Trauma, Balance, and Recovery
Restoring Emotion Regulation, Balance, and a Sense of Self in the Aftermath of Developmental Trauma
𝗗𝗿 𝗥𝘂𝘁𝗵 𝗟𝗮𝗻𝗶𝘂𝘀, 𝗠𝗗, 𝗣𝗵𝗗
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.
Session 1 Trauma and the Vestibular/Balance System
Session 2 Trauma, Sensory Processing and the Vestibular Balance System: Treatment Implications
Session 3 Trauma and Cerebellum
Session 4 Restoring Emotion Regulation, Balance, and a Sense of Self in the Aftermath of Developmental Trauma- In Conversation with Sebern Fisher