This class is only open to participants of the Level I program.
For information about the Level I Trauma Certificate Program,click here.
In this 6-hour workshop we will experientially process a variety of techniques designed to help traumatized clients somatically and emotionally feel safe, grounded, and within the optimal window of arousal. We will explore the power of using breathwork, anchoring, aromatherapy, titration of emotions, pacing with scaling, and simple tapping from the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) paradigm. In addition, participants will learn how to help clients turn inward and become more aware of somatic sensations that hold memories, emotions and needs through Gene Gendlin’s Focusing paradigm. We will discuss the importance of incorporating movement as a way to help clients metabolize trauma that is stored on the body. We will process simple strategies that allow for somatic resourcing, giving clients the reparative opportunity to use their bodies for grounding and soothing.
During the second half of the workshop, we will explore ways to use art therapeutically. Participants will learn how to prepare clients for art interventions, as well as the open-ended questions that should be used to process and de-code the meta-communication of clients’ work. Many examples of effective art prompts will be discussed including: the visual depiction of emotions; obstacles and supports for recovery; the “bridge” prompt for future goal setting; and mapping to create a visual roadmap of issues that have emerged in treatment. We will also process a series of flashback halting protocols that can help clients short-circuit dissociation and differentiate the past from the present.
Describe and Implement at least three breathwork strategies to address either hyper-arousal or hypo-arousal.
Define and implement at least three strategies designed to target arousal modulation.
Describe and implement at least three strategies rooted in somatic resourcing to help clients use their own bodies for grounding and self-soothing.
Explain Gene Gendlin’s Focusing model and how to help clients turn inward to gain more awareness about the meta-communication of somatization.
Describe and implement at least four art therapy techniques designed to help clients work through abuse memories, improve ego-strength, and self-esteem.
Identify at least four open-ended questions to use when inviting clients to process and attach meaning-making to their artwork.
Explain the technique of “mapping” and how it can be beneficial when clients or clinicians lose a sense of focus or direction in therapy.
Describe and practice at least three strategies to help clients short-circuit dissociation and flashbacks.
Explain the concept of “re-storying” and how it can help to make abreactions productive rather than destructive.
Creatively and Effectively Treating Trauma: Part II Class 5: Agenda/Outline
8:30-8:45 am Registration
Addressing hyper and hypo-arousal with breathwork
Tools for anchoring- video
Pacing and applying the brakes
EFT tapping and experiential
10:00-10:07 am Break
Trauma, PTSD and movement
Somatic Resourcing and Power Poses
Understanding the “Felt Sense”- experiential
Pairing Body Sensation with Art
11:00-11:08 am Break
Containment strategies- clients’ artwork
Containing with Mandalas- experiential
12:00-1:00 pm Lunch
Preparing clients for art interventions
The power of using art therapeutically
Processing open-ended questions for insights
2:00-2:08 pm Break
Art prompts: depicting emotions; supports and obstacles; bridge for future goals;
Using Mapping in sessions- processing client’s work
3:00-3:07 pm Break
Flashback halting protocols
Using “Re-storying” to heal traumatic event
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