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Somatic Interventions for Treating Complex Trauma

Presented by Janina Fisher, Ph.D.

Monday, July 16, 2018 – Tuesday, July 17, 2018  |  , ,

Date & Location

Monday, July 16, 2018 – Tuesday, July 17, 2018

9:00am – 4:00pm

Banff Park Lodge Resort & Conference Centre

222 Lynx Street, Banff, AB

phone:  403.762.4433

website:  www.banffparklodge.com

 Full map & directions

Workshop Description

The techniques you’ll learn during this workshop will make even the most complex clients easier to treat – and the interventions you’ll learn directly address the underlying causes of post-traumatic stress.

Dr. Fisher will give you tools from Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, a body-centered talking therapy. These simple body-oriented interventions can be easily integrated into traditional talking therapies to address trauma-related challenges such as:

  • Dysregulated autonomic arousal
  • Overwhelming affects and sensations
  • Intrusive images and memories
  • Impulsivity and acting out
  • Dissociative phenomena
  • Numbing and disconnection

This workshop will cover recent neuroscience research that explains how traumatic experience becomes deeply embedded in both mind and body. Learn how to better assess and make sense of trauma-based symptoms and then how to apply neurobiologically informed treatment techniques in clinical practice.


Banff Park Lodge Resort & Conference Centre

Workshop Topics:

Agenda & Learning Objectives

The Neurobiological Legacy of Trauma

  • How the mind and body react to threat and danger
  • Automatic arousal and affect tolerance
  • Inability to feel safe in the body
  • Loss of the ability to self-witness

The Nature of Traumatic Memory

  • ”The body keeps the score” (Van der Kolk)
  • Implicit memories: is it memory?
  • Remembering situationally: ‘here’ or ‘there’

Neurobiologically-informed Trauma Treatment

  • Regulating the traumatized nervous system and restoring a witnessing self
  • Psychoeducation: knowledge is power
  • Reframing the symptoms
  • Avoid ‘self-defeating stories’ (Meichembaum)
  • Treat the symptoms, not just the event

Sensorimotor Psychotherapy

  • Trauma and procedural learning
  • Tracking the body as a source of information
  • Use the language of the body
  • Body-centered techniques into talking therapy treatments

Mindfulness and Neuroplasticity

  • Mindfulness practices in therapy
  • Differentiate thoughts, feelings and body experience
  • Dual awareness of everyday experience
  • Teach mindfulness to clients

Challenges of Trauma Treatment

  • Secondary symptoms: anger, self-harm and suicidality, aggression, substance abuse, and eating disorders
  • Treatment-resistant depression and anxiety
  • Complex symptoms as manifestations of animal defense responses

Therapy as a Laboratory for the Practice of New Actions

  • Dis-identifying with the symptoms
  • Develop a new language and a new story
  • Capitalize on somatic resources for modulating the nervous system
  • New resources that address specific trauma symptoms

Somatic Resolution of Traumatic Events

  • Repair and transformation rather than re-processing
  • Address uninvited memory
  • Tell the story to ourselves: creating internal safety
  • Right brain-to-brain communication: feeling safe with others

Learning Objectives

  1. Assess the neurobiological effects of traumatic experience.
  2. Categorize implicit and procedural memories of trauma.
  3. Communicate the role of autonomic arousal in exacerbating symptoms.
  4. Explore how “the body keeps the score.”
  5. Characterize the basic principles of Sensorimotor Psychotherapy.
  6. Integrate mindfulness-based techniques in traditional treatments.
  7. Specify animal defense survival responses in trauma patients.
  8. Investigate the role of substance abuse, eating disorders and self-destructive behavior as trauma symptoms.
  9. Implement ‘top-down’ and ‘bottom-up’ interventions to address unsafe behavior.
  10. Choose a somatic approach to resolving traumatic experience.
  11. Discriminate between past experience and present moment experience.
  12. Develop right brain-to-right brain communication to improve the effectiveness of trauma treatment.

Continuing Education Credits

Your Presenter(s)

Janina Fisher, Ph.D.

Janina Fisher, Ph.D. is a licensed Clinical Psychologist and Instructor at the Trauma Center, an outpatient clinic and research center founded by Bessel van der Kolk. Known for her expertise as both a clinician and consultant, she is also past president of the New England Society for the Treatment of Trauma and Dissociation, an EMDR International Association Credit Provider, a faculty member of the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute, and a former Instructor, Harvard Medical School. Dr. Fisher has been an invited speaker at the Cape Cod Institute, Harvard Medical School Conference on Women, Summer and Winter Conference Series, EMDR International Association Annual Conference, University of Oslo, University of Wisconsin, the University of Westminster in London, the Psychotraumatology Institute of Europe, and the Esalen Institute. 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 gives thoughtful insight to questions from the audience/participants. She is successful to make therapeutic techniques/process playful.
– Shame & Self-Loathing in the Treatment of Trauma | Vancouver, BC | May 19 – 20, 2016


SO enjoyable. Janina is such an inspiration. She embodies the empathy, humanity, knowledge, and expertise.
– Chelsea Conron | Vancouver, BC | May 19 – 20, 2016


I thoroughly enjoyed this workshop and Janina’s fantastic. I look forward to digesting all that I learned and putting it into practice.
– Shame & Self-Loathing in the Treatment of Trauma | Vancouver, BC | May 19 – 20, 2016


Who Should Attend

Clinical Professionals: All mental health professionals including, but not limited to Clinical Counsellors, Psychologists, Psychotherapists, Social Workers, Nurses, Occupational Therapists, Hospice and Palliative Care Workers, Youth Workers, Mental Health Workers, Addiction Specialists, Probation Officers, Police Officers, Speech Language Pathologists, Vocational Rehabilitation Consultants and all professionals looking to enhance their therapeutic skills.

Recommended Accommodation

Banff Park Lodge Resort & Conference Centre

222 Lynx Street, Banff, AB

phone:  403.762.4433

website:  www.banffparklodge.com

 Full map & directions

Our rates:

* Please check back at a later time as this information will be updated when corporate/group rates are secured.

When booking hotel rooms, ask for the Jack Hirose and Associates corporate rate. To receive our corporate rate, rooms must be booked one month prior to the workshop date. Please keep in mind hotel rates may fluctuate.

Registration & Fees

Registration Early bird Fee Regular Fee
Somatic Interventions for Treating Complex Trauma
Individual Enrollment $429 $449
Group 3-7 $409 $429
Group 8-14 $389 $409
Group 15+ $369 $389
Full-Time Student $369 $389
Healing the Fragmented Selves of Trauma Survivors
Individual Enrollment $249 $269
Group 3-7 $229 $249
Group 8-14 $209 $229
Group 15+ $189 $209
Full-Time Student $189 $209
3 Day Option: Attend Both Dr. Fisher's Workshops and SAVE!
*Select 3 Day Option at Registration
Individual Enrollment $619 $639
Group 3-7 $599 $619
Group 8-14 $579 $599
Group 15+ $559 $579
Full-Time Student $559 $579

Fees do not include applicable taxes (5% GST).

Early bird cutoff date: July 2, 2018
To receive the early bird rate, registration and payment must be received by Monday, July 2, 2018.

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