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Objectives

Session I - Introduction to the Treatment of Dissociation

Objectives:

  1. Describe three signs or symptoms of ‘complex trauma’
  2. Articulate the role of the Structural Dissociation model in trauma treatment
  3. Discriminate symptoms caused by activity of trauma-related parts
  4. Describe the use of mindfulness-based techniques in the treatment of dissociation

Session II - Increasing Awareness of Dysregulated Parts and Dissociative States

Objectives:

  1. Identify signs of dissociative parts observed in physical presentation and facial expression
  2. Differentiate characteristics of fight, flight, freeze, attach and submit parts
  3. Define the term ‘blending’ as it applies to structurally dissociated parts
  4. Recognize and describe dissociative “switching”

Session III - Working with Traumatic Memory in DID: Implicit Memory and Animal Defense Survival Responses

Objectives:

  1. Differentiate implicit memories versus situational emotional responses
  2. Identify role of animal defense survival responses in dissociative disorders and their relationship to traumatic memory
  3. Identify trauma-related internal conflicts frequently observed in trauma-related disorders
  4. Discuss indications and best practices for processing traumatic memories  

Session IV - Working with Regression, Aggression and Passivity

Objectives:

  1. Articulate the role of regression and aggression as survival responses to threat
  2. Specify verbal and somatic interventions for working with client dependency and/or aggression
  3. Articulate the role of depression as an adaptation to trauma
  4. Specify cognitive and somatic interventions for addressing chronic depressive states

Session V - Traumatic Attachment and the Treatment of Dissociative Disorders

Objectives:

  1. Discuss the concept of “controlling strategies” as a complication of disorganized attachment
  2. Identify the interaction between traumatic attachment and self-destructive behavior
  3. Articulate the effects of traumatic/disorganized attachment on the transference
  4. Demonstrate uses of right brain-to right brain communication to address attachment-related issues
  5. Discuss the use of the social engagement system

Session VI - Integration and Healing

Objectives:

  1. Articulate the traditional view of ‘integration’ as it pertains to dissociative disorders treatment
  2. Identify interventions for increasing internal communication and cooperation among parts
  3. Define the ‘negativity bias’ and its effects on psychological health and resilience
  4. Outline the role of self-acceptance and compassion in the healing process

Outline

Session I - Introduction to the Treatment of Dissociation

Session II - Increasing Awareness of Dysregulated Parts and Dissociative States

Session III - Working with Traumatic Memory in DID: Implicit Memory and Animal Defense Survival Responses

Session IV - Working with Regression, Aggression and Passivity Session V - Traumatic Transference in the Treatment of Dissociative Disorders Session VI - Integration and Healing


Bonus: Trauma Defined: Bessel van der Kolk on The Body Keeps the Score

Researchers are increasingly finding that the body is the key to trauma treatment. Trauma is about the body becoming immobilized, feeling helpless or numb. Often traumatized people either don’t feel their body at all, or they feel it all the time.

In this compelling one-hour discussion, world’s leading trauma researcher and author of the The Body Keeps the Score, Dr. Bessel van der Kolk discusses his research and the influences on his life work with trauma. During the hour, he succinctly and descriptively draws the picture of trauma, the brain, and how various treatments work (and don’t) on the trauma client.

This hour will leave you, and those with whom you share this information, with the best understanding on the nature of trauma, its impact on the brain, how our brains work and most of all, the important new treatments that promise hope to those suffering from PTSD and trauma.

Bessel has spent 40 years working with and learning from traumatized clients. In this video, he shares insight into a bold new paradigm for healing from trauma. You won’t want to miss this personal account of Dr. van der Kolk’s work.

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Outline

The Latest Clinical Research Surrounding:

Objectives

  1. Explain how trauma influences the activity of the key areas of the brain and how that dictates behavior patterns.
  2. Articulate the clinical research surrounding the effectiveness of yoga, mindfulness meditation, and theater in healing trauma in clients.

Copyright : 02/09/2014

Bonus: Overcoming Trauma-Related Shame and Self-Loathing with Janina Fisher, Ph.D.

Shame has an insidious impact on our traumatized clients’ ability to find relief and perspective even with good treatment. Feelings of worthlessness and inadequacy interfere with taking in positive experiences, leaving only hopelessness. This 60-minute recording was webcast live from the office of Dr. Janina Fisher and introduces shame from a neurobiological perspective—as a survival strategy driving somatic responses of automatic obedience and total submission.

Learn to help clients relate to their symptoms with curiosity rather than automatic acceptance, discriminate the cognitive, emotional, and physiological components of shame, and to integrate somatic as well as traditional psychodynamic and cognitive-behavioral techniques to transform shame-related stuckness.

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Objectives

  1. Discriminate the clinical implications of physiological and cognitive contributors to shame.
  2. Describe cognitive-behavioral, ego state, and psychoeducational interventions to address shame in clinical practice.

Outline

The Neurobiology of Shame

Shame’s Evolutionary Purpose Making Meaning of Shame Working from the “Bottom Up” A New Relationship to the Shame: Acceptance and Compassion The Social Engagement System and the Healing of Shame

Copyright : 09/12/2013