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Introduction to Somatic Experiencing

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Objectives

  1. Analyze the link between emotional stress and muscle tension and how this discovery allows you to direct your treatment to specific areas of need.
  2. Analyze the clinical methods for releasing traumatic stress.
  3. Distinguish how traumatic stress manifests via somatic symptoms to inform clinical interventions.
  4. Evaluate the importance of asking open ended questions in therapy to direct treatment.

Outline

  • Introductory comments
    • Patient Nancy who presents with a variety of somatic symptoms
  • Explanation of the concept of “tonic immobility”
    • Examples from the animal kingdom
  • The Vagus nervous system
    • The largest never in the body
    • The feedback loop
  • The mirror neuron system
    • How this system guides therapy
  • How the therapist uses their own nervous system to interpret the
  • The principle of titration
    • Learning to pace therapy so it does not cause harm

Copyright : 04/12/2017

Addressing the Emotional Roots of Physical Pain

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Objectives

  1. Develop strategies for teaching simple approaches to help client release pent up energy.
  2. Analyze suppressed emotions within clients in order to address difficult “treatment resistant” symptoms.

Outline

  • Introductory comments
    • The early stages of defining PTSD
  • The two primary client presentations:
    • Overwhelmed by sensations
    • Emotionally shut down
  • The introduction of the client PJ.
    • Review of somatic and emotional symptoms
  • Clinical demonstration #1
    • Discussion of session
      • Learning to watch for physical changes
      • Learning from the client rather than always talking to the client
  • Clinical demonstration #2
    • Discussion of session
      • Teaching the client to shift back and from between physical sensation and emotions.
  • Clinical demonstration #3
    • Discussion of session
      • The safe use of touch in therapy
      • The corrosive nature of shame
  • Clinical demonstration #4
    • Discussion of session
      • Learning to consolidate “break-through” moments
  • Clinical demo #5
    • Discussion of session
      • Helping the client recognize their own muscle tension
      • Using the “emotional engagement system” with the client
      • Recognizing the “subtext of the (client’s) body
  • Clinical demo #6
    • Discussion of session
      • Teaching the client to manage expectations following therapy

Copyright : 07/12/2017

A Somatic Approach to Healing Abandonment Issues and Attachment Wounds

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Objectives

  1. Analyze how Somatic Experiencing addresses the emotional consequences of physical trauma.
  2. Analyze the ways that Somatic Experiencing can address attachment issues by addressing childhood trauma.

Outline

  • Introductory comments
    • The role of Somatic Experiencing in panic disorders
  • Clinical demonstration #1
    • Discussion of session
      • Recognition of the structure of self-sabotage
      • Introduction of the concept of “healthy aggression”
  • Clinical demonstration #2
    • Discussion of session
      • Teaching the client to access “healthy aggression”
      • Viewing the clients physical posture and an indication of their emotional state
      • Introducing the “Bottom up” concept of Somatic Experiencing
  • Clinical demonstration #3
    • Discussion of session
      • Working with the dissociated and collapsed client
      • Rebuilding the client from the “ground up”
      • Directing the “healthy aggression”
  • Clinical demonstration #4
    • Discussion of session
      • Teaching the client to protect themselves
      • The “shelf method” of therapy
  • Clinical demonstration #5
    • Discussion of session
      • Guarding against self-sabotage
      • “Body-based CBT”

Copyright : 08/12/2017

Bottom-Up Healing for Childhood Sexual Abuse

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Objectives

  1. Articulate the role that implicit memories play in the lives of clients who have suffered sexual abuse.
  2. Analyze the importance of “pacing” in helping you avoid re-traumatizing your clients.

Outline

  • Introductory comments
    • Trauma is often not brought up in therapy
    • Discussion of boundaries
  • Clinical demonstration #1
    • Discussion of session
      • How early trauma impacts health
      • Addressing unconscious memories
  • Clinical demonstration #2
    • Discussion of session
      • Teaching clients to breathe deeply
      • Recognizing shame in the client’s posture
  • Clinical demonstration #3
    • Discussion of session
      • Teaching the client the concept of boundaries
      • Discussion of attachment to the abuser
      • The role of shame in keeping the client stuck
      • The structure of sessions is fluid
  • Clinical demonstration #4
    • Discussion of session
      • When to take risks in the session
      • Teaching the client to feel happy again
  • Clinical demonstration #5
    • Discussion of session
      • Paying attention to the client’s posture
      • Restoring a sense of power
      • An indirect approach to resolving shame
  • Clinical demonstration #6
    • Discussion of session
      • Helping the client anticipate and cope with future symptoms
      • Building on new experiences

Copyright : 08/12/2017

BONUS: Healing From the Bottom Up: A Close-up Interview with Peter Levine

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Objectives

  1. Explain how traumatized clients can use Somatic Experiencing to improve clinical outcomes.

Outline

  • Master the SIBAM model for systematically observing clients' nonverbal responses.
  • Guide clients in "riding the waves" of their sensations as they exit from their immobility response and experience release from their original trauma.
  • Titrate your interventions to maximize your impact and avoid retraumatizing vulnerable clients.

Copyright : 13/09/2012

BONUS: How to Help Clients Access Resource States

Program Information

Objectives

  1. Assess physical cues of internal states that indicate the resources clients can access to improve clinical outcomes.

Outline

  • Master the SIBAM model for systematically observing clients' nonverbal responses.
  • Guide clients in "riding the waves" of their sensations as they exit from their immobility response and experience release from their original trauma.
  • Titrate your interventions to maximize your impact and avoid retraumatizing vulnerable clients.

Copyright : 22/03/2014