From Trauma-Informed to Trauma-Responsive: Concretizing Trauma-Informed Care with Clinical Skills of Co-Regulation -- Part II

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Presented by Helena Vissing, PsyD

Thursday, February 22, 2024

10am-12pm PT / 12-2pm CT / 1-3pm ET

Event held online via Zoom, link to access provided upon registration.

Findings from psychological, biomedical, and social sciences make it clear that we cannot ignore the role of the body and nervous system in trauma treatment (Porges, 2022; Schore, 2021). Somatic psychology and body-based interventions have developed from neuroscience advances showing that subcortical brain levels are implicated in trauma reactions making it necessary to apply bottom-up interventions that target the psychophysiological reactions to trauma (Rosendahl et al., 2021). These insights have informed the bottom-up approaches that not only include but center nervous system coregulation dynamics in psychotherapy. Bottom-up approaches focus on subcortical brain level processing and the nervous system patterns and body states related to it (Kuhfuß et al., 2021).

The therapeutic relationship becomes effective only when safety is established through coregulation (Geller & Porges, 2014; Porges, 2022). Through therapeutic presence, the therapist communicates safety by expressing nonverbal signals of social engagement and thereby down-regulates the nervous systems of both therapist and client. The autonomic nervous system functions from ongoing safety appraisal that determines whether it is safe for the person to engage socially (Porges, 2022). Therapeutic coregulation is therefore contingent upon the therapist’s ability to establish and communicate safety from an authentically regulated state. This presentation will offer an in-depth focus on techniques that enhance therapeutic safety through coregulation and attunement.

Zoom link will be available on course page in “My Courses” upon event registration. 

This program, when attended in its entirety, offers 2.0 CEs for Psychologists, 2.0 IL CEUS for Counselors and Social Workers, or 2.0 BBS California CEUs for LPCCs, LPSWs, and LMFTs.