Complex developmental trauma lives on in the body as a felt sense, not just in the mind. Indeed, the mind is always embodied and the body expresses the mind. As therapists, we find that traditional therapies can be highly challenging, because these clients are often unable to formulate their experience into words and may not present with a coherent narrative. They may also be profoundly avoidant of and often disconnected from some of the most distressing body-based manifestations of trauma – constant re-experiencing of traumatic occurrences and hyperactivity of the body’s natural stress response system, for example. Therapists who are not formally trained in somatic approaches can often struggle with how to work with these embodied experiences in the body – they may find the client’s constant avoidance of the present moment disconcerting or they may attempt at focusing on emotional states, while the locus for therapy lies within the bodily manifestations.
This engaging and practical e-learning course with Kathy Steele will focus on somatic approaches for therapists who may not have formal training in body-based therapies. By explaining specific somatic interventions that have proven effective for complex trauma and considering both the bodies of therapist and client as rich sources of implicit communication – Kathy delves into practical methodologies with which we can work efficaciously with Complex Trauma. The e-learning course uses examples and case illustrations to focus not only on integrating somatic approaches with clients, but also on techniques through which we can attend to somatic experiences in ourselves.
The overall aim of this e-learning course is to help therapists learn how to effectively work with non-verbal and / or pre-verbal traumatic experiences in clients, who cannot tell the story of what happened.
· Discuss effective ways to integrate somatic approaches and the theory of structural dissociation into therapy for complex trauma
· Delineate at least four somatic interventions to increase regulatory and collaborative capacities in complex trauma clients
· Employ at least five interventions that can effectively change the persistent somatic experience of highly traumatized clients
· Describe the role of the body and nonverbal communications and processes in working with dissociative clients
· Practice personal somatic awareness during sessions to increase the ability to utilize it effectively in therapy
· Employ interventions to effectively resolve pre-verbal traumatic memories
CPD hours: 6