Jan 31  —  Feb 25

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Healing Attachment Wounds and Affect Dysregulation with Expressive Modalities and Parts Work

January 31, 2022 – February 4, 2022   |   9:00 am – 12:30 pm daily

Week 1

Presented by Lisa Ferentz

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Lisa Ferentz - Healing Attachment Wounds - Week 1 Innovations in Psychotherapy Cancun 2022
Healing Attachment Wounds - Innovations in Psychotherapy Cancun 2022
Healing Attachment Wounds - Innovations in Psychotherapy Cancun 2022

About this workshop

Explore creative treatment strategies designed to help traumatized clients in this didactic and highly experiential training.

In this didactic and highly experiential training on healing attachment wounds, we will explore the pivotal role that secure vs. disorganized family-of-origin attachment patterns have on a client’s inabilities to self-soothe or regulate emotional states in childhood, adolescence, and adulthood.

We’ll examine how children navigate the challenges of attaching to abusive, neglectful, or emotionally unavailable caretakers. You will also learn about the emotional and neurological price children pay due to attachment.

We will then identify and experience a wide range of creative treatment strategies for healing attachment that are designed to help traumatized clients develop and enhance affect regulation skills. We’ll also delve into the power of integrating left and right brain hemispheres for deeper processing and healing.

These strategies for healing attachment wounds will help promote internal and external safety, greater attunement, grounding, containment, self-soothing, self-compassion, and emotional stabilization.

You will learn and practice a variety of techniques, including using mirror neurons, calming and activating breath work, somatic resourcing with movement, focusing, journaling and creative cognitive re-framing, using art therapeutically, and flashback-halting protocols.

We will also explore many of these strategies within the context of “parts work”, using mapping and effective strategies to calm the “Inner Critic”. This allows clients to access their wise, compassionate, and curious parts. Videos and many case examples will be processed, together with clients’ artwork and journal entries.

Given our magnificent location, we’ll also enjoy the added benefit of incorporating the sun and sand into some of our exercises!

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, the attendee will have learned to:

  • Describe the four attachment patterns that create either secure or traumatic experiences in a client’s family of origin.

  • Explain the connection between disorganized attachment patterns and affect dysregulation in adolescents and adults.
  • Define the concepts of hypo-arousal and hyper-arousal and how they impact the window of tolerance.

  • Explain the cognitive process of “shifting the locus of control” as it pertains to the challenge of attaching to an abusive caretaker.

  • Explain the role that digital technology has in compromising secure attachment.

  • Differentiate between internal and external safety and describe strategies to enhance both in traumatized clients.

  • Implement at least two breathing exercises to de-escalate hyper-arousal and two breathing exercises to activate a hypo-aroused state.

  • Explain the concept of somatic resourcing and implement at least four strategies to enhance grounding and soothing.

  • Apply the step-by-step approach of the “Focusing” technique as a way to help clients somatically connect and “listen” to their bodies.

  • Explain why trauma is best metabolized through movement and not talk therapy alone.

  • Identify at least three protective functions of the “Inner Critic” and explain why it is often activated in response to expressive modalities.

  • Describe at least three benefits of journaling and implement at least two journal prompts to increase positive self-talk.

  • Explain and apply the concept of “remembered resource” as a means to increase self-compassion.

  • Describe and implement at least three art prompts that are designed to illustrate emotion, obstacles and supports and the externalization of parts.

CE Credits

US attendees: This workshop is approved for CE Credits (16.25 hours) by Praxis Continuing Education and Training. For information about CE Credits, click here.

See detailed workshop agenda below.

A few words from Lisa about this workshop

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Additional Workshop Details

Target Audience:
Marriage and Family Therapists, Clinical and Counseling Psychologists, Psychiatric Social Workers, Pastoral Counselors, Psychotherapists, Psychiatrists, Physicians, Nurse Practitioners, Occupational Therapists, Counselors, Graduate Students in Accredited Programs in these fields

What level of knowledge should the attendee have in this topic?

Daily Workshop Agenda

Time Frame Content (Topics)
9:00 am – 10:15 am Attachment and affect regulation; the four attachment patterns; manifestations of disorganized attachment; the impact of neglect; the challenge of attaching to abusive caretakers; videos
10:15 am – 10:30 am Morning break
10:30 am – 12:30 pm Re-framing and de-pathologizing challenges in the client-therapist relationship; The Still Face Experiment video; the window of tolerance; relationships in a family-of-origin context; digital technology and how it compromises secure attachment
9:00 am – 10:15 am Creating internal and external safety; safe place imagery experiential; mirror neurons and attunement experiential; breathwork for calming and activating experiential
10:15 am – 10:30 am Morning break
10:30 am – 12:30 pm Somatic resourcing; hand in hand experiential; body mapping; a step-by-step guide to Focusing
9:00 am – 10:15 am Trauma, PTSD, and movement; Brain Gym experiential; Power Poses experiential; the “parts” perspective; the “inner Critic” writing experiential
10:15 am – 10:30 am Morning break
10:30 am – 12:30 pm Mapping parts in sand experiential; accessing the wise, compassionate part through writing and drawing experientials
9:00 am – 10:15 am The benefits of journaling; the power of self-talk; cognitive re-framing through “a crossroad of a thought” exercise; accessing the remembered resource; pacing, scaling, and anchoring
10:15 am – 10:30 am Morning break
10:30 am – 12:30 pm Preparing clients for using art therapeutically; art prompts for illustrating emotions
9:00 am – 10:15 am Using art to depict supports and obstacles; “bridge” art for future goal setting; containment strategies; using mandalas
10:15 am – 10:30 am Morning break
10:30 am – 12:30 pm Flashback halting protocols; two-handed writing to access inner wisdom and gratitude

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