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Elder Little Brown Bear, the Junos and Us

Hello, This is Michael Kerman. As some of you may know, Max Kerman of The Arkells is my son. His act of reconciliation at the Junos this year in London, Ontario encouraged me to write this. On  April 25 and 26, we are honoured to host Elder Little Brown Bear for a two day workshop: […]

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Internal Family Systems: Phase-oriented vs NON Phase-oriented… why should trauma therapists care?

On the question of phase-oriented vs non phase-oriented treatment, Internal Family Systems (IFS) expert Frank Anderson is clear. Phase-oriented trauma modalities envision treatment as a linear progression:  1. Safety and Stabilization, 2. Processing Traumatic Memories and finally (hopefully) Reconsolidation and Repair. Non  phase-oriented modalities like IFS strive to work with all parts of the traumatic [...]
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WHY EMDR?

Participants from last year’s EMDR training and our Bessel van der Kolk workshops report that Dr. van der Kolk claims that EMDR is so effective for trauma patients that not having it in your toolkit is akin to malpractice. Dr. van der Kolk is known for his emphatic manner of speaking and while it is […]

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When old traditions become new innovations

How do you help someone in distress? In the world of psychotherapy we continually strive to improve our knowledge and skills to help people change distressing habits of emotion, behavior, thinking, spirit, and feeling. We will never stop asking how to best help others. Sometimes we act as if ideas about helping others were invented by [...]
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Recruiting your own nervous system in therapy

Okay! This is what you’ve been waiting for! You know why the Polyvagal Therapy is important from video 1, you understand how it can be applied to help resolve traumatic triggers in video 2 and in this last video of our Deb Dana series, she describes the process by which your OWN nervous system is […]

The Three Organizing Principles of the Polyvagal Theory

In the second of three videos, Deb Dana gives a flash overview of the Polyvagal Theory and how current therapy experience can remap your clients’ nervous system by helping them resolve those micromoments of dysregulation when they are triggered. Click here or watch below for more. Learn to reliably and effectively work with the power […]

What is the Polyvagal System and why should therapists care?

The Polyvagal system is a part of the autonomic nervous system and as upcoming Fall 2018 speaker Deb Dana explains in the first of three videos, “the autonomic nervous system is actually a system of relationships. It’s shaped by experience and so we can reshape it by your experience of the therapy relationship.” Click here […]

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The Power of Brainspotting and other Eye-Movement-Based Therapies

If you’re up to date on the latest research about trauma interventions, you will have likely heard about eye-movement-based trauma therapies such as Brainspotting and EMDR. However you may still be wondering: How can eye movements possibly alleviate severe trauma symptoms? In this video, brain injury and chronic pain specialist Rob Scaer explains how the […]

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Best Approach for Insomnia?

New York Times reports on research for treating depression through insomnia…  again Depression continues one of the main conditions which causes people to seek therapy. What if there was an effective treatment for depression which did not primarily focus on the depression itself? The New York Times reports: “An insomnia therapy that scientists just reported […]