A First in Israel!! Treating Complex Trauma with Somatic Interventions with Janina Fisher PhD - 4th & 5th June 2018

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Full price 2250 nis. Early bird Offer Expiring!!! 1950 nis for the full 2 days. Price includes fully catered event.


June 4, 2018


June 5, 2018


The RAMADA Hotel, Jerusalem   View map

Agenda & Learning Objectives

Exciting 2 day conference, call the PATH Center to register

Call 02-5366-933 today for the Early bird Price!!!

The Neurobiological Legacy of Trauma

  • How the mind and body react to threat and danger
  • Automatic arousal and affect tolerance
  • Inability to feel safe in the body
  • Loss of the ability to self-witness

The Nature of Traumatic Memory

  • ”The body keeps the score” (Van der Kolk)
  • Implicit memories: is it memory?
  • Remembering situationally: ‘here’ or ‘there’

Neurobiologically-informed Trauma Treatment

  • Regulating the traumatized nervous system and restoring a witnessing self
  • Psychoeducation: knowledge is power
  • Reframing the symptoms
  • Avoid ‘self-defeating stories’ (Meichembaum)
  • Treat the symptoms, not just the event

Sensorimotor Psychotherapy

  • Trauma and procedural learning
  • Tracking the body as a source of information
  • Use the language of the body
  • Body-centered techniques into talking therapy treatments

Mindfulness and Neuroplasticity

  • Mindfulness practices in therapy
  • Differentiate thoughts, feelings and body experience
  • Dual awareness of everyday experience
  • Teach mindfulness to clients

Challenges of Trauma Treatment

  • Secondary symptoms: anger, self-harm and suicidality, aggression, substance abuse, and eating disorders
  • Treatment-resistant depression and anxiety
  • Complex symptoms as manifestations of animal defense responses

Therapy as a Laboratory for the Practice of New Actions

  • Dis-identifying with the symptoms
  • Develop a new language and a new story
  • Capitalize on somatic resources for modulating the nervous system
  • New resources that address specific trauma symptoms

Somatic Resolution of Traumatic Events

  • Repair and transformation rather than re-processing
  • Address uninvited memory
  • Tell the story to ourselves: creating internal safety
  • Right brain-to-brain communication: feeling safe with others



  1. Assess the neurobiological effects of traumatic experience.
  2. Categorize implicit and procedural memories of trauma.
  3. Communicate the role of autonomic arousal in exacerbating symptoms.
  4. Explore how “the body keeps the score.”
  5. Characterize the basic principles of Sensorimotor Psychotherapy.
  6. Integrate mindfulness-based techniques in traditional treatments.
  7. Specify animal defense survival responses in trauma patients.
  8. Investigate the role of substance abuse, eating disorders and self-destructive behavior as trauma symptoms.
  9. Implement ‘top-down’ and ‘bottom-up’ interventions to address unsafe behavior.
  10. Choose a somatic approach to resolving traumatic experience.
  11. Discriminate between past experience and present moment experience.
  12. Develop right brain-to-right brain communication to improve the effectiveness of trauma treatment.




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