This online course will be streaming live on June 23, 2023 from 8:30am – 4:00pm PT, 10:30am – 6:00pm CT, 11:30am – 7:00pm ET after purchase.
10:00am – 10:15am PT, 12:00pm – 12:15pm CT, 1:00pm – 1:15pm ET
12:00pm – 1:00pm PT, 2:00pm – 3:00pm CT, 3:00pm- 4:00pm ET
2:30pm – 2:45pm PT, 4:30pm – 4:45pm CT, 5:30pm – 5:45pm ET
Recorded footage and all course content (certificate, videos, quiz) will be available until July 24, 2023. Extensions cannot be granted under any circumstances. Please allow 1 – 3 business days after the course airs for recorded footage to become available. Registration will close on June 22, 2023.
Complex trauma can lead to fragmentation of the self and dissociation. It can be caused by events perpetuated by individuals, groups, and society as a whole, all of which leave a profound imprint on the body. Memories of these traumatic experiences may remain unprocessed, unsymbolized, and unmetabolized, which can lead to intimacy disorders and compulsive behavioural processes. People who struggle with complexity and dissociative processes often experience compulsive ways of being, automaticity of actions or lack of action, and shame states that overtake their entire system. People experiencing complexity often report feeling stuck in patterns that drive further disconnection to self, others, and the world.
This presentation will discuss how Sensorimotor Psychotherapy can guide exploration of the challenges, risks, and rewards of working somatically with complex trauma and dissociative clients. We will elucidate how the body reflects and sustains both daily life parts of the self and those stuck in trauma time, and clarify how the body can be an asset in helping these parts communicate, cooperate, and have more choice in patterns of behaviour. Recognizing that particular actions can be experienced as threatening to certain parts of the self, we will consider how to integrate instead of override internal parts when working with posture and movement. This workshop also addresses helping clients move from shame states, intensity, and dysregulation into healthy intimacy and connection with themselves, others, and the world. Participants will learn how to actively incorporate the body to address the physical actions and reactions that keep clients stuck in the past and support a more unified approach to treating the effects of trauma.