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Stephen Terrell 2019

Trauma,Regulation,And Building Resilience – Stephen J. Terrell

Trauma, Regulation, and Building Resilience:

Recovery after Developmental Trauma

Overview

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.

Learning Objectives

  1. Participants will learn how the bio-physiology of trauma affects the whole person.
  2. Participants will understand the differences between shock (event) trauma and developmental trauma.
  3. The Polyvagal theory of how the nervous system works will be explained as it relates to health and trauma.
  4. Participants will learn the concept of the “window of tolerance” as it occurs in clients.
  5. Participants will be introduced to attachment theory, especially as it relates to early trauma.
  6. Participants will learn and practice attunement skills, and the importance of creating a “safe haven” for
    therapeutic work.
  7. Participants will be introduced to the concepts of auto-regulation, self-regulation and co-regulation.
  8. Participants will learn how the somatic approach and somatic touch can help increase regulation and resilience in
    a traumatized system.
  9. Guidelines and ethics for somatic work and somatic touch will be discussed.
  10. Participants will learn techniques for increasing regulation in the system and how to track changes as they occur.

 

 

Stephen Terrell 2019

Trauma,Regulation,And Building Resilience – Stephen J. Terrell

Trauma, Regulation, and Building Resilience:

Recovery after Developmental Trauma

Overview

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.

Learning Objectives

  1. Participants will learn how the bio-physiology of trauma affects the whole person.
  2. Participants will understand the differences between shock (event) trauma and developmental trauma.
  3. The Polyvagal theory of how the nervous system works will be explained as it relates to health and trauma.
  4. Participants will learn the concept of the “window of tolerance” as it occurs in clients.
  5. Participants will be introduced to attachment theory, especially as it relates to early trauma.
  6. Participants will learn and practice attunement skills, and the importance of creating a “safe haven” for
    therapeutic work.
  7. Participants will be introduced to the concepts of auto-regulation, self-regulation and co-regulation.
  8. Participants will learn how the somatic approach and somatic touch can help increase regulation and resilience in
    a traumatized system.
  9. Guidelines and ethics for somatic work and somatic touch will be discussed.
  10. Participants will learn techniques for increasing regulation in the system and how to track changes as they occur.

 

 

Trauma, Attachment & Yoga Training with Deirdre Fay, LICSW

Trauma, Attachment & Yoga Training with Deirdre Fay, LICSW

6 Days Training 

Part 1: 31st January – 2nd February 2019 – Kingsley Hotel, Cork

Part 2: 28th – 30th March 2019 – The Bessborough Centre, Blackrock, Cork City, T12 CRAO

This experiential training is an opportunity to explore ways to heal trauma and developmental wounding.

We do this by creating and embodying felt experiences of secure attachment that encourage natural expression. By exploring practices to positively heal trauma and embody secure attachment in a safe and nourishing environment new “facilitated pathways” are formed (as the neuroscientists say), making it easier to use when you really need them.

Not only is the training practical and skills-based but uses current research in attachment and trauma woven together with yogic psychology to give you a felt sense of secure attachment. Taking theoretical concepts we will open the door to an embodied experience through experiential learning.

Most importantly we’ll use our time together to experience how to repair attachment ruptures with ourselves and with other people by investigating and re-organizing the Internal Working Models (Bowlby) that are implicitly propelling our lives. We’re not content to know the patterns — it’s vital, for a satisfying life to shift those patterns so you can live the life you want to live.

Deirdre Fay LICSW Publications

Here’s how we’ll do this

Experiential Learning

The body is our physical home. Learning to listen to the body gives access to native intelligence and guides the way home.

Explore

One of the fundamental conditions for secure attachment comes from feeling safe to explore. This training provides that safe ground.

