What Happens to the Brain During Trauma
(and Why It Matters in Your Work)
Trauma changes the brain.
But because trauma's effect on the brain isn't always apparent, treatment is even more challenging.
You see, when trauma takes root in the brain, it can lead to flashbacks, dissociation, disrupted sleep and impaired focus, as well as constant feelings of blame, self-judgment, and even guilt. But . . .
When we understand the brain science of trauma, we can target treatments to help our patients heal more quickly
So it's crucial to know what really goes on inside a traumatized brain.
Unraveling it takes a little bit of detective work, a lot of training, and a willingness to try on different perspectives . . .
. . . all while trying to help someone feel safe despite a battle going on in their own nervous system.
That's why we're bringing you this short, focused course . . .
How to Use Brain Science to Help Patients Accelerate Healing after Trauma
A 5-Part Mini-Course featuring Dan Siegel, MD
PART 1 - Strategies for Working with a Traumatized Brain
In the first part of this mini-course, Daniel Siegel, MD and Ruth Buczynski, PhD will walk you through what is actually going on in the brain during trauma. They'll also get into why dissociation (one of the most disabling conditions associated with trauma) is also one of the most treatable. Here's what else they'll cover:
- How Age Can Affect Trauma's Impact on the Brain
- Developmental Trauma: Why Neglect May Be Worse Than Abuse for a Child's Brain
- The Chemical Effects of Trauma on the Brain
- Why Flashbacks Feel Like Present Experience Instead of Past Memory
- How the Links in the Brain Become Broken During Dissociation
- The Three Areas of the Brain Most Impacted by Developmental Trauma
- Epigenetics and the Effect of Trauma Across Generations
Dan is the Executive Director of the Mindsight Institute, Co-Director of UCLA’s Mindful Awareness Research Center, and author of Mindsight: The New Science of Personal Transformation and The Mindful Therapist: A Clinician's Guide to Mindsight and Neural Intergration.
The treatment of trauma is often one of our biggest challenges as practitioners.
So we've layered this course with practical tools you can use to fully integrate these concepts into your work.
PART 2 - Synthesize Key Concepts So You Can Use Them Immediately
In the TalkBack Session, Ron Siegel, PsyD and Ruth Lanius, MD, PhD join me to dig more deeply into how trauma affects the brain. Our job is to make yours easier by streamlining the information and making sure each point is crystal clear. We'll examine key ideas, clarify critical concepts, and break it all down so you can gain confidence in your understanding.
PART 3 - Get Concrete Strategies You Can Use Right Away to Help Patients Take Back Their Lives
Next, we'll turn smart ideas into easy-to-use solutions that you can integrate into your work as soon as possible. In Next Week in Your Practice, Joan Borysenko, PhD and Bill O’Hanlon, LMFT join me to give you specific strategies for helping people work through (and even start to transform) traumatic memories. We’ll show you how to translate ideas into practices and exercises that you (or your clients) can use right away.
PART 4 - Uncover Core Ideas and Techniques at-a-Glance So You Have a "Cheat Sheet" When You Need It Most
The QuickStart Guide will help you stay fresh and confident as you turn these insights into action. It’s an at-a-glance reference to the most powerful concepts and strategies for working with patients who have experienced trauma. We’ve gathered all the essential tools and methods into a concise, easy-to-use guide so you can quickly review and apply these ideas when you need them most.
PART 5 - Quickly Recall Crucial Details So You Can Apply Them with Confidence
Our Professional Transcript will help you reinforce key ideas so you can integrate them into your life and work. We’ve designed your transcript with an easy-to-use table of contents, clear, organized formatting, and helpful highlight quotes so you’ll have the information and exercises you need at your fingertips.
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Why You Have to Understand Dissociation to Treat Trauma
with Kathy Steele, MN, CS
- Recognizing and Treating Mindflight - a Phobia of Inner Experience
- Why Avoiding Triggers Doesn't Work
- How to Help Patients Learn to Recognize Trauma-Related Triggers
- Why Distinguishing Past from Present Is a Critical Element of Healing
- Take-Home Exercises for Working with the Triggers of Dissociation
- The Phases of Treatment - Integrating Mindflight into Mindsight