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Working with the Core Wounding of Existence: A Somatic and Expressive Arts Approach

Learn expressive and embodied practices that will help you re-energize your mind and body, reconnect with your community and yourself, restore your spirit, and renew your sense of play and imagination.

Course Objective

Upon completion of this activity, you will be able to:

  • Engage in somatic enquiry through soliciting implicit body memory
  • Critique somatic techniques for reconnecting to the developmental period of existence needs
  • Analyze, through somatic experiments, the impact of experiencing the developmental experiences of protection and safety through caregiver presence
  • Analyze, through somatic experiments, the impact of experiencing the developmental experiences of presence, attunement, reciprocity and delight through caregiver interaction

Course Outline

This workshop will explore somatic techniques to reconnect to the developmental period of existence needs: the need for safety and space, presence and protection. When fulfilled in a regular and consistent way, somaticized safety builds the substrate for interoception, exteroception, exploration, and connection to needs -all from a place of safety, rather than from a place of survival-orientation.

The emphasis of this workshop will be experiential, including time to debrief after each activity, as well as time to journal or engage in art, with community sharing and Q&A at the end.

Please have available a comfortable place to lie on your back for 5-10 minutes. Your arms and legs will be in the air, as well as extending. And materials for journaling or expressing through art.

Linda Thai

Linda is an adjunct faculty member in the Social Work Department at the University of Alaska Fairbanks and specializes in trauma-informed care and compassion fatigue resilience skills; Mental health clinician at ND Systems, specializing in somatic therapies and trauma therapy. She assists internationally renowned psychiatrist and trauma expert, Dr. Bessel van der Kolk, with his private small group psychotherapy workshops aimed at healing attachment trauma. In her work at Fairbanks Memorial Hospital, she is responsible for training clinicians in all departments, including psychology, nursing and medicine. She has a Master of Social Work with an emphasis on the neurobiology of attachment and trauma.

Linda has studied Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Brainspotting, Havening, Internal Family Systems, and structural dissociation of the personality. Linda has worked in Fairbanks, AK with those recovering from addiction, trauma, and mental illness. She is passionate about yoga, meditation, and mindfulness and bringing those gifts to her community.

Linda Thai 2020

Working with the Core Wounding of Existence: A Somatic and Expressive Arts Approach

$30.00 USD

Program Only

Included features:

  • 60 Minute Presentation

Refund Policy

We do not offer refunds for online courses. If you have any questions, concerns, or complaints about the course, please direct your inquiry to Casey at [email protected]

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