The study of psychological trauma has been accompanied by an explosion of knowledge about how experience shapes the central nervous system and the formation of the self. The study of trauma has probably been the single most fertile area in developing a deeper understanding of the relationship among the emotional, cognitive, social, and biological forces that shape human development.
Ignoring the impact of the trauma on the client’s family overlooks powerful dynamics that are crucial to treatment outcome. Participants in this workshop will learn how to involve the trauma sufferer’s partner and other family members as resources in the healing process.
The study of psychological trauma has been accompanied by an explosion of knowledge about how experience shapes the central nervous system and the formation of the self. We have learned that most experience is automatically processed on a subcortical level, i.e. by “unconscious” interpretations that take place outside of awareness. Insight and understanding have only a limited influence on the operation of these subcortical processes. When addressing the problems of traumatized people who, in a myriad of ways, continue to react to current experience as a replay of the past, there is a need for therapeutic methods that do not depend exclusively on understanding and cognition.
This process identifies and releases transgenerational trauma. This simple process consistently uncovers connections between present day issues and transgenerational traumas. Within a single session, the burden of memory is transformed into an enduring source of strength and healing.
This workshop will provide a Socio-cultural view of trauma, highlighting the dynamics of the intersection of oppression and trauma. Strategies for effectively engaging and treating individuals and families with ‘oppression trauma’ will be discussed. Relevant Self of the Therapist issues will be explored.
Group and individual demonstrations of psychosocial genomics as the art and science of counseling and psychotherapy that utilizes our natural 4-stage creative cycle for facilitating gene expression and brain plasticity to optimize the resolution of anxiety, depression, trauma and problem solving in everyday life.
Following the exposure to traumatic and victimizing experiences, 75 % of individuals will be impacted, but they go onto evidence resilience and in some instances post traumatic growth. In contrast, 25 % will evidence PSTD and persistent adjustment disorders. In this presentation, Dr. Meichenbaum will discuss what distinguishes these two groups and the implications for treatment decision making. He will use a Constructive Narrative Perspective to demonstrate how to bolster client's resilience.