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Peter Levine, Ph.D.
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Oct 28, 2019
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Dr. Peter Levine holds doctorates in both medical biophysics and psychology. He is the developer of Somatic Experiencing® (SE), a naturalistic body-awareness approach to healing trauma, which he teaches all over the globe. Dr. Levine is also the founder of the Foundation for Human Enrichment and was a stress consultant for NASA during the development of the space shuttle.
An accomplished author, Dr. Levine penned Healing Trauma, Sexual Healing and the bestselling book, Waking the Tiger. He also co-authored with Maggie Kline Trauma Through a Child’s Eyes and Trauma-Proofing Your Kids. His latest book, In an Unspoken Voice: How the Body Releases Trauma and Restores Goodness, is a testament to his lifelong investigation into the connection between evolutionary biology, neuroscience, animal behavior, and more than 40 years of clinical experience in the healing of trauma.
Dr. Levine was honored in 2010 with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the United States Association for Body Psychotherapy (USABP) and is a Senior Fellow at Meadows Behavioral Healthcare.
Financial: Peter Levine is the Developer of Somatic Experiencing®. He is the founder and Senior Advisor to the Foundation for Human Enrichment; and Senior Advisor to The Meadows Addiction Treatment Center. Dr. Levine receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.
Non-financial: Peter Levine is a member of the American Psychological Association; Humanistic Psychological Association; and International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies.
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Articulate the four major developmental stages that increase vulnerability to trauma and how to recognize them in your clients.
Determine the naturalistic mechanics of trauma and survival responses of flight, fight, freeze and collapse as it relates to clinical treatment.
Differentiate the different types of memory systems and comprehend the connection to the mind and body’s way of processing the types of memories.
Analyze the various forms of memory and their impact on working with clients in therapy.
Differentiate ways to identify which memory systems are operative and how to access these (memory) components in a systematic fashion to promote self-regulation, integration and empowerment with clients.
Appraise the evolutionary underpinnings of trauma and the Polyvagal theory and their clinical implications.
Demonstrate the importance of “Bottom-Up” processing versus “Top-Down” processing to improve treatment outcomes.
Analyze the effects of stress on somatic and emotional syndromes in clients.
Incorporate Dr. Levine’s simple containment tools to more effectively engage your client in trauma therapy.
Implement Somatic Experiencing© techniques to help clients heal traumatic memories.
Demonstrate practical tools for therapeutic work with emotional and procedural (“body”) memories.
Manage avoiding pitfalls of generating spurious (“false”) memories and help clients come to peace with their troubling memories and haunting emotions.
Trauma and the Body
Deeper Understanding of Memory and Clinical Implications
- Developmental trauma
- Evolution and Polyvagal foundation
- How the body stores trauma
- Clinical research
- Explicit – More Conscious Memory
- Implicit – Less Conscious Memory
- Procedural/Body Memory
- Clinical application for memory systems
How Clients Get “Stuck”
- Long-term memory vs short-term memory
- How the brain and body store memory
- Memory engrams with somatic markers
- Fight, flight, freeze response
Somatic and Emotional Reactions to Trauma
- Tonic immobility – The fallback to freeze
- Freeze couples with Fear
- Bracing and terror
- Euphoric dissociation
The Basic Stages of Trauma Treatment
- Symptoms and complexities of each in therapy
- Emotional – anxiety, depression
- Somatic – chronic pain, fibromyalgia
- Autonomic – migraines, irritable bowel
- Resolving Traumatic Reactions
Therapeutic Approaches to Treat Traumatic Memories
- Containment of strong sensation and emotion
- Pendulation – The dual opposites of sensation
- Titration – going gradually
- Renegotiation of active for passive responses
- Allow things to settle: Self-Paced termination
- The importance of “Bottom-Up” processing
- The Paul MacLean’s Triune Brain
- In an Unspoken Voice
- Somatic Experiencing©
- Renegotiation vs. Reliving
- Restoration of self-regulation
- Somatic experience of trauma
- Developing internal awareness
- The mind-body connection in trauma work
- Help reinforce trust and acceptance in clients
- Incorporating client’s spirituality in trauma work
- Social Workers
- Marriage and Family Therapists
- Addiction Counselors
- Occupational Therapists
- Case Managers
- Other Helping Professionals
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