Trauma Sensitive and Somatically Savvy: Clinical Tools for Effective Trauma Treatment

Facilitator: Manuela Mischke-Reeds

Workshop overview
Working with trauma clients is a challenge to the contemporary Clinician. The complexity of trauma symptoms coupled with systemic and intergenerational traumas requires a multi-layered approach to treating trauma successfully. The contemporary therapist understands that trauma is interconnected, rooted in psychobiological changes and has lasting impact on the body’s health and mental well-being. Talk therapy is limited when treating trauma symptoms. The body has memories of trauma that can only be understood through the language of the soma itself. Clinicians need to learn to be savvy learning the silent language of the body to fully comprehend what the trauma experience truly is for our clients.

This workshop looks at trauma sensitive interventions and the key somatic tools that will help both the client and therapists to work effectively. The focus in not just on the trauma techniques for the clients but how the therapist stays in their therapists “seat” to be grounded, self-regulated and emotionally well, while working with trauma states in the client.

Learning objectives

  • Becoming trauma sensitive from a somatic perspective
  • Identify common trauma arousal patterns in clients
  • Realize the variety of trauma clients and their emotional impact of staff
  • Recognize vicarious trauma symptoms in professional self
  • Removing the stigma of what it means to suffer from vicarious trauma, burn out and compassion fatigue towards an integrative model of mental health
  • Learn concrete somatic awareness techniques for stress regulations
  • Apply on the job mindfulness and somatic practices to keep calm and emotionally grounded in difficult work situations
  • Build on existing inner somatic resources for emotional wellbeing
  • Understand trauma as a psychobiological phenomena that is interconnected between all human beings and is not defined to a job description
  • Explore experiential somatic techniques that can be applied to any existing therapy technique
  • Understand the importance of self-care when working with trauma populations

Manuela Mischke-Reeds has been practicing and teaching for the past 25 years. Manuela is a licensed Somatic Psychotherapist, International teacher of Somatic Psychology, Writer, Consultant and Meditation teacher. She is training health professionals in California, Australia, New Zealand, Israel and Europe and China. She co-directs and teaches at the Hakomi Institute of California and Sydney that hosts her Trauma training: “From Trauma to Dharma”. This training integrates current Neuroscience of Trauma Theory, Somatic and Mindfulness-based Interventions with Dharmic Teachings and embodied Meditation Practices.

Manuela lectures, consults and trains professionals in somatic psychotherapy, embodied mindfulness, attachment, trauma, and movement therapy at Conferences, Clinical Agencies, and Universities. She has counseled victims of political torture, veterans, first responders and other trauma victims of extreme trauma. In her work she focuses on how we can live from a deep place of knowing in own bodies. She believes that every person can access their own inherent body health and wisdom despite any stressors, traumas of the past. She maintains a private psychotherapy practice for individuals and couples in Menlo Park, CA.

This event counts as 11 hours of category A CPD for PACFA’s membership renewal requirements

For full details and to register: www.startts.org.au

24/02/2020 - 25/02/2020
9:30 am - 5:00 pm

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