Trauma, Attachment, Affect Dysregulation and Shame: Treating the Seeds and the Cycle of Self-Destructive Behaviours

Monday, June 8 –
Tuesday, June 9, 2020

9:00 am to 4:40 pm

Clients with insecure or disorganized attachment, histories of trauma, abuse or neglect, or overwhelming developmental stressors often lack appropriate affect regulation.  As a result, they are vulnerable to using self-destructive strategies including acts of self-mutilation, substance abuse and other addictions, and eating-disordered behaviours to cope and self-soothe.  Although these behaviours provide limited relief in the short term, they inevitably lead to guilt, shame and more traumatization, and increase the likelihood of chronic self-harm.

As we explore the relationship between trauma, affect dysregulation and self-harm, you’ll learn how to implement treatment strategies that incorporate a specific “cycle of self-harm” (an alternative to standard safety contracts), reparative attachment work and a variety of expressive modalities.  Clients will gain new, healthier coping strategies that ill replace their long-standing addictive and self-harming behaviours.  This strengths-based, de-pathologized approach increases internal and external safety, promotes grounding and containment, reduces flashbacks and help clients heal their pain narratives. Case examples, videos and clients’ writings and artwork will be presented and you will have the opportunity to safely “try on” expressive modalities including drawing, writing, guided imagery, somatic resourcing and breath work.

Lisa Ferentz consistently receives high approval ratings on her workshops with us. Her warm and engaging presentation style and signature approach to working with trauma and self-harming behaviours make leading-edge neuroscience accessible, practical and above all, effective.

You will learn—

  • How trauma, attachment, developmental stressors, affect dysregulation, shame and self-destructive acts relate to each other
  • How to identify a chronic cycle of self-harm and the ways in which dissociation and anxiety influence the process
  • How to use CARESS, an alternative to standard safety contracts
  • At least five creative strategies that help re-ground and re-establish a sense of safety in triggered trauma survivors
  • About the recurring themes in the artwork of traumatized clients and how to work with art in session
  • About the impact of counter-transference when working with self-destructive behaviours
The four attachment patterns, videos, auto- and inter-regulation, the challenge of attaching to abusive caretakers
9:00 am – 10:30 am
Break
10:30 am – 10:45 am
Affect dysregulation, clients’ artwork, the Still Face Experiment, dysfunctional family-of-origin dynamics
10:45 am – 12:15 pm
Lunch (on your own)
12:15 pm – 1:30 pm
The challenges of building a therapeutic alliance, adolescent development and the adolescent brain
1:30 pm – 2:45 pm
Break
2:45 pm – 2:55 pm
Manifestations of traumatic transference and the therapy process, client-therapist videos, dynamics of counter-transference
2:55 pm – 4:40 pm
Working with self-destructive behaviours:
9:00 am – 10:30 am

The strengths-based approach, defining self-harm, trauma re-enactment syndrome, the meta-communication of self-destructive behaviours

Break
10:30 am – 10:45 am
Defining a cycle
10:45 am – 12:15 pm

Defining a cycle of self-harm, triggers and interventions, addressing negative cognitions and negative affect through reframing, safety and containment, clients’ artwork

Lunch (on your own)
12:15 pm – 1:30 pm
Managing anxiety and dissociation
1:30 pm – 2:45 pm

Managing anxiety and dissociation, breath work, grounding techniques and flashback-halting protocols

Break
Managing anxiety and dissociation
CARESS
2:55 pm – 4:40 pm

CARESS (the alternative to standard safety contracts), clients’ artwork, working with positive and negative outcomes, addressing emotional vulnerability, processing clinical pitfalls

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Event Detail

June 8, 2020 9:00 am
June 9, 2020 4:40 pm
Knox Church