A somatic approach to supporting recovery from developmental trauma
This three-module program will focus on understanding the effects of trauma during early development. We will present techniques for working with both children and adults, including recognizing developmental trauma in its adult disguises. By understanding how trauma affects the developing child, we can better understand our adult clients' symptoms of early trauma and be more effective in our work with them.
This course is intended as an integrated somatic approach, which includes touch-based methods for supporting and restoring clients’ resilience and self-regulation.
There will be a combination of lecture/demonstrations and experiential practice of the specific somatic techniques presented.
In this three-module series, we will cover the following material:
- How developmental trauma interrupts self-regulation, attachment, and physiology
- The relationship of attachment and bonding to traumatic stress physiology
- The somatic effects of developmental trauma
- The interplay between the social engagement system, physiology, and attachment dynamics
- Why the ACE (Adverse Childhood Experience) study is so important in generational and community healing
- Using somatic techniques for supporting resilience, regulation, and repair
- Ethics and protocols
Knowledge and experience in a bio-physiological model of trauma resolution, such as Somatic Experiencing, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, or the Hakomi Method, is required. Completion of the Touch Skills Training, Transforming the Experience-Based Brain, the Somatic Experiencing Advanced year, or the equivalent, is a necessary foundation for this course.
Following is a list of topics that will be addressed in each module. We use an experiential and emergent design model for teaching, which means that topics evolve from the group exercises and discussion. The following gives an approximate order for the material presented, but there will be variation for each group experience.
- Overview of developmental trauma and its impact on physiological regulation
- Four components of attachment and their relationship to survival
- Introduction to attachment patterns: secure, anxious, avoidant, disorganized
- Overview of the relationship between attachment patterns and survival
- Understanding how your attachment pattern shows up in the therapy room
- How neuroception and interoception affect attachment and traumatic stress responses
- Looking at attachment and survival through the lens of the Polyvagal Theory
- Introduction to the Window of Tolerance and its relationship to management strategies
- Shame and its inhibitory impact
- Common behavioral and physiological management strategies induced by early trauma
- Intro to ACE (Adverse Childhood Experience) study and its importance in treatment
- Somatic techniques for supporting regulation and safety
- Somatic/touch methods for supporting resilience and restoration of social engagement
- Auto-regulation, co-regulation and self-regulation
- Closer look at anxious and avoidant attachment patterns and their relationship to regulation and survival response
- Introduction to neurosequential development in developmental trauma
- Window of Tolerance, and the “Faux Window” management strategies commonly used
- Adaptive/maladaptive responses: threat response behaviors (immobilization, mobilization, social communication or engagement, submission), physiological dysregulation
- ACE study: indications of dysregulation and lack of resilience
- Understanding when social engagement is too much for your client
- Applying somatic approaches to the repair of shame
- Introduction to working somatically with low tone physiology (dorsal system)
- Supporting increased regulation and capacity for social engagement/bonding
- Closer look at disorganized/disoriented attachment patterns
- The overlap between disorganized attachment patterns and complex trauma
- Somatic methods for working with severe dysregulation and highly sensitive survival physiology
- Understanding the re-regulation that’s necessary in working with disorganized attachment and complex trauma
- Somatic adaptive behaviors and their impact on the ANS and overall regulatory functions
- Working effectively with the dorsal vagus system to promote re-regulation and greater access to the ventral vagus and social engagement system
- The dorsal system in relation to somatic over- and under-coupling
- Traumatic transference and counter-transference
When And Where
October 11-14, 2019
February 21-24, 2020
June 19-22, 2020
Friday – Sunday: 9:30am – 5:30pm
Monday: 9:30am – 4:30pm
Payment And Related Information:
$875.00 per module
Early Registration: $800.00 per module
when tuition is paid in full by:
- August 12, 2019 for Module 1
- January 22, 2020 for Module 2
- May 20, 2020 for Module 3
A deposit of $150.00 or payment in full is required to hold your place in module 1. If you enroll in module 1, we also hold your space for Modules 2 and 3 until the early registration deadline for those modules. No further deposit is required.
Cancellations received by the upcoming module’s Early Registration deadline will receive a full tuition refund; cancellations received after the deadline will receive a tuition refund less the deposit.
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Continuing Education Information:
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