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 this 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.
- 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
When And Where
Actual location TBD.
October 8-10, 2021
Payment And Related Information:
Pricing can be found on the Center For Inner Ecology website. The link to their website is in the registration section below.
Continuing Education Information:
CE Information is being updated.