• March 12-13, 2016
  • 10:00 am to 6:30 pm
  • California Institute of Integral Studies
    1453 Mission Street
    San Francisco, CA 94103
Add to Calendar 03/12/2016 10:00 am 03/13/2016 6:30 pm America/Los_Angeles Healing Trauma by Changing the Brain 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. California Institute of Integral Studies
1453 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
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REGISTRATION $230/$250/$270
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We now know that people who have experienced traumatic events can have significant changes in the neurobiology of their brain. The right brain, which holds emotions, relationship information, and unprocessed trauma often in the form of flashbacks, body memories, intrusive thoughts, and dissociated feelings, is always turned on by an overactive amygdala.  While the left brain's coherent function, which provides meaning and helps people stay in the here and now, is interrupted by stress hormones as the result of the danger signals from the amygdala.

This workshop teaches a core action intervention of the Therapeutic Spiral Model called the Containing Double or the Self-Supporting Voice. The CD, as it is commonly called, is able to help clients with trauma balance the thinking and feeling parts of their brain so they can stay in the present and make new, spontaneous and creative actions. Most importantly, the CD is taught through demonstration and live supervised practice. It can be used immediately following the workshop in individual, couples, and family therapy, as well as by educators and community organizers. This workshop provides a useful tool to add to the repertoire of students and practitioners of EMDR, EFT, and sensory motor integration, as well as drama therapy and psychodrama.  Group work will also be presented.

During and upon completion of the workshop, you will: (1) Be able to explain the symptoms of PTSD according to the DSM-5; (2) Be able to explain and discuss why experiential methods of treatment are the treatment of choice for PTSD from both a research and practice view; (3) Experience the demonstration of how the "Brain in Action" shows the effects of trauma; (4) Provide a disconnection between the thinking and feeling functions of the brain including the thalamus, amygdala, stress hormones, hippocampus, and higher order abstract thinking; (5) Be able to immediately apply this method of demonstrating the brain in action to staff or areas of practice upon completion of the workshop; (6) Experience a demonstration of a core experiential intervention called the Containing Double, which acts as the corpus colossum in providing neurobiological and psychological containment for trauma symptoms; (7) Practice this Containing Double under live supervision in pairs in the workshop to immediately apply it in areas of practice; (8) Be able to predict the effectiveness of the Containing Double in reducing the symptoms of PTSD and providing containment in the here and now when working within areas of practice; and (9) Be able to critique the use of experiential methods when combined with CBT as more effective than CBT alone for PTSD.

Kate Hudgins, PhD, TEP is an American Board Certified trainer, educator, and practitioner of psychodrama, sociometry and group psychotherapy.  She developed the Therapeutic Spiral Model to treat PTSD and has an International Certification Program in Trauma Therapy that is recognized in more than 20 countries. Hudgins is a published author of four books on action methods with trauma and has worked in more than 25 countries teaching experiential psychotherapy with both individual and collective trauma for the past 30 years.  Dr. Hudgins received the Innovator's Award (2001) and the Scholar's Award (2009) from the American Society of Group Psychotherapy and Psychodrama, and is a well-known international presenter and keynote speaker around the world. She provides training, Skype consultations, individual trauma teams, and clinical supervision.
Her website is www.drkatehudgins.com

*13 BBS & APA CEs available (MFT, LCSW, RN, MFT, PsyD)
*This class is also available for one unit of academic credit to CIIS students.

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