Sensorimotor Psychotherapy for the Treatment of Trauma: a 12-day Comprehensive Course

General Information

NOTE: ALL AVAILABLE SLOTS HAVE BEEN FILLED. IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO JOIN THE WAITLIST FOR THIS TRAINING, PLEAES EMAIL US AT NACHASCONSULTING@GMAIL.COM

Presenter: Janina Fisher, PhD & Lana Epstein M., Ed., LCSW In addition to the lead trainers, assistant guides will be involved in this training. There will be a 3:1 ratio of assistant guides to registrants. They will assist in all the experiential components.

Dates: November 20-21, 2022 9:00 am – 4:30 pm EST with Lana Epstein January 8-9, 2023 9:00 am – 4:30 pm EST with Lana Epstein February 12-13, 2023 11:00 am – 6:00 pm EST with Janina Fisher March 12-13, 2023 11:00 am – 6:00 pm EDT with Janina Fisher May 7-8, 2023, 9:00 am – 4:30 pm EDT with Lana Epstein June 4-5, 2023, 9:00–4:30 pm EDT with Lana Epstein

Fee: $3200

Venue: Online Webinar

Includes full technical support, handouts, and CE credits. The training will be recorded. All participants will have access to recordings for 8 weeks. 

Registration is on a first-come-first-served basis and will close after 30 registrants.

Sensorimotor Psychotherapy for the Treatment of Trauma: a 12-day Comprehensive Course

Description

A high percentage of clients in outpatient treatment and a higher percentage of inpatients report histories of neglect, trauma, and/or attachment failure. In addition to being diagnosed with PTSD, this client population often presents as affectively dysregulated, chronically depressed, exhibiting symptoms of bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders, and borderline or other personality disorders. Level I of The Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Training Program in Affect Regulation, Attachment, and Trauma equips therapists to better understand the symptoms and issues of these challenging client populations and to work with them in a more effective way. With a better understanding of the presenting problems of these clients and equipped with interventions that speak directly to how their issues are driven by the body and the nervous system, students will be able to directly impact the direction of treatment not only for these client populations but also in their practice settings.

The Level I Training presents simple, body-oriented interventions for tracking, naming, and safely exploring trauma-related, somatic activation, creating new competencies and restoring a somatic sense of self. Students will learn effective, accessible interventions for identifying and working with disruptive somatic patterns, disturbed cognitive and emotional processing, and the fragmented sense of self experienced by so many traumatized individuals. Techniques are taught within a phase-oriented treatment approach, focusing first on stabilization and symptom reduction. Sensorimotor Psychotherapy can be easily and effectively integrated into psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral, and EMDR-focused treatments.

 

The program will be recorded, with the exception of breakout practices. Participants may have access to the recorded workshop for a period of 90 days.

Instructors

Lana Epstein, MSW, MA, LICSW, (1020709) is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker in MA; an LCSW in NY an EMDRIA-Approved Consultant in EMDR, a former ASCH-approved consultant in Hypnosis. Lana has maintained a private practice in Lexington, MA since 1984, and currently has office hours in NYC. Her focus has been individual, couple, and group psychotherapies specializing in the treatment of clients who have survived traumatic childhoods. She is a past supervisor at the Trauma Center and was a member of the NESTTD board for 6 years. Integrating a number of therapeutic models, Lana presents internationally and is interested in the integration of Sensorimotor Psychotherapy and EMDR.

 

Janina Fisher, Ph.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist and a former instructor, Harvard Medical School.  An international expert on the treatment of trauma, she is an Advisory Board member of the Trauma Research Foundation and the author of Healing the Fragmented Selves of Trauma Survivors: Overcoming Self-Alienation (2017), Transforming the Living Legacy of Trauma: a Workbook for Survivors and Therapists (2021), and The Living Legacy Instructional Flip Chart (2022).  She is best known for her work on integrating mindfulness-based and somatic interventions into trauma treatment.  More information can be found on her website: www.janinafisher.com.

