This workshop will explore trauma along a child's developmental continuum. We will investigate how the effects of trauma can result not only from catastrophic events, but from commonplace events. At the core of this understanding is the unique way that trauma is imprinted on the body, brain and spirit. This workshop will demonstrate how trauma can be both prevented and resolved through play, art and sensory-motor activities. Participants will learn through combination of lectures, videos, case presentations and experiential activities.
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.
This workshop is a pragmatic look at how to gently, but quickly, understand how anxiety, depression and psychological trauma are created. Understanding the creation leads to co-creation to avenues of intervention. The emphasis is on non-medical, nonpathological understanding of problem creation. Case studies demonstrate the process from problem identification, conceptualizing leading to intervention and problem solving.
This workshop includes Systemic Family Constellation therapy. Redefined by Bert Hellinger and others, it has gained acceptance in Europe as a groundbreaking advancement in brief form therapy. The process explores how transgenerational traumas remain active. In a single session, the imaginal family system is transformed. The burden of memory becomes an enduring source of strength and healing.
BT10 Workshop 03 - Children, Families, and Trauma: A Relational Approach - Kenneth Hardy, PhD
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.
BT10 Workshop 23 - Frontiers of Trauma Treatment - Bessel van der Kolk, MD
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.
BT12 Dialogue 01 - Trauma - Peter Levine, PhD, Ronald Siegel, PsyD
Given a topic, describe the differing approaches to psychotherapy, and identify the strengths and weaknesses of each approach.
BT12 Short Course 16 – Systemic Family Constellations: A Broken Heart Can Heal…Sometimes in One Beat – Dan Booth Cohen, PhD, MBA
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.
BT12 Short Course 30 – Mindfulness, Trauma, and Trance: Ericksonian Brief Solutions: A Mind/Body Approach – Ronald Alexander, PhD
This course will address the rapid treatment of trauma by utilizing both Mindfulness practice and Ericksonian orientation. The course will highlight Milton Erickson’s use of storytelling, metaphor and rapid trance induction as well as the use of mindfulness practice for framing, re-framing and de-framing the immediate reorganization of transforming somatic-affective experience into new healing rhythms in the body. These methods allow the body to open healthier pathways for new somatic recoveries. We will also emphasize the use of naturalistic hypnotic trance, guided mindfulness practice, and healing metaphors for generating new therapeutic skills in mindbody healing therapies.
This experiential workshop will present an essential element of StoryPlay®, an Ericksonian, resiliency-based, indirective process of Play Therapy that focuses upon how to identify, access and utilize inner resources, skills, and gifts as invaluable “gems” to move us beyond diagnosis and effect transformational change for children and adolescents who have experienced trauma and adversity.