HEALING TRAUMA: MIND, BODY, AND NEUROTRANSMITTERS


Healing with the body: recovering from stress and trauma with mindfulness
Presented by Devon MacDermott, PhD, Psychologist

Trauma narratives with complex patients: non-traditional approaches for individuals with comorbidity, polyvictimization, and characterological challenges
Presented by Mikella Millen, MA, ATR-BC, LCAT, Art Therapist

Psychopharmacology for therapists: when your clients may benefit from medications to help them feel better to engage in therapy and stop suffering
Presented by Connie Yip, NP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner


Saturday, January 30, 2016
10am-5pm
36 West 44th Street
Suite 1400
New York, NY

Register to reserve your seat before January 26, 2016

Mental Health Professionals
Early Registration (on or before January 4, 2016): $79
Regular Registration (after January 4, 2016): $99

Students or Trainees
Early Registration (on or before January 4, 2016): $49
Regular Registration (after January 4, 2016): $59

An email will be sent within 24-48 hours to confirm your registration.
Please be aware that there will be no refunds after registration.
Coffee, tea, snacks, and lunch provided.

Agenda

10am-10:30am: Sign-in with coffee & tea
10:30am-12pm: Psychopharmacology for therapists
12pm-1pm: Lunch provided
1pm-2:30pm: Healing with the body
2:30pm-2:45pm: Break
2:45pm-4:15pm: Trauma narratives with complex patients
4:15pm-5pm: Informal Q & A


Healing with the body: recovering from stress and trauma with mindfulness
Presented by Devon MacDermott, PhD, Psychologist

So often our clients don’t have words for their pain and struggle. By teaching them to be mindful of their physical, emotional, and cognitive experiences we can access aspects of their internal lives that were previously unavailable. This information can lead to breakthroughs in understanding problematic life patterns and relieving pain.

Trauma processing can be challenging. Making body intuition primary allows clients to use the defenses they were unable to access at the time of trauma. This creates moments of mastery and healing. We teach clients that their most painful symptoms are often defenses gone awry so that they can begin to see themselves as a person constantly and instinctively striving towards wholeness.

Informed by the work of Pat Ogden, Ron Kurtz, and Bessel Van der Kolk, this hands-on, experiential workshop will teach you to tap into your and your client’s own intuitive intelligence.

  • Discover the body’s intuitive ability to understand and defend against emotional pain
  • Understand the neuroscience behind the mind-body connection and how this affects trauma processing
  • Teach your clients to integrate mind and body mindfulness into their sessions and their lives
  • Understand how to address common therapy-halting experiences like shame, disengagement, dissociation, and panic
  • Bring previously untapped resources to clients

Trauma narratives with complex patients: non-traditional approaches for individuals with comorbidity, polyvictimization, and characterological challenges
Presented by Mikella Millen, MA, ATR-BC, LCAT, Art Therapist

Recent research suggests that creating and sharing a trauma narrative can be an integral part of reducing post-traumatic stress and shame. However many evidence-based practices, such as Trauma-focused CBT are most suitable for patients with low-moderate complexity and in a neurotic range of functioning. They require access to discrete memories, and the ability to distinguish multiple traumas.

Consider the patient who has also experienced relational trauma and attachment problems, cumulative and multiple traumas spanning many years, early childhood trauma with fragmented and incomplete memories, or presents with a high degree of dissociation and cannot recall important parts of their trauma: they too deserve the relief that comes from using narratives. But working with this important group requires a more creative and flexible approach to the use of narrative.

  • Apply archetypes to preexisting narratives (such as films or books) in session to explore intrapsychic conflicts and facilitate identification
  • Facilitate creation of non-traditional narratives to develop a more cohesive, chronological sense of “life story”
  • Help patients develop insight and reduce rigidity in sense of self and story
  • Incorporate psychodynamic and interpersonal concepts in the development of a narrative strategy for complex patients

Psychopharmacology for therapists: when your clients may benefit from medications to help them feel better to engage in therapy and stop suffering
Presented by Connie Yip, NP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner

As the primary therapist, you spend the most time with clients. As a psychiatric provider, my goal is to best serve all clients through collaborating with you to help them feel better. With handouts to refer to and opportunities to ask questions, my intention is that you’ll come away with pragmatic information to enhance your knowledge of psychopharmacology.

  • Be familiar with the most common psychotropic medications prescribed and their common side effects
  • Be up-to-date on the newest psychotropic medications and treatment
  • Understand how initiation and stopping of medications may change and even exacerbate clients’ clinical presentations
  • Provide your clients with a general understanding of medications