Thursday, November 5, 2020

PrairieCare Education Series – November 2020 Resources

Title: When Talking Isn’t Enough: Body Centered Therapies for Trauma

Presenters: Libby Bergman, LICSW and Ambryn Melius, LPCC

Trauma changes the brain and movement can heal neural pathways making recovery from trauma possible. The body can be used as a main entry point for accessing and processing trauma as part of the therapeutic process. Increasing a child’s awareness of their emotions through awaking the experience of their physiological state can assist a child to create new neural pathways leading to improved emotional regulation. In addition, the use of creative movement allows youth the freedom to make new discoveries about their patterned responses in relationships and behaviors.

This workshop will offer hands on skill development in the four following areas as part of the treatment of trauma among youth:

  • Enhancing Emotional Regulation
  • Increasing Awareness of Interpersonal and Thematic Issues
  • Developing a Positive Attachment
  • Processing and Resolution of Trauma

Learning Objectives

  • Participants with know how movement and awareness of interoception can aid in healing trauma and attachment
  • Participants will know which children are good candidates for movement based therapeutic approaches
  • Participants will learn 10 specific strategies to integrate movement based activities into the treatment of trauma in children and adolescents
  • Participants will feel comfortable using 3 strategies for using movement in the treatment of trauma in children and adolescents.


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