Integrating Therapeutic Modalities

The research on neuropsychology has officially ended the era of talking heads and brought the body into the therapeutic room as a full and necessary part of the healing equation. We have learned that theory isn’t enough to create change; we need to engage in a therapeutic process that involves the body in order to create inner transformation because the body, as much or more than words, reveals the truth of how we experience a relational dynamic, situation, or event in our lives. If we observe the body, we will see what isn’t being spoken out loud, we’ll perceive the subtext and allow for a felt sense of what issues are blocking us from a fuller experience of ourselves and ourselves in relation to others. Through experiential, embodied approaches, we can co-create the kind of engaging experience for and with a client wherein more authenticity can come forward into the therapeutic milieu.

Role play and forms of embodied therapy can act as a stimulus for unconscious material to emerge. Once we have experienced our “unfelt known” in the here and now, we can then find words to describe our inner experience and free it from it’s unconscious frozenness. We can use our thinking mind not to avoid, deny, and rationalize but to understand and process, we can reflect on our own experience and how it shaped us. We can heal “from the bottom up” rather than the top down. In order to do this, we need forms of therapy that allow the body, as well as the mind, to engage in the process of discovery and healing.

This unique, collaborative program is a once in a lifetime opportunity to bring together thought leaders in the disciplines of relational trauma, attachment and embodied, mind/body healing in a lively discussion of how these forms of therapy might intersect.

This series explores how the theories of attachment and neuropsychology as articulated by Bessel van der Kolk, Stephen Porges, and Ed Tronick interface with the body-centered therapies of Peter Levine and Tian Dayton psychodrama / sociometrics and the role-based and parts approach of Richard Schwartz.

Interdisciplinary approaches are not only needed but are what clinicians today are doing. Making these intersections of treatment modalities more informed and explicit seems like a natural next step that our field is already taking.

In this spirit, we have assembled experts who are thought leaders in their disciplines to share their ideas through comparing and contrasting well honed theories and treatment approaches.

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In this series, we will explore

Program Objectives

  • How we can bridge the gap between embodied forms of therapy and talk therapy.
  • How clinicians can add diverse interventions to their therapeutic skillset.
  • Role play as a particularly effective intervention for treating trauma.

Bessel van der Kolk and Licia Sky

  • How trauma is processed by the brain and the body.
  • Why embodied forms of therapy work in treating trauma.
  • How can embodied forms of therapy extend and complement talk therapy.
  • The ways that many forms of therapy can incorporate role play in a safe and contained way.

Peter Levine

  • How trauma-based perceptions remain fundamentally unchanged until the internal experience of the body changes.
  • How shame, defeat, and humiliation, associated with the original traumatic event, replay themselves repeatedly in the body.
  • What top-down and bottom-up processing is and discuss how they can work together.

Stephen Porges

  • How the trauma response as a set of defensive bodily reactions mobilizes to protect us.
  • What are the principle features and foundation of the Polyvagal Theory.
  • How the concepts of reciprocity, co-regulation, and connectedness are imperative to both physical and mental health.
  • How the Social Engagement System is involved in optimizing therapeutic outcomes.

Ed Tronick

  • Why The Still Face Experiment is a particularly salient demonstration of the importance of connection.
  • How rupture and repair fit into psychodrama’s framework for resolving internal and external discord.
  • How and why internal discord is a powerful tool for resolution.

Richard Schwartz

  • IFS and Psychodrama in a live demonstration
  • The intersections between IFS and Psychodrama
  • How Role-based interactions give people a lens through which they can imagine how thinking, feeling, and behavior can coalesce around specific role types
  • Why the role of self-compassion is central to healing for many people.

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Tian Dayton

Dr. Tian Dayton is a Senior Fellow at The Meadows and author of fifteen books including The Soulful Journey of Recovery, The ACoA Trauma Syndrome, Emotional Sobriety, Trauma and Addiction, Forgiving and Moving On and The Living Stage. She has developed an approach for incorporating experiential work into treatment programs and group work, Relationship Trauma Repair RTR.

Tian Dayton has a masters in educational psychology and a PhD in clinical psychology, and is a board certified trainer in psychodrama, sociometry and group psychotherapy. She is also a certified Montessori teacher. Dr. Dayton is the director of The New York Psychodrama Training Institute. She is a nationally renowned speaker, expert, and consultant in psychodrama, trauma and addiction, ACoAs and self help related issues. Dr. Dayton was on the faculty at NYU for eight years teaching psychodrama. Dr. Dayton is a fellow of the American Society of Psychodrama, Sociometry and Group Psychotherapy ASGPP, Lifetime Achievement Award, the scholar’s award, President’s Award and Gratitude Award, former editor in chief of the Journal of Psychodrama, Sociometry and Group Psychotherapy and professional standards committee. She is also the winner of The Mona Mansell Award and The Ackermann Black Award. Dr. Dayton has been a guest expert on NBC, CNN, MSNBC, Montel, Rikki Lake, John Walsh, and Geraldo. Tian blogs for Thrive Global and The Huffington Post.