Nourishment

Replenishing opens native and creative avenues for wisdom and healing to spontaneously emerge

We are NOT stuck

Learn the critical strategies to shift old familiar patterns that no longer nourish or support healing

Research-Based

Uses the important research from trauma, attachment and yogic psychology as a foundation for experiential learning

Practical, Concrete Skills

Learn simple, easy to apply skills to use in everyday life to support the healing of trauma and to repair attachment wounds

What’s included in this training (once you sign-up )

  • A signed copy of Deirdre’s new book

    Attachment -Based Yoga & Meditation for Trauma Recovery

  • Foundations of Safely Embodied online skills course

    Great preparation for the six-day training

  • 3 Months Free Membership To The Safely Embodied Learning Community

    This also includes three months of coaching calls with Deirdre

  • Training Manual

    A comprehensive Training manual for the Trauma, Attachment & Yoga Training

  • Save On Your Next PCPSI Seminar

    30% off the next seminar you book with PCPSI

  • Early Booking Bonus

    If you are one of the first 15 to book – you receive The Safely Embodied Skills Manual

Topics We’ll Cover

  • Knowing how your attachment style gets kicked up and how to shift it
  • The importance of self-compassion
  • Why mindfulness and concentration are the two foundational skills for healing trauma
  • What intersubjectivity is and how come it’s so important
  • Body/energy based systems that inform and open wisdom
  • Self/Other Distinction : how to live in your own skin while being connected
  • Time Boundaries & Reality/Irreality: the present moment and how we get dislodged and dislocated in time and space
  • Re-enactments as a way of putting the jigsaw pieces together
  • Belongingness and affiliation and how that creates a healing environment
  • Understanding the nature of longing and how to use that as guidance
  • Transforming neediness and vulnerabilities into direction giving you a moment to moment roadway of where to go
  • Language of attachment

 

The Structure is Designed to Allow Your Own Wisdom to Arise

As a group, we will meet over the six days to learn the theories and to put the theories into felt practice.

The theory is important — but even more important is knowing yourself, learning how life has generated wisdom that you can trust. Gaining that embodied basis allows you to be in the world in a more nourishing and satisfying way.

In yoga and meditation practices there is formal practice and the time between formal practice. Our training will give us formal time to explore as well as the time in between when life’s doorways will open. Both are inviting you to return to your true nature and to your heart.

Model and Protocol

You’ll learn models from attachment theory and yogic psychology that will inform your work with clients, helping to direct you and guide you. Embedded in those models is a versatile protocol that can help you in your healing your own attachment wounds (something we do the rest of our lives) as well as help you in your sessions with clients.

Being known, understood, and seen as “unique in all the world”

As Peter Fonagy of the Tavistock Clinic tells us, “Being understood is a biological necessity.”

Our time together will be about understanding the unique way each person is organized as well as exploring ways to stretch outside what’s been familiar. This allows us to remap a new, more satisfying way to be in our bodies and in our life.

Yogic psychology helps us do this by tapping us into the wellspring of prana, the life force which pushes, prods, and urges us to return to our heart and remember our true nature.

The materials presented and the effortless exercises are designed to give participants an embodied experience of self-awakening while being known by others who are curious and interested in your unique presence in the world. That is the environment in which we will create together.

What past attendees are saying

Deirdre Fay’s Trauma Attachment Yoga training provides a rich panoply of skills that help treatment providers focus on trauma sequelae that reside in the body, mind, heart, soul. This training program and treatment approach are invaluable to anyone treating complex or developmental PTSD. It’s one of the finest training programs I’ve ever attended

Ray Howard, LICSW Keene, NH

Being in the training was like going to a spa once a month. At the same time, we were also learning new and effective ways to work with our clients that have attachment trauma

Caitlin Williams, LMHC, Arlington, MA

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This work is profoundly subtle and powerful. The training deepened my knowledge of attachment repair to a more heartfelt level. Learning how to change attachment patterns from a “felt” experience has been both personally and professionally beneficial. Deirdre’s masterful guidance enables a safe holding environment for learning and for personal growth. The material marinates and the shift toward our natural state of being unfolds as the old embedded attachment pattern changes. Remarkable depth work.

