A growing body of research is demonstrating the effectiveness of experiential therapies to make definitive and lasting changes in the lives of individuals who have experienced the painful and enduring effects of trauma. When all members of a family system are overwhelmed by trauma, the experience may not only disrupt individual functioning but can also create tenacious patterns of disturbance in “whole” family interactions. Might experiential models and techniques have applicability for work with whole families? If so, how might we effectively integrate experiential techniques with current practice interventions? Drawing from current advances in brain science, trauma theory and family therapy practice, this workshop will introduce a variety of experiential methods that can be utilized to support families in their effort to restore balance, competence, and hope.
Workshop participants will have the opportunity to learn, practice, and discuss experiential techniques for assessment and treatment of traumatized families including:
- Assessing readiness for family work
- Creating safety structures
- Understanding the “neurobiology” of family trauma
- Prescribing new, restorative roles
- Engaging with trauma-based defenses
- Expansion and containment of affect
- Identifying and working with trauma-based roles
- Working with “family introjects” and “family projections”
- Restoring a grounded and coherent family narrative
Counts as Diagnostics – or – Treatment Course for Trauma Certificate Program
*Each class this year will be held via Zoom. Participant numbers will be capped to ensure a personalized learning experience and there will be numerous opportunities for engagement (e.g. small group discussions, role plays, case studies). As such, learners should prepare for active participation. We ask that students keep their cameras on as much as they are able, while understanding that it may not be possible to keep cameras on throughout the entire class. Rest assured that we will take many breaks throughout each class to help assuage Zoom fatigue.