physical, or emotional trauma, becoming ingrained over time as a “familiar” way to self-regulate when triggers or stressors are reawakened. You’ll find out how to help clients recognize these triggers and understand the underlying meaning of their behavior by focusing on the thoughts, emotions, and body sensations associated with their self-harming. We’ll discuss how to assist clients to integrate safe ways of telling their trauma stories---through writing or drawing, for instance---and you’ll leave with the tools to help clients break and extinguish the cycle of self-harm.
Lisa Ferentz, L.C.S.W.C-C., 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. To learn more, visit http://www.lisaferentz.com.