’Celia

I went from not being able to imagine what safety in a relationship looked like or felt like — or let alone be able to imagine feeling loved or cared about — to finding myself in a nourishing relationship. Sure it took work…. actually took a lot of work but I’m so glad I did it. This is something I always wanted and now I have it. Now, when I hear people say, ‘I can’t imagine what that would be like” I tell them over and over, ‘Yes, you can! It’s possible.” I guess one of the main things I got was hope that I can change from the inside out.

ElizabethClient

 

Bio: Deirdre Fay, LICSW

Deirdre Fay, LICSW has decades of experience exploring the intersection of trauma, attachment, yoga and meditation. Having meditated since the 70’s and lived in a yoga ashram for six years in the 80’s and 90s Deirdre brings a unique perspective to being in the body. In the 90’s Deirdre was asked to teach yoga and meditation to those on the dissociative unit at McLean Hospital. Having amassed skill sets in trauma treatment (as a supervisor under the guidance of Bessel van der Kolk at the Trauma Center), attachment theory (13 years of training with Daniel Brown), body therapy (as a trainer in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy) Deirdre now teaches an integrative approach which Chris Germer calls “a radically positive approach to healing trauma.” Deirdre founded the Becoming Safely Embodied skills groups and is the author of Attachment-Based Yoga & Meditation for Trauma Recovery (W.W. Norton, 2017), Becoming Safely Embodied Skills Manual (2007), and co-author of Attachment Disturbances for Adults (W.W. Norton, 2016) as well as the co-author of chapters in Neurobiological Treatments of Traumatic Dissociation.

 

Stephen J. Terrell – Trauma,Regulation,And Building Resilience

Trauma, Regulation, and Building Resilience:

Recovery after Developmental Trauma

Overview

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.

Learning Objectives

  1. Participants will learn how the bio-physiology of trauma affects the whole person.
  2. Participants will understand the differences between shock (event) trauma and developmental trauma.
  3. The Polyvagal theory of how the nervous system works will be explained as it relates to health and trauma.
  4. Participants will learn the concept of the “window of tolerance” as it occurs in clients.
  5. Participants will be introduced to attachment theory, especially as it relates to early trauma.
  6. Participants will learn and practice attunement skills, and the importance of creating a “safe haven” for
    therapeutic work.
  7. Participants will be introduced to the concepts of auto-regulation, self-regulation and co-regulation.
  8. Participants will learn how the somatic approach and somatic touch can help increase regulation and resilience in
    a traumatized system.
  9. Guidelines and ethics for somatic work and somatic touch will be discussed.
  10. Participants will learn techniques for increasing regulation in the system and how to track changes as they occur.
Bessel van der Kolk Seminar Cork

Bessel van der Kolk – The Body Keeps the Score

The Body Keeps the Score

Traumatized people chronically feel unsafe inside their bodies: the past is alive in the form of gnawing interior discomfort. Their bodies are constantly bombarded by visceral warning signs, and in an attempt to control these processes, they often become expert at ignoring their gut feelings and in numbing awareness of what is played out inside. They learn to hide from themselves.

About our speaker – Bessel A. van der Kolk M.D.

Bessel van der Kolk – The Body Keeps the Score Cork IrelandBessel is a clinician, researcher and teacher in the area of posttraumatic stress. His work integrates developmental, neurobiological, psychodynamic and interpersonal aspects of the impact of trauma and its treatment.

Dr. van der Kolk and his various collaborators have published extensively on the impact of trauma on development, such as dissociative problems, borderline personality and self-mutilation, cognitive development, memory,and the psychobiology of trauma. He has published over 150 peer reviewed scientific articles on such diverse topics as neuroimaging, self-injury, memory, neurofeedback, Developmental Trauma, yoga, theater and EMDR.

