Seminar Detail

2-Day Certificate Course: Treating Trauma in Intimate Relationships - Healing the Trauma Legacy in Couples Therapy
2-Day Certificate Course: Treating Trauma in Intimate Relationships - Healing the Trauma Legacy in Couples Therapy

Where:   NEW YORK, NY

When:  Monday, February 11, 2019 - Tuesday, February 12, 2019

This event is not currently available for purchase.

For more information: Call (800) 844-8260
Course Description:

Even the most experienced therapist can be challenged when it comes to couples who are always at each other’s throats or in constant crisis! What do these couples have in common? They come with an unacknowledged legacy of childhood trauma or neglect.

Early childhood trauma has lasting and dramatic effects on attachment formation and on the later capacity for intimacy and mutuality. Instead of experiencing relationship as a haven of safety, traumatized couples are driven by powerful wishes and fears of closeness.

The enemy is not each other but the trauma.

In this transformational certificate workshop, learn from master clinician and trauma expert Janina Fisher, Ph.D. She will provide in-depth training on the impact of early neglect, attachment failure, and childhood trauma on couple relationships.

Janina will help you master a variety of new approaches and methods that can transform your work with your most challenging couples. You’ll learn:
  • How to address intense emotions and impulsive reactions that undermine the sense of safety and hope
  • Strategies for working with couples in chronic conflict
  • Mindfulness-based techniques for decreasing conflict and changing trauma-related patterns
  • Sensorimotor psychotherapy techniques for getting to the emotions beyond words
  • Externalizing techniques for increasing perspective
Through Janina’s expert insightful commentary, in-session videos of couples, case studies and examples, you’ll develop highly practical, evidence-based skills, and learn powerful assessment tools, case conceptualization techniques and proven clinical strategies that you can immediately apply in your practice.
Objectives:

  1. Discuss the neurobiological effects of traumatic experiences on individuals and couples as it relates to case conceptualization.
  2. Describe the role of animal defense survival responses in perpetuating relational conflict to inform clinical treatment interventions.
  3. Identify signs and symptoms of a client’s traumatic attachment in dyadic interaction.
  4. Provide psychoeducation about trauma and attachment to clients.
  5. Define implicit memory and articulate the role of implicit memory in evoking the sense of threat.
  6. Identify and verbalize repetitive patterns of action and reaction in the couple.
  7. Utilize practice of new patterns in session and evaluate their relative success in reducing couple conflict.
  8. Increase the ability of couples to observe their nonverbal communication and its impact on the relationship.
  9. Describe physical sensations that a client can feel when shame and resentment occur.
  10. Teach couples to articulate physical sensations arising in their interactions.
  11. Summarize sensorimotor psychotherapy practices that can be interfaced with psychotherapy practices to alleviate the volatility in couples.
  12. Identify interventions that can be used in-session to increase positive affect in the presence of the other.
  13. Provide homework for couples focused on practicing new patterns of action and reaction to improve engagement.
OUTLINE

Day 1 Program

The Effects of Early Relational Trauma: Emotional, Physiological, Relational
  • What is a ‘trauma’?
  • Single events versus enduring conditions
  • Remembering with our emotions and our bodies
  • Procedural or conditioned learning
  • Effects on brain and body
Habitually-Learned Survival Responses Recreate the Sense of Threat
  • Triggers and Triggering: stay prepared for danger
  • Animal defense survival responses in human beings
  • Effects of traumatic adaptation on relationships
The Danger of Closeness and the Threat of Distance
  • How trauma-related patterns affect the capacity for intimacy
  • Body and emotional memories re-create the sense of danger
  • Chronic conflict as activation of animal defenses
  • Why couples cannot process conflicts or tolerate empathy
Strategies for Working with Couples in Chronic Conflict
  • Create neutral space in therapy sessions
  • Provide psychoeducation about trauma
  • Inhibit destructive patterns in the therapy session
  • Practice of new patterns as ‘experiments’
Mindfulness-Based Techniques for Decreasing Conflict and Changing Trauma-Related Patterns
  • Mindfulness-based awareness of the ‘play-by-play’
  • Notice the effects of their actions on partner reactions
  • Observe with curiosity: “Am I getting what I want this way? Is this working?”

