$479 EEGER Affiliates / Alliance Members
About the course
This live webinar series will explore the latest neuroscience research in developmental trauma and discuss how its findings challenge the prevailing belief that dissociation, repression, resistance, and regression are primarily psychological defense mechanisms, at least in those with histories of neglect and abuse in childhood.
We will instead address them as they are -- habitual firing patterns in the brain that form in response to survival threats early in life. When there are enough fearful stimuli the brain tends to return to its earliest patterns of protection.
The neuroscience of trauma is clearly indicating that we must change these habitual firing patterns in the brain. Presently the only way we know to do this is with neurofeedback. We will review protocols that help those who have never experienced a sense of self and other to develop this capacity, primarily but not solely through affect regulation. And we will look at how all of this plays out in the therapy relationship, particularly with the “treatment-resistant” patients. We will discuss why these patients need highly skilled therapists who understand the brain dynamics underlying interpersonal ones.
In this workshop, participants will
- 1. Explore the emerging neuroscience of trauma and dissociation.
- 2. Describe the neurocircuitry of dissociation.
- 3. Describe the default mode network (DMN) and its relationship to the sense of self in developmental trauma.
- 4. Discuss how understanding the circuitry and frequency dimensions of dissociation, repression, resistance and regression deepen our understanding of these processes.
- 5. Investigate protocols that interrupt or quiet the repeated firing of fear circuits and the presumed mechanisms of action of these protocols.
- 6. Provide an overview of the challenges and benefits in integrating neurofeedback with psychotherapy in the treatment of those suffering with dissociative disorders.