He is founder and Medical Director of the Trauma Center at JRI in Brookline, Massachusetts; past President of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, and Professor of Psychiatry at Boston University Medical School. He regularly teaches at universities and hospitals around the world,

His most recent 2014 New York Times Science best seller, The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Treatment of Trauma transforms our understanding of traumatic stress, revealing how it literally rearranges the brain’s wiring—specifically areas dedicated to pleasure, engagement, control, and trust. He shows how these areas can be reactivated through innovative treatments including neurofeedback, somatically based therapies, EMDR, psychodrama, play, yoga, and other therapies.

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Training Overview

Neuroscience & Brain Development

  • Neuroscience and brain development
  • Developmental psychopathology: The derailment of developmental processes & brain development due to trauma, abuse and neglect
  • How the brain responds to threat

Early Life Trauma

  • Interpersonal neurobiology
  • Adaptations to trauma early in the life cycle
  • Loss of affect regulation
  • Chronic destructive relationships towards self and others;
  • Dissociation and amnesia
  • Somatization
  • Self-blame, guilt and shame
  • Chronic distrust and identification with the aggressor

Attachment, Trauma, and Psychopathology

  • The breakdown of information processing in trauma
  • Mirror neuron systems and brain development
  • How to overcome the destabilization and disintegration
  • The compulsion to repeat – origins and solutions.
  • Difference between disorganized attachment and traumatic stress

Neuroscience, Trauma, Memory and the Body

  • The neurobiology of traumatic stress
  • Learned helplessness and learned agency
  • Restoring active mastery and the ability to attend to current experiences
  • Somatic re-experiencing of trauma-related sensations and affects that serve as engines for continuing maladaptive behaviors
  • How mind and brain mature in the context of caregiving systems

The Diagnosis and Treatment of Trauma-Related Disorders

  • Developmental Trauma Disorder
  • Affect and impulse dysregulation
  • Disturbances of attention, cognition, and consciousness
  • Distortions in self-perception and systems of meaning
  • Interpersonal difficulties
  • Somatization and biological dysregulation
  • This presentation will review the development of DTD in the DSM-5® as a diagnosis and it’s implications for assessment, diagnosis and treatment.

Trauma-specific Treatment Interventions

  • The role of body-oriented and neurologically-based therapies to resolve the traumatic past
  • Alternatives to drugs and talk therapy
  • EMDR
  • Self-Regulation, including Yoga
  • Mindfulness
  • Play and Theatre
  • Dance, Movement and sensory integration.
  • Neurofeedback

Learning Objectives

At the end of this training workshop, you will be able to:

  • Examine & explain how traumatized people process information
  • Describe how sensorimotor processing can alleviate traumatic re-experiencing
  • Describe the range of adaptations to trauma early in the life cycle
  • Explain how trauma affects the developing mind and brain
  • Summarize the recent advances in neurobiology of trauma
  • Identify the difference between disrupted attachment and traumatic stress
  • Describe how adverse childhood experiences effect brain development, emotion regulation & cognition
  • List and describe techniques of physical mastery, affect regulation and memory processing.
  • Describe the development of Developmental Trauma Disorder.
  • Explain the current DSM-5® position on DTD.
  • Explain how to integrate various treatment approaches in your practice
  • Summarize treatment strategies alternatives to drugs and talk therapy.

 

Kathy Steele ( 2 Days )

An Integrative Approach to Treating Complex PTSD

and Dissociative Disorders

Kathy Steele, MN, CS

This two day workshop will offer an integrative approach to creating safety, reduce and resolve symptoms, and stabilize clients who have complex PTSD and dissociative disorders. Many clients with complex trauma are challenging, with a high level of crisis and chaos, problems with the therapeutic relationship, and entrenched dysfunctional coping patterns. We will first examine how to understand and plan these demanding treatments in a sequenced, rational and tailored manner that supports increasing integration and improved functioning. Next, we will focus on specific principles and prognostic factors that can guide therapists in thoughtfully choosing interventions that are most likely to be effective. Interventions will be drawn from a variety of top-down and bottom-up modalities that are based upon a coherent theoretical foundation. Participants will explore how to work with attachment problems such as dependency, rage, need, shame, and isolation, and will learn specific interventions to facilitate a collaborative therapeutic relationship. We will explore when and how to approach traumatic memory in the context of the therapeutic relationship. Emphasis will be place on how to work with various degrees of dissociation. A sequenced and systemic approach to dissociation will be discussed, with highly practical interventions. Participants will also explore the concept of resistance and how it can best be addressed in a collaborative manner with highly traumatized clients.