Dr. Dayton is a fully certified practitioner and trainer by the American Society of Psychodrama, Sociometry and Group Psychotherapy (ASGPP).

She served for eight years as the editor-in-chief of The Journal of Psychodrama, Sociometry and Group Psychotherapy and eight years as an executive editor of the same. She is the winner of ASGPP’s Lifetime Achievement Award, The Scholars’/Research Award, The President’s Award and The Gratitude Award for her contributions to this field. Tian has spent her career raising the standard of expertise and training of these methods in the addictions field and adapting psychodrama and sociometry for work specifically with relational trauma and addictions. Her trademarked processes Socio Metrics, are in use nationally and around the world, as is her model Relational Trauma Repair (RTR). These processes combine research with psychodrama and sociometry creating a contained, psycho-educational, experiential approach to healing. Clients learn about the issues and symptoms while engaging in an experiential, relational healing process. Her books The Living Stage, Relational Trauma Repair (Therapist’s Guide) and her upcoming book Socio Metrics all explore this process along with the basics of psychodrama and sociometry.

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Licia Sky

Licia Sky is the CEO & Co-founder of the Trauma Research Foundation, a Boston based Embodied Awareness Facilitator, artist, singer-songwriter, and bodyworker who works with traumatized individuals and trains mental health professionals to use mindful meditation in movement, theater exercises, writing and voice as tools for attunement, healing and connection. She is a regular instructor in trauma healing workshops at Kripalu, and Esalen. She has been teaching workshops on these subjects around the US, UK, Italy, Netherlands, China, the Middle East and New Zealand.

She has been writing poetry since she was 11 years old. She has been singing all her life, first alone in the woods with her dog, and in elementary, middle school, high school and church choirs. Then at age 36, she acquired her first guitar and began writing songs. She has been singing publicly in coffeehouses, clubs, house concerts, and conferences ever since.

In the course of over 25 years of bodywork practice, she developed her methods of vocalizing for embodiment in physical and emotional healing when she began using her voice with her bodywork clients by vocalizing and toning – to help them release the constriction from repressed vocal expression. She found that breathing, toning and vocalizing led to profound beneficial changes of physical and emotional state.

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Bessel van der Kolk

Bessel A. van der Kolk M.D. is a pioneer clinician, researcher and teacher in the area of posttraumatic stress. His work uniquely integrates developmental, neurobiological, psychodynamic, somatic and interpersonal aspects of the impact of trauma and its treatment.

His #1 New York Times Science best seller, The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Treatment of Trauma (translated in 38 languages), transforms our understanding of traumatic stress, revealing how it literally rearranges the brain’s wiring—specifically areas dedicated to pleasure, engagement, control, and trust. He shows how these areas can be reactivated through innovative treatments including neurofeedback, psychedelic therapy, psychodrama, mindfulness techniques, parts work, yoga, and body work. Dr. van der Kolk and his various collaborators have published extensively on the impact of trauma on development, such as dissociative problems, borderline personality and self-mutilation, cognitive development, memory, and the psychobiology of trauma. He has published over 150 peer reviewed scientific articles on such diverse topics as neuroimaging, self-injury, memory, neurofeedback, Developmental Trauma, yoga, theater and EMDR.

He is founder of the Trauma Center (now the Trauma Research Foundation) in Boston, MA; past President of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, Professor of Psychiatry at Boston University Medical School and Principal Investigator Boston site of MAPS sponsored MDMA assisted psychotherapy study. He regularly teaches at universities and hospitals around the world.

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Somatic Experiencing

Peter Levine

Peter Levine, PhD holds doctorates in both medical biophysics and psychology. He is the developer of Somatic Experiencing® (SE), a naturalistic body-awareness approach to healing trauma, which he teaches all over the globe. Dr. Levine is also the founder of the Foundation for Human Enrichment and was a stress consultant for NASA during the development of the space shuttle.

An accomplished author, Dr. Levine penned Healing Trauma, Sexual Healing and the bestselling book, Waking the Tiger. He also co-authored with Maggie Kline Trauma Through a Child’s Eyes and Trauma-Proofing Your Kids.

His latest book, In an Unspoken Voice: How the Body Releases Trauma and Restores Goodness, is a testament to his lifelong investigation into the connection between evolutionary biology, neuroscience, animal behavior, and more than 40 years of clinical experience in the healing of trauma.

Dr. Levine was honored in 2010 with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the United States Association for Body Psychotherapy (USABP) and is a Senior Fellow at Meadows Behavioral Healthcare.

