Traumatized people are trapped by their history and react to current experiences in ways that replay the past. This workshop delves into the capacity of EMDR, yoga, and Internal Family Systems, and shows ways to break the cycles of re-enactment and suffering.
Trauma, Body and the Brain: Synchronicity, Rhythmicity and Play in the Healing of Trauma – Bessel van der Kolk with Licia Sky
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.
Discover how the brain is shaped by experience in this workshop that explores:
- what neuroscience teaches about self-awareness and trauma;
- the nature of human attachment and how it affects us throughout life;
- new psychotherapeutic treatments that help integrate traumatic memories; and
- body-centered approaches in healing trauma drawn from theater, music, yoga, and play that build attunement, restore agency, and deal with trauma.
What you will learn in this workshop
- Discuss Francis Shapiro’s initial EMD research.
- Explain how trauma affects the processing of subsequent experiences.
- Discuss the latest research on the effects of attachment and disturbances on the development of mind, brain, and self.
- Examine and describe psychotherapeutic interventions that activate interoceptive awareness and physiological self-regulation.
- Describe the latest neuroscience research on trauma and self-awareness.
- Demonstrate how non-verbal awareness affects physical and emotional states.
- Explain how to help clients foster safety, curiosity, and shifts of state through non-verbal interaction.
- Demonstrate how interoception proprioception and neuroception can be incorporated into body tracking meditations.
This workshop is giving back
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.
US attendees: Approval for CE Credits for this workshop is pending. For information about CE Credits, click here.