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Experiencing trauma can cause us to respond by entering into a state of survival. Even after the traumatic event or events have ended, we may find that the actions of truncated survival become integrated into the nervous system and can lead to long-term side effects on the body. Eventually, the strategies that kept us alive can keep us from fully living.
In this three part, 10-session certification course, you will learn to recognize and safely release the tension patterns of these survival responses. This course provides strategies for managing the nervous system that can help us deal with anxiety, overthinking, emotional flooding, and being overwhelmed.
As we develop an understanding of how to regulate the nervous system through various strategies, new choices become available for the neuro-muscular system, which can allow us to cultivate self-awareness around past behaviors, thoughts, and emotions. This gives us the opportunity to bring the nervous system's functionality back online so we can fully embrace life.
WHAT YOU WILL LEARN
This program will focus on how the cascade of activation and immobilization, which is designed to help us survive overwhelming experiences, can be addressed to facilitate enhanced quality of life. Strategies will emphasize bottom-up self-regulation, co-regulation, expanded window of tolerance, and interoceptive awareness. Resourcing techniques will be practiced to facilitate bridging the gap between external safety and internal safeness.
In this level we will discuss trauma and addictive processes within the context of hyper- and hypo-arousal and Polyvagal Theory; Describe current methods for self-regulation and co-regulation in order to create a map of one’s autonomic nervous system; Apply techniques for Polyvagal-Informed self-regulation; and Discuss how Polyvagal Theory can be applied in a way that is inclusive of the lived experiences of BIPOC and those with marginalized identities
Class 1: Stored trauma creates a dysregulated nervous system
∞ In this class, we learn how to frame trauma and addictive processes within the context of the Window of Arousal model and polyvagal theory.
Class 2: Gaining control over how you feel
∞ Mapping out your autonomic nervous system and connecting to all the ways in which you already know how to self-regulate and co-regulate. We will also identify some of coping strategies that we wish to replace with skills that we will learn.
∞ We will return to this map at the end of our time together, to review what each of us has personally learned and gained from our time together.
Class 3: Co-regulation through connection and reciprocity
∞ In the absence of co-regulation from a self-regulated care-giver, an infant/child learns how to self-regulate from a place of fear and self-protection.
∞ In this class, we will explore – with curiosity - engaging in the interpersonal rhythms of expression in reciprocity. These non-verbal exercises will help to build a container for our community and a safe learning and sharing environment as we move forward together.
In this level you discuss and apply bottom-up strategies to facilitate self-regulation as it applies to addiction and trauma recovery; Discuss ocular activation exercises for the orienting response, and ocular tension release exercises, as well as whole body orienting responses to facilitate client safeness; Analyze techniques for working with dissociative responses and hyper-arousal; and Apply somatic techniques that help to release autonomic tension patterns and facilitate interoceptive awareness
Class 4: Finding safety through the orienting response, and releasing anxiousness through the fidgeting response
∞ Safety is to be found in the external environment. “Safeness” is what we feel on the inside, when there is safety. For many trauma survivors, there is a “gap” between safety and safeness. Orienting to our environment through the eyes (and then through the body), allows the nervous system to land in safeness.
∞ This is how it works: The ocular nerves connect to both the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems. Coming out of the collapsed response, as well as mitigating rising anxiety, involves finding safety through orienting to our environment. Once oriented, our nervous system can reset to a felt sense of safety.
∞ We will cover ocular activation exercises for the orienting response, and ocular tension release exercises for calming down anxiousness. The second part of this class will cover how to intentionally invoke the fidgeting response in order to elicit a felt sense of tension release.
Class 5: The vitality of the hands, face, ears, scalp, and feet….and additional exercises for dissociative responses
∞ The somato-sensory neocortex of the brain has a disproportionate number of nerve endings to the hands, face, and feet. The fright and freeze responses can cause tension in the face, ears, jaw and neck in order to maintain a visage of unperturbed stillness in the face of possible danger. The ventral vagal nervous system (social engagement system) reads faces for safety, as well as enlivens one’s own capacity for safe, attuned and boundaried presence.
∞ By releasing tension in the hands, face, scalp, ears, jaw, and feet, we are able to not only come out of a low-grade dissociative response and fright-freeze response, we also able to reconnect to the vitality of our ventral vagal nervous system (social engagement system) which emotes and connects through facial expressiveness. We will also learn how to engage bilateral cross-body responses in order to help ourselves come out of low-grade dissociative responses.
