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Janina Fisher, Ph.D
5 Hours 08 Minutes
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Mar 22, 2018
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Janina Fisher, Ph.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist and instructor at the Trauma Center, founded by Bessel van der Kolk, MD. A faculty member of the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute, an EMDR International Association consultant, past president of the New England Society for the Treatment of Trauma and Dissociation, and former instructor, Harvard Medical School, Dr. Fisher lectures nationally and internationally on the integration of the neurobiological research and new trauma treatment paradigms into traditional psychotherapies.
Speaker Disclosures: Financial: Janina Fisher is in private practice. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.
Nonfinancial: Janina Fisher has no relevant nonfinancial relationship to disclose.
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The Relationship Between Heart and Brain
- Types of Memory
- Implicit Memory as the Focal Point
When Clients Cannot Feel, Approaches to Accessing Emotion
- How the Brain Perceives Threat
- Somatic effects of anxious or traumatic attachment
- The Brain in Survival Mode
- How the body protects us from hurt: armoring, bracing, constricting
- Consequences in later life: emotional distance, guarded, closed off
- Early Attachment and The Capacity for Empathy
Use the Client’s History to Diagnose Why the Body Has Closed Off Emotion
- Increase engagement and promote internal sense of safety
- Experiment with changes in posture, shoulders, opening the chest, relaxing the body
- Experiment with increasing or decreasing heart rate and tension
- Going “deep” with the client
Accessing the Social Engagement System to Evoke Emotional Engagement
- What necessitated distance from emotion?
- How did guarding, constricting, or armoring help client survive?
- What happens when the client thinks about being vulnerable?
Psychotherapy Approaches in the Treatment of Trauma
- Make use of the facial muscles, larynx, movements of the head and neck
- Increase playfulness, laughter, lightness
- Avoid pressure on client to feel vulnerable emotions
- The Transformation Model
- Sensorimotor Psychotherapy
- Integrating Mindfulness into Psychotherapy
- Neuroplasticity and Its Clinical Implications
- Articulate psychotherapy techniques to help clients access emotion to inform the clinician’s choice of treatment interventions.
- Determine the impact of early attachment and its clinical implications for purposes of client psychoeducation and symptom management.
- Evaluate the relationship between memory and trauma and communicate how this information can be utilized therapeutically to help clients cope with traumatic memories.
- Investigate how mindfulness and meditation impact the nervous system and articulate how mindfulness interventions can be used to improve clinical outcomes.
- Incorporate specific memory reconsolidation techniques to help clients change how they perceive and respond to memories of past traumatic events.
- Apply simple yet effective clinical interventions drawn from Sensorimotor Psychotherapy to alleviate symptoms in clients.
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