact and avoid retraumatizing vulnerable clients.
Bringing Families into Trauma Treatment: The Missing Ingredient for Effectiveness featuring Mary Jo Barrett
- Explain why family therapy is an effective method for treating trauma.
- Techniques for using enactments to change negative feedback patterns in your clients’ daily lives
- Approaches to teaching family skills that increase the transfer of learning from the consultation room to your clients’ home
- Strategies for resolving conflicts and reinforcing positive experiences within couples and families
Trauma Therapy in Perspective: Lessons from the Past 25 Years featuring Janina Fisher
- Explore how to integrate EMDR therapy into an existing framework for trauma treatment.
- The limitations of exposure therapy and alternative strategies for bolstering cognitive, emotional, physical, and behavioral resilience
- The contribution that brain science, somatic therapy, mindfulness, and the practice of “dual awareness” can make to trauma recovery
- Practical methods for heightening right-brain-to-right-brain communication in therapy
Trauma, PTSD & Traumatic Grief: Effective Assessments and Interventions
- Describe the etiology and impact of traumatic stress on the client utilizing multiple assessment strategies.
- Assess a client’s reaction to a traumatic event and make an appropriate diagnosis.
- Explain grief, bereavement, and mourning are accounted for in the new DSM-5®.
- Implement interventions to assist a client in dealing with the biopsychosocial manifestations of trauma, PTSD, and traumatic grief/complicated mourning.
- Utilize appropriate evidence-based interventions to assist a client in dealing with the biopsychosocial-spiritual manifestations of trauma.
- Explain the effects of trauma on the structure and function of the brain.
- Conceptions & definitions
- High-risk characteristics
- Pre-natal, early life trauma
- Single event vs. complex
- Trauma & Stressor Related Disorders (DSM-5®)
- Acute Stress Disorder
- Adjustment Disorders
- Reactive Attachment Disorder
- Etymology & “wound care”
- Developmental trauma & working with children
TRAUMA AND THE BRAIN, BODY, MIND: IMMEDIATE ASSESSMENT & INTERVENTION
- The Triune Brain Model
- The Adaptive information Processing Model
- Assessing through themes & negative cognitions
- Subjective imprints of trauma
- Innovative tools for assessment
- Best practices for assessment
- Establishing empathy from the first session
LOSS AND TRAUMATIC GRIEF: IMMEDIATE ASSESSMENT & INTERVENTION
- Grief, Bereavement & Mourning
- Comparing Models: Engle, Kubler-Ross, Worden
- Historical roots (masked grief)
- Comparing trauma to grief/treatment implications
- Grief, Bereavement in DSM-5®
- Traumatic bereavement
- Complex bereavement
- Depressive disorders and grief
- Grief across the developmental lifespan
IMMEDIATE INTERVENTIONS: UNDERSTANDING THE THREE-STAGE CONSENSUS MODEL
- Learn 7 holisitic strategies & variations
- Mindfulness, yoga, recovery resources
- Find out what works best
- The four common factors
- EMDR & Bilateral Therapies
- Energy therapies
- Cognitive therapies
- Mindfulness-informed interventions
- Somatic & focusing interventions
- Narrative therapy
- Gestalt traditions
- Spiritual variations
- The therapist/helper as intervention
- The relational imperative/therapeutic alliance
- Working with abreactions
- The calming presence
- What makes a good trauma therapist?