Sensorimotor Psychotherapy for the Treatment of Trauma: a 12-day Comprehensive Course

Objectives

  1. Describe Sensorimotor Psychotherapy and what sets it apart from traditional talk therapy
  2. Explain the immediate and long term sensorimotor, emotional, and cognitive symptoms of trauma
  3. Discuss the role of the body in perpetuating symptoms of trauma
  4. Identify the three parts of the triune brain and define the function of each part.
  5. Describe effects of trauma on autonomic arousal and on the body
  6. Describe the importance of the body in trauma treatment
  7. Explain the link between procedural learning and implicit memories in triggering survival responses
  8. Describe attributes and differences of bottom-up processing top-down processing
  9. Describe how to work with the modulation model to expand the Window of Tolerance and increase integrative capacity
  10. Identify the core organizers of experience and the role they play in the treatment of trauma
  11. Describe attributes and differences of bottom-up processing top-down processing
  12. Describe attributes and differences of bottom-up processing top-down processing

Application Deadline: November 1, 2022 or until all training spaces are filled, whichever comes first.
Notification of Acceptance: Applicants will be notified, via email, of acceptance when registration is complete, and payment is received.
Refund/Cancellation Policy: Tuition/registration payments are refundable (minus $50) until September 1, 2022. Cancellations after this date are non-refundable. In this situation, we will attempt to find someone to take your slot (based on our waiting list).
Course level: Introductory
Level of clinician: Introductory
Accessibility: Conference is handicap accessible. If you require ADA accommodations, please contact our office 30 days or more before the event. We cannot ensure accommodations without adequate prior notification

The Grievance Policy for trainings provided by NEFESH INTERNATIONAL is available here. Please Note: Licensing Boards change regulations often, and while we attempt to stay abreast of their most recent changes, if you have questions or concerns about this course meeting your specific board’s approval, we recommend you contact your board directly to obtain a ruling.

CE Information

Continuing Education Credit is granted through Nefesh International for the following professions: Psychologists, Social workers, Mental Health Counselors, and LMFTs. It is the participant’s responsibility to check with their individual state boards to verify CE requirements for their state.

NEFESH International, Inc. is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Psychology as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed psychologists #PSY-0116.

NEFESH International is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed marriage and family therapists #MFT-0046

NEFESH International is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for Mental Health Counselor #MHC-0082

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This program is co-sponsored by NEFESH International and Neuhoff Psychological Consulting . NEFESH International is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. NEFESH International, maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Satisfactory Completion:

Participants must have paid the tuition fee, logged in and out each day, attended the entire webinar, and completed an evaluation to receive a certificate (for pre-recorded program, a post-test with a passing grade of 80% is required.) Failure to log in or out will result in forfeiture of credit for the entire course. No exceptions will be made. Partial credit is not available. Certificates are available electronically after satisfactory course completion. A link will be provided for those who have completed the training.

References:

Classen, C. C., Hughes, L., Clark, C., Mohammed, B.H., Woods, P. & Beckett, B. (2020).  A pilot RCT of a body-oriented group therapy for complex trauma survivors: an adaptation of Sensorimotor Psychotherapy.  J. Trauma & Dissociation. https://doi.org/10.1080/15299732.2020.1760173.

Doidge, N. (2015).  The brain’s way of healing: remarkable discoveries and recoveries  from the frontiers of neuroplasticity.  New York: Penguin Books.

Fisher, J. (2019).  Sensorimotor psychotherapy in the treatment of trauma.  Practice Innovations, 4:3, 156-165.

Fisher, J. (2017a).   Twenty-five years of trauma treatment: what have we learned?   ATTACHMENT: New Directions in Psychotherapy and Relational Psychoanalysis, Vol. 11, pp. 273–289.

Fisher, J. (2017b).  Trauma-informed Stabilisation Treatment: a new approach to treating unsafe behaviour.  Australian Psychologist, 3:1, 55-62. 

Fisher, J. (2017c).  Healing the fragmented selves of trauma survivors.   New York:  Routledge/Taylor & Francis.

