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Training Program in Affect Regulation, Attachment, and Trauma
Advanced Training in Complex Trauma and Dissociation
Sensorimotor Psychotherapy℠ techniques are uniquely suited for clients with complex symptoms and disorders. Complex trauma and Borderline Personality Disorder clients benefit from the emphasis on mindfulness and present day focus, while dissociative disorder clients benefit from working with the body that is a shared whole for all parts. Despite the fact that more complex clients can be body-phobic or have difficulty with movement and action, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy℠ techniques can be adapted to suit their special requirements. Slowing down the pace, working with ‘slivers’ of information, combining body and parts work, increasing the amount of repetition and practice all contribute to expanding the Window of Tolerance. In addition, the basic skills from the Level I Training will be reviewed via intensive skills practice in order to increase mastery of Sensorimotor Psychotherapy℠ work and prepare students for Level II and Level III.
The Training in Complex Trauma and Dissociation consists of approximately 50 contact hours divided into 2 to 4 multi-day modules, for a total of 8 days. Modules are non sequential and typically spaced 6-8 weeks apart; trainings typically complete within 3-6 months.
Curriculum Topic Overview
Challenges in treatment of complex trauma and dissociative disorder clients
- Dysregulated autonomic arousal
- Impulsive and unsafe behavior
- Difficulty connecting to one’s emotions and body
- Dissociative compartmentalization
- Difficulty sustaining dual awareness
- Hypoactive and hyperactive defenses
Addressing barriers to effective treatment
- Increasing the client’s capacity for mindfulness and top-down regulation
- Working with the body with body-phobic clients
Overcoming traumatic reactions through the practice of new actions
- Titrating interventions for dysregulated clients
- Facilitating neuroplasticity through repetition and practice
- Resolving inner conflicts that impede healthy boundaries and defenses
Working with memory with dysregulated clients
- Reorganizing orienting and defensive responses with dissociative clients
- Helping dysregulated clients sustain dual awareness
- Processing present experience and implicit memory
Becoming a neurobiological regulator
To view learning objectives for the Training in Complex Trauma and Dissociation, click here.
- Somatic countertransference
- Attunement and contact with fragmented individuals
- Interactive regulatory techniques for dysregulated/dissociative clients
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