Help clients heal from trauma they can’t verbalize
When it comes to treating trauma, the path is almost never linear.
It’s not uncommon for a client who was making progress to become resistant, display avoidant behaviors and have strong emotional reactions. Other times, they may shut down entirely. If asked, they may not be able to articulate what they’re feeling or name the source of their distress.
Needless to say, this can pose a problem since therapy relies on spoken communication. And too often, trauma therapy does just that—depending almost entirely on a client’s ability to recall and retell the painful events causing their suffering.
Or what if they simply aren’t certain where their pain originated? After all, many people experience multiple traumas in their lifetime, and the effects can be vastly different. Complicating matters, a client could remember one trauma in painstaking detail yet have no conscious awareness of another.
As therapists, how do we proceed when we need crucial information our clients can’t provide?
At that point, it can be challenging to know how to help them move gently beyond this impasse and into the flow of healing.
Here’s the good news: words may sometimes fail us, but the body is always talking.
So we must learn how to listen.
With somatic tools and strategies, you can tune in to the physical signals hiding in plain sight, revealing what your client needs to release lingering trauma and open up to fulfillment, wholeness, and connection.
Understand the intricacies of developmental and shock trauma and their somatic connection to the body.
Identify the symptoms of developmental and shock traumas, unmet needs and incomplete developmental tasks.
Become attuned to the body’s encoded messages, using Body Reading to gain insights and guide therapeutic interventions.
Apply Somatotyping and Character Structure principles to reveal unaddressed blocks to growth and healing.
Learn how to implement and adapt clinical interventions to each Character Structure while avoiding re-traumatization.
Tap into implicit memory using somatic methods, so you can expand the innate resilience within each of us that allows us to live fully present and free of the past.
Led by Dr. Peter Levine, the originator of Somatic Experiencing® and your host, Dr. Diane Poole Heller
Don’t miss your chance to join us for this unique program to learn from the world’s leading experts in the Somatic ExperiencingⓇ Approach!
ANGUS is a man with a long trauma history beginning in infancy, including his own near-drowning, foster care, getting hit by a car at age 2, the death of 20+ friends from drugs and alcohol, and intergenerational trauma.
This has resulted in abandonment, dissociation, addiction, limited boundaries, multiple overdoses. He has never had long-term partner intimacy. He is in recovery now.
Angus will work somatically towards more presence using visualization and sound. Dr. Levine will offer generational trauma exercises.
LU is a shy, very creative 11 year old, but she feels she is weird. She lives with her mother, Julie. Her father is an addict; Lu loves him but cannot have a healthy relationship with him. He has supervised visits, following the dissolution of the parents’ abusive and argumentative marriage. His mother, Lu’s grandmother, can be overbearing. She is very close to her two older maternal half-siblings.
Dr. Levine will guide Lu in Smovey movement with the Haaa sound, and work on boundaries with Voo/jaw and drawing.
ALYSON has chronic pain and trouble with intimate relationships. At the core, she feels, “not good enough.” Her story begins with birth trauma and her parents’ divorce when she was 3, and is compounded by severe bullying, serious car accidents, a face-first fall off a chair lift, and multiple surgeries.
As she got older, the pain became inescapable; she relied on pills to get through law school. Then, she lost father. She has been inconsolable with grief. Somatic Experiencing® has helped her pain subside and resolved her reliance on pills.
Dr. Levine will be working with imagery to tap into the bracing/anxiety loop and Alyson’s chronic pain.
JULIE has trouble asking for what she needs from others. She either gives everything or she isolates/freezes. Julie’s father and uncles were brutally murdered by the Mexican mafia when she was an infant, and Julie raised herself and her siblings while her mother worked to provide. Later in life she had 3 children and two marriages. Her last marriage was an abusive relationship with an addict. Her youngest daughter (from that relationship) is Lu from Module 2.
Julie will work with the tragedy that fell upon her ancestors through trans-generational trauma exercises. Dr. Levine will also help her connect to her child self and her unmet needs from her mother who had to always work.
MONIQUE endured childhood neglect and abuse, giving rise to an eating disorder. Following a hit-and-run that left her in a coma and required many surgeries, she experienced abandonment, intimate betrayal, and job loss. Monique has developed PTSD and is unable to work. She is currently living on disability, with her dog as her sole companion.
Dr. Levine will work with her shock trauma and her early developmental neglect/abuse through Bellicon play.
*taking this program does not replace the 8-module training through Somatic ExperiencingⓇ to be SE Trained.
Peter A Levine, PhD, is the developer of Somatic ExperiencingⓇ , a naturalistic and neurobiological approach to healing trauma, which he has developed over the past 50 years.
He is the Founder of the Somatic ExperiencingⓇ Institute/Foundation for Human Enrichment and the Founder and President of the Ergos Institute of Somatic Education™. His work has been taught to over 50,000 therapists in over 45 countries.
Dr. Levine served as a stress consultant for NASA in the early space shuttle development and has served on the American Psychological Association task force for responding to the trauma of large-scale disasters and ethno-political warfare.
He holds doctorates in both Biophysics and Psychology and is the author of several best-selling books on trauma, including Waking the Tiger, which is published in over 29 languages. He is currently a Senior Fellow and consultant at The Meadows Addiction and Trauma Treatment Center in Wickenburg, Arizona and continues to teach trauma healing workshops internationally.
Diane Poole Heller PhD, is an internationally recognized speaker, author, and expert in the field of child and adult attachment theory as well as trauma resolution.
In 1989, Dr. Heller began working with Dr. Peter Levine, founder of SEI (Somatic ExperiencingⓇ Institute). As Senior Faculty for SETI, she taught Somatic ExperiencingⓇ trauma work internationally for over 25 years.
Her work with adult attachment has forged a path for adults with childhood attachment injuries to develop Secure Attachment Skills (SAS) that lead to more connected and fulfilling adult relationships. She believes that by healing ourselves we heal our families, our communities, and the world as a whole.
Continuing Education Credit (CE) is NOT available at this time for this course.
A Certificate of Completion is available to all participants at the end of the course (upon request) at no additional charge
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*Taking this program does not replace the 8-module training through Somatic ExperiencingⓇ to be “SE Trained.”