Gene-Cos, N., Fisher, J., Ogden, P. & Cantrell, A. (2016).  Sensorimotor group therapy in the treatment of complex PTSD.  Annals of psychiatry and mental health, 4(6),    1080.

Grossman, F., Spinazzola, J., Zucker, M. & Hopper, E. (2017).   Treating adult survivors of childhood emotional abuse and neglect: a new framework.   Am J  Orthopsychiatry, 87(1), 86-93.


Liotti, G. (2011). Attachment disorganization and the controlling strategies: an illustration of the contributions of attachment theory to developmental psychopathology and to psychotherapy integration.  Journal of Psychotherapy Integration, 21:3, 232-252.


MacIntosh, H. B., Godbout, N., & Dubosh, N. (2015).  Borderline personality disorder: disorder of trauma or personality—a review of the empirical literature. Canadian psychology, 56 (2), 227-241. 


Ogden, P. & Fisher, J. (2016).  Sensorimotor Psychotherapy: interventions for trauma and attachment.   New York:  W. W. Norton.

Ogden, P. & Fisher, J. (2015).  Neuroception and the window of tolerance. Neuropsychotherapist, 11, 6-21. 

Ogden, P., Minton, K. & Pain, C. (2006).  Trauma and the body: a sensorimotor approach to psychotherapy.  New York: W.W. Norton.

Price, C. & Hooven, C. (2018).  Interoceptive awareness skills for emotion regulation: theory and approach of mindful awareness in body-oriented therapy (MABT).  Frontiers in psychology, 9:798, 1-12.

Van der Kolk, B.A. (2015).  The body keeps the score: brain, mind and body in the      treatment of trauma.  New York:  Viking Press.

Sensorimotor Psychotherapy for the Treatment of Trauma: a 12-day Comprehensive Course

Schedule

Module 1: November 20-21, 2022 9:00 am – 4:30 pm EST with Lana Epstein  
9:00 AM

Introductions - Trainer and Assistant introductions

Overview of the Course 

Student introductions

9:45 AM

 The Neuroscience of Trauma

- Trauma and the Autonomic Nervous System

- Hierarchical Information Processing

10:00 AM

 Hopes and Fears Exercise

- Exploring movements or gestures that accompany emotions of hope and fear.

- Small group debrief -

Large group debrief

10:30 AM

Procedural Learning - Top down & bottom-up processing

10:45 AM

Break

11:00 AM

Video Analysis - Video example of bottom-up processing - Large group debrief

12:00

The Modulation Model

12:30 PM

 Lunch

2:00 PM

 Physical Experiment: Implicit Memories of Positive Experience

- What happens in the body as a positive experience is remembered?

- Debrief

2:30 PM

The Organization of Experience & the Core Organizers

2:45 PM

Physical Experiment: A Stressful Event and the Core Organizers

- How does the memory of a stressful event stimulate core organizers: thoughts, feelings, sense perceptions, movement impulses, visceral sensations.

- Debrief

3:15 PM

Break

3:30 PM

Acts of Triumph, Trauma & Developmental Injuries - Immobilizing and mobilizing defenses - Attributes of trauma and attachment defenses and signs in the body

3:45 PM

Physical Experiment: Impact of thoughts and belief on body

- How does a negative cognition affect the body?

- Debrief

4:15 PM

SP Skill: Tracking

4:30 PM

 Video Analysis: Tracking

- Video client session with sound off to track the body

- Debrief

5:00 PM

Closing - Debrief of day

- Pull for feedback

- Closing Mindfulness (of present moment experience in all core organizers)

Module 2: January 8-9, 2023  9:00 am – 4:30 pm EST  with Lana Epstein  
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  4. March 12-13, 2023 11:00 am – 6:00 pm EDT  with Janina Fisher
  5. May 7-8, 2023 9:00 am – 4:30 pm EDT with Lana Epstein
  6. June 4-5, 2023 9:00–4:30 pm EDT with Lana Epstein
Module 3: February 12-13, 2023  11:00 am – 6:00 pm EST with Janina Fisher  

Sensorimotor Psychotherapy for the Treatment of Trauma: a 12-day Comprehensive Course

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