Trauma, Regulation, and Building Resilience:
Recovery after Developmental Trauma
This two-day workshop will offer an integrative approach to developmental trauma. It will help clinicians recognize the signs of early trauma in children and in adults, and will teach effective ways to bring regulation and resilience to clients with complex trauma. It synthesizes somatic touch, regulation, attachment styles, the bio-physiology of trauma, and the trauma narrative. Thus, participants will learn to use the Polyvagal theory with the biophysiology of trauma, and acquire somatic skills to encourage emotional and physical regulation.
Stephen J. Terrell
Stephen J. Terrell, PsyD, SEP , is a leading expert in the field of developmental trauma and adoption. The founder of Austin Attachment and Counseling Center, Co-Author of “Nurturing Resilience”, Co-Developer of “Somatic Resilience and Regulation”, Developer of “Transforming the Experience-Based Brain, and developer of “Experiential Developmental Trauma Groups”. Dr. Terrell works directly with individuals and families who have experienced early/developmental trauma through trauma-informed approaches. Terrell teaches throughout the United States, Japan, Canada, and Europe. A Licensed Professional Counselor with advanced training in Somatic Experience, EMDR, Play Therapy, Trauma, and other somatic approaches. He has also been a featured speaker and presenter at international adoption conferences. Terrell has incorporated the use of touch in his practice when working directly with dysregulation of the autonomic nervous system and has coined, “Agreement Therapy”. Agreement Therapy is about asking what happened to you to bring you to here with the least amount of resistance. Dr. Terrell is a single adoptive parent of two sons and resides outside of Austin, Texas.
- Participants will learn how the bio-physiology of trauma affects the whole person.
- Participants will understand the differences between shock (event) trauma and developmental trauma.
- The Polyvagal theory of how the nervous system works will be explained as it relates to health and trauma.
- Participants will learn the concept of the “window of tolerance” as it occurs in clients.
- Participants will be introduced to attachment theory, especially as it relates to early trauma.
- Participants will learn and practice attunement skills, and the importance of creating a “safe haven” for
- Participants will be introduced to the concepts of auto-regulation, self-regulation and co-regulation.
- Participants will learn how the somatic approach and somatic touch can help increase regulation and resilience in
a traumatized system.
- Guidelines and ethics for somatic work and somatic touch will be discussed.
- Participants will learn techniques for increasing regulation in the system and how to track changes as they occur.