Educational Objectives

Participants will be able to:

  1. Name five essential principles of treatment in working with Complex PTSD and dissociative disorders.
  2. Discuss the differences between a parent-child model and a collaborative model of the therapeutic relationship, and list at least 3 ways a collaborative relationship can be estabilished.
  3. Define disorganized attachment and how it is associative with dissociation.
  4. Define dissociation and name at least four ways to work with clients who have dissociative disorders.
  5. List contraindications to working with traumatic memory.
  6. Employ at least five different interventions to support integration of traumatic memory.

 

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Who is Kathy Steele ?

Kathy Steele, MN, CS has been in private practice in Atlanta, Georgia, USA for over three decades and is also an Adjunct Faculty at Emory University. She is a Fellow and past President of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (ISSTD), and is the recipient of a number of awards for her clinical and published works, including the 2010 Lifetime Achievement Award from ISSTD. She has numerous publications in the field of trauma and dissociation, including three books. Kathy is known for her humor, compassion, respect, and depth of knowledge as a clinician and teacher, and for her capacity to present complex issues in easily understood and clear ways.

Dr Janina Fisher ( 2 Days In Dublin )

Healing the Fragmented Selves of Trauma Survivors: Overcoming Self-Alienation

Childhood abuse necessitates self-alienation: we must disown that humiliating “bad child” and work harder to be the “good child” acceptable to our attachment figures. In the end, we survive trauma at the cost of disowning and dissociating from our most wounded selves. While longing to be feel safe and welcome, traumatized individuals find themselves in conflict: alternating between clinging and pushing others away, self-hatred or hostility toward others, yearning to be seen yet yearning to be invisible. Years later, these clients present in therapy with symptoms of anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, diagnoses of bipolar and borderline personality disorder, and a distorted or absent sense of identity.

This workshop offers a practical “hand’s on” approach to traumatized clients with underlying issues of self-alienation and self-hatred by helping them to recognize how the trauma has left them fragmented and at war within their own minds and bodies. Participants will learn how to help their clients observe the parts they have embraced and identified with as ‘me’ as well as the trauma-related parts they have disowned and judged harshly. Using interventions drawn from a number of therapeutic approaches (including Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Internal Family Systems, and ego state therapy), the focus is on helping clients observe and accept all aspects of the self with mindfulness-based interest and curiosity. As their young parts are identified and understood as ‘hero’s’ in the individual’s story of survival, clients are able to feel more warmly toward them, often for the first time.

Techniques will be demonstrated that increase the capacity to feel for and with each part, that foster the sense of caring, and that pave the way for growing “earned secure attachment” to ourselves. Even when our clients are unable to tolerate emotion, extend themselves compassion, or take in someone else’s caring, they can still learn to feel protective of their younger selves and even to welcome home these ‘lost souls’ with warmth and self-compassion.

Learning Objectives:

  • To identify signs and symptoms of fragmentation and internal conflict
  • To facilitate mindful tracking of fragmented parts of the self
  • To decrease client phobias of emotion and inner experience by increasing mindfulness-based dual awareness
  • To utilize somatic interventions for regulating autonomic arousal and affect dysregulation to calm the body
  • To integrate interpersonal neurobiology and social engagement techniques into the treatment
  • To increase self-compassion through growing empathy for wounded child parts
  • To foster ‘earned secure attachment’

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Janina Fisher, Ph.D.

