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Training Program in Affect Regulation, Attachment, and Trauma
Level II: Training in Emotional Processing, Meaning Making, and Attachment Repair
Level II of The Sensorimotor Psychotherapy℠ Training Program in Affect Regulation, Attachment, and Trauma addresses the interaction between traumatic, attachment, and developmental issues and how to provide effective treatment given their inevitable intertwining. In this Training, research from the attachment and neuroscience fields provides the theoretical foundation for Sensorimotor Psychotherapy℠ interventions and practices that address the effects of suboptimal and/or traumatic early attachment.
Attachment experiences in early childhood leave a legacy of conscious and nonverbal learning reflected in relational habits, affect tolerance and expression, meaning making and cognitive schemas that limit development, patterns of body structure, and the ability to connect deeply to one’s own emotions. In the Level II Training, participants will learn to track and name developmental and attachment patterns, help clients make meaning from the bottom up, manage consciousness, assess resources for relationship and full participation in life, connect to early memories and unresolved grief and loss, and transform painful emotions held by young child states.
The Level II Training consists of approximately 180 contact hours divided into 7 or more multi-day modules, for a total of 28-30 days. Modules are non sequential and typically spaced 4-8 weeks apart; Level II trainings typically complete within 9-12 months.
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Level II Curriculum Topic Overview
Trauma, Traumatic Attachment and Development
The legacy of attachment; developmental and traumatic wounds, somatic treatment approaches for secure, ambivalent, avoidant and disorganized/disoriented attachment patterns
Body Reading for Attachment History
Track how body structure, posture, gesture and movement reflects and sustains early childhood experience; interventions to alter the legacy of early attachment
Changing Procedural Learning
Identify and work with the emotional, cognitive, and physical action patterns that reflect early attachment history
Translating the Body's Language
Understand how meaning is encoded in the body, and work with posture, expression and movement to change meanings conditions from early attachment interactions
Therapeutic Techniques for Attachment-Related Themes
Learn body-oriented interventions that address procedurally learned habits and early attachment patterns
Verbal and Physical Experiments
Apply embedded relational mindfulness™ to introduce verbal and somatic experiments that address the legacy of attachment
Somatic Resources for Attachment
Capitalize on the body’s resources for transforming painful unresolved attachment patterns
Re-working Limiting Beliefs and their Somatic Components
Identify manifestations of cognitive schemas in the body, connect meaning making to early attachment interactions, and learn interventions to transform limiting beliefs
Action Systems and Action Tendencies
Learn how motivational, or action, systems are disrupted by trauma and attachment failure, and discriminate maladaptive action tendencies from adaptive ones related to these systems
Attachment and Character Theory
Explore nine character strategies as physical and psychological adaptations to early attachment, and learn specific interventions for each of the strategies
Somatic Transference, Countertransference, and Therapeutic Enactments
Use a bottom-up approach to understanding transference and countertransference and negotiating therapeutic enactments
The “Child” State of Consciousness
The connection between early memories and the child part that holds the pain reflected in limiting beliefs and procedural learning
Integration of Treatment Techniques for Attachment and Trauma
How to work with clients who present with both attachment-related issues and unresolved trauma
The Action Cycle and Barriers to Resolution
A psychology of action map to assess and address incomplete actions and impediments to resolution of the past
Boundaries, Character, and Attachment
Renegotiate relational boundary patterns that reflect early attachment and character adaptations
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