Trauma, Balance, and Recovery | Restoring Emotion Regulation, Balance, and a Sense of Self in the Aftermath of Developmental Trauma Trauma survivors frequently feel estranged from their internal and external world. In addition to perceptual challenges, they may find it difficult to locate their body in space, which can leave them feeling vulnerable, clumsy, uncoordinated, and unable to engage in purposeful action. Can we combat such foundational difficulties? How can we help the traumatized person to befriend their internal sensations, to become embodied, active, and safe in this world? Research evidence shows that this transformation is possible. From a devastating disembodied experience of developmental trauma, they can connect with others through curiosity, language, and play. In this course, we will examine evidence-based, bottom-up treatment approaches that target sensory, vestibular, and motor experience to regulate critical higher cognitive functions, including emotion regulation, cognition, and theory of mind. Participants will come away with a grounded understanding of the emerging neuroscience, based on research with developmentally-traumatized individuals, that supports this integrative approach for traumatic stress syndromes.
Award-winning journalist, internationally-acclaimed speaker, Donna Jackson Nakazawa explores the intersection of neuroscience, immunology, and human emotion. With a mission to translate emerging science so that individuals can find new layers of healing, she is the author of six books. Her newest, The Angel and the Assassin: The Tiny Brain Cell That Changed the Course of Medicine (Random House/Ballantine), named one of the best books of 2020 by Wired, elucidates the biological basis behind the mind-body connection and offers us a radically reconceived picture of human health.
Join experienced teacher, psychologist, and trauma expert Dr. Clair L. Goldberg, PsyD, BCN, in this two-session course, and learn how emerging neuroscience research reconceptualizes the clinical assessment. Integrating the implications of current neurophysiology research on attachment and affect regulation theory, partipants will learn to better evaluate client needs, and how to apply effective assessment strategies skillfully and consistently throughout the treatment process. With a more nuanced and concrete methodology for assessing patients, rooted in the research evidence-base and your keen observations of their nervous system arousal levels, you will be in a stronger position to understand and empower your clients.