Introducing the Advanced Master Program on the Treatment of Trauma

How to Work with Emerging Defense Responses to Trauma (Beyond the Fight/Flight/Freeze Model)

Pat Ogden, PhD   Stephen Porges, PhD   Bessel van der Kolk, MD  
Janina Fisher, PhD   Kathy Steele, MN, CS   Deb Dana, LCSW  
Ruth Lanius, MD, PhD   Thema Bryant-Davis, PhD

  • 3 Alternative Defense Responses to Fight-Flight-Freeze (and How to Identify Them)
  • The Profound Impact These Defense Responses Can Have on Your Client’s Relationships
  • The Least Understood Defense Response – and Why It May Produce the Opposite of What Your Client Wants
  • Why These Defensive Responses Can Leave Your Client Vulnerable to Further Trauma

How to Identify and Treat Dissociation (Even When It’s Subtle)

Peter Levine, PhD   Ruth Lanius, MD, PhD   Stephen Porges, PhD  
Bessel van der Kolk, MD   Thema Bryant-Davis, PhD  
Kathy Steele, MN, CS   Janina Fisher, PhD  
Bethany Brand, PhD   Pat Ogden, PhD

  • Key Signs and Symptoms That Let You Know Your Patient Has a Tendency to Dissociate
  • Structural Dissociation – What It Is and 3 Distinct Ways to Work with It
  • How Trauma Affects the Brain and Body – and Why That Can Lead to Dissociation
  • Common Mistakes That Stall Treatment with Clients Who Dissociate
  • 2 Difficult Challenges of Working with Dissociation – and How to Overcome Them
  • When Dissociation Is Triggered in a Medical Environment: Key Considerations for Medical Professionals

How to Ease the Pain of Trauma-Induced Shame

Bessel van der Kolk, MD   Ruth Lanius, MD, PhD   Peter Levine, PhD  
Thema Bryant-Davis, PhD   Richard Schwartz, PhD   Pat Ogden, PhD  
Janina Fisher, PhD   Kathy Steele, MN, CS   Stephen Porges, PhD  
Martha Sweezy, PhD, LICSW   Deb Dana, LCSW   William Nash, MD

  • How to Recognize Shame Even When Clients Don’t Think It’s a Problem
  • 4 Defenses Clients (and Sometimes Therapists) Use to Manage Shame
  • How Cognitive Approaches to Shame May Backfire and What to Try Instead
  • 2 New Findings on the Neurobiology of Shame (and Their Clinical Impact)
  • How to Work with Moral Injury and Why Resolution Is Essential for Healing
  • Why Some Clients Get Triggered by Positive Emotions (and How to Help Them Safely Experience Positive Emotions Again)

How to Work with Patients Whose Trauma Triggers Problems in Their Current Relationships

Stephen Porges, PhD   Terry Real, MSW, LICSW  
Janina Fisher, PhD Richard   Schwartz, PhD   Pat Ogden, PhD  
Martha Sweezy, PhD, LICSW   Bessel van der Kolk, MD  
Ruth Lanius, MD, PhD   Deb Dana, LCSW   Thema Bryant-Davis, PhD

  • An Important Issue That Must Be Addressed BEFORE You Can Build Your Client’s Relationship Skills
  • How to Help Clients Speak For, Not From, Their Wounded Inner Part
  • An Expert Strategy to Help Clients Understand the Implicit Memories That Fuel Conflict in Their Relationships
  • 2 Distinct Types of Relational Trauma (and Specific Approaches for Working with Each)
  • Why Clients Re-Enact Past Relationships (and How to Help Them Stop the Cycle)

Strategies to Treat Patients Trapped in the Freeze Response

Bessel van der Kolk, MD   Stephen Porges, PhD  
Ruth Lanius, MD, PhD   Pat Ogden, PhD   Thema Bryant-Davis, PhD  
Bethany Brand, PhD   Deb Dana, LCSW   Janina Fisher, PhD  
Kathy Steele, MN, CS

  • The First Thing to Do When You Recognize Your Patient Is in Freeze
  • Clear-Cut Interventions for Bringing a Client Out of Freeze During a Session
  • What NOT to Do When Your Patient Is Frozen
  • How to Help Patients Identify What Triggers Their Freeze Response
  • A 4-Step Process That Can Help Patients Regulate Their Freeze Response
  • A Simple Strategy That Can Help Patients Gain a Sense of Control Over Their Freeze Response

Dr. Bessel Van Der Kolk

Neuroscientist and Professor of Psychiatry at Boston University Medical School. Author of The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma.

Dr. Pat Ogden

Pioneer in Somatic Psychology; Founder and Director of Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute (SPI); Co-founder of the Hakomi Institute; Author of Sensorimotor Psychotherapy: Interventions for Trauma and Attachment.

Dr. Peter Levine

Founder of Somatic Experiencing; Author of Trauma and Memory: Brain and Body in a Search for the Living Past: A Practical Guide for Understanding and Working with Traumatic Memory.

Dr. Ruth Lanius

Professor of Psychiatry and Director of the PTSD research unit at the University of Western Ontario. Coauthor of The Impact of Early Life Trauma on Health and Disease: The Hidden Epidemic, and Healing the Traumatized Self: Consciousness, Neuroscience, Treatment.

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