The Trauma Series Part I: Resilience, Dissociation, and the Body
Restoring Regulation, Balance, and a Sense of Self After Trauma
Saturday 2 October 2021
With Dr Ruth Lanius
- Includes a recording of the event with access for a year (14 days post the event)
- Bookings close at 9:00am BST Wednesday 29 September
Developmentally traumatized people frequently feel estranged from their internal and external world. They often do not know where their body is in space, leaving them feeling clumsy, uncoordinated, and unable to engage in purposeful action/agency.READ MORE...
How can we combat such foundational difficulties resulting from developmental trauma in order to facilitate the individual to befriend their internal sensations and transform into an embodied, active agent in this world, who is capable of connecting with others through curiosity, language, and play?
Neuroscientifically-guided, bottom-up treatment approaches can target manipulation of sensory, vestibular, and motor experience in an attempt to regulate higher cognitive functions, including emotion regulation and cognition. These treatment approaches, and theory of mind, will be discussed as part of an integrative approach for traumatic stress syndromes in developmentally traumatized individuals.
SPEAKERSDr Ruth Lanius, ,
14.00 BST (09.00 EDT)
Trauma and the Vestibular/Balance System: Gateway to the Internal and External World
Session 1 will explore how the balance system of our brain plays a critical role in informing how we perceive our internal and external world, which is often profoundly affected by disrupted attachments, trauma, and dissociation. Individuals are frequently left feeling like ‘I am always on edge’, ‘I feel dead inside’, ‘I feel disconnected from my body’, ‘I don’t know where I am in space’, and ‘the world will never be safe again’. How can we befriend the internal world of our sensations to help transform the traumatized self into an active, embodied agent that perceives the world as a safe place worthy of exploration, trust and connection with others?
Transforming How We Perceive Our Internal and External Worlds in the Aftermath of Trauma
Session 2 will explore neuroscientifically-guided, bottom-up treatment approaches that target manipulation of sensory, vestibular and motor experience in an attempt to regulate how we perceive our internal and external worlds. Here, we will discuss how such interventions can be utilized to regulate higher cognitive functions, including emotion regulation, cognition, and theory of mind as part of an integrative approach for traumatic stress syndromes. The neurobiology underlying such treatments will be discussed throughout the webinar.
Combining Bottom-Up and Top-Down Treatments in the Aftermath of Trauma
Session 3 will explore how these treatment approaches can facilitate trauma processing in peoples who are prone to dissociation and/or have a very narrow window of tolerance. Case examples illustrating how we can combine both bottom-up and top-down treatments will be described.