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Trauma, Development, and the Brain
The Neuroscience of Trauma and Neglect and the Vital Role of Neurofeedback in Treatment
A conversation with Ruth Lanius and Sebern Fisher
Open to all!
Register for December 13th
Webinar Fee: USD $59
Given the overwhelming impact of neglect and abuse on the developing brain it can feel daunting to train people with developmental trauma. I am increasingly convinced, however, that those who have suffered these histories cannot thrive without help in lowering arousal and regulating their brains. So it is up to us to find the path.
Through cases brought by participants, we will look at assessment, protocols, and integration of neurofeedback with psychotherapy. Conversations could range further into subjects such as the epigenetics of trauma, pattern recognition and repetition compulsion, trauma fields and trauma identity, the disgrace and distraction of the DSM, laterality and the sense of self and other topics as they arise from case discussion.
Serving as bridge from Sebern’s recent webinars on developmental trauma and dissociation to Ruth’s upcoming webinar series (presenting her research on the enduring impact of early life trauma on the human brain — beginning July 15th), this two-hour live conversation will focus on how the traumatized brain gives rise to symptoms such as dissociation, balance problems, somatic disturbances and most profoundly the capacity to have a sense of a self and another.
Open to anyone interested. There is no pre-requisite to join this 2 hour conversation except perhaps your curiosity and willingness to participate in a lively Q and A.
The program consists of:
Ruth Lanius, MD, PhD is one of the leading clinical neuroscience researchers in the study of the traumatized brain and one of the few who has focused her research on the importance of neurofeedback in treatment of trauma. She is the co-author of Healing the Traumatized Self: Consciousness; Neuroscience; Treatment written with Paul Frewen, PhD and co-editor of The Impact of Early Life Trauma on Health and Disease: The Hidden Epidemic, with Eric Vermetten and Clare Pain. She has published over 150 research articles.
Sebern Fisher, M.A, BCN is the author of Neurofeedback in the Treatment of Developmental Trauma: Calming the Fear-Driven Brain. Sebern was the Clinical Director of a residential treatment program for severely traumatized youth for 17 years and has worked with developmentally traumatized adults for her 45 year clinical career. She adopted neurofeedback in 1997 after experiencing profound and unexpected responses to it for herself. She has developed several protocols specifically to quiet the fear-driven brain and has written numerous articles and case studies demonstrating the effectiveness of neurofeedback when used in conjunction with trauma therapy. Sebern authored two webinars available on www.TrainingTrauma- Developmental Trauma: New Thinking; New Treatments: New Challenges and The Nature of Forgetting: Dissociation and Neurofeedback.
Ruth and Sebern are presently working together on a project to help those who have experienced these histories and the therapists trying to help them to understand the way trauma and neglect impact the brain and how these impacts give rise to the symptoms we so often see in traumatized clients. It is becoming increasingly clear, in great part through the work of these two women that training the brain is an essential part of successful trauma treatment.