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2-Day Trauma Treatment Course: Mind-Body Integration Techniques for Healing Trauma, PTSD and Grief

Thursday, February 15, 2018 - Friday, February 16, 2018

This event is not currently available for purchase.

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Course Description:

Are you confident in your clinical work with clients suffering from trauma or PTSD?

Or do you have a pit in your stomach after a session with a traumatized client because you fear that you may have done more harm than good?

Despite our best intentions, clients are often triggered or even re-traumatized by talking about their experiences before they have the skills to regulate their emotions, calm their bodies and focus on the present.

This common treatment pitfall can lead to client’s withdrawing from the experience, avoiding their thoughts and feelings, or ending therapy all together. By incorporating mindfulness skills, clinicians can help clients to tolerate distressful memories, triggers and emotions in order to successfully begin to navigate their trauma narrative and move into post-traumatic growth.

Attend this two-day course and you will take away evidence-based, best-practice clinical interventions based on the neuroscience of traumatic stress with effective mind-body treatment approaches to have better clinical outcomes! Leave this courses with more confidence in your trauma work!

  1. Analyze the impact of trauma and disrupted attachments on the structure and function of the developing mind and brain.
  2. Assess a client’s sensory, emotional and cognitive reactions to a traumatic event and develop a brain-based integrated treatment program.
  3. Describe why premature cognition can often re-traumatize a client and how sensory-motor processing can alleviate traumatic re-experiencing.
  4. Examine how traumatized clients process internal and external information.
  5. Incorporate self-regulation and relaxation techniques for trauma symptoms and traumatic growth.
  6. Correlate how adverse childhood experiences (from the ACEs Study) impact brain development, emotion regulation & cognition.
  7. Integrate specific techniques that enhance attention, interoception, affect regulation, physical mastery and sensory-motor awareness.
  8. Summarize the recent advances in the neurobiology of trauma and complicated grief and how it can impact your clinical work.
  9. Practice body awareness to stabilize, ground and center traumatic sensations and emotions in your clients.
  10. Utilize body-based and cognitive treatment approaches in your clinical practice with traumatized clients.
  11. Integrate Sensory Experiencing, Affect Regulation, CBT and Embodied Mindfulness to more effectively treat the whole person.
  12. Modify your clinical assessment and intervention strategies when working with traumatized children and adolescents.

The Neuroscience of Trauma
  • The Triune Brain and the neurobiology of traumatic stress
  • How trauma is held in the body
  • Arousal management, learned helplessness, and fear regulation
  • Enhance affect regulation
  • Somatic re-experiencing of trauma to “attend and befriend” traumatic body sensations and feelings
Trauma and Complicated Grief
  • Stages of loss and recovery
  • How trauma “freezes” the normal grieving process
  • Signs of complicated/traumatic grief
  • Factors contributing to complexities in grief
  • Grief, bereavement in DSM-5® and viable treatment implications
Assessment of Traumatic Stress
  • Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of the APA
  • ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences) Study and Developmental Trauma
  • Diagnose PTSD with the PCL-5
Treatment Approaches to Treat Trauma
  • Mindfully observing sensations, feelings, perceptions, and thoughts
  • Bottom-up: somatic interventions, sensory motor integration, breathwork
  • Top-down: CBT, Rational Emotive Therapy, Positive Self Talk
  • Horizontal: EMDR, Bilateral stimulation
Reprocess and Transform Trauma: Treatment Strategies
  • Use titration, grounding, centering and pendulation
  • Integrate body-oriented and neurologically-based therapy with CBT
  • Embodied mindfulness
  • Coherent story/experiences and metabolization of traumatic memories
  • Breathwork, Progressive Muscle Relaxation, and Autogenics
  • Multisensory Guided Imagery and systematic desensitization
  • Self-regulation and relaxation
  • Art-therapy, play and theatre movement-based interventions
  • Sensory integration
  • Mindfulness with self-compassion
Posttraumatic Growth: Empowerment and Resilience
  • Positive Psychology Interventions
  • Navy Seal Mental Toughness Model
  • Instill optimism, hope, curiosity and imagination
  • Forgiveness, gratitude and positive emotions
  • Renewed sense of meaning and purpose
  • Use signature strengths
  • Enhance relationships and social support
  • Self-esteem, self-efficacy and resilience
  • Volunteering and giving
  • Reconnection to self, family, society and hopes/dreams
Traumatized Children and Adolescents: The Developing Brain, Body and Mind
  • High risk characteristics, pre-natal and early life trauma
  • Mirror neuron systems, attachment, RAD and brain development
  • Disassociation, self-blame, guilt, and shame
  • Self-regulation, Interpersonal Neurobiology, impulse control, and frustration tolerance
  • Integrate Body Work and Trauma Focused CBT for children
  • Brain-based interventions


Michael S. Prokop, M.Ed., CCTP, CSP, LPC, BCPC, is a national speaker, Certified Clinical Trauma Professional, Consulting School Psychologist, Licensed Professional Counselor, American Psychotherapy Association Board Certified PTSD Clinician/Board Certified Professional Counselor-Diplomate, Sports Psychology Consultant and is a member of the International Association of Trauma Professionals (IATP). He specializes in grief and trauma therapy, relaxation therapy, rational emotive psychotherapy, anger management, mental toughness training, and more. As a consulting psychologist, he has conducted hundreds of psychological evaluations of traumatized clients and continues to provide individual and group therapy for clients with various adjustments, intellectual, motivational and emotional challenges. His clinical expertise with traumatized clients is based on a long history of comprehensive professional experiences. These include providing support for children and families impacted by suicide, domestic violence, homicide, child abuse, sexual assault and accidental death.

