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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

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

 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

Telehealth for Mental Health Professionals: Distance Therapy Training

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  1. Appraise the legal and ethical challenges posed by telehealth for mental health professionals in a clinical setting.
  2. Analyze the evidence supporting the effectiveness of telemental health as it relates to clinical treatment.
  3. Inspect the unique policies and procedures considerations for telehealth and the clinical implications.
  4. Evaluate adaptions with telemental health for various populations to improve clinical outcomes.
  5. Investigate the privacy, security and confidentiality concerns related to technology use in clinical practice.
  6. Differentiate how client expectations differ for telehealth as compared to in-person therapy and what that means for clinical treatment.
  7. Distinguish unique boundary issues that arise in a telemental health setting.
  8. Utilize specific adaptations that are recommended for various disorders and modalities to improve clinical outcomes.
  9. Appraise text messaging and email complications as it relates to privacy in a clinical setting.
  10. Apply best ethical practices regarding referrals and advertising concerns as it relates to clinical practice.
  11. Articulate the legalities of practicing across state lines via telemental health sessions.
  12. Specify the HIPAA compliance challenges associated with telemental health and its clinical implications.


Telehealth for Mental Health Professionals: What You Need to Know Before You Get Started

  • The Types of Telehealth
    • Synchronous Format – Live Interaction via Video
    • Asynchronous Format – Transfers of Information Electronically
  • Evidence Supporting the Effectiveness of Telehealth for Clients and Various Populations
  • The Benefits and Risk for Telehealth
  • Recent Trends in Telehealth
Legal & Ethical Issues
  • Following a Code of Ethics
  • Legal Implications of Practicing Across State Lines
  • Privacy & Security
    • HIPAA Compliance Concerns
    • Documentation & Paperwork Issues
    • Ensure Data Protection & Avoid Unintended Access/Disclosure
    • The Client’s Perception of Privacy via Videoconferencing
  • Boundary Issues More Likely to Arise in Telehealth
  • Multicultural Issues in Telehealth
  • Technology Competence of the Clinician and Client
How to Start Your Mental Health Telepractice
  • Offering Your Telehealth Services – Where to Begin?
  • How to Introduce the Concept to Clients
  • Who is a Good Fit for Telehealth? Who is Not?
  • Administrative Responsibilities
  • Policies & Procedures Consideration – Protect Yourself and Your License
    • Informed Consent – Unique Concerns & Best Practices
    • Intake Process – Tips You Need to Know
    • Emergency Plan for Telehealth
  • Client Interviewing & Assessment Techniques
  • Videoconferencing vs. Telephone
  • Best Practices for Professionalism
    • Camera Placement, Background, Proximity & Dress Attire
    • Handling Technical Issues
Important Business Aspects to Consider
  • Marketing Concerns with Telehealth Practice
  • Billing & Reimbursement Strategies – Is This Covered Under My Client’s Insurance Policy?
  • Payment Fee Structure Considerations
  • Communication of Payment Structure to Client
  • Professional Liability Insurance – Telehealth Covered?
  • Client Expectations & How They Differ Versus In-Person Therapy
  • Financial, Accounting & Tax Concerns
  • Giving and Getting Referrals – Issues for Telepractice
Choosing a Platform – What Technology is Right for You and Your Clients?
  • An Overview of the Various Platforms Available
  • Demonstrations of Key Features
  • How to Assess What Features are Important for You
  • Cost Comparisons
  • What Legal Assurances Do I Need from A Platform Provider?
  • Client Considerations When Choosing a Platform
    • What Technology is My Client Using & Where From?
Demonstrations of Telehealth in Practice
  • A Guided Tour of How to Begin a Telehealth Videoconferencing Session
  • What Videoconferencing Looks Like in Practice
  • Key Techniques to Enhance the Telehealth In-Session Experience
  • Presentation Skills & Tips
Additional Technology Considerations
  • Text Message & Email Telehealth – Security, Privacy & Expectations
  • Cloud Storage – What are the legal issues?
  • Virtual Reality – What You Need to Know
Treatment Adaptations to Consider for Telehealth
  • Disorders
    • Discuss Key Adjustments Recommended for Practicing Telehealth for Different Disorders
  • Populations
    • Evidence & Best Practices for Tailoring Telehealth to a Variety of Clients
    • Important Adaptations for Groups or Couples
  • Modalities
    • Which Modalities Most Easily Apply to Telehealth & Which Could Use Adaptions
Case Studies of Telehealth Successes & Failures
  • Examples of the Do’s and Don’ts That Can Make or Break Your Telepractice
The Future of Telehealth for Mental Health Professionals
  • Possible Future New Rules & Regulations
  • Up & Coming Technology Trends to Be Aware Of
  • What Distance Therapy Might Look Like in 10 years

Target Audience

  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Psychologists
  • Psychiatrists
  • Case Managers
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Therapists
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Nurses
  • Other Mental Health Professionals

Copyright : 02/20/2020

Making Virtual Psychotherapy a Relational Experience

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  1. Determine the challenges for clients and therapists of virtual psychotherapy
  2. Apply 3 ways of decreasing technophobia
  3. Determine the impact of threat on the autonomic nervous system
  4. Practice interventions for regulating autonomic dysregulation
  5. Demonstrate techniques that increase tolerance for fear and stress
  6. Sketch uses of the social engagement system in a telehealth clinical setting


Challenges to helping clients in a time of pandemic

  • Fear of what will happen
  • Isolation or forced proximity
  • Moving from face-to-face to virtual psychotherapy

Addressing technical challenges and technophobia

  • Transparency
  • Collaboration: “we are in this together”
  • Celebrating growth and mastery

Fear and the body

  • “Inside threat” versus “outside threat”
  • The impact of danger on the brain and body
  • Somatic interventions for supporting immune system function
  • Mindfulness-based interventions for calming the body

Increasing relational contact in virtual space

  • Making use of the social engagement system
  • Increasing feelings of “being fully present” 
  • Capitalizing on somatic techniques for increasing relationality


Target Audience

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

Copyright : 04/06/2020