When working with clients who have traumatic stress symptoms, sometimes the first priority is to get them settled and relatively stable. This can be thought of as building the necessary capacity for self-regulation that will later be used to fully resolve the traumatic stress. The benefit of working to build capacity first is that this process by itself can contribute to the diminishing of the traumatic stress symptoms. In the process of creating body resources, the client is also learning the somatic skills and confidence to overcome the traumatic patterns that were initially so overwhelming – creating resilience. With some clients, the resilience and capacity-building process is all that is needed to resolve their traumatic stress symptoms.
The focus of this training is to provide students with touch-based methods for supporting the somatic capacities of their clients. We will include some basic techniques for working with the viscera that are needed for understanding the other techniques presented in the class. In addition, we will cover:
Some knowledge of the biophysiology of trauma is recommended.
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