After the overwhelming experience is over and they have survived, traumatized individuals are left with only a fragmented, confusing sense of what happened.
Traumatic reminders continue to keep the trauma ‘alive’ by repetitively re-activating the stress response system and survival defences. Unaware that these reactions are traumatic memories held in the body, clients assume that they are still in danger or somehow at fault.
Without a way to understand sensory and body memories, survivors of trauma come to either distrust themselves or distrust others. Telling the story of what they remember sometimes brings relief but does not resolve the ‘living legacy’ of traumatic reactions that continue to torment the client day after day.
Watch trauma expert, clinician and author Janina Fisher, PhD, and learn how to assess and make sense of trauma-based symptoms, such as:
dysregulated autonomic arousal
overwhelming emotions and sensations
numbing and disconnection
Discover how to use psychoeducation to help clients manage these overwhelming symptoms and begin to change their relationship to the traumatic events.
Become confident in how to integrate neurobiologically-informed treatment techniques into your psychotherapy.
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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 author of the bestselling Transforming the Living Legacy of Trauma: A Workbook for Survivors and Therapists (2021), Healing the Fragmented Selves of Trauma Survivors: Overcoming Internal Self-Alienation (2017), and co-author with Pat Ogden of Sensorimotor Psychotherapy: Interventions for Attachment and Trauma.(2015).
Financial: Janina Fisher is in private practice. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.
Non-financial: Janina Fisher has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.
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Determine the autonomic, cognitive, affective and somatic effects of traumatic events.
Practice psychoeducational interventions that support stabilization or offer relief to traumatized clients.
Implement mindfulness-based techniques to challenge conditioned patterns of response.
Integrate somatic interventions that regulate a traumatized nervous system.
Utilize worksheets to discover and address trauma-related symptoms.
Assess the nature of current research, limitations of working with somatic techniques in trauma.
The Living Legacy of Traumatic Experience
The neurobiology: how ‘the body keeps the score”
How the brain helps us survive
What perpetuates PTSD?
Working with a traumatized nervous system in clinical practice
Risks, limitations and the nature of the latest research
Empower Trauma Survivors
Psychoeducation: the value and meaning of language
Making skill-building a relational experience
The challenge of post-traumatic coping
Recovering from self-destructive patterns of coping