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.
12:45 pm – 4:00 pm