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Grieving the Lost Childhood: A Somatic Approach to Healing Past Wounds

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Janina Fisher, PhD
2 Hours 52 Minutes
Mar 19, 2023
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How we deal with loss is complicated by a society that recognizes only certain types of losses. The loss of a safe and loving childhood may not be an obvious one, but therapists know the cost to their clients when it's not acknowledged. When left unprocessed, the intense pain of grief often leads to anger, either towards their attachment figures or themselves. In order to help clients safely grieve the wounds of childhood, we must have the right tools. In this session, you’ll discover a mindfulness-based somatic approach that:

  • Uses the body to achieve the optimal levels of sadness needed to process grief
  • Increases our clients’ ability to not only tolerate grief but befriend it in order to live at peace with losses from childhood
  • Diminishes the effects of isolation and loneliness in the past and present


Planning Committee Disclosure - No relevant relationships

All members of the PESI, Inc. planning committee have provided disclosures of financial relationships with ineligible organizations and any relevant non-financial relationships prior to planning content for this activity. None of the committee members had relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies or other potentially biasing relationships to disclose to learners.  For speaker disclosures, please see the faculty biography.


This online program is worth 3.0 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 the 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. She is a patron of the Bowlby Center.


  1. Assess the physical and emotional consequences of acute loss.
  2. Distinguish 3 variables associated with complicated bereavement.
  3. Develop a practice of mindful grieving with clients.
  4. Demonstrate 2 somatic-oriented interventions for regulating the intensity of grief.


  • The physical and emotional consequences of acute loss
  • The key factors that complicate the grieving process and how to help in therapy
  • How to facilitate “mindful grieving” in therapy
  • Implementing Somatic interventions for regulating the intensity of sorrow

Target Audience

  • Counsellors
  • Social Workers
  • Psychologists
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Physicians
  • Physician Assistants
  • Nurses
  • Nurse Practitioners 
  • Other Mental Health Professionals



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