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(NEW) Online Training – Working with the Fragmented Selves of Trauma Survivors: Trauma Informed Stabilization Training (TIST)

June 27 Login to Zoom 12:45pm ; Training 1:00pm-4:15pm (EDT) $99, 3 CEUs Presenter: Janina Fisher, Ph.D. Zoom.us, MD + Google Map

Alienation from self in the context of abusive parenting is a survival strategy that maintains children’s attachment to caregivers by disowning themselves as “bad” or “unlovable.”   This deeply painful failure of self-acceptance is adaptive at the time but results in lifelong shame and self-loathing, difficulty self-soothing, and complications in relationships with others.  Without internal compassion and a sense of worth, it is difficult to take in the compassion and acceptance of others. To overcome this alienation from self, Trauma-Informed Stabilization Treatment or TIST focuses on cultivating mindful awareness of clients’ disowned selves and disowned experience. As they learn to relate to overwhelming emotions and impulsive behavior as evidence of trauma-related, structurally dissociated younger selves, most clients begin to feel an internal sense of warmth and gratitude that changes their internal experience.  In this workshop, using strategies inspired by Structural Dissociation theory, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy and Internal Family Systems, we will explore the therapeutic power of fostering internal secure attachment to clients’ most deeply disowned selves.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe the relationship between early attachment or trauma and alienation from self
  • Recognize signs of disowned parts and their internal conflicts
  • Identify parts that sabotage self-compassion or self-acceptance
  • Describe interventions that create an increased felt sense of connection to parts
  • Capitalize on interpersonal neurobiology to increase the effectiveness of therapeutic interventions
  • Foster ‘earned secure attachment’ as the outcome of attachment bonding between adult and child selves


1:00-1:30:  Self-alienation in the context of trauma

1:30-2:00:  Splitting and fragmentation: the Structural Dissociation model

2:00-2:30:  Helping clients develop mindful-based relationship to parts

2:30-2:45:  Break

2:45-3:15   Cultivating empathy and compassion: somatic and visualization techniques

3:15-3:50:  Providing reparative experiences for healing traumatic wounding

3:50-4:15:  Questions and discussion