Acute Trauma and Secondary Trauma
An in-depth exploration of the difference between a stressful event vs a traumatic reaction. We go into depth on how trauma affects the two hemispheres of the brain, and then go even deeper on how it disrupts the information processing system. In doing so, we are able to discuss how people may struggle to remember their event, and may even have trouble speaking when being pushed to talk about their trauma.
Complex Trauma and Dissociation
Detail on the effects of long-term trauma on the brain, such as the shutting down of the cortical midline (which causes an inability to feel our body and sense of self), how this affects the default mode network (internal regulation system), and other issues, such as self-harm & substance abuse, and traumatic hallucinations. We’ll also be discussing dissociation and dissociative identify disorder (DID), its theoretical base, and treatment methods.
Body-based Skills for De-escalation
Various techniques for helping clients who are experiencing extreme distress, such as right after a traumatic event, are currently experiencing a traumatic trigger, or are overwhelmed with emotion and lack emotional or somatic control. These techniques are body-based, and require very little thinking and “cognitive” work, and serve to relax the body, lower the heart rate, and flush out excess stress energy.
Trauma-Informed Care 101
An overview of the principles of Trauma-Informed Care (TIC), and how organizations can adopt these principles into actual policy changes.
A Body-Based Approach to Processing Trauma
(Masters-level therapists only): This content provides clinical practitioners a new, client-centered, multi-modal form of trauma treatment that can be used to 1) enhance client safety and resiliency, and 2) quickly and safely process acute to moderately complex forms of trauma. This intervention draws upon techniques from many current evidence-based trauma treatments (e.g., EMDR, mindfulness, and sensorimotor psychotherapy) and more traditional trauma/mental health practices (e.g., somatic experiencing and body-centered psychotherapy), and is flexible enough in its application that it can be incorporated with other forms of therapy.