Neurobiology research consistently demonstrates that traumatic memory is held in sensory based bodily responses that are survival focused, resistant to change, and that defy explicit verbal narrative; thus they may not be well suited for traditional insight- oriented psychotherapeutic approaches. It follows that trauma informed therapists need to develop an integrative and expanded toolkit that includes a range of creative, expressive, somatic, and experiential tools and techniques that “keep the body in mind.”
In this interactive, experiential workshop, participants will explore numerous ways to facilitate a connection between mind and body for the purpose of managing stress and resolving trauma. “Bottom up” approaches using art, drama, breath, gesture, rhythm, movement, and sensory experiences will be introduced to inform a new embodied awareness that is helpful for our traumatized clients as well as ourselves. Participants will be exposed to the neurobiology of trauma and the somatic theories that underlie these approaches that are designed to regulate the nervous system while dealing with challenging trauma themes. These somatic tools are also applicable for the self-care of the therapist who may benefit from expanding and exploring somatic resources that allow them to feel more grounded, connected, engaged, and embodied.