What if you could break the cycle of traumatic memories and help your clients to fully heal?
When you learn how memories contribute to trauma, you will be empowered to help your clients to heal from severe or mild trauma quickly and effectively.
This training program will give you a comprehensive understanding of the seven memory types, based on the latest research in Somatic Experiencing, to facilitate powerful healing protocols f and foster beneficial outcomes for your clients.
You’ll discover how procedural and emotional memories form the structure of trauma so you can help your clients escape the trap of an automatic brain response and move toward empowered everyday living.
What is even more exciting is that you’ll be able to teach your clients how to identify their OWN somatic patterns and memories, to give them more control over how they identify in the present moment with circumstances, friends and family.
Why Memories are Essential for Trauma Therapy
When you understand how persistent maladaptive memories and emotions form the foundation of all trauma (as well as many problematic social and relationship issues), you can begin to heal trauma at the source rather than just scratching the surface.
Learning to access the ‘felt sense’ of memories opens up the possibility of getting to know the danger signals that lurk deep inside, so your clients can gain mastery over them.
Because before it’s safe to feel and heal from the sensations associated with past trauma, you first have to get in touch with what inner strength and healthy aggression feel like.
Allowing yourself to observe your inner process activates brain pathways that connect the rational and emotional parts of the brain, and this is the only known pathway through which a person can consciously rearrange the perceptual system of the brain.
The result is a new sense of self born out of deep emotional and sensory states that serve to restructure the present meaning of past experiences.
Somatic Experiencing’s slow, meticulous, mindful attention to inner sensations and subtle movements is very different than most expressive therapies that usually are focused on outwardly directed action rather than the felt sense of self.
A Complete System for
Working with Traumatic Memories
Explicit Vs. Implicit Memories
Most trauma therapy focuses primarily on “explicit” memories, overlooking how the body itself stores “implicit” memory. Most memory actually comes to us through our interoceptive bodily sense. By learning how to better understand this complex interplay of past and present, brain and body, we can adjust our relationship to past trauma and move into a more balanced, relaxed state of wholeness.
How to Determine the
Accuracy of Memories
Can we trust the memories of our clients? The developing science of memory has made it abundantly clear that our “common sense” understanding of memory is fundamentally incorrect. When we recall the imprint (or engram) of an experience, we discover that these memories are in continual flux, changing in content and structure throughout the course of our lives -- for better or for worse.
Resolve Traumatic Memories
Treatments aimed at “putting back together” disjointed memories involve gently coaxing individuals to begin to feel and tolerate the sensations that once overwhelmed them. This allows traumatic memories to coalesce, reconnect, and transform. Renegotiation allows you to revisit past trauma with your clients in a safe and constructive way that promotes deep healing.
SIBAM: Sensation, Image, Behavior, Affect, Meaning
Therapeutically, renegotiation and transformation is guided by a map of your clients' inner experience. The SIBAM Model incorporates the neurophysiologic, somatic, sensory, behavioral, and affective aspects of an individual's experience, whether traumatic or triumphant. Learn how Insula and aMCC can support a state of ecstasy for your clients.
Hero’s Journey: Disempowered to Episodic Narrative
Trauma transformation is like a 'rite of passage' for your clients. In other words, your clients are on a personal hero's journey and you are playing the role of the 'mentor'. The work is to help your clients master their disempowered memories, allowing them to evolve from procedural /emotional memory into an episodic narrative that supports their true Self.
The Spiritual Side of Transforming Trauma
As a therapist, you recognize the primal capacity of your clients to meet adverse challenges and transcend their traumatic experiences. Therefore, your primary role is not to "counsel", "cure", or "fix" your clients, but rather to support their innate drive for preserving and triumph. How do you facilitate the fulfillment of this instinct?
What You'll Receive in the Program
1. Complete Training Program in Five Interactive Modules plus Bonuses
You will gain instant access to the first module, which contains downloadable videos and transcripts. We start by focusing on the different memory types so you can begin to unravel the mystery of traumatic memory. In weeks two to five you will learn how to work with Memory, Emotion and Trauma to help your clients heal and achieve beneficial outcomes.
2. Written Transcripts of the Online Training Videos in the program
Each week, along with the training videos, you will get transcripts as well – because we know many people prefer not only to watch material, but also to have the written copy. You can download the transcripts and use them for reference and note taking.
3. 5 LIVE Q&A and Mentoring Calls with Diane and Peter
For each of the five weeks we will be on calls together and we will review the week’s teachings. At the end of the calls, there will be time for questions and answers. If you cannot make any of the live calls, they will be recorded and posted to the private member area.
4. Access to a Private Online Therapist Member Community
We are thrilled that we have the opportunity to create an online community of people using this work. This will be a place for discussion, sharing and support.
What Makes this Training Program Unique
What's Inside the Training Modules
The Lay of the Land and the Map of Memory
Just What is Memory and when can it be trusted? These important questions are essential in making sense of our lives and our relationships. They are also crucial in dealing with the effects of trauma and in helping us move forward in our lives. We will begin this exploration/study by understanding the different types of memory, both explicit and implicit and how each affect our lives.
✓ Confronting the tyranny of the past
✓ The Illusion of Memory
✓ A walk down Memory Lane
✓ Traumatic memory: A Unique Memory System
✓ The Fragility or Security of Memory
Unraveling the Mystery of Traumatic Memory
There is much confusion about how to work with traumatic memory. In order to tease apart this mystery, we need to understand how these different memory systems are each affected by trauma. In this segment we examine the four basic types of memory and how they interact.
