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Janina Fisher’s Integrative Approach to Treating Trauma

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Module 1: Janina Fisher’s Integrative Approach to Treating Trauma: Blending IFS, Sensorimotor, Mindfulness, Psychoeducation, and More.

  • Introductory comments
  • Brief modern history of treatment for PTSD
  • An integrative approach toward treating trauma
  • The legacy of trauma and how it's healed
  • Structural Dissociation model in trauma treatment
  • The adaptive value of symptoms

Module 2: How Trauma Is Stored in the Body and What to Do

  • Introductory comments
  • Clinical video demonstrations
  • The nature of traumatic memory as implicit and somatic
  • Internal Family Systems un-blending interventions
  • Psychoeducation interventions around somatic memory through validation and normalization

Module 3: Be-Friending Suicide Through Doing Parts Work: 

  • Introductory comments
  • Working with co-occuring trauma and addiction
  • Working with co-occuring trauma and suicidality
  • Understanding the five primary "parts" in the structural dissociation model
  • Re-framing suicidal ideation in trauma survivors as an early coping skill
  • Using un-blending from Internal Family Systems to work with traumatic symptoms

Module 4: Helping Clients Safely Let Down Their Armor and Heal from the Legacy of Trauma

  • Introductory comments
  • How to link current traumatic symptoms to childhood trauma
  • Understanding working with traumatic triggers
  • Somatic memory in trauma survivors
  • Working with regressive states and "child parts"
  • A new definition of "self love"

Module 5: Working with a Traumatized Couple

  • Introductory comments
  • Treatment challenges when working with trauma within an intimate relationship
  • How trauma can sabotage an intimate relationship
  • Working with a couple who have previous individual trauma histories and trauma within the relationship
  • Understanding and re-framing a couple's conflicts
  • Being able to self-soothe in intimate relationships


  1. Determine three ways traumatic memory presents in a client with PTSD
  2. Incorporate sensorimotor interventions into treatments to decrease symptoms of PTSD in clients.
  3. Incorporate Internal Family Systems interventions into treatments to decrease symptoms of PTSD in clients.
  4. Apply psychoeducational principles to decrease symptoms of PTSD in clients
  5. Defend ‘implicit memory’ and breakdown its role in post-traumatic stress disorders
  6. Differentiate characteristics of fight, flight, freeze, attach and submit parts
  7. Articulate the role of suicidal ideation as an adaptation to traumatic events
  8. Apply Sensorimotor and Internal Family Systems interventions for trauma survivors

Target Audience

  • Psychologist
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Nurses
  • Other Behavioral Professionals

Copyright : 08/27/2019

BONUS: Chronic Suicidality and Self-Destructive Behavior

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The Challenges of Working with Suicidality and Self-Destructive Behavior

  • Association between suicidality/self-harm and a history of trauma
  • Suicidality as a survival strategy
  • The neurobiology of suicidality and self-harm

Evaluating Risk: Safe, Less Safe, and Not Safe

  • Ideation versus impulse
  • Relief versus punishment
  • Simple tools for risk assessment

Suicidality and Self-Destructive Behavior as Dissociative Symptoms

  • Using the Structural Dissociation model
  • Borderline personality and dissociative symptom
  • Increasing safety by working with suicidality as a part of the personality

Target Audience

  • Psychologists
  • Physicians
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Nurses
  • Other Behavioral Health Professionals


  1. Determine the somatic effects of suicidal ideation and impulses for the purposes of psychoeducation.
  2. Evaluate the role of suicidality in a client’s survival or adaptation to trauma.
  3. Determine the three basic steps of the Fisher risk assessment tool.
  4. Distinguish body-centered interventions that can increase the client’s sense of control over unbearable emotions.
  5. Develop collaborative solutions to high-risk situations.

Copyright : 03/23/2019

BONUS: Creating Safety with High-Conflict Couples - A Nonverbal Approach

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  1. Determine the clinical implications of disorganized attachment in couples therapy.
  2. Articulate Sensorimotor methods that can be interfaced with psychotherapy practices to alleviate the volatility in couples.


What creates a ‘volatile’ couple?

  • Early attachment, trauma, and later relationships
  • Animal defense survival responses are activated by perceived threat
  • Inhibition of the prefrontal cortex deprives them of access to perspective
Reducing volatility by helping couples communicate without words
  • Tracking their bodily reactions to the other
  • Increasing awareness of the role of triggering
  • Regulating the nervous system and bodily tension
  • Sensorimotor Psychotherapy
  • Using gesture and movement to practice new alternatives to conflict and reactivity

Target Audience

Psychologists, Addiction Counselors, Counselors, Social Workers, Marriage & Family Therapists, Nurses, and other Behavioral Health Professionals

Copyright : 03/24/2018