Somatic and body-centered therapies are highly effective systems for working with mental, physical and emotional health from a holistic perspective. These cutting-edge methods support long-lasting change to behavioral health and well-being. With knowledge of how to track and map the nervous system, tools can be applied effectively to support ourselves and our clients with self-regulation and healing underlying patterns of distress. This presentation will introduce somatic therapy as a critical tool for working with patients with complex trauma. We will explore the neurophysiology behind why somatic therapies work and introduce experientially the tools that are highly effective in working with clients in a mental health context.
Participants will learn through didactic lecture, guided experiential exercises and will leave the presentation with tools they can begin incorporating into their own lives and professional practices immediately.
This course is based on the recorded webinar, Somatic Therapeutic Tools: Unlocking the Neurobiology of Trauma and Awakening Our Body’s Innate Wisdom to Care for Itself created by Livia Adia Budrys, AM, LCSW, C-IAYT, SEP in 2022.
Livia is a psychotherapist, social worker, yoga therapist, Somatic Experiencing Practitioner, and spiritual activist. She is the founder of the Yoga-Informed Model and is an advocate of the shift in this paradigm towards greater understanding and integration of yoga and psychology. She implemented one of the first yoga therapy programs for mental health treatment in a nationally renowned residential treatment center. There she developed a trainee program to develop the next generation of psychotherapists to weave yoga into their treatment of complex mental health conditions and trauma. She is passionate about best practices and the integration of neurobiology, somatics, yoga and psychotherapy practices in the healing of addiction, eating and mood disorders and the often underlying acute and chronic traumatization. Livia’s psychotherapeutic experience includes training in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Change Therapy (ACT), Somatic Experiencing (SE), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy- Prolonged Exposure (DBT-PE), Exposure and Responsive Prevention Therapy (ERP), anti-oppressive psychodynamic psychotherapy.
Disclosures She receives recording royalties for this presentation.
Counselors, marriage and family therapists, psychologists and social workers. This course is appropriate for all levels of knowledge.
After taking this course, you should be able to:
Describe how trauma and adversity impacts the mind, body and nervous system.
List the tools of somatic therapy for stabilizing the nervous system and improving a felt sense of wellbeing in patients with trauma.
Explain mapping the nervous system using the polyvagal theory and how to apply that with clients.
Develop an embodied professional self and new tools to reduce burnout.
Discuss why these “bottom-up” approaches for working with patients with trauma are essential components of treatment.
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Faculty: Livia Adia Budrys, AM, LCSW, C-IAYT, SEP
She receives recording royalties for this presentation.
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