Day 2 Program

Shift from “Processing” Issues to Changing Patterns of Response
  • A repair model for psychotherapy in place of an insight model
  • The therapist as referee rather than empathic listener
  • Limits and boundaries on conflict in the therapy
  • Limitations of the research and potential risks
Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Techniques for Getting to the Emotions Beyond Words
  • Brief introduction to sensorimotor psychotherapy
  • Teach couples somatic awareness and dialogue techniques
  • Work with the body to decrease tension and ‘charge’ in the relationship
  • Use movement and gesture as vehicles for communication
Externalizing Techniques for Increasing Perspective
  • Externalizing techniques deter conflictual verbal exchange
  • Diagram patterns of conflict
  • Use diagramming to help couples take responsibility for their actions and reactions
  • Connect to the wounded child in each partner
  • Acknowledge the role of child selves in their conflicts
  • Sooth and protect the hurt child self
  • Increase self-compassion and compassion toward partner
Target Audience

  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Psychologists
  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Case Managers
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Nurses
  • Other Mental Health Professionals

JANINA FISHER, PH.D.

Janina Fisher, Ph.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist and former instructor at The Trauma Center, a research and treatment center founded by Bessel van der Kolk. Known as an expert on the treatment of trauma, Dr. Fisher has also been treating individuals, couples and families since 1980.

She is past president of the New England Society for the Treatment of Trauma and Dissociation, an EMDR International Association Credit Provider, Assistant Educational Director of the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute, and a former Instructor, Harvard Medical School. Dr. Fisher lectures and teaches nationally and internationally on topics related to the integration of the neurobiological research and newer trauma treatment paradigms into traditional therapeutic modalities.

She is co-author with Pat Ogden of Sensorimotor Psychotherapy: Interventions for Attachment and Trauma (2015) and author of Healing the Fragmented Selves of Trauma Survivors: Overcoming Internal Self-Alienation (2017) and the forthcoming book, Working with the Neurobiological Legacy of Trauma (in press).



Speaker Disclosures:

Speaker Disclosures: Financial: Janina Fisher is in private practice. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Nonfinancial: Janina Fisher has no relevant nonfinancial relationship to disclose.
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 cepesi@pesi.com 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.

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Addiction Counselors
This course has been approved by PESI, Inc., as a NAADAC Approved Education Provider, for 12.5 CE in the Counseling Services 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.

New York Addiction Professionals: This course has been approved by OASAS for 12.5 clock hours toward Initial Credentialing for Renewal for CASAC or, CPP or, CPS. Board required certificates will be sent after the program.


Counselors
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.

New Jersey Counselors: 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.

New York Counselors: PESI, Inc. is recognized by the New York State Education Department's (NYSED) State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for Licensed Mental Health Counselors. #MHC-0033. This activity will qualify for 15.0 contact hours. Full attendance is required; no partial credits will be offered for partial attendance.


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.

New York Marriage & Family Therapists: PESI, Inc. is recognized by the New York State Education Department's (NYSED) State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists. #MFT-0024. This activity will qualify for 15.0 contact hours. Full attendance is required; no partial credits will be offered for partial attendance.


Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, and Clinical Nurse Specialists
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PESI, Inc. is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Nurses in full attendance will earn 12.6 contact hours. Partial contact hours will be awarded for partial attendance.


Psychologists
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This activity consists of 12.5 clock hours of continuing education instruction. The following state psychologist boards recognize activities sponsored by PESI, Inc. as an approved ACCME provider: Alaska, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Wisconsin. Certificates of attendance will be issued for you to submit to your state licensing board to recognize for continuing education credit.

PESI, Inc. is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. PESI, Inc. designates this live activity for a maximum of 12.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


Speech-Language Pathologists
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This course is offered for .6 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level, Professional area).


Social Workers
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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.

New York Social Workers: PESI, Inc. is recognized by the New York State Education Department's (NYSED) State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0008. This activity will qualify for 15.0 contact hours. Full attendance is required; no partial credits will be offered for partial attendance.

New Jersey Social Workers: This course is approved by the Association of Social Work Boards – ASWB NJ CE Course Approval Program Provider #10 Course #2218 from 02/08/2019 to 02/08/2021. Social workers will receive the following type and number of credit(s): Clinical Practice 12.5. Full attendance is required; no partial credits will be offered for partial attendance.

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Other Professions
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