Childhood trauma, neglect, and abandonment leave clients with overwhelmingly painful emotions and a compromised nervous system that impairs their capacity to tolerate everyday life, much less traumatic memory. Unaware that their intense reactions are driven by nonverbal memories lodged in the body, they resort to desperate measures to manage the overwhelm. Research shows that a history of trauma is statistically associated with self-harm, suicidality, eating disorders, addictive behavior and substance abuse, numbing and disconnection, and a diagnosis of borderline personality disorder. Traditional methods of treating these issues, whether in hospital, residential, or outpatient settings, have historically failed to address the underlying trauma and are only moderately effective with issues of safety.
‘TIST’ or Trauma-Informed Stabilisation Treatment was developed to provide a trauma-informed approach to the challenges of treating self-destructive symptoms. Based on theoretical principles drawn from the neuroscience research on trauma, TIST offers a treatment approach that integrates mindfulness-based cognitive therapy, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, ego state techniques, and Internal Family Systems. It has been used successfully to address the challenges of treating individuals with diagnoses of complex PTSD, borderline personality, bipolar disorder, addictive and eating disorders, and dissociative disorders. Because it contextualizes self-destructive behavior as trauma-related, patients feel less pathologised, increasing their motivation to overcome self-destructive impulses as a step toward overcoming past betrayal and victimization.
This online program is worth 10 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).
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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