Neurobiology of Trauma (TSM)

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People who have experienced trauma can have significant changes in the neurobiology of their brain, disruptions in both the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems, and a host of body-based responses years after the event(s). The right brain holds emotions and unprocessed trauma, often in the form of flashbacks, body memories, intrusive thoughts, and dissociated feelings. The left brain’s coherent function, which allows us to stay in the here and now, is interrupted by stress hormones due to danger signals from the amygdala. This workshop teaches how to engage the body in the healing/recovery process.

Participants will learn:
• the basic elements of Polyvagal Theory, a foundation of our current understanding of the neurobiology of trauma;
• how to use the TSM Body Double/Containing Double interventions to repair the ‘rhythmic rupture’ suffered in the body/brain due to trauma;
• the use of breathing and other simple techniques to re-set the “Smart Vagus Nerve” (ventral vagus – the site of social engagement and connection); and
• an overview of the neurobiology of trauma by experiencing the Brain and Nervous System in action.

These parts of the workshop can be used immediately in therapy, as well as by educators and community organizers. This workshop expands the repertoire of students and practitioners of EMDR, EFT, sensory-motor integration, as well as drama therapy and psychodrama.