New Hope for Treatment-Resistant Depression with Janina Fisher

This is an On Demand Webinar. This webinar was broadcasted live on Thursday, June 17, 2021. Registrants will be given unlimited access to the recording for a full year
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The very nature of major depression often defeats our best therapeutic efforts. How can clients change when they have no hope or interest? When can’t they concentrate and have no energy? When are they immobilized?

It is not surprising that treatment-resistant depression often defies the efforts of skilled therapists and effective medications, leaving clients defeated and discouraged or even more depressed. Even though diagnoses of depression correlate highly with a history of trauma, we generally do not treat depression as a trauma-related disorder.

How can we help chronically depressed individuals more effectively?

Using interventions drawn from Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, you will learn to help clients relate to their depressive symptoms with curiosity and mindfulness – rather than identify with them – and understand them as symptoms communicated by trauma-related parts of the personality. This Treatment-Resistant Depression webinar offers techniques for transforming the physical and cognitive symptoms of chronic depression through changes in posture, breath, and energy.

By the end of this course you will be able to —

  • Understand depression as a somatic state, not just a psychological state
  • Identify 3 cognitive schemas that reinforce depressive states
  • Describe a Sensorimotor Psychotherapy conceptualization of depression and use Sensorimotor interventions to transform depressive beliefs
  • Identify three body-centred interventions that increase energy and focus in depressed clients
  • Understand the use of the social engagement system and its role in evoking an internal sense of safety

Janina Fisher, PhD, is the Assistant Educational Director of the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute and a former instructor, Harvard Medical School.  An international expert on the treatment of trauma, she is co-author with Pat Ogden of Sensorimotor Psychotherapy: Interventions for Attachment and Trauma and author of Healing the Fragmented Selves of Trauma Survivors: Overcoming Self-Alienation and Transforming the Living Legacy of Trauma: a Workbook for Survivors and Therapists (2021).  She is best known for her work on integrating newer neurobiologically-informed interventions into traditional psychotherapy approaches.   More information can be found on her website:

  1. Understanding depression as trauma-related
    1. Depression as an adaptation to an unsafe world
    2. Role of the autonomic nervous system
    3. Depression and parasympathetic hypoarousal
  2. Depression-related cognitive symptoms
    1. Effects of cognition on the body and nervous system
    2. Interactive relationship between depressive thoughts and somatic  responses
  3. Sensorimotor Psychotherapy
    1. Using the body as a source of information and a source of intervention
    2. Engaging the mindful brain
    3. Somatic interventions for overcoming neurovegetative symptoms
    4. Somatic interventions for challenging cognitive symptoms
  4. Working with the Social Engagement system
    1. Polyvagal Theory (Porges)
    2. Social engagement as a neural system
    3. Using the social engagement system to increase feelings of safety

This training offers 3 hours of direct contact (not counting breaks or lunch). It is the participant’s responsibility to check with their individual state boards/regulatory body to verify CE requirements for their license to practice.

For Live Broadcast Attendees

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For US Participants

Instructions on how to obtain your Certificate of Attendance showing the hours completed will be distributed either following the Live Broadcast or with On-Demand registration (On-Demand participants must pass a post-webinar attendance quiz).  A CE package will be available which includes the full webinar description and details, the speaker’s CV and references.

For Canadian and International participants

Upon fulfillment of the above requirements, Canadian and international participants will be issued a Certificate of Participation which features:

  • Name of Participant
  • Title of Training
  • Name of Presenter plus their credentials
  • Number of hours of training
  • Date of training
  • Confirmation that you have passed a quiz with at least 80% grade to verify your attendance

Please check carefully with your regulating body/organization that this certificate is sufficient proof for you to claim CEUs.

For general information about Continuing Education for Canadians and International participants, please click here.  

This training is aimed at all mental health professionals including:

  • social workers
  • counsellors
  • psychologists
  • psychiatrists
  • medical professionals supporting mental health patients
  • psychotherapists
  • mental health counsellors
  • marriage and family therapists and counsellors
  • occupational therapists
  • vocational rehabilitation therapists
  • addiction counsellors
  • religious counsellors
  • therapists
  • case managers
  • art therapists
  • licensed professional counsellors
  • all other professionals who would like to develop, update or expand their skills and knowledge in mental health practices
Webinar Rate CAD$139.00

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