When Talk Isn’t Enough
Part 1 (with Bessel van der Kolk) & Part 2 (with Janina Fisher)
BESSEL VAN DER KOLK & JANINA FISHER
Our field has made great advances in understanding the impact of trauma on developing brains and what works—and doesn’t—to address it in therapy. In this workshop, you’ll review the latest research and interventions on how bottom-up processes (involving touch, movement, and breathing) as well as top-down processes (using mindfulness and interoception) can help traumatized children and adults regulate their arousal and regain mastery over their lives. You’ll explore:
- How traumatic imprints can be integrated using techniques drawn from yoga, theater, neurofeedback, and somatic therapies
- Breathing, posture, facial synchrony, and vocal exercises to energize your therapeutic presence and enhance your mirroring of the client’s words and expressions
- Techniques for bringing parts of the brain “online” that are knocked out by hyper- and hypoarousal, while tracking physiological arousal in body language and movements
- How to help clients achieve self-leadership through activation of the areas of the brain involved in interoception and mindfulness
Continued with workshop 303
Bessel van der Kolk, MD, is the founder and medical director of the Trauma Center, and a professor of psychiatry at Boston University Medical School. He’s the bestselling author of The Body Keeps the Score: Mind, Brain, and Body in the Healing of Trauma.
Janina Fisher, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist and instructor at the Trauma Center in Boston, a senior faculty member of the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute, and a former instructor at Harvard Medical School.