On-demand: Expert Strategies to Help Your Client Break Free of Trauma-Induced Cycles of Reactivity, Hypervigilance, and Fear

Expert Strategies to Help Your Client Break Free of Trauma-Induced Cycles of Reactivity, Hypervigilance, and Fear

Statement of need: If you work with trauma, you likely see clients who are dysregulated. That means you know how hard therapy can be when a client is reactive and easily triggered. Not only that, you know how much of a strain that puts on a client’s relationships, their work, and the way they approach the world.

Presented by: Bessel van der Kolk, MD; Pat Ogden, Phd; Stephen Porges, PhD; Ruth Lanius, MD, PhD; Kristin Neff, PhD; Chris Germer, PhD; Jack Kornfield, PhD; Kelly McGonigal, PhD; Christopher Willard, PSYD; Susan Pollak, MTS, EDD; Kathy Steele, MN,CS; Ron Siegel, PSYD; Joan Borysenko, PhD; Bill O’Hanlon, LMFT

Contact: 860.477.1450

Email address: respond@nicabm.com

Event web site: https://www.nicabm.com/program/dysregulation/?itl=store

Location: online

Format: on-demand and lifetime access to downloadable videos and audio recordings, TalkBack Segments to distill key ideas, Next Week in Your Practice sessions to give you concrete strategies to use with patients, professionally-formatted transcript of the sessions, and three downloadable bonus videos to help you work more effectively with clients who are dystregulated (How to Help Clients Who Are Stuck in a Trauma Response by Ruth Lanius, MD, PhD; Essential Practices to Help You Recharge when Working with Trauma by Christopher Germer, PhD; Jack Kornfield, PhD; Kristin Neff, PhD; Kelly McGonigal, PhD; Christopher Willard PsyD; Susan Pollak, MTS, EdD; and Geshe Lobsang Tenzin Negi, PhD, How to Help Patients with Dissociative Identity Disorder Foster Healthier Relationships by Kathy Steele, MN, CS)

Course credit hours: 3 CE/CME credit or clock hours are available; for additional information about CEs, see https://www.nicabm.com/cecme/dysregulation/ 

Price: $97 for a limited time; regularly $197

Course description: to help clients widen their window of tolerance more effectively, we need to:

  • Understand the neurobiological difference between processing trauma and reliving it
  • Downregulate the brain’s alarm systems and restore higher cognitive functioning
  • Help clients explore the edges of their window (without triggering them)

That’s why we brought together four masters in the field of trauma (Bessel van der Kolk, MD, Pat Ogden, PhD, Stephen Porges, PhD, Ruth Lanius, MD, PhD) to get their expert insights on working with trauma-related dysregulation.

You’ll get their best strategies for working with the brain, body, and nervous system to help clients ground in the present, increase their window of tolerance, and process trauma.

Learning objectives: 

How to Help the Traumatized Brain Manage Distress

Bessel van der Kolk, MD   Ruth Lanius, MD, PhD

  • A Two-Step Process to Help Clients Stay Present and Learn from New Experiences
  • Three Strategies That Can Improve the Traumatized Brain’s Capacity to Focus and Engage
  • Mindfulness-Based Practices That Can Increase a Client’s Ability to Manage Distress
  • One Essential Part of Treatment Clients Often Try to Avoid (and How to Help Them Embrace It)

How to Bring a Client Back from a State of Hypoarousal

Pat Ogden, PhD

  • What Happens in the Body During Hypoarousal (and How This Can Impact Your Approach)
  • Two Important Factors to Keep in Mind When Working with Hypoarousal
  • A Somatic Approach That Can Help Clients Prevent Themselves from Slipping into Hypoarousal

How to Know Whether Your Client’s Dysregulation Is a Symptom of Bipolar Disorder or Trauma

Ruth Lanius, MD, PhD

  • One Key Symptom That Can Help You Distinguish Emotional Dysregulation from Bipolar Disorder
  • The Critical Difference Between a Manic State and Trauma-Related Anxiety

The Profound Impact of Attachment on a Client’s Ability to Self-Regulate

Pat Ogden, PhD   Bessel van der Kolk, MD

  • Two Specific Coping Skills That Children with Disorganized Attachment Often Adopt
  • The Critical Difference Between Trauma and Disorganized Attachment (and How it Impacts a Client’s Ability to Self-Regulate)
  • One Vital First Step in Addressing Dysregulation

Brain-Based Approaches for Bringing Clients Out of Dysregulation

Stephen Porges, PhD   Ruth Lanius, MD, PhD   Pat Ogden, PhD

  • How to Help Clients Calm Their Bodies and Reengage the Thinking Brain
  • The Critical Difference in the Brain Between Processing and Reliving Trauma
  • How to “Retrain” the Brain’s Alarm System and Restore Higher Cognitive Functioning

Expert Strategies to Help Clients Expand Their Window of Tolerance

Bessel van der Kolk, MD   Pat Ogden, PhD   Stephen Porges, PhD

  • A Polyvagal Approach to Helping Clients Tolerate Dysregulation
  • Practical Tools that Can Help Clients Self-Soothe
  • The Crucial Role of Presence in Expanding a Client’s Window of Tolerance
  • Specific Breathing Exercises That Can Help Calm the Body
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Feb 21 2024

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