TRAUMA & ATTACHMENT
At the core of our being there is an indestructible “tender soft spot,” a place of openness through which life moves. It is the source of our basic goodness. When encountering threatening situations, we instinctively attempt to protect that soft tender spot in the center of our being. Over time, the protective layer becomes the habit of mind that thinks this small hut we have built for ourselves is who we are, and we become disconnected from our wise resourceful center. We forget that the only real safety is found in our innate wisdom and compassion, that the only sure protection for our vulnerability rests in openness.
Traumatic stress occurs when we are overwhelmed by life-threatening experiences and are unable to process or assimilate various reactions (cognitive, emotional, and physical). Failure to integrate these experiences results in post-traumatic stress disorder. Developmental and relational injury resulting from disturbance in early attachment experiences can lead to limiting beliefs about ourselves and the world and to a wide variety of adult relational problems. Understanding how the brain, mind and body process, remember, and perpetuate traumatic & impaired developmental patterns holds many keys to their successful treatment.
COURSE OF STUDY
We aim to develop ways of knowing – ways of thinking, perceiving, experiencing, and acting that enable openness and responsiveness to life. Cognitive approaches and verbal dialogue are integrated with embodied awareness – mindful explorations of sensing, feeling, and action that underlie how the body/mind processes information and integrates emotional and cognitive meaning-making. We consider the fundamental nature of self as a relational being, integrating body, mind, spirit and relationship within a neurodevelopmental process. In working with the effects of trauma, we introduce ways of stabilizing the reactive mind and carefully disentangling the sticky web of defensive patterns that naturally arise when safety eludes us and we are overwhelmed by threat of harm.
OBJECTIVES Clinicians learn to help clients:
- increase integrative capacity through awareness of unconscious somatic patterns and beliefs
- reveal an innate wisdom beneath the armoring
- restore a pathway to the core of their being,
- reconnect with their energy, resources, and potential.
PROCESS OF STUDY
As therapists, the more deeply we embody ourselves, the more fully present we are for our clients. Therefore, somatic experience is at the foundation of all our classes. Out of the depth of this self-awareness comes the sensitivity of deep listening and authentic speaking, and the ability to facilitate embodiment, energetic sequencing, and physiological state changes in the client.
In a small group setting, we will cultivate a learning environment within which we can safely explore our knowing and not-knowing, allow for our resources and our doubts, and find support and expression. Guided by the principles of self-knowledge through direct experience and a functional integrity of the body-mind, we will combine experiential and intellectual approaches in our study.
FOCUS OF STUDY
YEAR ONE – 2016
TERM I: BASIC PRINCIPLES & PRACTICES
Information Processing & Triune Brain
Modulating Arousal & The Window of Tolerance
Somatic-Based Therapeutic Skills to Integrate Experience
TERM II: RELATIONAL DEVELOPMENT
Interpersonal Neurobiology: Developing a Sense of Self
Attachment Patterns: Body, Self-Regulation & Interaction
Bonding, Defending & Orienting
TERM III: TRAUMA PROCESSING
Phase-Oriented Treatment of Trauma
Phase I – Stabilizing & Establishing Resources
Phase II – Accessing & Resolving Traumatic Experiences
Phase III – Integration & New Identity
YEAR TWO – 2017
TERM IV: DEVELOPMENTAL MOVEMENT & PSYCHOTHERAPY, Part 1
Dynamics of Perception & the Role of Movement
Early Motor Development & Psychological Development
TERM V: DEVELOPMENTAL MOVEMENT & PSYCHOTHERAPY, Part 2
TERM VI: BODY SYSTEMS AND PSYCHOTHERAPY
Observing Body Systems and Psychophysical States
TERM VII: TBA
TERM VIII: TBA
The program is currently offered bi-weekly, Wednesdays, 9-1, 4 hours per session, over a two-year period of time, for a total of 8 terms, 5 sessions each, 20 hrs CEU per term. We may extend the length of the training time to 6 hours in the coming year.
Each term may be taken individually, and can also earn credit toward a certificate of advanced study upon successful completion of all 8 terms.
Enrollment is limited to 8 participants.
YEAR ONE – 2016
TERM I : January 13 – March 9, 2016
TERM II : March 23 – May 18, 2016
TERM III: May 25 – July 27, 2016
TERM IV: September 14 – November 9, 2016
YEAR TWO – 2017
FEE – 2016
$625 per term
VSAC non-degree grants may cover the fee in part or in full. Limited scholarships may be available.
39 Church Street
Hardwick, VT 05843