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(NEW) Online Training – Trauma and the Body: Somatic Approaches to Complex Traumatic Stress

October 28 Login to Zoom.com 12:30pm; Training 12:45pm-4:00pm $99, 3 CEUs Presenter: Janina Fisher, Ph.D. Zoom.com, MD + Google Map

Please Note: This workshop is NOT eligible for the “Bring a Friend” discount.

In surviving trauma, individuals are left with a host of easily re-activated somatic responses and an inadequate memory record.  Uncertain about what happened, trauma survivors interpret the somatic activation as data about “me:” “I am still not safe,”  “I am worthless and unlovable.”   Through the lens of these procedurally-learned, body-based responses, the traumatized individual makes meaning of all subsequent experience.

In this webcast, participants will learn how to assess and make sense of trauma-based symptoms and how to apply neurobiologically informed treatment techniques drawn from Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, a body-oriented talking therapy.

Using a multimodal approach—integrating lecture, videotapes, and experiential exercises—participants will be introduced to body-oriented interventions drawn from Sensorimotor Psychotherapy that address trauma-related challenges such as:  dysregulated autonomic arousal, overwhelming affects and sensations, intrusive images and memories, impulsivity and acting out, and numbing and disconnection.  Sensorimotor Psychotherapy offers simple body-oriented techniques for addressing somatic responses and can be seamlessly integrated into traditional talking therapies.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe the implications of the neuroscience research for assessment and treatment of traumatized individuals
  • Describe the autonomic, cognitive, affective and somatic effects of PTSD
  • Implement mindfulness-based techniques to challenge procedurally-learned patterns of response
  • Identify somatic interventions that regulate a traumatized nervous system


12:45 pm – 4:00 pm

  • The neurobiology of trauma: why we need to work with the body
  • The ‘living legacy” of traumatic experience: what perpetuates PTSD
  • Sensorimotor Psychotherapy: principles and interventions for resolving trauma symptoms

Please note that short breaks will be held several times throughout the afternoon.

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