Somatic Psychology as Integrated into Evidence Based Trauma Treatment A 2-day training workshop at London with Dr Arielle Schwartz London, 13 June & 14 June 2019 (Thursday & Friday) 10:00am - 4:00pm on both days
On these two days, Dr Arielle Schwartz offers an experiential workshop on Somatic Psychology and how it interfaces with evidence-based trauma treatments. When clients suppress emotions, they can present somatically. Traditional approaches to therapy attend to the cognitive and emotional aspects of clients’ lives, while the somatic experience is often left out of the room. “Talk therapy” can have limited effectiveness for clients with somatization symptoms, developmental trauma, dissociative defenses, or debilitating feelings of shame. It is therefore, important for therapists to become skilled at working with client’s nonverbal and somatic communications. Interventions to enhance embodiment in trauma treatment expand the therapeutic experience beyond where words can take a client. Somatic Psychology brings the body into therapy by highlighting physiological patterns and their influence on human behaviour. In this workshop, we look at the history of somatic psychology and foundational principles that underlie this work. Interventions are drawn from a wide range of somatic psychotherapy modalities including Integrative Body Psychotherapy, The Hakomi Method, Body-Mind Psychotherapy, Authentic Movement, Formative Psychology, Focusing, The Moving Cycle, Somatic Experiencing and Sensorimotor Psychotherapy. Most importantly, you will be introduced to the underlying principles that comprise a unified approach to somatic psychology as a trauma treatment. We also look at the science of embodiment and why somatic psychology is essential for helping clients work with dysregulated affect and arousal states that accompany PTSD. We will explore how to integrate body-centred interventions into existing and evidence based trauma treatment approaches including relational, trauma focused CBT, narrative exposure, EMDR and parts work therapies.
Throughout the 2 days, somatic interventions will be explored didactically and experientially allowing participants to experience first-hand the value of interventions that enhance embodiment in trauma treatment. Dr Schwartz will discuss specialized treatment considerations that allow clinicians to address preverbal trauma memories, attachment trauma, somatization symptoms, and chronic pain. We conclude with a focus on somatic approaches to self-care for therapists to address vicarious traumatization and burnout. Learning Objectives discuss a phase oriented, evidence-based approach to trauma treatment as a structured approach to therapy describe at least three principles that are part of the unified approach to somatic psychology recognize how polyvagal theory provides an essential foundation of understanding arousal states as related to trauma reprocessing explain how mutual regulation serves as a precursor to self-regulation in treatment engage practical mind-body therapy tools to help clients feel resourced and prepared for trauma processing. describe how to help clients build affect and sensation tolerance in preparation for trauma processing recognize how working within the “Window of Tolerance” can help reduce the likelihood of re-traumatization describe how “top-down” and “bottom up” interventions can speed up or slow down the pacing of trauma treatment practice at least three interventions for working with somatic symptoms in trauma treatment recognize how client’s “parts” related to early developmental trauma can contribute to somatic symptoms understand how to work with preverbal memories by attending to somatic sensations identify self-care practices for therapists to manage somatic countertransference and vicarious trauma About the speaker Dr Arielle Schwartz, PhD is a licensed clinical psychologist, international speaker, EMDR Therapy consultant, and certified yoga instructor with a private practice in Boulder, Colorado. She earned her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at Fielding Graduate University and holds a Master’s degree in Somatic Psychology through Naropa University. She is the author of The Complex PTSD Workbook: A Mind-Body Approach to Emotional Control and Becoming Whole (Althea Press, 2017) and EMDR Therapy and Somatic Psychology: Interventions to Enhance Embodiment in Trauma Treatment (W. W. Norton, in Press). She is a core teacher with The Maiberger Institute offering Advanced Workshops on topics of EMDR Therapy, Somatic Psychology, Attachment Trauma, and Chronic Pain. Her psychotherapy practice is called resilience informed therapy; an integrative, strength-based approach to trauma treatment. Learn more at Workshop Schedule Day 1, Thursday, 13 June 2019 Module 1: Foundations of Somatic Psychology The theoretical and scientific bases of somatic psychology Historical Perspectives and Somatic Therapies Today A Unified Approach to Somatic Psychology The Core Principles of Somatic Psychology The Science of Embodiment Somatic Intelligence Embodied Self-Awareness and Mindfulness (Experiential) Intercoporeality and Embodied Culture Module 2: Trauma and the Body The Neurophysiology of Trauma Polyvagal Perspectives: Mobilization and Immobilization Dissociation: Dysregulation, Depersonalization, and Derealization Implicit Memory and Preverbal Traumatization Interpersonal neurobiology Co-regulation and Self-Regulation “Window of Tolerance” Top-Down and Bottom-Up Processing Interventions Breath and Nervous System Regulation (Experiential) Module 3: Stabilization and Resource Development A Biopsychosocial Approach to Client Care Phase Based Treatment Acute Trauma Crisis Response Recent Event Protocols Stabilization and Safety Therapeutic Relationship and Rapport History Taking-Identifying traumatic events and client’s strengths Traditional Approach to Resource Development (Experiential) Containment Safe/Calm Place Visualization Allies: Nurturance, Protection, Wisdom Module 4: Somatic Approaches to Resource Development Somatic Approaches to Resource Development (Experiential) Somatic Vocabulary Body Scans Grounding Working with Posture Proximity Awareness and Boundary Development Empowerment Day 2, Friday, 14 June 2019 Module 1: Integrative Approach to Trauma Treatment (Part I) Developing Trauma “Targets” CBT CPT Narrative Exposure Interventions to Enhance Embodiment in Trauma Treatment (Experiential) Body Mapping Story without Words Build Affect and Sensation Tolerance Module 2: Integrative Approach to Trauma Treatment (Part II) Trauma Processing Interventions Parts Work and Gestalt EMDR Therapy Interventions to Enhance Embodiment in Trauma Treatment (Experiential) Titration and Pendulation Sequencing and Somatic Re-Patterning Case Presentation Module 3: Special Considerations in Trauma Treatment Working with Preverbal and Nonverbal Memories Attachment in Trauma Treatment Polyvagal Theory in Action: Regulation Strategies for Dissociation Somatization and Chronic Pain in Trauma Treatment (Experiential) Gate Control Theory Mindfulness, Yoga, and Compassion Based Interventions Case Presentation and Discussion Module 4: Integration, Closure, and Therapist Self-Care Integration and Closure Existential Considerations Integration and Installation of Positive Change The Embodied Future Practice Golden Nugget Practice Somatic Approaches to Self-Care for Therapists Somatic Countertransference and Vicarious Traumatization The Burnout Continuum Vicarious Resilience Embodied Self-Care Practice (Experiential) Discussion and Questions

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