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.
8:15-8:45 am Registration & Breakfast
10:00-10:07 am Break
11:00-11:08 am Break
12:00-1:00 pm Lunch
2:00-2:08 pm Break
3:00-3:07 pm Break