Class 6: Releasing tension in the neck, shoulders and hips
∞ One of the areas that initiates sympathetic activation is the area between the shoulder blades. Low grade sympathetic responses can manifest as chronic tension in the shoulders and neck, ears and jaw.
∞ The other areas that initiate sympathetic activation are the outer hips and the inner core muscles (ilia-psoas). These muscle groups not only connect the lower body to the upper body, they are also the prime movers, initiators of fight and flight. This class will seek to gently unwind the tension patterns in these area of the body and restore the body to restful stillness.
Class 7: Experiments for releasing fight, flight and frozen-ness
∞ The freeze response has been described as being stuck between our needs and our fears. When there has been stillness in terror, still in safety is near impossible, and the action systems of daily life is back dropped with anxiety and fear. We will cover some exercises to compassionately move the frozen-ness through the body. A truncated flight response can be experienced in the body as anxiety, easy distractibility or simply as too much energy in the body. I will share with you a simple exercise to release a truncated flight response which can then reset the nervous system and restore the thoracic diaphragm’s capacity for fuller, more restful breathing.
∞ In order to survive, many of us may have learned to suppress our anger. Others of us may have learned to react instinctively and immediately. Either way, these habitual conditioned responses may be inhibiting aliveness and/or safety. We will learn how to safely connect to anger in order to move a truncated fight response and/or an over-active fight response gently out of the nervous system. By learning to recognize the physical tension patterns of our low-grade fight responses emotionally, mentally and somatically (e.g. irritability, wanting space), we can effectively restore the nervous system to a peaceful, embodied aliveness.
In this level we will analyze the truncated developmental actions of attachment; Apply techniques for Polyvagal-Informed self-regulation that facilitate experimentation with truncated developmental actions of attachment; Apply techniques related to vocalization and truncated attachment cry; and Demonstrate techniques related to interpersonal connection, expression, reciprocity and nourishment
Class 8: The truncated attachment cry
∞ In order to survive, many of us needed to be silent. Trauma recovery involves reconnecting to our capacity for vocalization in an embodied way. In this class, we will play with making sounds! And then explore sighing, sound-based non-verbal expression, humming, toning, singing, and laughter, and finish with embodied, gentle, soundful self-soothing.
Class 9: Actions of attachment
∞ In order to maintain a connection with the caregivers in our early lives, many of us had to learn to inhibit or have fearful relationships to certain developmental actions of attachment - reaching, grasping, pulling and having. These actions of attachment form the basis for embodied asking, receiving, giving and letting go that underscore our relationships. By exploring these movements with curiosity, we may perhaps gain some insight into the missing relational experiences that carry forth into current relationships.
Class 10: Actions of nourishment
∞ In order to not let in unpleasant experiences and/or survive toxic environments, many of us needed to create a “nourishment barrier”. This nourishment barrier can also prevent us from letting in the good stuff: acknowledgement from others, kindness, safeness, opportunities for engagement and reciprocity. In our final class together, we will explore our individual nourishment barriers with appreciation for how we needed them in order to survive….as well as experiment with new possibilities.
To earn the Certificate in Somatic Embodiment & Regulation Strategies, all three levels of the course must be completed. However, if individual levels of the course are more relevant to your practice or healing, Levels I, II, or III may be purchased individually. Recordings of the sessions will be provided.
Special Pricing. Entire package was $250.00
In the spirit of addressing historic and systemic barriers to participation, there are several equity pricing scholarship spaces available for this training. Priority of access for BIPOC and LGBTQ+ individuals, individuals living with disabilities, and individuals living with lower income. Please contact: [email protected] with your request.
APA approved up to 10 Live CE Hours:
The course is pending approval for homestudy CE.
The methods taught will augment psychotherapeutic interventions and are not known to have limitations when used in the scope and limits of one’s knowledge.
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This course is offered at the intermediate level.
Target Audience: Counselors, Social Workers, Psychotherapists, Marriage & Family Therapists, Nurses, Psychologists, Addictions Counselors, Occupational Therapists, Case Managers, Other Mental Health Professionals.
This program, when attended in its entirety per program listed above, is available for up to 10 live continuing education credits. The continuing education credits for each workshop/course are designated in the workshop/course descriptions. In order to receive the credit(s), you must attend the entire program, and complete the Participant Satisfaction/Evaluation form and return it to your presenter or monitor at the conclusion of the program. Partial credits will not be given. A participant may arrive no more than 10 minutes late nor leave more than 10 minutes early to receive live credit for a program.
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