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On hope, despair and transformation: powerful stories of women in therapy

Copyright : 11/05/2020

Bodies and Boundaries: Attending to Women’s Somatic Narratives of Trauma

Pat Ogden, PhD, explains somatic narratives of trauma. Socialization and gender roles in society impact the somatic narrative and boundary styles. She presents techniques for improving boundaries and mobilizing a defense, especially for clients dealing with trauma.

Program Information


  1. Analyze body language and posture for symptoms of unresolved trauma and maladaptive boundaries.
  2. Formulate changes in action and thought patterns with an awareness of systemic and societal gender discrimination as well as individual clients’ needs.
  3. Practice strategies for establishing healthy boundaries and mobilizing defense.


  • The Wisdom of the Body
  • The Somatic Narrative
  • Socialization and Gender Roles Impact the Somatic Narrative
  • Cultural Expectations and the Implications for Women
  • Socialization and Gender Roles Impact Boundaries
  • Boundary Styles: Under-bounded, Over-bounded, Pendulum, and Inconsistent Social Location
  • Rape Culture
  • Neuroception: How We Assess Safety, Danger, and Life Threat
  • The Modulation Model
  • Immobilizing Defenses: Freeze and Feigned Death
  • Priming Adaptive Proximity Seeking Actions
  • Exercises to Practice Boundaries and Prime Actions of Mobilizing Defense
  • Supporting Integrated Action

Copyright : 10/23/2020

Advances in Treating Trauma-related Dissociation

ln this course, Kathy Steele identifies what dissociation is, the challenges one faces when working with dissociation regarding the dance between attachment and defense; and the role of the therapeutic relationship as a stabilizing factor. Attachment strategies, the basic principles in working with parts, and a systematic approach to working with parts will also be discussed and evaluated.

Program Information


  1. Differentiate between dissociative parts and ego states.
  2. Analyze attachment strategies, investigate the principles of working with parts, and justify the use of a systemic treatment approach for improved clinical outcomes.
  3. Evaluate the role of trauma-related phobias and other factors that contribute to maintaining dissociation.


Working with Women 

What is Dissociation? 

  • Dissociative Parts vs. Ego States 

The Attachment Dilemma 

  • Attachment vs. Defense 
  • The Therapeutic Relationship  
  • Dependency, Attachment, & Interdependence  

Attachment Strategies 

  • Managing Relationships 
  • Defending Against Relationships 
  • Dissociative Attachment Cycle 

Working with Disorganized Attachment 

  • Basic Principles in Working with Parts 
  • What Maintains Dissociation? 
  • Trauma Related Phobias 

A Systematic Approach to Dissociation 

  • Working with Parts in an Integrative Fashion 


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Overcoming Self-alienation: Transformational Approaches to Repairing a Ruptured Internal Attachment

Attachment disruptions are inevitable and inescapable in trauma clients, leaving behind a lasting imprint on all future relationships, including the therapeutic one. Join master clinician and trauma expert Janina Fisher, PhD., as she analyzes the developmental sources of self-alienation and ruptured attachments. You will learn proven therapeutic techniques to repair disrupted attachments and restore self-acceptance. The particular vulnerabilities and defensive strategies of women and girls are carefully addressed and gender informed treatment approaches presented.

Program Information


  1. Assess attachment styles and associated history of attachment disruptions.
  2. Analyze the influences of gender on expression of defensive strategies.
  3. Utilize interventions that improve self-acceptance and effectively address shame.


Overcoming Self-Alienation: Healing Ruptured Internal Attachments

Infant attachment formation

  • Effects of neglect and abuse
  • Encoding of early experiences – attachment legacies
  • Development of negative internal self-relationship

Internal attachment styles

  • Self alienation as survival response
  • Dissociation as reaction to overwhelming trauma
  • Gender roles in response to trauma or abuse

Development of self-identity in the face of trauma

  • Manifestations of self-alienation

Primary and secondary dissociation

  • Hemispheric differentiation in response
  • Defensive strategies – gender differences

Attending to the internal community

  • Repairing internal attachments

The challenge of self-acceptance

  • Integration of internal family systems

Self-healing for women

  • Speaking on behalf of parts
  • Befriending one’s selves

From alienation to attachment

Rupture and repair of internal attachment

Question and Answer

  • Socialization of girls
  • Working with shame and chronic depression
  • Addressing vicarious trauma

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The Place of Justice in Recovering from Complex Trauma: A survivor’s perspective

Judith Herman M.D., will discuss the impact the justice system has on complex trauma survivors, survivors’ perspective of the justice system, and what justice looks like to survivors of complex trauma.

Program Information


  1. Integrate “Rules for Relationship of Mutuality” into treatment and practice with complex trauma survivors.
  2. Distinguish victim needs verse justice requirements.
  3. Develop knowledge and processes of using groups when working with complex trauma survivors.



  • Basic Rules


  • The impact

Rules of Relationships of Mutuality

The idea of a “Moral Community”

  • Trust
  • Failure


  • Family
  • Institutional

Victim Needs vs Justice Requirements

  • The views of survivors

Visions of Justice

  • Importance of acknowledgement
  • Transferring the burden of shame
  • Importance of vindication


  • True
  • Insincere
  • Reconciliation?

Honor for Victims

  • Accountability for perpetrators
  • Preventing future harm
  • Restitution
    • The Crime Victims Fund

Groups for Survivors

  • Shame
  • Isolation
  • Benefits of co-leaders
  • Righteous indignation

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Panel: Addressing Collective Trauma: Healing Individuals, Communities and Generations

Join thought leaders Dr. Eboni Webb, Dr. Anne Aiyegbusi and Dr. Judith Herman in a challenging panel discussion of systematic racism, societal structures and the roles required by all of us in creating an equitable society and healing the wounds of a legacy of collective trauma.

Program Information


  1. Analyze the role of White privilege and unconscious collusion in sustaining systematic racism.
  2. Determine the most appropriate roles for individuals intervening to repair oppressive societal structures.
  3. Evaluate the most promising interventions toward healing legacy trauma.


Understanding trauma from the individual, community and collective perspective

Impact of George Floyd murder

  • Covid effect on lowering defenses
  • Minimal consequences for police brutality

White privilege and collusion with institutional racism

  • Implicit organizations and networks in response
  • Color blindness in allies of the cause
  • Collective mental illness

PTSD influences in returning Viet Nam veterans

  • Denial and dissociation

Deconstructing the concept of race – paradigm shifts in Millennials

  • Perpetuating disruptive cycles
  • Healing societal structures
  • Legacies of Jim Crow, white privilege and slavery

When victims become victimizers – using the master’s tools

  • Responding to Black experience

Annihilation of Black history

Diversity within ethnic groups

  • Avoiding disruptive hierarchies of suffering
  • Dominant and subordinate group cognitive patterns

The value of an intersectional framework

Training therapists to address race based trauma

  • Creating change in training environments
  • Proactive roles required of allies

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Integrating Expressive Arts Techniques When Treating Trauma

In this course, Cathy Malchiodi, Ph.D., explains how integrating Expressive Arts Therapy techniques when treating trauma in women can result in improved clinical outcomes. Dr. Machiodi explains what Expressive Arts Therapy is, elaborates on the neuroscience supporting expressive methods, and identifies the foundational principles of expressive methods. Dr. Malchiodi provides an overview of expressive approaches for trauma recovery, including specific techniques proven to be useful in working with women who have experienced sexual trauma and domestic violence.

Program Information


  1. Formulates what Expressive Art Therapy is and evaluates the foundational principles of expressive methods.
  2. Appraises neuroscientific and research support for the efficacy of Expressive Art Therapy as an effective and integrative treatment intervention.
  3. Analyzes the Culturally-Resonant Four Part Model for Expressive Arts and Trauma, including the use of movement, sound, storytelling, and silence.
  4. Investigates expressive approaches shown to be effective in working with women who have experienced trauma, including interventions to activate the ventral vagal system and promote healing through regaining one’s voice.


Overview of Expressive Arts to Help People Regain Their Voice

  • What is Expressive Arts Therapy?
  • Integrative vs. Expressive

The Neuroscience of “Why Expressive Methods?”

  • Foundational Principles
  • Awareness of Inner Experience
  • Trauma Recovery
  • Higher Brain Disruption

Culturally-Resonant Four Part Model for Expressive Arts & Trauma

  • Movement
  • Sound
  • Storytelling
  • Silence
  • Expressive Approaches & Trauma Recovery
  • Bottom-up & Top-Down Processing

Working with Women Through Expressive Methods

  • The Role of Vocalizations in Trauma
  • Sound & Rhythm to Activate the Ventral Vagal System
  • Working Through a Continuum of the Senses Activity
    • The Sigh
    • Common Sounds


Copyright : 11/06/2020

Embodied Practices for Treating Trauma and Finding Inner Calm

Arielle Schwartz, PhD, details polyvagal theory and explains how it relates to trauma reprocessing. She synthesizes techniques from neuropsychotherapy and somatic psychology for treating complex PTSD. She also presents exercises to awaken the social engagement system, anchor the self, and build sensation tolerance.

Program Information


  1. Apply polyvagal theory research findings to regulation of trauma processing arousal states.
  2. Utilize concepts from neuropsychotherapy and somatic psychology in assessing trauma and determining treatment.
  3. Practice experiential, body-centered exercises to strengthen social engagement and enhance inner resource.


  • Modeling the Brain
  • PTSD Dissociative Subtype (vs. Non-dissociative Subtype)
  • The Vagus Nerve: Ventral Vagal Circuit and Dorsal Vagal Circuit
  • Polyvagal Theory (Porges, 2011)
  • Conditioned Immobilization
  • The Social Nervous System
  • Social Nervous System “Hybrid” States in Times of Safety
  • Neuroception
  • Perception of Neuroception
  • Exercise to Awaken the Social Engagement System
  • Neuropsychotherapy and Trauma Treatment: The Six Rs of Neuropsychotherapy
  • Integrative Mind-Body Approach to Trauma Treatment
  • Co-Regulation
  • Anchoring the Self
  • Dual Awareness
  • Working the Edge of the Window of Tolerance
  • Build Sensation Tolerance
  • Somatic Psychology: A Five Stage Model for Embodiment in Trauma Treatment
  • A Note on Resilience
  • Q & A

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Resilience: Transforming Any Adversity into Learning and Growth

In this course, Linda Graham, MFT, explains that adversity can be transformed into learning and growth via an understanding of resilience, post traumatic growth, and growth mindsets. In this course, she identifies what resilience is and the traits of resilient people. She defines post-traumatic growth, identifies 5 factors of post-traumatic growth, and highlights the importance and significance of a growth mindset for the purpose of improving clinical outcomes, healing, and developing long-term healthy coping skills.

Program Information


  1. Evaluate 3 areas of research and practice that can inform and guide our work with trauma survivors.
  2. Integrate and elaborate on tools to build resilience and assess resilience as a learnable and trainable skill.
  3. Assess how to shift mindsets in order to foster a growth mindset, improve clinical outcomes, develop healthy coping skills, and promote healing from trauma.



  • What is Resilience?
  • Traits of Resilient People
  • Post-Traumatic Growth
  • Choice = Responsibility

Evolving Understandings of Resilience

  • Neuroplasticity
  • Learning & Training Resilience
  • Trauma Research

5 Factors of Post Traumatic Growth

  • Acceptance of Reality
  • Resources with People
  • Recognizing the Positive
  • Finding the Silver Lining
  • Coherent Narrative

Fixed & Growth Mindsets

  • Changing Mindsets


Copyright : 11/06/2020

The Body Remembers: The Interplay of Regulation, Self-care and Vicarious Trauma

Babette Rothschild, MSW, LCSW, will discuss the impact vicarious trauma can have on helping professionals, the importance of self care, and will provide skills and education on how to effectively incorporate empathy and compassion when working with clients.

Program Information


  1. Build an understanding of vicarious trauma and its impacts.
  2. Differentiate between the use of empathy and compassion (the use of the “empathy dial”) in session.
  3. Utilize the six levels of the Autonomic Nervous System as it related to clinical practice.


Vicarious trauma

  • Definition

Empathy vs compassion

  • Definition of empathy
  • Use of empathy and compassion together
  • Mirroring
  • Mindfulness
  • Empathy dial
  • Taking breaks

Autonomic Nervous System

  • Three parasympathetic arousal levels
  • Three sympathetic arousal levels
  • Lethargic vs hypo freeze

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Panel: Post Traumatic Growth: Essential Skills for Recovery and Resilience

In this panel, Babette Rothschild, MSW, LCSW, Linda Graham, MFT, and Julia Samuel, MBE, discuss the essential skills that promote recovery and resilience in women who have experienced trauma. They assert that stabilization is a pre-requisite for treating traumatic growth in order to prevent instability in the client; they evaluate the role of both top-down and bottom-up processing interventions for effective treatment of post-traumatic growth. And they highlight the importance of the therapeutic relationship for creating safety, establishing the foundation of treatment, modeling healthy relationships, and bridging healthy relationships and coping in daily life.

Program Information


  1. Evaluate what Post-Traumatic Growth is and what essential skills are needed for building resilience.
  2. Analyze why stabilization is necessary prior to beginning work with trauma clients in order to improve treatment outcomes and prevent a breakdown in functioning and coping.
  3. Investigate the importance of both top-down and bottom-up processing to facilitate healing and resilience from trauma.


The Role of Top-Down & Bottom-Up Processing in Resilience 

  • Mind & Body Together 
  • The Role of Oxytocin in Promoting Healing for Women 
  • Co-regulation & Connection 
  • Psychoeducation 

The Role of Stabilization as a Pre-requisite for Traumatic Growth 

  • Stabilization for Daily Life 
  • Working with Trauma Memories Creates Instability 
  • Stabilizing Neurological Pathways 
  • Balance of Stability & Flexibility 

The Therapeutic Relationship 

  • Trauma in Relationships 
  • Therapeutic Relationship as the Foundation of Treatment 
  • Therapeutic Relationship as the Bridge into Daily Life 

The Future of Trauma Treatment 

  • Theories vs. Facts 
  • Much More to Learn 
  • Women’s Issues Driving Research 
  • Doing What Works for the Client 
  • Sharing of Knowledge  


Copyright : 11/06/2020

Shame - The Meaning of Shame in the Treatment of Trauma

Program Information


  1. Assess shame in a client and employ techniques to address that shame.
  2. Integrate techniques for handling shame productively into trauma treatment.
  3. Differentiate between different sources of shame so that clients can be approached appropriately.


  • Definitions of Shame 
  • Clients with an Entrenched Sense of Worthlessness and Self-loathing 
  • Sources of Shame 
  • Shame in Society 
  • Class Shame 
  • Differences in Shame with Relation to Gender, Culture, and Race 
  • Shame as a Parenting Technique 
  • Transgenerational Shame 
  • Somatic Responses to Shame 
  • Racial and Ethnic Issues Related to Shame 
  • Techniques for Working with Shame 
  • Changing States Rather than Minds 
  • Dissociative Clients 
  • Attachment Styles 
  • Guilt as a Source of Shame 
  • Techniques for Working with Children 
  • Making Ashamed Parts Resourceful 
  • Shame Deeply Entrenched in Religious or Cultural Beliefs 
  • Throat-Closing 

Copyright : 09/07/2020

Essential Trauma Treatment Strategies: The Importance of Orienting and Defensive Responses

Program Information


  1. Assess the role of systematic oppression and legacy issues in trauma symptom presentations.
  2. Identify physical expressions of trauma defenses and integrate them into the therapeutic process.
  3. Implement body-based activity interventions to improve the body’s capacity to regulate trauma related symptoms.


The psychology of action 

  • Autonomic arousal and sympathetic mitigation 
  • Locus of traumatic responses 

Body interventions developed as response to lack of efficacy of cognitive interventions 

  • Trauma and sexuality 
  • Childhood trauma defenses 
  • Dysregulated active responses 

Orienting reflexes and habits 

  • Trauma history affects selectivity 
  • Presentation in therapy sessions 

Political movements, Covid-19 and trauma 

  • Maintaining Window of Tolerance 

How defenses are immobilized 

Systemic racism and the legacy of slavery 

  • Nature of threat 

Truncated defense reactions and boundary issues 

  • Involuntary and predictive defense responses 
  • Physical presentations of defense reactions 
  • Using the body to access formative beliefs 

Working with shame 

  • Systemic oppression and White shame 

Implicit bias and how it shows up in therapy 

Managing trauma with dance and movement 

Regulating angry impulses in therapy 

Therapeutic exercises for increasing body connection 

Spiritual aspects of trauma work 

Somatic work in a virtual environment 

Copyright : 07/02/2020

Complex Trauma – Advances in Working with Structural Dissociation

Program Information


  1. Analyzes the two perspectives of Structural Dissociation: Psychobiology and Psychology.
  2. Differentiates between Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID) and Dissociative Disorder, NOS and evaluates co-morbidity diagnoses.
  3. Investigates the role of disorganized attachment in Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID) and identifies the factors that contribute to DID.
  4. Defends the importance of stabilization and building resources to foster developmental repair which is necessary for clients prior to accessing trauma experiences.


What is Structural Dissociation?

  • Psychobiology
  • Psychology

The Dissociation Spectrum

  • Separate Continuums
  • Distinguishing Spacing-Out from Parts


  • Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID) vs. Dissociative Disorder, NOS
  • Co-morbidity
  • Reframing DID as Survival/Coping Mechanisms

The Role of Attachment in Dissociation

  • Attachment Organizes Our Behavior to Gain Connection
  • Prosocial Systems
  • Threat Systems
  • Discrepant Sense of Self
  • Inability to Organize
  • Disorganized Attachment & DID


  • Dissociation as a Flux State
  • Integrative Experiences
  • Differentiating Between PTSD, DID and Acute Trauma

Treatment of Complex Trauma

  • Identifying Traumatic Events
  • How We Respond to Traumatic Events
  • Trauma-Informed Work
  • Acceptance of Traumatic Event
  • Capacity & Development


  • Length of Time
  • 4 Core DBT Skills
  • Mentalizing Skills
  • Ability to Recognize Somatic Sensation
  • Trauma Related Phobias

Treatment Interventions

  • Daily Life Experiences in the Present
  • What are the Blocks/Resistances to Traumatic Memories?
  • Trauma Exposure
  • Stabilization vs. No Stabilization Debate


Copyright : 09/24/2020

A Mind-Body Approach to Race-Based Traumatic Stress Recovery

Program Information


  1. Race-Based Traumatic Stress: differentiation from PTSD 
  2. High-effort coping
  3. The physiology of emotion
  4. Emotional regulation tools
  5. Restorative Yoga as a helpful tool for clients


  1. Determine the difference between PTSD and race-based traumatic stress.
  2. Practice emotional regulation tools such as restorative yoga.
  3. Incorporate restorative yoga as a helpful aid in your treatment planning to help clients cope with race-based traumatic stress.

Target Audience

  • Counselors
  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Social Workers
  • Psychologists
  • Psychotherapists
  • Other Mental Health Professionals

Copyright : 09/24/2020