418/518 Affect-Regulation for Trauma

Lisa FerentzLisa Ferentz • Saturday All Day
Standard conversational interventions can have limited effectiveness with survivors of trauma or early-life attachment injuries, especially those who experience ongoing struggles with addictive or self-injurious behaviors. Experiential methods and the therapist’s more active use of self can greatly enhance such clients’ ability to regulate their emotional states and physiological arousal levels. In this hands-on workshop, you’ll practice how to use your voice and pitch, posture, and mirroring to help create an atmosphere of safety and attunement with these clients. Through clinical demonstrations, discussions of case histories, and participatory exercises, you’ll learn how to integrate art therapy (mandalas, drawing, and color); Emotional Freedom Techniques; movement exercises (yoga and “re-grounding”); guided imagery; and breathwork to expand your clinical repertoire with some of your most difficult cases. You’ll leave with a full catalogue of powerful resources to inform your practice. (This session will continue with Workshop 518.)

Lisa Ferentz, L.C.S.W.-C., D.A.P.A., a private practitioner, consultant, and educator specializing in trauma, is the founder of the Institute for Advanced Psychotherapy Training and Education and author of Treating Self-Destructive Behaviors in Trauma Survivors: A Clinician’s Guide.

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