Dr Fisher is a licensed Clinical Psychologist and Instructor at the Trauma Centre, an outpatient clinic and research centre founded by Bessel van der Kolk. Known for her expertise as both a clinician and consultant, she is also Assistant Director of the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute, an EMDR International Association Credit Provider, Psychological Services Director, Khiron Clinics UK, past president of the New England Society for the Treatment of Trauma and Dissociation, and a former Instructor, Harvard Medical School. Dr. Fisher lectures and teaches nationally and internationally on topics related to the integration of the neurobiological research and newer trauma treatment paradigms into traditional therapeutic modalities. She is the author of Psychoeducational Aids for Treating Psychological Trauma, co-author of Sensorimotor Psychotherapy: Interventions for Trauma and Dissociation, and author of the forthcoming book, Healing the Fragmented Selves of Trauma Survivors: Overcoming Internal Self-Alienation.

Published and Unpublished Articles

  • “Putting the Pieces Together: 25 Years of Learning Trauma Treatment” | Download PDF
    Published in Psychotherapy Networker, May/June 2014.
  • “The Treatment of Structural Dissociation in Chronically Traumatized Patients” | Download PDF
    Published in In Anstorp & Benum (2014). Trauma treatment in practice: complex trauma and dissociation. Oslo: Universitetsforlaget.
  • “Sensorimotor Approaches to Trauma Treatment” | Download PDF
    Published in Advances in Psychiatric Treatment, July 2011.
  • “Attachment as a Sensorimotor Experience” | Download PDF
    Published in Attachement: New Directions in Psychotherapy and Relational Psychoanalysis, July, 2011.
  • “Retraining the Brain: Harnessing Our Neuralplasticity” | Download PDF
    Published in the Psychotherapy Networker, March, 2011.
  • “Brain to Brain: The Therapist as Neurobiological Regulator” | Download PDF
    Published in the Psychotherapy Networker, January, 2010.
  • “Working with the Neurobiological Legacy of Trauma” (unpublished paper) | Download PDF
  • “Addictions and Trauma Recovery” (unpublished paper) | Download PDF
  • “Stabilization in the Treatment of Trauma” (unpublished paper) | Download PDF
  • “Self-harm and Suicidality” (unpublished paper) | Download PDF
  • “Dissociative Phenomena in the Everyday Lives of Trauma Survivors” | Download PDF
  • “Adapting EMDR Techniques in the Treatment of Dissociative or Dysregulated Clients” (unpublished paper) | Download PDF
  • “Modified EMDR Resource Development Protocol” (unpublished paper) | Download PDF

 

 

Lisa Ferentz ( 2 Days )

Trauma, Attachment, Affect Dysregulation and Shame:

Treating the Seeds and the Cycle of Self-Destructive Behaviours

Many clients with insecure or disorganized attachment issues, histories of prior trauma, abuse or neglect, or overwhelming developmental stressors often lack the ability to engage in appropriate affect regulation.  As a result, they are vulnerable to turning to self-destructive strategies including: acts of self-mutilation; substance abuse and other addictions; and eating disordered behaviors to cope and self-soothe.  Although these behaviors provide limited relief in the short-term, they inevitably lead to guilt, shame, and more traumatization, increasing the likelihood of chronic self-harm.  Join Lisa Ferentz, expert trauma therapist, and master the ability to decode and unpack the pain and the shame your clients experience while safely delving deeper into the source of their trauma and self-destructive behaviors.

As we explore the relationship between trauma, affect dysregulation, and self-harm, you’ll learn how triggering events, negative cognitions and affect, and dissociation fuel their chronic and cyclical nature. Lisa will teach you her proven approach that incorporates psycho-education, reparative attachment work, and expressive modalities that give your clients new, healthier coping strategies that replace their long-standing addictive and self-harming behaviors.  Her strengths-based, de-pathologized approach is designed to increase internal and external safety, promote grounding and containment, reduce flashbacks and help clients heal their pain narratives.

