Jan 31  —  Feb 25

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Trauma, Body and the Brain: Synchronicity, Rhythmicity and Play in the Healing of Trauma

February 21 – 25, 2022   |   9:00 am – 12:30 pm daily   |   USD$748 / CAD$935

Week 4

About Your Speakers  —  Bessel van der Kolk & Licia Sky

Presented by Bessel van der Kolk with Licia Sky

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Bessel van der Kolk and Licia Sky - Healing Trauma - Week 4 Innovations in Psychotherapy Cancun 2022

About this workshop

Openness, attunement, and embodied self-awareness are essential keys to healing from trauma.

Trauma is not a story of what has happened in the past. When overwhelming experiences continue to be lived out in heartbreak and gut-wrenching sensations, trauma survivors feel unsafe, on edge, ashamed, and shut down. The healing and transformation of trauma occurs when survivors learn to restore an embodied sense of safety and reclaim a loving relationship with themselves.

This workshop explores ways of representing and befriending our inner experience. Through neuroscience and body-centered approaches, you will learn how to restore a sense of visceral safety, befriend yourself, and fully engage with the present.

Therapies that work all start from a basic sense of calm and safety. We will study and experience the capacity of EMDR, yoga, Internal Family Systems, sensorimotor practices, theater work, and neurofeedback to help people in healing trauma, overcoming a traumatic past, and regaining the capacity to be fully alive in the present.

Learning Objectives

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

  • Discuss what neuroscience teaches about trauma and list recent advances in neurobiology of trauma.

  • Describe the nature of human attachment and how it affects us throughout life.

  • Discuss what brain science teaches us about how trauma is remembered and changes the processing of subsequent experience.

  • Explain what neuroscience teaches about self-awareness.

  • Identify how somatic experience contains the imprints of the traumatic experience and needs to be processed  for a successful outcome.

  • Describe how physical mastery, memory processing, affect regulation, sensory integration and other techniques can help people from being trapped in their traumatic past into living in the present.

  • Examine and describe psychotherapeutic interventions that activate interoceptive awareness and physiological self-regulation.

  • Discuss body-centered approaches drawn from theater, music, yoga, and play for building attunement, restoring agency, and dealing with trauma.

  • Examine and explain how traumatized people process information.

  • Distinguish between the impact of trauma (i.e., a specific overwhelming experience) and disruptions of attachment, as in neglect and abuse.

  • Describe how to follow the rhythms—of breath, heartbeat, footsteps, vocal expression, gesture, and conversation—and come into synchrony—attunement, alignment, proximity, safety, engagement, meaning making, and play.

  • Identify exercises that guide attention to nonverbal awareness of physical sensations, orientation, attraction, and our split-second impulses and unconscious choices about relevance and safety.

  • Discuss your nonverbal voice and how it affects your body.

This workshop is giving back

10% of profits from this workshop will be donated to the Trauma Research Foundation.

The Trauma Research Foundation is a 501c3 non-profit founded in May of 2018 and organized to promote clinical, scientific and educational projects. The purpose of this corporation is to support and conduct non-partisan research, education, and informational activities dedicated to innovative, clinically informed projects that develop and implement ​optimal methods, treatments, and modalities to help children and adults heal from traumatic experiences.

Trauma Research Foundation

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.

A few words from Bessel and Licia about this workshop

Bessel and Licia joined us recently to chat about their Innovations in Psychotherapy Cancun 2022 workshop. Watch the video.

Click here to learn more about Bessel van der Kolk
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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?
Intermediate/Advanced

Daily Workshop Agenda

Time Frame Content (Topics)
DAY 1
9:00 am – 10:15 am Neuroscience lecture
10:15 am – 10:30 am Morning break
10:30 am – 12:30 pm Attachment lecture and experiential exercises
DAY 2
9:00 am – 10:15 am Neuroscience lecture
10:15 am – 10:30 am Morning break
10:30 am – 12:30 pm Distinguish between the impact of trauma (i.e. a specific overwhelming experience) and disruptions of attachment, as in neglect and abuse
DAY 3
9:00 am – 10:15 am Examine and explain how traumatized people process information
10:15 am – 10:30 am Morning break
10:30 am – 12:30 pm What neuroscience teaches about self-awareness
DAY 4
9:00 am – 10:15 am Identify how somatic experience contains the imprints of the traumatic experience and needs to be processed  for a successful outcome
10:15 am – 10:30 am Morning break
10:30 am – 12:30 pm
DAY 5
9:00 am – 10:15 am
10:15 am – 10:30 am Morning break
10:30 am – 12:30 pm Examine and describe psychotherapeutic interventions that activate interoceptive awareness and physiological self-regulation

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