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Telehealth Treatment of Addictive Behavior with Janina Fisher, PhD

Without support and blaming themselves for being ‘weak,’ it is not surprising that many individuals under stress rely on addictive behaviour to manage their intense feelings and impulses.

Substance abuse, eating disorders, and impulsive acting out all have the effect of calming an irritable nervous system and creating distance from emotions and body sensations. Working effectively on addictions recovery is enhanced by an understanding of why it feels safer to use (or to act out sexually or to restrict, binge, and purge) than to experience one’s feelings and memories.

The challenge of helping addicted clients is magnified by the current COVID crisis and need to work virtually.

Just when stress is heightened for all human beings, access to 12-step programs and psychotherapy are now limited to telehealth contact. This recording will give you a conceptual “map” for understanding addiction as a survival strategy for regulating environmental stress and personal distress.

Using mindfulness-based and body-centred strategies drawn from Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, you can develop a toolkit for helping clients with addictive behaviour virtually even in the midst of a pandemic.


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Janina Fisher, Ph.D.
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Jun 01, 2020
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Continuing Professional Development Certificates - PESI Australia, in collaboration with PESI in the USA, offers quality online continuing professional development events from the leaders in the field at a standard recognized by professional associations including psychology, social work, occupational therapy, alcohol and drug professionals, counselling and psychotherapy. On completion of the training, a Professional Development Certificate is issued after the individual has answered and submitted a quiz and course evaluation. This online program is worth 2.0 hours CPD.



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Janina Fisher, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist and former instructor at The Trauma Center, a research and treatment center founded by Bessel van der Kolk. Known as an expert on the treatment of trauma, Dr. Fisher has also been treating individuals, couples and families since 1980.

She is past president of the New England Society for the Treatment of Trauma and Dissociation, an EMDR International Association Credit Provider, Assistant Educational Director of the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute, and a former Instructor, Harvard Medical School. Dr. Fisher lectures and teaches nationally and internationally on topics related to the integration of the neurobiological research and newer trauma treatment paradigms into traditional therapeutic modalities.

She is author of the bestselling Transforming the Living Legacy of Trauma: A Workbook for Survivors and Therapists (2021), Healing the Fragmented Selves of Trauma Survivors: Overcoming Internal Self-Alienation (2017), and co-author with Pat Ogden of Sensorimotor Psychotherapy: Interventions for Attachment and Trauma.(2015).


Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Janina Fisher is in private practice. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Janina Fisher has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.

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  1. Determine the relationship between the autonomic nervous system and addictive behaviour
  2. Appraise the ‘Abstinence/Relapse Cycle’
  3. Implement mindfulness and somatic techniques to help clients regulate their nervous systems
  4. Plan resources that support clients’ recovery from their addictions


The Autonomic Nervous System & Addictive Behaviour

Working with the Abstinence/Relapse Cycle

Techniques to Implement to Regulate the Nervous System

  • Mindfulness approaches
  • Somatic approaches

Resources for Addictions Recovery

Target Audience

  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Psychiatrists
  • Psychologists
  • Psychotherapists
  • Therapists
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Case Managers
  • Nurses and other Healthcare Professionals



Overall:      5

Total Reviews: 3


Julie K - TUCSON, Arizona

"Fabulous presenter. I am thankful to have heard Janina present in person last summer."

Margret F - RIDGEWOOD, New Jersey

"Even as a LCADC, I learned a great deal to use in my practice; thank you."

Patricia S - HARTVILLE, Ohio

"I have not taken video with Janina Fisher in the past but she is an excellent presenter and makes important connection between addictions and trauma in a way I've not hear before. Thank you for this very timely seminar!"

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