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Trauma & the Body an Experiential Workshop with Dan Burow, Ed. D
Holiday Inn City Centre
100 W 8th St,
Sioux Falls, SD 57104

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Friday, November 09, 2018, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM CDT
Category: Continuing Education

Trauma & the Body: An Experiential Workshop

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Traumatic symptoms form in a spiraling process that begins with our primitive biological response to stress. At the core of this traumatic process is the immobility or freezing response. Traumatic symptoms form when the energy that would have been discharged by the fight or flight response is amplified and bound in the nervous system. This bound energy becomes the foundation of “traumatic symptoms”. The key to bringing change to traumatic symptoms is to focus on the body in a way that activates and metabolizes the energy bound in the nervous system. 

The workshop will be primarily experiential.  Participants will focus on developing the skills necessary to effectively establish rapport with a client and then work with their traumatic symptoms in a way that can bring immediate change to the client’s experience. The primary goal of the workshop is to give participants the ability to change the traumatized client’s current physiological and neurological patterns of experience in a way that brings integration and learning to the client’s life.

“If it is true that at the core of our traumatized and neglected patients’ disorganization is the problem that they cannot analyze what is going on when they re-experience the physical sensations of past trauma, but that these sensations just produce intense emotions without being able to modulate them, then our therapy needs to consist of helping people stay in their bodies and to understand these bodily sensations. And that is certainly not something that any of the traditional psychotherapies, which we have all been taught, help people do very well.  Bessel Van der Kolk, ISTSS Presentation 1998

Learning Objectives

  1. Participants will understand the basic biological process that creates traumatic symptoms.
  2. Participants will learn to recognize both the novelty/orienting response and the defensive/emergency response.
  3. Participants will develop their rapport skills and display the ability to use them effectively.
  4. Participants will develop an understanding of recurring patterns and programs in trauma work and display the ability to use these patterns to increase the effectiveness of trauma work.

Participants will develop an understanding of sensorimotor sequencing and the overall structure of working with traumatic symptoms and they will display the ability to apply these processes.




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