When trauma occurs, its impact can be felt physically, emotionally, relationally, and spiritually. While traditional cognitive counselling approaches may not always be helpful in decreasing reactivity or increasing feelings of vitality, research shows that a body-based therapy approach can positively transform the impact of traumatic memories. This workshop explores wholistic body-based approaches to working with clients that focus on building resources and increasing tolerance of body sensations and related emotions. Participants will learn and practice strategies to help clients monitor and reduce traumatic arousal, and move toward approaching life and relationships with hope and choice.

Please Note: Those attending this workshop should have previous training in the area of trauma recovery. If you don’t have existing training or experience, please attend our Trauma – Strategies for Resolving the Impact of Post-Traumatic Stress Workshop.

Some of the Topics Included

  • The Benefits of a Body-Based Approach
  • Cognitive, Emotional, and Sensorimotor Levels of Processing
  • Cultivating Body Awareness
  • Noticing and Naming Body Sensation
  • Mindfulness and Self-Study
  • Building Safety and Relationship with the Client
  • Phase-Oriented Treatment
  • The Role of Psychoeducation
  • Framing the Focus of the Work
  • Developing Positive Resources
  • Regulating Arousal to Stay in “Window of Tolerance”
  • Tolerating and Titrating Distress
  • Establishing Readiness for Trauma Processing
  • Transforming Traumatic Experience
  • Integrating Body-based Approaches into Existing Therapy Modality

Target Audience

This is an intermediate-advanced level workshop for social service and health care professionals, counsellors, and social workers.

Method of Delivery

Presentation, video, experiential practice, case study exercises, personal reflection, and small group discussions.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this workshop, participants should be able to:

  • Identify key principles of body-based therapy approaches including awareness of present experience, resourcing, and self-regulation interventions
  • Apply practical body-based therapy tools to help clients feel resourced and prepared to navigate triggers and trauma processing
  • Practice skills such as “tracking” to help clients build affect and sensation tolerance in preparation for trauma processing
  • Describe theory behind processing and transforming trauma within a body-based framework
  • Deepen your existing approach to working with trauma by incorporating body-based techniques