Working With Attachment Injury Embedded in Complex Trauma - Peter Levine & Diane Poole Heller

Working With Attachment Injury Embedded in Complex Trauma

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Complex trauma is often rooted in unresolved experiences from the past, where memories feel like they’re happening “in the now”––making it particularly difficult to engage the logical mind when the body remains dysregulated.

If the brain can’t find a way to down-regulate this automatic response, the brain can get trapped in a “default setting,” where it continues to repeat the same unhealthy responses and patterns time and again.

For your clients with complex trauma rooted in attachment injury––who present with a variety of symptoms, from psychological issues like anxiety, depression, anger and hopelessness to physical symptoms such as chronic pain, fatigue or digestive issues––it can often feel like they’re on high alert 24-7-365.

The truth is, traumatic experiences that happen during our formative years leave an imprint on the body and mind that can be difficult to sort out—or even articulate.

Even as therapists, it’s not easy to know what to look for.

The good news is that, no matter how complex the trauma, repair is possible.

Complex trauma can be demystified when you know how to pick up on subtle, nonverbal clues that reveal where there is work to be done and what is needed to move forward.

So how can we support clients suffering from complex trauma, especially when they may present with wide-ranging, diverse symptoms related to developmental trauma?

With the right training and proven somatic techniques, it’s possible to detect physical and behavioral signs of attachment injury embedded within complex trauma to:

  • Tap into the body’s innate wisdom
  • Calm the nervous system
  • Unlock a greater capacity for healing

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What You'll Learn During “Working With Attachment Injury Embedded in Complex Trauma”

“Every modality can and should employ Somatic Experiencing and Dynamic Attachment Repatterning to help deactivate the myriad of possible traumas that occur in the world.” – Dr. Peter Levine

With a fuller understanding of how complex trauma forms––and how our systems become dysregulated as a result, you’ll learn how to begin applying body-centered methods for processing and healing.

In this free, 90-minute LIVE training:

  • You’ll get a glimpse at the transformative nature of Somatic Experiencing®, as Dr. Levine demonstrates clinical techniques using short examples from actual client sessions.
  • Learn how to recognize and identify insecure attachment patterning––and what happens to our bodies (and emotions) when the threat response persists into adulthood.
  • Why complex traumas form and remain stored in the body, including ways to release locked trauma to restore secure attachment and support post-traumatic growth and resilience.
  • Dr. Levine will demonstrate how to become attuned to and read the physical signs of trauma so you can more safely and effectively address trauma that can’t be verbalized.
  • You’ll get guidance in helping clients transition out of negative self-talk and other unproductive coping mechanisms––so you avoid re-traumatization and empower clients to repair early attachment trauma by reinforcing choice and curiosity.
  • We’ll discuss perceptual skills and practical somatic techniques that help you recognize when your client is stuck in a threat response that’s keeping them from living in the present.
  • Dr. Levine will walk us through several client demo scenarios to show you how to identify symptoms of core dysregulation, evaluate insecure attachment patterning and apply various somatic techniques that release trauma from the body.

With a deeper understanding of how complex trauma forms—and how our systems become dysregulated as a result––we can apply body-based attachment techniques to help our clients restore secure attachment and find long-lasting, effective relief from physical and psychological distress.

Whether you’re a seasoned Somatic Experiencing® therapist or just starting out, this is a rare opportunity to learn critical clinical skills (in a LIVE training format) from two top experts in trauma and attachment.

You’ll want to attend the live session, as Dr. Levine and Dr. Heller have set aside time to answer your questions at the end.

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The Three Aspects of Complex Trauma That We Will Explore

1. How to Recognize and Identify Insecure Attachment Patterning

Dr. Levine and Dr. Heller discuss why attachment injury is inherent to all complex trauma––and what happens to our bodies (and emotions) when the fight, flight, freeze or fawn threat response persists into adulthood.

2. Why Complex Traumas Form and Manifest in the Body

Trauma-informed care means we need to have a basic understanding of how common traumatic stress responses remain stored in the body. We’ll review the relationship between bodily symptoms and emotions––and how locked trauma can be released to restore secure attachment and promote post-traumatic growth and resilience.

