Helping Clients ‘Get Past the Impasse’: Brain-Wise and Body-Based Approaches for Overcoming Trauma A 2-day training workshop at London with Dr Cathy Malchiodi London, 21 June & 22 June 2019 (Friday & Saturday) 10:00am - 4:00pm on both days
When working with Trauma, there are often critical moments in psychotherapy when clients inevitably get stuck and are unable to express their thoughts or feelings. This training explains brain-wise, body-based, action-oriented and trauma-informed approaches that can help our clients communicate; while providing a variety of practical strategies that can help individuals to safely express their implicit (non-verbal) and explicit (verbal) experiences associated with traumatic events. While the emphasis at this workshop is on addressing acute and chronic trauma in children, adults, and families, the material covered in this presentation is applicable to a wide range of psychotherapeutic challenges that disrupt our clients’ emotional regulation, cognition, and interpersonal relationships. The workshop includes lecture, short films, discussion and hands-on experiential exercises to demonstrate actual strategies that practitioners can immediately apply to their work with a variety of individuals, couples and families. Learning Objectives Establish a foundation for safe and attuned communication; Identify your client’s window of tolerance for implicit and explicit expression of feelings and memories; Enhance therapeutic resonance, synchrony, polyvagal response and empathetic attunement between therapist and client through non-verbal approaches; Understand how adverse childhood experiences and developmental trauma impact expression, imagination and communication styles throughout the lifespan Utilize the body and gesture to get past the talk and access inner narratives to tell without talking Describe and apply the Expressive Therapies Continuum [ETC] as a framework for brain-wise and body-based psychotherapy; Describe and apply neurodevelopmental models as frameworks for clinical decision-making Increase clients’ creative vocabularies through play, mindfulness, bilateral work, response writing and body-based strategies Apply innovative methods such as the Don Draper Gambit and You’ve Got Mail to individual and group work Identify what is unusual in clients’ non-verbal communications as a source of understanding Determine when to respect silence in psychotherapy and how to respond to it Restore a sense of mastery and play in clients to support calm, connection and confidence Develop personal clinical intuition through brain-wise and body-based strategies About the speaker Cathy Malchiodi, PhD, LPAT, LPCC, ATR-BC, REAT is a leading international expert, syndicated writer, and educator in the fields of art therapy, expressive arts and arts in healthcare. She is a research psychologist, a Board Certified and Licensed Professional Art Therapist, Registered Expressive Arts Therapist, and Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, and has had over 25 years of experience and education in trauma intervention and disaster relief and integrative approaches to health. Cathy is the founder, director and lead faculty member of the Trauma-Informed Practices and Expressive Arts Therapy Institute, dedicated to teaching trauma-informed intervention that integrates expressive arts, neurobiology, somatic approaches, mindfulness, and positive psychology. In particular, it supports the specific use of expressive arts therapies including art therapy, music therapy and movement therapy, play therapy, dramatic enactment, humor and mind-body approaches for recovery and wellness in children, adults and families. Cathy is also the President of Art Therapy Without Borders and is one of its founders. Cathy has published numerous books, including, The Art Therapy Sourcebook, The Soul’s Palette: Drawing on Art’s Transformative Powers, Creative Arts and Play Therapy for Attachment Problems (co-editor), Breaking the Silence: Art Therapy with Children from Violent Homes, Handbook of Art Therapy (1st and 2nd eds.), Expressive Therapies, Creative Interventions with Traumatized Children (1st and 2nd eds.), Medical Art Therapy with Adults, Medical Art Therapy with Children, and Understanding Children’s Drawings, all of which are standards in the field. She has served as Editor for several journals including Trauma and Loss: Research and Interventions (8 years) and Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association (ten years); she has also published more than 50 invited book chapters and refereed articles and reviews various mental health and medical journals. Workshop Schedule
Day 1, Friday, 21 June 2019 Module 1: Evaluating the Impasse: Why Traumatized Clients Don’t Talk, Won’t Talk and Prefer to Avoid the “Hard Stuff” Introduction to Training, Objectives and Topic Selective Mutism, Sensory Processing challenges and Traumatic Mutism The role of fear, speechless terror and the Polyvagal “hijack” Window of tolerance and the dance of the impasse A trauma-informed perspective on client impasses Reframing the role of resistance in trauma treatment Module 2: Neurodevelopmental and Trauma Recovery Continuums in Verbal and Non-Verbal Communication Neurodevelopmental models as frameworks for communication styles throughout the lifespan Stages of trauma integration and recovery and how they impact communication The expressive therapies continuum as a model for lower-to-higher brain-wise communication Why the pronoun is key to trauma reparation: the research Module 3: Attunement and Co-Regulation as Foundations for Communication and Getting Past the Impasse Safety: the essential foundation for attunement and co-regulation Mindsight and mentalization as models for attunement The role of neuroception, social engagement and polyvagal theories in co-regulation Prosocial non-verbal strategies and implicit relational communication Bilateral movement and other warm-ups for client-therapist attunement and co-regulation Module 4: Silence and Its Role in Trauma-Informed Practice “Telling without Talking” and its role in addressing interpersonal violence Silence as communication within a trauma-informed context Identifying the “unusual” in non-verbal expression Is language-based disclosure of trauma essential to integration? Evidence-based research on increasing communication and accessing memory Day 2, Saturday, 22 June 2019 Module 1: Evidence-Based Mindfulness Approaches to Body-Based Communication Anchoring clients through mindfulness-based approaches: it’s not always about the breath Using a higher to lower brain-wise approach to identify the body’s experience of trauma and resilience Altering mood through gesture: tapping implicit memory to empower stabilization and mastery Module 2: Expressive Methods to Get Past the Impasse “The Don Draper Gambit”—how to alter a trauma story through changing the conversation “Narrative Coding”- empowering your clients as “researchers” “You’ve got mail”—using group process to generate narratives “Asking the problem for the answer” to construct reparative narratives Module 3: Mapping the Body: Somatic Communication of Traumatic Memories Maps of subjective feelings, somatic states and mind states: brain imaging studies on how the body communicates the “felt” experience Body maps and the somatic sense of self Non-verbal and narrative strategies to decipher body map messages Body mapping as a resilience-based strategy for communicating surviving and thriving Intergenerational trauma and intergenerational resilience: the body remembers both stories Module 4: Recommended Practices: A Framework for Applying Principles to Practice Keep it real, keep guessing and keep having fun Make space for the right brain to show up Aim for meaning-making—an essential component of trauma reparation Develop clinical intuition: risk your own impasses through your own self-repair Q & A

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