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Finding a Faster Way to Treat Trauma: A Neurobiologically Informed Approach

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Janina Fisher, PhD
1 Hour 59 Minutes
Mar 12, 2022
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Increasingly, therapists are under pressure to provide short-term treatment for long-term issues. But how can we possibly treat trauma briefly? After all, many trauma treatments focus on helping the client remember and articulate what happened to them. It’s also especially difficult to provide short-term care for clients who exhibit suicidal or self-destructive behaviours, or for dysregulated clients who often find quick methods difficult to tolerate. So, what’s a trauma therapist to do? The answer lies in new, neurobiologically-informed treatments. Rather than treating traumatic events, neuroscience teaches us to treat their effects. In this recording, you’ll discover how to:

  • Pace the treatment to fit the demands of managed care
  • Capitalize on the body’s innate capacity to heal
  • Focus on traumatic effects rather than events
  • Apply a safe, neurobiologically informed brief therapy model that offers hope to trauma survivors



This online program is worth 2 hours CPD.



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Janina Fisher, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist and former instructor at The Trauma Center, a research and treatment center founded by Bessel van der Kolk. Known as an expert on the treatment of trauma, Dr. Fisher has also been treating individuals, couples and families since 1980.

She is past president of the New England Society for the Treatment of Trauma and Dissociation, an EMDR International Association Credit Provider, Assistant Educational Director of the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute, and a former Instructor, Harvard Medical School. Dr. Fisher lectures and teaches nationally and internationally on topics related to the integration of the neurobiological research and newer trauma treatment paradigms into traditional therapeutic modalities.

She is co-author with Pat Ogden of Sensorimotor Psychotherapy: Interventions for Attachment and Trauma (2015) and author of Healing the Fragmented Selves of Trauma Survivors: Overcoming Internal Self-Alienation (2017) and the forthcoming book, Working with the Neurobiological Legacy of Trauma (in press).

Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Dr. Janina Fisher has an employment relationship with the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute. She is a consultant for Khiron House Clinics and the Massachusetts Department of MH Restraint and Seclusion Initiative. Dr. Fisher receives royalties as a published author. She receives a speaking honorarium, recording royalties and book royalties from Psychotherapy Networker and PESI, Inc. Dr. Fisher has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Dr. Janina Fisher is on the advisory board for the Trauma Research Foundation.

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  1. Evaluate the theory of trauma-related autonomic dysregulation.
  2. Construct a “phase-oriented” treatment of trauma and create treatment tasks for each phase.
  3. Utilize mindfulness-based treatment techniques with traumatized clients.
  4. Practice three (3) somatic and cognitive interventions that directly address the neurobiological effects of trauma.


  • Understanding the neurobiological ‘living legacy’ of trauma
    • Implicit versus explicit memory
    • Survival-related defensive responses
    • Autonomic dysregulation
  • Implications for brief therapy
    • Phase-oriented treatment
    • Pacing the tasks of treatment for a time-limited model
  • Tasks of the three phases of treatment
  • Approaches and interventions appropriate for a short-term model

Target Audience

  • Psychologists
  • Physicians
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Nurses
  • Other Behavioral Health Professionals



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