Integration of Brain & Body-Based Interventions in Trauma Treatment

The George Hull Centre Institute for Childhood Trauma and Attachment

Do you work with children or adults who have complex symptoms related to developmental trauma? Are you uncertain about what constitutes bottom-up (body-based) approaches and top-down (brain-based) approaches for the treatment of trauma? Would you like to understand the science behind why integrating body and brain-based approaches is effective? Are you interested in practical demonstrations of how to integrate these strategies?

The George Hull Centre Institute for Childhood Trauma & Attachment is pleased to invite you to join us on April 19th, 2021, for an extremely practical day of learning. We will be demonstrating the combination of top-down and bottom-up treatment approaches, targeting manipulation of sensory and motor experience to help regulate higher cognitive functions, including emotion regulation, cognition, and theory of mind.

Traumatized individuals frequently feel estranged from their internal and external world and often do not know where their body is in space; leaving them feeling clumsy, uncoordinated, and unable to engage in purposeful action/agency. How can we combat such foundational difficulties and facilitate the transformation into an embodied, active person who can connect with others through curiosity, language, and play?

Participants in the conference will:

  • Learn about the neuroscience that informs these interventions
  • See actual demonstrations of how to integrate the approaches to aid in the treatment of trauma (in Ellen Yack’s clinic)
  • Learn how to make homemade body-based tools that can be used in virtual treatment settings

At this one-day conference, we bring together Dr. Ruth Lanius, MD, PhD, a psychiatrist and internationally-renowned expert in post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and Ellen Yack, M.Ed, OT Reg., an occupational therapist with 40 years’ experience who is a leader in her field working with children and adults who experience sensory processing differences.

Conference sessions will be recorded and available to registered attendees for one month following the conference.

Online April 19, 2021

9:00 am

- 3:30 pm

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