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An Introduction to Deep Brain Reorienting (DBR)

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An Introduction to Deep Brain Reorienting (DBR)

Discover the Power of DBR in work with trauma

2 Day Live Workshop

20 and 21 October 2023

9am - 4.30pm

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Training Outline

Join us for a transformative two-day training exploring the profound impact of deep midbrain systems on trauma and its clinical consequences. Unravel the distinction between circuits for shock, particularly attachment shock (past or present), and circuits for affective and defensive responses, the foundation of Deep Brain Reorienting (DBR) approach.

DBR is a trauma memory processing modality that has developed from an understanding of stimulus-response sequences in the upper brainstem. Tracking these sequences, with the knowledge of how they occur physiologically, activates a healing process and, optimally, complete resolution of the clinical consequences of the traumatic experiences.

DBR can also be useful when attachment urges are conflicted because of adverse experiences. For example, when the capacity to orient toward connection simultaneously triggers the impulse to move away, often with negative affects emerging, there can be a deeply conflicted urge to connect with significant others.

Key Learning Outcomes

Our randomized controlled trial shows that DBR has a strong effect size. I am very excited that this therapy has been able to move forward some of my most complex clients who had plateaued.

R Lanius - Pioneer

Dr Ruth Lanius

Master Clinician

Dr. Frank Corrigan

MD, FRC Psych

Master Clinician

Frank Corrigan was an NHS Consultant Psychiatrist who specialized in the treatment of post-traumatic and dissociative disorders. He is now in private practice and retains a specialization in complex trauma disorders.

He is co-author of Neurobiology and Treatment of Traumatic Dissociation: Towards an Embodied Self (Lanius et al., 2014) and co-author of The Comprehensive Resource Model: Effective Techniques for Healing Complex Trauma (Lisa Schwarz et al 2016). He is currently involved in a clinical and neuroimaging study of online DBR with Professor Ruth Lanius, University of Western Ontario, Canada.


Dr. Andrew Harkin



Andrew Harkin is a medical doctor (University College Dublin 1990) and Psychotherapist. From 1997 to 1998 he completed a two-year postgraduate training with the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute in Colorado, U.S.A. For more than 5 years Andrew was a lead trainer with this organization, teaching Psychiatrists, Psychologists and Psychotherapists in the fields of trauma and attachment across the United Kingdom, Europe, North America, and Australia. This method is endorsed by world renowned specialists working in the field of trauma. (See

Andrew has also trained in other trauma related models such as EMDR. Additionally, he is a teacher in Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) having trained with the Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice at the University of Bangor, North Wales.

In 2013, Andrew and his family emigrated to Western Australia to accept a Senior Therapist position in a psychiatric day hospital running a group therapy programme there for 5 years. Andrew now divides his time between providing training across Australia for Mental health clinicians in body-based approaches to Psychotherapy and a private practice in Bunbury. You can view Andrew’s TED talk ‘Mind the gap: Moving from the brain to the body’ at

Workshop Details


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Who should attend

This workshop is for a range of professionals working in therapeutic and mental health fields; psychiatrists, psychologists, psychotherapists, and any other health practitioners working with early life adversity and trauma.

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For more information please contact the ANFI Training Team here or call +61 (0)2 9646 6700