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Abuse, assault and neglect in early childhood impact every major system in the human brain from the brainstem to the cortex, from the sense of balance to the sense of self.

These disruptions in brain development have far reaching implications for the treatment of those who have suffered these histories.

In this 16-session recorded webinar series, you will explore an integrated therapeutic approach using trauma-informed psychotherapy, neurofeedback, and trauma-informed body work to deeply address the terrible aftermath of developmental trauma. Although neurofeedback practitioners will benefit from Sebern’s experience in this modality, practicing neurofeedback is not a pre-requisite.

For course registration information, please see https://trainingtrauma.org/register.

For a schedule of accessibility, please see https://trainingtrauma.org/schedule.

Schedule

This course is recorded. Recorded videos will form a new course, accessible according to the schedule below. There will be a live session with author and instructor Sebern Fisher, date to be determined, later in the semester.

Part One
  • Session 1.1 09/01/19 Sunday
  • Session 1.2 09/04/19 Wednesday
  • Session 1.3 09/08/19 Sunday
  • Session 1.4 09/11/19 Wednesday
  • Session 1.5 09/15/19 Sunday
  • Session 1.6 09/18/19 Wednesday
  • Session 1.7 09/22/19 Sunday
  • Session 1.8 09/25/19 Wednesday
  • Session 1.9 09/29/19 Sunday
Part Two
  • Session 2.1 10/06/19 Sunday
  • Session 2.2 10/09/19 Wednesday
  • Session 2.3 10/13/19 Sunday
  • Session 2.4 10/16/19 Wednesday
  • Session 2.5 10/20/19 Sunday
  • Session 2.6 10/23/19 Wednesday
  • Session 2.7 10/27/19 Sunday
  • Session 2.8 10/30/19 Wednesday

Learning Objectives

Part One

 

8 one-hour sessions

$549 ($479 EEGER Affiliates)

  1. Be introduced to the latest research on the impact of early childhood neglect and abuse on the human brain.
  2. Explore what areas of the brain are most affected and what they contribute to an intact sense of self and other.
  3. Examine how the impacts on the brain manifest as clinical symptoms.
  4. Be offered an approach to clinical assessment that informs neurofeedback protocols.
  5. Explore the primacy of the reptilian/limbic brain as manifest in fear, shame, rage, and dissociation.
  6. Explore the ways memory is held in the hippocampus and the amygdala.
  7. Be provided the protocols that have most helped to quiet fear, shame and rage and rationales for these protocols.
  8. Be given guidelines for developing new protocols to help the deeply traumatized brain learn to organize and quiet high levels of arousal.

Part Two

 

8 one-hour sessions

$549 ($479 EEGER Affiliates)

  1. Explore how the realities of the impaired self system in the brain manifest in the treatment room.
  2. Explore the implications for psychotherapy when there is no established self/other brain network.
  3. Examine how arousal at the level of the brain contributes to a sense of self and/or a fragmented self.
  4. Discuss the primacy of motherlessness in those with histories of developmental trauma.
  5. Discuss how the felt experience of motherlessness can be influenced by neurofeedback within a therapeutic relationship.
  6. Discuss the transference and counter-transference dilemmas of motherlessness and how brain regulation can affect both.
  7. Explore the therapies that address the body that’s keeping the score and how brain regulation relates to these approaches.
  8. Discuss the changing and central role of the therapist who integrates neurofeedback and psychotherapy.

Continuing Education

Unfortunately, as this is a recorded course, Continuing Education credit is not available.

Resources

Suggested Reading

Neurofeedback in the Treatment of Developmental Trauma: Calming the Fear-Driven Brain Sebern Fisher, Norton (2014).

The Impact of Early Life Trauma on Health and Disease: The Hidden Epidemic Ruth Lanius, Eric Vermetten, and Clare Pain, Cambridge University Press (2010).

Healing the Traumatized Self: Consciousness, Neuroscience, Treatment Paul Frewen and Ruth Lanius, Norton (2015).

Neuropsychiatry, Neuropsychology and Clinical Neuroscience Rhawn Joseph, Williams and Wilkins (1996).

The Master and His Emissary: The Divided Brain: Part One Iain McGilchrist, Yale University Press (2009).

Affective Neuroscience: The Foundations of Human and Animal Emotions Jaak Panksepp, Oxford University Press (1998).

Affect Regulation and the Origin of the Self: The Neurobiology of Emotional Development Allan N. Schore, Erlbaum (1994).

The Developing Mind: How Relationships and the Brain Interact to Shape Who We Are Daniel Seigel, Guilford Press (2012).

Traumatic Stress, The Effects of Overwhelming Experience on Mind, Body, and Society Bessel Van der Kolk, Alexander McFarland, Lars Weisaeth, eds., Guilford Press (2016).

The Body Keeps the Score Bessel Van der Kolk, Penguin (2015).

About

Sebern Fisher has been integrating neurofeedback and psychotherapy into the treatment of those with developmental trauma for the last twenty years. She was the clinical director of a residential treatment facility for severely disturbed adolescents for 17 years. During her tenure she introduced attachment theory and dialectical behavior therapy to the milieu. She is presently in private practice where she provides neurofeedback, psychotherapy and consultation. She trains nationally and internationally.

Sebern Fisher is author of Neurofeedback in the Treatment of Developmental Trauma: Calming the Fear-driven Brain (Norton 2014).

If you have questions, please write to us! info (at) trainingtrauma.org