✓ Explicit memory systems
✓ Declarative (most conscious memory system)
✓ Episodic or autobiographical memory
(remembrances of things past)
✓ Implicit memory systems
✓ Emotional memory including “flashbacks.”
✓ Procedural (“body”) memories
Memory systems and the Hero’s journey
Discovering the unique hero’s journey for each client is key for understanding the innate drive for completion, empowerment, and wholeness.
✓ Harnessing the innate drive to empowerment and completion
✓ Utilizing procedural and emotional memory systems to activate these innate drives
✓ Moving from implicit to narrative (autobiographical/episodic) memory systems in “making sense” and integrating the past into here- and-now conscious experience.
Navigating the Implicit Memory System with Real-life Examples
Utilizing the same case videos of Ray- Iraqi Vet and Baby Jack from the book, Trauma and Memory, we will see these concepts put into practice, and how it affects attachment in the infant and the adult.
✓ Preverbal memories
✓ Distinguishing between shock (procedural memories) and emotional and narrative ones
✓ How narrative memories emerge out of emotional ones
✓ The veracity trap and the avoidance of “false memories” and the “blaming of others
Transgenerational trauma (how far in space and time)
We want to look at generational transmission, but also understand the evolutionary adaptivity in this amorphic field to make use of important information from the past. Dr. Levine will walk us through a session with a woman who survived a near death experience as a 18 month old.
✓ Clinical observations of Transgenerational engrams
✓ Epigenetic understanding of transgenerational transmission
✓ Possible evolutionary advantages of transgenerational transmission
✓ Practical methods of working with the traces (the echoes) of these submerged memories
The Advanced Attachment Client Questionnaire
You'll get my in-depth questionnaires to help your clients quickly determine their attachment style
This bonus includes 2 Attachment Style Questionnaires, short and long-form, as well as private access to an online survey to help you quickly evaluate your client's relationship orientation. These surveys have been developed and refined over a period of 20 years and are a tremendous tool and asset for your practice.
The Language of Attachment Guidebook
95 Specific Phrases to Work With Attachment Styles
This is a short but powerful guidebook on the specific language and corrective actions you can take to work with each of the attachment styles. The PDF contains 95 specific phrases that you can practice and use with your clients.
Stan Tatkin, PsyD
How to Work with Couples
Author of Your Brain on Love, Wired for Love and Love and War, is a clinician, researcher, teacher, and developer of a Psychobiological Approach to Couple Therapy® (PACT).
In this talk we cover:
- - What is a Healthy Relationship
- - Supporting Successful Relationships
- - How couples can become wired for love
- - Why be in relationship
- - Working with the Attachment Styles
Dr. Robert Scaer
Somatic Strategies to Heal Trauma
A board-certified neurologist with forty years of clinical experience, twenty of those as Medical Director of Rehabilitation Services at the Mapleton Center in Boulder, CO where he treated over 5,000 whiplash victims.
He has published three books, The Body Bears the Burden: Trauma, Dissociation and Disease, The Trauma Spectrum: Hidden Wounds and Human Resiliency and Eight Keys to Brain/Body Balance.
In this talk we cover:
- - How does healing really occur
- - The role of the Amygdala
- - How to regulate the Fight or Flight response
- - We don’t heal in isolation
- - Implicit and Explicit Memory
David Wallin, PhD
Wounds That Must Serve as Tools
Acclaimed author of Attachment in Psychotherapy and co-author of Mapping the Terrain of the Heart: Passion, Tenderness and the Capacity to Love.
Topic: Wounds That Must Serve as Tools: The Therapist’s Attachment History as a Source of Impasse and Inspiration
Explore the clinical applications of Attachment Theory, highlighting in particular the centrality of the relationship, the nonverbal dimension of experience, and the stance of the self toward experience (embedded, mindful, or mentalizing). The aim will be to help us recognize and make the best possible use of our own Attachment history and patterning as we attempt to be of help to our patients.
Polyvagal Theory and The New Brain
Author Dancing with Yin and Yang & co-founder of Colorado School of Energy Studies.
He gives us a brilliant presentation on the 'Triune Autonomic Nervous System' to capture the main ideas of the Polyvagal Theory, based on the work of Stephen Porges, who also vetted the presentation.
You will come away with a deeper understanding of the New Brain Theory and how this affects your work.
Maggie Phillips, PhD
How Somatic Ego-State Therapy can Create Your Strongest Self
Dr. Phillips is co-author of Healing the Divided Self and author of Finding the Energy to Heal and Reversing Chronic Pain. AND, her newly launched Freedom from Pain co-authored with Peter Levine.
Ego-State Therapy makes use of hypnotic or suggestive techniques and somatic approaches like Somatic Experiencing to uncover and work with various aspects of the individual personality. We resolve attachment trauma and conflicts by working with individual ego states that need corrective relational experience as well as the personality as a whole. This webinar will present ways of finding and identifying resource as well as traumatized states, connecting them with conflict-free and deep self-experiences in order to strengthen the inner family of self and improve attachment relationships beyond the self.
BONUS #5: FREE Ticket to my 3-Day Conference:
Thriving Relationships: Trauma, Attachment, and Neuroscience (in Individual and Couples Therapy)
In this workshop we will be focusing on case studies and live demonstrations with participants to fully witness the power of bringing your clients back to Secure Attachment. This workshop will be held April 7-9 2017 in Boulder, Colorado.
If for any reason you cannot make it to the workshop, do not worry, because we will be recording the event and we will post the video recordings to the private membership group.
* Please note there is a nominal facility fee with the hotel (but will include three meals, wifi service and a significant room discount).
This bonus is worth the entire price of the online program by itself.