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(NEW) Staying Within the Window of Tolerance: Breath Work and Body-Centered Modalities for Affect Regulation

June 20 Breakfast 8:30am-8:45am   Training 8:45am-4:00pm $159, 6 CEUs Presenter: Stacey Rempert, MSW, LCSW-C Doubletree Hilton Hotel, 1726 Reisterstown Road Baltimore, MD 21208 United States + Google Map

Helping clients stay in the “window of tolerance” is a universal goal in therapy since clients cannot process and integrate what’s happening in session if they are emotionally overwhelmed or dissociated. Fortunately, two powerful resources are always available to help regulate affect: the breath and the body. Trauma survivors especially need help with affect regulation, though all clients can benefit from learning these tools. The primary methods we will explore are: Focusing, Progressive Muscle Relaxation, and at least 6 specific breath practices that regulate the nervous system. These techniques will help clients stay in the “window of tolerance” by calming the Sympathetic nervous system and/or activating the Social Engagement system to re-ground from dissociative states. Clients can then use these tools outside of your therapy room to strengthen their inner resources for self-soothing and grounding.

This training will include both psychoeducation and experientials focused on breath work and body-centered strategies for affect regulation. Students will learn about how the nervous system and respiratory system are inextricably linked and how to integrate these techniques into the therapy process. Participants will have the opportunity to experience each technique and to practice teaching the tools in role-play scenarios. Many of the modalities presented in this class are adaptable to accommodate clients with limited mobility and require no prior experience. Please wear comfortable clothing.

Learning Objectives

  • Participants will be able to explain the connection between the nervous system, respiratory system and affect regulation.
  • Participants will be able to define “window of tolerance” and explain how it relates to effective therapy.
  • Participants will be able to describe how breath work and body-centered modalities impact the nervous system.
  • Participants will be able to apply the techniques presented by giving clear instructions in a role-play scenario for at least 3 calming techniques and 3 grounding techniques.


8:45 – 10:30

  • Psychoeducation

10:30 – 10:45  BREAK

10:45 – 12pm

  • Breathing experientials and role plays

12:00 – 1:00  LUNCH

1:00 – 2:30

  • Body experientials/ role plays

2:30 – 2:40    BREAK

2:40 – 4:00

  • Extra experientials if time and questions
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