9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Dealing effectively with challenges and crises in life is the core of resilience and well-being. Helping clients develop flexible and adaptive strategies for coping with everyday disappointments and extraordinary disasters is the heart of the therapeutic process. Helping clients harness the brain’s own mechanisms of change to rewire coping strategies that are defensive, dysfunctional, and blocking of growth, and to encode new more flexible patterns of response, is the focus of this workshop.
Modern neuroscience is teaching us how to use the brain’s innate neuroplasticity to rewire coping behaviors, even when they are seemingly “stuck” and intractable. Clinicians will learn through didactics, experiential exercises, and group discussions, which tools and techniques of brain change best help clients use their own self-directed neuroplasticity reverse the impact of stress and trauma, regulate surges of emotions to come out of anxiety, depression, grief, loneliness, guilt and shame, deepen the self-compassion and empathy that connect them to their inner resources, overcome resistance and strengthen the resonant relationships that foster the perseverance that develops resilience, and shift their perspectives through mindful awareness and reflection to discern options and make wise choices.
Participants will learn to apply these tools and techniques, which underlie the therapeutic modalities they are already familiar with – Internal Family Systems, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, AEDP. DBT, EFT – to four intelligences - somatic, emotional, relational, reflective - and recover the natural resilience that supports well-being and flourishing. Clinicians will also learn to apply these tools to their own brain care as self-care to avoid compassion fatigue and burnout.
- Teach clients to use body-based tools to restore the body-brain’s baseline physiological equilibrium.
- Teach clients tools to cultivate the practices of positive emotions - gratitude, kindness, compassion, serenity, joy - that antidote the brain’s negativity bias.
- Teach clients to apply memory deconsolidation-reconsolidation techniques to rewire traumatic memories and heal toxic shame.
- Teach clients to practice the mindful awareness that allows them to shift perspectives, identify options, and make wise choices.
9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Alienation from self in the context of abusive or dysfunctional parenting is a survival strategy that maintains children’s attachment to caregivers by disowning themselves as “bad” or “unlovable.” This deeply painful failure of self-acceptance results in lifelong shame and self-loathing, difficulty self-soothing, and complications in relationships with others. Without internal compassion and a sense of worth, it is difficult to take in the compassion and acceptance of others.
To overcome this alienation from self, therapy must focus on cultivating clients’ ability to observe painful emotions as signs of their disowned selves and disowned experience. When clients discover their trauma-related, structurally dissociated younger selves and bring them “home,” they spontaneously begin to feel an internal sense of warmth and safety that changes their internal experience. In this workshop, using strategies inspired by Structural Dissociation theory, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy and Internal Family Systems, we will explore the therapeutic power of fostering internal secure attachment to clients’ most deeply disowned selves.
You will learn to:
- Describe the relationship between early attachment or trauma and alienation from self
- Recognize signs of disowned parts and their internal conflicts in clients
- Identify parts that sabotage self-compassion or self-acceptance
- Describe interventions that create an increased somatic sense of connection or attachment to the body or self
- Capitalize on interpersonal neurobiology to increase the effectiveness of therapeutic interventions
- Foster ‘earned secure attachment’ as the outcome of attachment bonding between adult and child selves