From Trauma-Informed to Resiliency Training Vancouver (Certificate): During Covid19 

"Undoing Aloneness" - Healing the Impacts of Unresolved Trauma, Isolation, Distancing, and Loneliness during Covid19

 

Time: Sunday, September 20, 2020   10:00am - 4:00pm - Online

For September 20, 2020             To Reserve your spot via Eventbrite click here      SOLD OUT

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The Covid 19 pandemic presents mental health professionals and front line workers with unique challenges. This workshop has been adapted to include more relevant information needed during this time to assist clients who are struggling with increased feelings of loneliness; who have been negatively impacted by isolation and distancing; along with a deepening and more experiential opportunity of the concepts learned in past Trauma-Informed Training Level 1’s. (*Trauma-Informed Training Level 1 is not a pre-requisite for this workshop).

 

Background: In addition to feelings of overwhelming helplessness and uncertainty, a primary component of trauma is disconnection: whether it be from self, other, and/or the world. Our nervous system has evolved to respond to threats, and importantly, it has evolved to interpret isolation and disconnection as a perceived threat, invoking prolonged threat response cycles, and increasing symptoms of unresolved trauma. (much research has been done following other pandemics, such as research by the University of Toronto following the SARS crisis, which saw significant increased rates of depression and PTSD symptoms associated with isolation).

 

As with a trauma response, isolation and the societal fear caused by the current pandemic can lead to chronic shutdown, collapse, fear, helplessness, anxiety and depression; presenting as a myriad of symptoms within ourselves and our clients. 

 

During the current pandemic we are inundated in the media and on the faces of loved ones and those at a distance, messages which may be interpreted as fear, triggering unhealed layers of adverse childhood experiences (ACES) and other past experiences of relational or systemic trauma. Our body unconsciously responds to isolation and cues of perceived threat with a neurobiological hijacking resulting in a freeze, flight, fight or shut down which is often below the level of conscious thought. This results in us turning away from the very things that we need in order to heal.

 

The disconnection we are waking up to is linked to early morbidity, a long list of chronic health concerns, isolation, alienation and a failure to thrive. Now a pandemic has demanded we literally shut ourselves away from one another to stay safe. So how do we cope? How to we manage the dissonance from the fact that we have evolved to crave connection, but a virus necessitates increased levels of separation? 

 

In the poignant words of AEDP founder, Dr. Diana Fosha, healing emotional suffering is found in the: “undoing of aloneness”. And research by Daniel Siegel, Dr. Stephen Porges and Dr. Kristen Neff, among many others, show that co-regulation, attunement, and allowing ourselves to be truly seen, and feeling that we are felt and understood by others are critical components of healing. Feeling connected and being held in a compassionate, attuned presence is a powerful source of not only trauma healing, but also for healing loneliness, healing empathy fatigue in front line/first responders, and for building resilience. Research now shows that these relational tools, and self-compassion practices, are powerful tools to lessen and prevent PTSD symptoms, depression, and anxiety.

 

This workshop provides a theoretical framework, along with tools, practices, strategies, and opportunities to connect with learning partners to deepen your understanding of a growing body of trauma informed knowledge.

The workshop is grounded in neuroscience and informed by the work of: Dr Vivek Murthy, Dr. John Briere, Dr. Stephen Porges, Dr. Daniel Siegle, Dr. Kristin Neff, Dr. Chris Germer, Dr. Shauna Shapiro, Dr. Bessel van der Kolk, Dr. Peter Levine, Dr. Allan Schore, Dr. Rick Hanson, Dr. Mark Brackett, and Dr. Linda Graham.

This workshop also includes opportunities for movement, small group work, break-out sessions and somatic self & co-regulating practices for participants.

This workshop is relevant to those working with adults or children, as well as those working with those affected by childhood, intergenerational, complex, single-incident, and environmental or community trauma. 

Certificate of Completion will be provided.

Please note - if you would like to attend this workshop, but are unable to due to experiencing financial hardship, please contact us.