Michael has authored three children’s books regarding adjustment issues and his counseling experiences include more than 25 years in private practice, school districts, part time at The Developmental Clinic, and the rest at Kent State University teaching undergraduate psychology classes, graduate level workshops and also providing psychological counseling services for the T.R.I. Program (Toward Retention Intervention). Besides his private practice, he consults in numerous schools and agencies and is an Adjunct Professor at Ashland University. As an entertaining and enthusiastic speaker, he frequently lectures and provides seminars at state and national conferences.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Michael Prokop is an adjunct instructor at Ashland University. He receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Michael Prokop is a member of the American Psychotherapy Association; National Education Association; National Association of School Psychologists; and the American Psychological Association.
Credits listed below are for full attendance at the live event only. After attendance has been verified, pre-registered attendees will receive an email from PESI Customer Service with the subject line, “Evaluation and Certificate” within one week. This email will contain a link to complete the seminar evaluation and allow attendees to print, email or download a certificate of completion if in full attendance. For those in partial attendance (arrived late or left early), a letter of attendance is available through that link and an adjusted certificate of completion reflecting partial credit will be issued within 30 days (if your board allows). Please see “live seminar schedule” for full attendance start and end times. NOTE: Boards do not allow credit for breaks or lunch.

If your profession is not listed, please contact your licensing board to determine your continuing education requirements and check for reciprocal approval. For other credit inquiries not specified below, or questions on home study credit availability, please contact or 800-844-8260 before the event.

Materials that are included in this course may include interventions and modalities that are beyond the authorized practice of mental health professionals. As a licensed professional, you are responsible for reviewing the scope of practice, including activities that are defined in law as beyond the boundaries of practice in accordance with and in compliance with your professions standards.

The planning committee and staff who controlled the content of this activity have no relevant financial relationships to disclose. For speaker disclosures, please see speaker bios.

PESI, Inc. offers continuing education programs and products under the brand names PESI, PESI Healthcare, PESI Rehab and Psychotherapy Networker.

Addiction Counselors
This course has been approved by PESI, Inc., as a NAADAC Approved Education Provider, for 12.5 CE in the Treatment Plan skill group. NAADAC Provider #77553. PESI, Inc. is responsible for all aspects of their programming. Full attendance is required; no partial credit will be awarded for partial attendance.

California Alcoholism & Drug Abuse Counselors (CCAPP): PESI, Inc. is an approved provider by the CCAPP-EI, Provider #: OS-03-036-1021. This activity meets the qualifications for 12.5 CEH's (continuing education hours).

This intermediate activity consists of 12.5 clock hours of continuing education instruction. Credit requirements and approvals vary per state board regulations. Please save the course outline, the certificate of completion you receive from the activity and contact your state board or organization to determine specific filing requirements.

Marriage & Family Therapists
This activity consists of 760 minutes of continuing education instruction. Credit requirements and approvals vary per state board regulations. You should save this course outline, the certificate of completion you receive from the activity and contact your state board or organization to determine specific filing requirements.

Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, and Clinical Nurse Specialists
This intermediate activity consists of 12.5 clock hours of continuing education instruction. Credit requirements and approvals vary per state board regulations. Please contact your licensing board to determine if they accept programs or providers approved by other national or state licensing boards. A certificate of attendance will be awarded at the end of the program to participants who are in full attendance and who complete the program evaluation.

California Nurses: PESI, Inc. is a provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number 17118 for 12.5 contact hours. Full attendance is required. No partial contact hours will be issued for partial attendance.

Social Workers
PESI, Inc., #1062, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. PESI, Inc. maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: January 27, 2017 - January 27, 2020. Social Workers completing this course receive 12.5 Clinical Practice continuing education credits. Course Level: Intermediate. Full attendance is required; no partial credits will be offered for partial attendance. A certificate of attendance will be awarded at the end of the program to social workers who complete the program evaluation.

California Social Workers, Counselors, Marriage & Family Therapists, and Licensed Educational Psychologists: The California Board of Behavioral Sciences accepts CE programs that are approved by other approval agencies, including several that approve PESI and its programs. A full list of approval agencies accepted by the BBS can be found at under “Where to find CE Courses.” This intermediate level activity consists of 12.0 clock hours of continuing education instruction.

Other Professions
This activity qualifies for 760 minutes of instructional content as required by many national, state and local licensing boards and professional organizations. Save your course outline and certificate of completion, and contact your own board or organization for specific requirements.

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