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Training Program in Affect Regulation, Attachment, and Trauma

Advanced Training in Complex Trauma and Dissociation

Course Description

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 moment focus, while dissociative disorder clients can benefit from working with both the parts and the body they share. Despite the fact that more complex and dissociative 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, simplifying the demands on the client for body awareness, introducing the Structural Dissociation model, integrating mindful embodied parts work, and increasing the amount of repetition and contact all can contribute to increasing the effectiveness of SP work even with very dysregulated clients.

Course Structure

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
  • Somatic countertransference
  • Attunement and contact with fragmented individuals
  • Interactive regulatory techniques for dysregulated/dissociative clients
To view learning objectives for the Training in Complex Trauma and Dissociation, click here.

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