The Interpersonal Neurobiology of Trauma: Working with the Therapeutic Spiral Model

Public Programs and Performances WKS 114 1.00

This workshop teaches participants the state-of-the-art research on interpersonal neurobiology and attachment theory as it relates to treating PTSD and other stress-related illnesses with experiential psychotherapy. Employing the evidence-based system of the Therapeutic Spiral Model (Hudgins & Toscani, 2013), we will use experiential education to present the “Brain in Action,” so that the complexities of interpersonal neurobiology—with its brain patterns, feelings, and defenses, which are both chemically and psychologically internalized in trauma—become immediately clear. Participants can then easily take away and use this demonstration in their own practices, clinics, classrooms, and organizations. Additionally, participants will learn the “Body Double,” a clinically modified psychodramatic intervention that teaches trauma survivors how to self-soothe and calm the overactive amygdala and right brain from the experience of trauma. Supervised skill practice guarantees hands-on skills that are immediately transferable to many settings. This workshop is appropriate for physicians, psychologists, mental health counselors, marriage and family therapists, social workers, spiritual counselors, body workers, energy healers, shamanic practitioners, drama therapists, psychodramatists, Playback conductors, educators and teachers, social activists, community developers, and business organizations that want to learn about the impact of trauma on the brain in their own settings, and of course people interested in their own recovery from PTSD.

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