3. Clinical Tools to Support Clients with Complex Trauma

The body talks––but do we know how to listen? Dr. Levine will guide us through short examples of client demonstration sessions where he introduces body-based interventions that can be easily integrated with almost any therapeutic modality.

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Why You Should Attend “Working with Attachment Injury Embedded in Complex Trauma”

This session is being facilitated by Peter Levine and Dr. Diane Poole Heller – two top experts in trauma and attachment.

Dr. Heller understands that to provide the most competent, compassionate care, it’s crucial to remain curious about the nature of trauma and the various paths to healing.

And as you likely know, there is no one more qualified than Dr. Levine to teach the intricacies of traumas, how they manifest in the body, and body-centered methods for processing and healing.

As therapists, we face trauma every day. We observe the symptoms. We listen to the stories. We support the recovery. But there is always more to learn.

Because at some point, we all have clients who struggle to let go of their pain. And despite all of our education and experience, we sometimes find ourselves at a loss for ways to help them move forward when they hit a plateau.

The reality is that many of us are taught theoretical principles without the methodology or framework of how to put it into everyday clinical practice.

But imagine how many more people we could heal if we could…

  • Open our minds to new modalities, expand our perspective and confidently use new tools to understand and guide our clients’ healing journey.
  • Share experiences and expertise, increasing our collective wisdom and skill to recognize complex trauma––even when it’s hidden.
  • Access effective approaches and interventions to help people use the pain of the past as a catalyst to find relief, finally connect to their authentic self, restore secure attachment and set them on a path to healing.

This session is a perfect opportunity for you to recommit to strengthening your understanding of trauma and learn additional ways to restore presence, aliveness and connections.

You’ll also come away with practical strategies and interventions you can apply to client sessions immediately.

Who “Working with Attachment Injury Embedded in Complex Trauma” Is For

You should attend this free training if:

  • You have clients who struggle with complex trauma, and you want to support them by uncovering and working with the trauma and stress states that underlie their conditions.
  • You’d like to better understand how complex trauma develops—and explore effective ways to switch off the stress response to cultivate healing.
  • As a therapist, you want practical, clinical tools and somatic techniques that help you identify the physical characteristics and manifestations of trauma, so you can guide your clients toward relief safely and successfully.
  • You’ve seen your clients present with a seemingly endless array of unpredictable or changeable symptoms and you want to be able to help clients understand the functional nature of their symptoms, so they can find relief and begin healing.

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About Your Facilitators – Peter Levine & Diane Poole Heller

About Peter Levine

Peter Levine - HeadshotPeter A Levine, PhD, is the developer of Somatic Experiencing®, a naturalistic and neurobiological approach to healing trauma, which he has developed over the past 50 years.

He is the Founder of the Somatic Experiencing® Trauma Institute/Foundation for Human Enrichment and the Founder and President of the Ergos Institute of Somatic Education™. His work has been taught to over 50,000 therapists in over 45 countries.

Dr. Levine served as a stress consultant for NASA in the early space shuttle development and has served on the American Psychological Association task force for responding to the trauma of large-scale disasters and ethno-political warfare.

He holds doctorates in both Biophysics and Psychology and is the author of several best-selling books on trauma, including Waking the Tiger, which is published in over 29 languages. He is currently a Senior Fellow and consultant at The Meadows Addiction and Trauma Treatment Center in Wickenburg, Arizona and continues to teach trauma healing workshops internationally.

About Diane Poole Heller

Diane Poole Heller HeadshotDiane Poole Heller PhD, is an internationally recognized speaker, author, and teaching expert in the field of adult attachment theory and trauma resolution.

Her signature approach—DARe (Dynamic Attachment Repatterning experience)—provides therapists and individuals with relevant skills and practical exercises that facilitate healing from attachment and trauma wounds.

Her work with adult attachment has forged a path for adults with childhood attachment injuries to develop Secure Attachment Skills (SAS) that lead to more connected and fulfilling adult relationships.

Through various training programs, books, lectures and her own work as a clinical therapist, Dr. Heller has helped a countless number of people in their healing journey towards experiencing greater intimacy, wholeness and more fulfilling relationships.

She believes that when we heal ourselves first, we heal our families, our communities and the world as a whole.

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Jan 19 2023


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  • Date: Jan 19 2023
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