 

TOPICS COVERED:

 

A New Understanding of the Neurobiology of Physical, Social and Emotional Impacts of Lonelinenes 

The Neurobiology, and the continuum, of Trauma, and Traumatic Memories

The Signs and Symptoms of Trauma 

The Human 'Threat-Response Cycle' - why “ fight, flight, freeze” is a misnomer. How this threat response is activated during isolation and distancing and how to mitigate/heal the impacts.

The Relationship Between Unresolved Trauma, ACE’s and the Impacts of Social and Physical Distancing.

Healing Triggers and Limiting Beliefs.

Overview of Polyvagal Theory and Neuroception - How our nervous system perceives isolation and distancing, and how to build a felt sense of safety

From a Polyvagal Perspective, How to Use Zoom/other Online Platforms, and Telehealth to Maximize Your Therapeutic Effectiveness in Healing Trauma: research, tools and tips.

Overview of Therapeutic Models that are Aligned with Trauma-Informed Practice and Facilitate the Healing Process.

Somatic Approaches to Healing Trauma: an Overview of New Somatic and Expressive Arts Methods Recently Developed to Heal Trauma.

Understanding: Dual Awareness, Window of Tolerance, Therapeutic Window, Attunement, Resourcing and Titration in Trauma Healing 

The Neuroscience of Compassion, and research on compassion practices used to heal trauma: workshop participants will learn specific practices for healing trauma and the impacts of disconnection; based on the work and research of Dr. Kristen Neff, Dr. Chris Germer, and Dr. Shauna Shapiro. 

How Emotion and Trauma Memory is Discharged from the Body (including brief overview of new trauma research from Dalhousie University’s Centre for Emotion and Health).

Building Resilience

 

 

FACILITATORS: 

 

Galen Hutcheson

 

Galen is an Art Therapist, leadership development specialist, certified coach, teacher, community and organizational group facilitator, and yoga instructor living in Vancouver, British Columbia. Galen is an Associate Faculty member and a guest lecturer at City University, and Instructor in the Masters of Education Counselling program, providing instruction to Masters of Counselling student interns. Galen has created and facilitated trauma-informed practice training workshops, and works with Early Childhood Educators and teachers to bring relational trauma informed, compassion focused and inclusive teaching and learning practices/principles into the classroom and community. Galen has worked with children, youth and families in individual and group settings in schools, community health organizations, correction facilities and counselling centres for more than 20 years. With an M.A. in Leadership and Learning, Galen also works with organizations, advocates, artists and teachers to communicate the value and necessity of equitable access to art education as an essential foundation for social emotional regulation, connecting to emotional intelligence and as a predictor of wellness, supporter of empathy and positive mental health outcomes. Galen in a lifelong learner continually adding layers of specialized training in diverse therapeutic modalities all informed by a trauma informed lens. Areas of specialization in trauma healing include: Relational, Somatic and Polyvagal focused body centered practices, Social Emotional Regulation, Mindfulness and Compassion focused therapy, Person Centered Theoretical Application, Solution Focused Practice, & a Sensorimotor Art Therapy Approach to Bilateral Body Mapping which used in the healing of trauma. For more info: www.flyandnestconsulting.com

 

Trish Walsh

Trish is a counsellor, life coach, teacher, and trauma-informed practice training facilitator, located in Vancouver, British Columbia. Trish’s training and focus is in the area of Transpersonal Psychology, which integrates eastern philosophies within the framework of modern psychology. Since 2016 Trish has focused on developing and facilitating trauma informed trainings for university students, physicians, psychologists, and other mental health therapists who are interested in updating their knowledge and skills in the area of trauma healing.  In addition to Trish’s counselling practice, her work over the last twenty years has focused on knowledge translation: specifically, synthesizing research findings in medicine and mental health care to decision makers within Canada’s Federal and Provincial Governments, and to physicians, mental health professionals and other allied health care providers, along with corporations, community groups and the general public. Trish has tremendous passion for conveying research information in an engaging and easy to understand way, aiding decision makers in their funding and public policy decisions, and helping individuals to learn practical strategies for better health, happiness, and personal success. Trish has also consulted for a number of non-profit organizations and industries to bring health information to their organizations and through community outreach. For more info:www.trishwalsh.ca