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Sebern Fisher's Developmental Trauma Course, Part 1

Part 1: 8 lecture sessions by acclaimed teacher, author, and therapist Sebern Fisher.

 

 Recorded lecture series is accessible beginning June 29, 2020. Write to info@eeglearn.com for your alliance discount code.

These presentations are packed with emerging neuroscience, informative slides, and contextual discussion of how the therapeutic relationship remains primary and is simultaneously impacted by recent discoveries in neurocience.

 

Abuse, assault and neglect in early childhood impact every major system in the human brain from the brainstem to the cortex, from the sense of balance to the sense of self.

These disruptions in brain development have far reaching implications for the treatment of those who have suffered these histories.

 

Emerging neuroscience is showing that neglect and abuse in early childhood impact every major system in the human brain. Developmental trauma impairs the functioning of structures including the anterior cingulate, the precuneus and the right temporal lobe as well as primary networks, most notably the Default Mode Network all of which, OPTIMALLY give rise to a stable, organized sense of self and other. This disruption in the integrity of the sense of self as it is represented in the brain has far reaching implications for treatment. It is becoming increasingly clear that those with these histories require an integrated approach using neurofeedback to address malfunctioning circuitries in the brain, psychotherapy to address the minds that these brains give rise to, and trauma informed body work to help these “bodies that keep the score”.


Part One (8 one hour sessions) of this webinar provides an overview of the latest neuroscience findings in developmental trauma, demonstrating its impact on brain development and function. We review the fundamentals of clinical assessment focusing on arousal, including history and symptom presentation and how each relates to the set point of the CNS. We discuss the primacy of fear, shame and rage in those with developmental trauma and how to quiet the circuitries that give rise to them. And we discuss the implementation of neurofeedback protocols, developed over the last twenty years, to help these brains learn to organize themselves and to regulate high levels of emotional arousal.

Part Two (8 one hour sessions) of our webinar focuses on the integration of neurofeedback and psychotherapy..  The neuroscience of developmental trauma requires us to consider the use of neurofeedback with these patients while also making it clear that neurofeedback by itself is not enough. Quieting fear, shame and rage allows for meaningful psychotherapy, it doesn't replace it. But how do we have meaningful therapy with patients who lack a sense of self and other? How do we encounter this dilemma in our treatment? What contribution can neurofeedback make to the development of self / other capacity? How is trauma memory held in the body and can neurofeedback help? We explore these questions and look at the ways that neurofeedback can benefit psychotherapy as well as the central and changing role of the therapist who uses neurofeedback in the treatment of developmental trauma.

This includes a bonus session, recorded between Part 1 & 2, featuring a Q&A about the material with Sebern.

This 17-session recorded webinar series explores an integrated therapeutic approach using trauma-informed psychotherapy, neurofeedback, and trauma-informed body work to deeply address the terrible aftermath of developmental trauma.

Praise for Sebern's Teaching

“Sebern’s teaching style enables our clinicians to learn more about the effects that complex developmental trauma has on the brain, mind and body, and provides insightful guidance in developing neurofeedback protocols to support clients to regulate their arousal. Since using neurofeedback under Sebern’s guidance, our clients are reporting signifiant reduction in distress and improvement in functioning to levels not achieved using more traditional methods of treatment. I would highly recommend this mentoring series to anyone considering the use of neurofeedback in their clinical practice.”

Alikki Russell

“95% of my caseload is children ages 5-12 with complex trauma and I consider it a gift to be able to staff cases with Sebern Fisher. Her experience and expertise with this population, as well as her encouragement to try different protocols, has made a measurable difference in the lives of many children on my caseload. In addition, her apparent insatiable quest for the latest neuroscience and research, and her graciousness in sharing this with us, provides us with up to date information to inform the protocols we are trying with clients.”

Kelly Vagts, LCSW

“With her her great clinical insights and unique ability to translate current research in the neuroscience of trauma into guiding principles for neurofeedback practice, Sebern’s webinars are without doubt the best way to learn how to integrate neurofeedback and psychotherapy in working with trauma survivors.”

Mirjana Askovic, STARTTS

“Neurofeedback is an essential ingredient in the treatment of developmental trauma. Sebern Fisher is the one to teach us.”

Bessel Van Der Kolk