Trauma Therapy: Working with and Transforming Abuse-Related Internalizations
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This workshop, sponsored by the Division of Continuing Education and Professional Studies in partnership with the College of Education and Human Services, will provide participants with an introduction to a theoretical model for working with trauma, based on the psychodynamic Internalization Model of Dr. Sandra Wieland and a new understanding of the effects of trauma and neglect on the developing brain. Experiences of abuse (sexual, emotional, physical), witnessing abuse, and neglect can lead to changes in neurodevelopment, resulting in chronic and persistent activation of the fear-response, often manifesting as hypervigilance, anxiety and behavioral impulsivity. We will examine the implications of these alterations in neurodevelopment and the ways in which our understanding of the neuroplasticity of the brain suggests how essential early identification and intervention is for children who have experienced abuse and neglect.
Successful clinical intervention must be guided by an understanding of the core principles of brain development. Developing effective therapeutic interventions that can aid in restoring a sense of safety and control is essential for the acutely traumatized child or adolescents, as well as in our work with adults traumatized in childhood. We will learn how these early experiences of threat, danger and abuse are internalized in their own very specific ways. These internalizations can lead to a lifetime of reenactment of earlier traumas manifesting in later life in the form of unhealthy relationships, addictions, and a host of other self-sabotaging and high-risk behaviors.
Participants will learn how to listen for and identify the various abused-related internalizations both in the ways in which our clients talk about their life experiences and in the ways that they continue to live their lives. We will learn to understand the shame-based sense of self that is often the direct result of abuse and neglect and become familiar with specific corrective interventions that can help shift these internalizations into ones that are positive and self-affirming.
Over the course of the workshop, through didactic material, experiential exercises and role play, participants will learn how to develop effective clinical treatment strategies to help individuals who have been traumatized move beyond the trauma to full healing and resolution.
Upon completion of this workshop you will earn five CEUs, approved for continuing education for marriage and family therapists, alcohol and drug counselors, social workers, and professional counselors!
About the Instructor
Lalita Salins was one of the founding associates of the Centre for Treatment of Sexual Abuse and Childhood Trauma, in Ottawa Ontario. She has 25 years of clinical experience working with children, adolescents, couples and families. Lalita completed a 7 level training with Dr. Gisela Schubach de Domenico of Oakland, California, creator of the SandTray-WorldPlay approach. Lalita also offers workshops and trainings in the areas of abuse-focused psychodynamic play therapy, Sandtray-Worldplay Therapy, therapeutic use of transference-countertransference, addressing eroticized transference and countertransference, and the uses of EMDR both for resolving traumatic stress and for facilitating positive transformations in individual, couple & sex therapy.
As a Clinical Member and Approved Supervisor with the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy, Lalita was the clinical supervisor for the Mental Health Teams at the Ottawa Rape Crisis Centre and The Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health. She is now back in her native New Jersey. As an AASECT Certified Sex Therapist, Ms. Salins has a private psychotherapy and consultation practice in New York City and Montclair, NJ.