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Digital Seminar

Mindfulness and Neuroplasticity in the Treatment of Trauma


Faculty:
Janina Fisher, Ph.D.
Duration:
5 Hours 59 Minutes
Format:
Audio and Video
Copyright:
Jan 27, 2016
Product Code:
POS049045
Media Type:
Digital Seminar
Access:
Never expires.

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Description

Traumatic experiences are remembered not just in words but as speechless terror, overwhelming emotions and body sensations, self-destructive impulses and intractable depressions.

What were once discrete traumatic events have been “wired” into the brain and body as automatic reactions to present experience disconnected from any context that could explain them. Despite the best efforts of the client and therapist, the world still feels unsafe decades after the trauma.

Join international trauma expert, author, and presenter Janina Fisher, PhD, and learn techniques drawn from Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, a body-centred therapy for the treatment of trauma. Dr. Fisher artfully weaves lecture, demonstration video and experiential exercises to provide you with new strategies to treat the often baffling treatment challenges presented by these traumatized clients.

Easily integrated into traditional psychotherapy models, this way of working enables both you and your client to feel a greater sense of hope and mastery as you address the challenges of trauma treatment.

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Janina Fisher, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist in private practice; Assistant Educational Director of the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute; and EMDRIA Approved Consultant and Credit Provider; former president of the New England Society for the Treatment of of Trauma and Dissociation; and a former instructor, Harvard Medical School. An international writer and lecturer on the treatment of trauma, she is co-author with Pat Ogden of Sensorimotor Psychotherapy: Interventions for Attachment and Trauma, and author of Healing the Fragmented Selves of Trauma Survivors: Overcoming Self-Alienation and Transforming the Living Legacy of Trauma. Dr. Fisher lectures and teaches nationally and internationally on topics related to the integration of the neurobiological research and newer trauma treatment paradigms into traditional therapeutic modalities. For more information, go to www.janinafisher.com.

 

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Janina Fisher is in private practice. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Janina Fisher has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.


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Access for Self-Study (Non-Interactive)

Access never expires for this product.


Target Audience

Addiction Counselors, Case Managers, Counselors, Marriage & Family Therapists, Nurses, Psychologists, Social Workers, and other Mental Health Professionals

Objectives

  1. Describe the neurobiological effects of traumatic experiences.
  2. Identify indicators of post-traumatic implicit versus explicit memory.
  3. Explain the role of the body in perpetuating post-traumatic symptoms.
  4. Describe neuroplasticity and how it can be facilitated in treatment.
  5. Demonstrate mindful versus non-mindful therapeutic interventions.
  6. Discuss the role of repetition in neuroplastic change.

Outline

HOW TRAUMATIC EXPERIENCES ARE REMEMBERED

  • Results of the brain scan research
  • Narrative memory centres are inhibited
  • Activated implicit memory: Intense emotions, body sensations, impulses, intrusive images

IMPLICIT AND PROCEDURAL MEMORY SYSTEMS

  • How do we know we are remembering without a story?
  • State-specific memory and traumatic triggers
  • Neuroplasticity and survival under threat

AUTONOMIC NERVOUS SYSTEM AND ADAPTATION TO TRAUMA

  • “Neurons that fire together wire together”
  • Trauma symptoms: Kindling and sensitization
  • “Stuck’ cases
  • Treatment-resistant depression
  • Shame and self-loathing, numbing and shutdown
  • Clients who go from crisis to crisis

MINDFULNESS-BASED TREATMENTS

  • The symptoms tell the story better than the story
  • Introduction to Sensorimotor
  • Psychotherapy
  • Video: Working with the body in treatment

MINDFULNESS IN CLINICAL PRACTICE

  • Ingredients of mindfulness
  • Avoid attachment or aversion
  • Implicit and procedural memory

REGULATING TRAUMA-RELATED EMOTIONS, REACTIVITY AND AUTONOMIC AROUSAL

  • Cognitive resources
  • Somatic resources
  • Interpersonal neurobiological resources

PRINCIPLES OF NEUROPLASTIC CHANGE

  • Inhibit problematic pattern of response
  • Mindfully notice rather than react
  • Experiment with new action or reaction
  • Practice new pattern until it becomes automatic

NEUROPLASTIC PRINCIPLES TO TALK THERAPY

  • Practice, practice, practice!
  • Notice, notice, notice the results
  • Encode change as it occurs

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