Working with a specific “cycle of self-destructive behaviors” will also provide you with a concrete template for a variety of creative and effective treatment strategies designed to reduce and eventually extinguish the behaviors. We will explore the idea of “working with” self-destructive behaviors by de-coding their deeper meaning and purpose while learning how to avoid the power struggles and increased self-harm that often accompanies ineffective “safety contracts.”  A more effective, alternative contract, called CARESS, will be presented. This intervention will help your clients reduce their shame and self-blame narratives, communicate their pain in healthier ways, short-circuit overwhelming thoughts and feelings, and re-claim affect regulation skills.  Clinical case examples, videos, clients’ writings and artwork will be incorporated into the workshop, and you will have the opportunity to safely “try on” expressive modalities including drawing, writing, guided imagery, somatic resourcing and breath work.

Learning Objectives:

1. Explain the relationship between, trauma, attachment, developmental stressors, affect dysregulation, shame, and self destructive acts.

2. Describe a chronic cycle of self-harm and the ways in which dissociation and anxiety influence the process.

3. Describe and utilize CARESS, an alternative to standard safety contracts.

4. Implement at least 5 creative strategies that help re-ground and re-establish a sense of safety in triggered trauma survivors.

5.Identify the recurring themes in the artwork of traumatized clients and learn how to work with art in session.

6. Describe the impact of counter-transference when working with self-destructive behaviors.

(Here is a more detailed outline of the workshop, if you need it)

1) Exploring the connection between attachment and affect regulation

– the four attachment styles and their impact on child development

-the challenge of attaching to unavailable, addicted, or abusive caretakers

-living in a state of affect dysregulation and the impact of hypo- and hyper-arousal

-exploring the dynamics of attachment and affect regulation through videos

2) Working with the strengths-based perspective

-the advantages to de-pathologizing destructive behaviors

-the impact this paradigm has on the therapeutic relationship

3) Understanding trauma-re-enactment and the meta-communication of self-harm

-“telling “ without talking

-why acts of self-harm are not arbitrary

-why your clients hurt themselves

4) The cycle of self-destructive behaviors

-what sets the behavior in motion, why it escalates and what reinforces it

5) Creative interventions to manage and eventually extinguish self-destructive acts

-journaling to understand triggers

-re-framing cognitive distortions

-using guided imagery for untenable thoughts and feelings

-safe place imagery and containment

-the power of incorporating breath work

-using the body for somatic resourcing and grounding

-short-circuiting flashbacks and dissociation

6) Why standard safety contracts don’t work and what to do instead

-incorporating CARESS and eliminating the power struggles in treatment

-processing clients’ artwork

7) The impact of counter-transference on the work

 

 

 

 

Lisa Ferentz, MSW, LCSW-C, DAPA

Lisa is a recognized expert in the strengths-based, de-pathologized treatment of trauma and has been in private practice for 32 years.  She presents workshops and keynote addresses nationally and internationally, and is a clinical consultant to practitioners and mental health agencies in the United States, Canada and the UK.  She has been an Adjunct Faculty member at several Universities, and is the Founder of “The Institute for Advanced Psychotherapy Training and Education,” now going into its tenth year of providing continuing education to mental health professionals and graduating over 800 clinicians from her two Certificate Programs in Advanced Trauma Treatment.  In 2009 she was voted the “Social Worker of Year” by the Maryland Society for Clinical Social Work.  Lisa is the author of “Treating Self-Destructive Behaviors in Traumatized Clients: A Clinician’s Guide,” now in its second edition, and “Letting Go of Self-Destructive Behaviors: A Workbook of Hope and Healing.”  Her next book, “Be Afraid. Do it Anyway: And Other Lessons to Live By” will be out early in 2017.  Lisa also hosted a weekly radio talk show, writes blogs and articles for websites on self-harm and self-care, teaches on many webinars, and is weekly contributor to Psychologytoday.com.  You can follow Lisa’s work at www.lisaferentz.com, Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter.