The Frontiers of Trauma Treatment
Dante’s Section Description:
Review the research on the effects of trauma on child development and how trauma can disrupt the development of key brain regions, such as the prefrontal cortex, and lead to a range of mental health issues, including depression, anxiety, and PTSD. Discuss the developmental processes that underlie psychopathology is essential for developing effective interventions.Discuss the concept of resilience, or the ability to adapt and thrive in the face of adversity. He has found that resilient children are better able to cope with the effects of trauma and are less likely to develop mental health issues.
Fosha’s Section Description:
Aloneness in the face of overwhelming emotion is the epicenter of traumatic suffering: it is what brings our patients to seek our help. Undoing aloneness is key to being able to process the overwhelming emotions of trauma and rewire neural pathways. How to do so is a challenge for those whose trauma leads them to not trust the very connections they most need to heal. AEDP has developed rich, creative, systematic interventions for doing precisely that: i.e., explicitly undoing the patient’s aloneness and working dyadically to process and heal attachment trauma. AEDP methodology has patient and therapist emotionally engaged, moment-to-moment tracking fluctuations in connection to self and dyad, closely following the edge of emergent relational and transformational experience. By (i) working with defenses against connection, (ii) engaging in relational processing, i.e., working directly with in-session felt experiences of attachment and intersubjectivity in the therapeutic dyad, and then (iii) using AEDP’s relational metaprocessing techniques to systematically process receptive affective experiences of feeling felt, loved, cared for, and seen that emerge from the work, we can foster new experiences of the emotion-in-connection that re-wire internal working models, expand trauma patients' relational capacity and support the emergence of a vital vibrant and relationally engaged self. This talk will include videotaped vignettes from actual psychotherapy sessions to illustrate these interventions in clinical action. Empirical findings from research on the transdiagnostic effectiveness of AEDP based on over 75 therapeutic dyads within AEDP’s worldwide PRN (Practitioner-Researcher Network) will be woven into this presentation.
Fleischman’s Section Description:
Neurofeedback is a powerful technology to heal developmental trauma when placed in the hands of skilled clinicians. Unfortunately, to date its use has been largely restricted to those with the ability to to pay. To this end we recruit public and private nonprofit agencies and provide training, clinical support and equipment to their staff. To date 30 agencies have implemented neurofeedback and the results, which we publish to our website, are stunning. Our mission is to make neurofeedback accessible to everyone, with a focus on those who work with the underserved and most vulnerable.
Dante Cicchetti is a developmental psychology and developmental psychopathology scientist, specializing in high-risk and disenfranchised populations, including maltreated children and offspring of depressed parents. He currently holds a joint appointment in the department of psychiatry at the University of Minnesota Medical School and in the Institute of Child Development. He is the McKnight Presidential Endowed Chair and the William Harris Endowed Chair.
Financial: Dante Cicchetti has an employment relationship with the University of Minnesota and receives royalties as a published author. He receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc. He has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Dante Cicchetti is a fellow with the American Psychological Association and a member of the International Society for Research on Emotions, the Society for Research in Child Development, and the International Behavioral and Neural Genetics Society. He serves on several editorial boards, for a complete list contact PESI, Inc.
Diana Fosha, PhD, is the developer of AEDP (Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy), a healing-based, transformation-oriented model of psychotherapeutic treatment and she is founder and director of the AEDP Institute. For the last 20 years, Diana has been active in promoting a scientific basis for a healing-oriented, attachment-emotion-transformation focused trauma treatment model. Fosha’s work focuses on integrating positive neuroplasticity, recognition science and developmental dyadic research into experiential and transformational clinical work with patients. Her most recent work focuses on promoting flourishing as a seamless part of AEDP’s therapeutic process of transforming emotional suffering. Drawing on affective neuroscience, attachment theory, mother-infant developmental research, and research documenting the undreamed-of plasticity in the adult brain, AEDP has developed an experiential clinical practice, which reflects the integration of science, research and practice in psychotherapy.
Based in New York City, where she lives and practices, Fosha has been on the faculties of the Departments of Psychiatry and Psychology of NYU and St. Luke’s/Roosevelt Medical Centers (now Mount Sinai) in NYC, and of the doctoral programs in clinical psychology at the Derner Institute for Advanced Psychological Studies at Adelphi University and at The City University of New York.
Financial: Diana Fosha is the Director and Founder of the AEDP Institute and maintains a private practice. She receives royalties as a published author. Diana Fosha receives a speaking honorarium, recording, and book royalties from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Diana Fosha is on the advisory board of GAINS and the Society for Constructivism in the Human Science. She is on the Planning Committee and Advisory Board of by the Lifespan Learning Institute and is a member of the American Psychological Association.
Matthew Fleischman, PhD, is a Licensed Psychologist in Eugene, Oregon. Matt was Principal Investigator on an NIMH grant on the implementation of behavioral family treatment programs in several protective services units in Oregon that achieved an 80% reduction in out-of-home placements. In 1989, he was introduced to neurofeedback by Dr. Gene Peniston, a pioneer in the field. Matt has taught in the US and abroad on the integration of neurofeedback and behavior therapy. Over the course of his career, he has worked with many modalities of neurofeedback including qEEG-based protocols, LENS, pirHEG, SMR/beta range trainings and Infra Low Frequency neurofeedback.