Clinicians often find clinical progress stymied by the persistent affect regulation difficulties experienced by clients who have a history of complex trauma. Experiential activities which support our current understanding of the neurobiology of trauma united with the emergent field of body-based therapies will be introduced for more integrative healing. Through lecture and experiential exercises, this workshop will teach participants how to disrupt maladaptive behavioral patterns by using techniques from Sensorimotor Psychotherapy™, mindfulness and trauma sensitive yoga. Clinicians will be able to model and teach clients mind/body techniques and practices to help them break the habitual, reactive, and dissociative responses they often rely on for managing intense emotions. Even the most dysregulated client will be able to incorporate some of these new patterns and increase their “window of tolerance” for modulating unpleasant affect.
At the conclusion of this workshop participants will be able to:
- install somatic anchors and resources in trauma clients to increase their regulatory capacities.
- conduct simple Sensorimotor™ experiments to assist clients in identification of embodied resource ego states in order to modulate unpleasant affect.
- utilize embedded relational mindfulness ™ to help clients alter their relationship to self and enhance emotional resilience.
- be able to guide clients in developing greater body awareness and enhance regulatory capacities through “trauma sensitive” yoga techniques. *
* No experience in yoga is necessary to participate in these activities. Yoga mats are not required as all movements will be in standing or sitting postures. Please wear clothing that allows you to be comfortable for the experiential part of this program.