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Polyvagal Theory

Stephen Porges

Stephen W. Porges, PhD is Distinguished University Scientist at Indiana University where he is the founding director of the Traumatic Stress Research Consortium. In 1994 he proposed the Polyvagal Theory, a theory that links the evolution of the mammalian autonomic nervous system to social behavior and emphasizes the importance of physiological state in the expression of behavioral problems and psychiatric disorders. The theory is leading to innovative treatments based on insights into the mechanisms mediating symptoms observed in several behavioral, psychiatric, and physical disorders.

Dr. Porges is Professor of Psychiatry at the University of North Carolina, and Professor Emeritus at both the University of Illinois at Chicago and the University of Maryland. He served as president of the Society for Psychophysiological Research and the Federation of Associations in Behavioral & Brain Sciences and is a former recipient of a National Institute of Mental Health Research Scientist Development Award.

He has published more than 300 peer-reviewed papers across several disciplines including anesthesiology, biomedical engineering, critical care medicine, ergonomics, exercise physiology, gerontology, neurology, neuroscience, obstetrics, pediatrics, psychiatry, psychology, psychometrics, space medicine, and substance abuse.

He is the author of The Polyvagal Theory: Neurophysiological foundations of Emotions, Attachment, Communication, and Self-regulation (Norton, 2011), The Pocket Guide to the Polyvagal Theory: The Transformative Power of Feeling Safe, (Norton, 2017) and co-editor of Clinical Applications of the Polyvagal Theory: The Emergence of Polyvagal-Informed Therapies (Norton, 2018). He is the creator of a music-based intervention, the Safe and Sound Protocol ™ , which currently is used by more than 1400 therapists to improve spontaneous social engagement, to reduce hearing sensitivities, to improve language processing and state regulation.

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The Still Face Experiment

Ed Tronick

Ed Tronick is a developmental and clinical psychologist. Professor Tronick is a University Distinguished Professor of Psychology at the University of Massachusetts Boston, is director of the Child Development Unit, a research associate in Newborn Medicine, a lecturer at Harvard Medical School, an associate professor at both the Graduate School of Education and the School of Public Health at Harvard. He is a member of the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute, a past member of the Boston Process of Change Group and a Founder and faculty member of the Touchpoints program. With Kristie Brandt, Dorothy Richardson, Marilyn Davillier he has created an Infant-Parent Mental Health Post Graduate Certificate Program at the University of Massachusetts Boston. He has developed the Newborn Behavioral Assessment Scale and the Touchpoints Project with T.B. Brazelton.

He developed the Still-face paradigm. With Barry Lester he developed the NICU Network Neurobehavioral Assessment Scale. He is currently working on developing norms for the neurobehavior of clinically healthy newborns and collaborating with Rosario Montirosso in Milan on a multi-NICU examination of developmental caretaking and its effects on preterm infants. A set of studies on social referencing and negative affect are in process. He continues to do research on the effects of maternal depression and other affective disorders on infant and child social emotional development.

In one study he is collaborating with Robert Ammerman on seriously depressed groups and the effects of multiple interventions and in a second study the effect of a developmental relation intervention for post partum depression. A third study is looking at women and their infants who have been hospitalized for depression. His current research focuses on infant memory for stress and epigenetic processes affecting behavior. The research utilizes the still-face and other stress paradigms and multiple measures including ERP and EEG, salivary cortisol and alpha amylaze, and skin conductance as well as behavior. A complimentary study is examining stress processes in rats and their relation to maternal behavior. A related study is looking at epigenetic changes in IUGR infants and their relation to neurobehavior and stress tolerance.

He is developing measures based in dynamic systems theory for dyadic infant-mother (adult) interactions and their predictive relations to later outcome. For the state’s initiative to screen women for post partum depression he is working on epidemiologic data sets to understand the nature of the responses to questions related to depression and help seeking of women in different ethnic and racial groups. Relatedly studies are being carried out on the long term relation of stress hormones to SES, exposure to violence and other community factors and possible unique effects related to health disparities in ethnic and racial groups. He has published more than 200 scientific articles and 4 books, several hundred photographs and has appeared on national radio and television programs. His research is funded by NICHD and NSF.

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Internal Family Systems

Richard Schwartz

Richard Schwartz began his career as a systemic family therapist and an academic. Grounded in systems thinking, Dr. Schwartz developed Internal Family Systems (IFS) in response to clients’ descriptions of various parts within themselves. He focused on the relationships among these parts and noticed that there were systemic patterns to the way they were organized across clients. He also found that when the clients’ parts felt safe and were allowed to relax, the clients would experience spontaneously the qualities of confidence, openness, and compassion that Dr. Schwartz came to call the Self. He found that when in that state of Self, clients would know how to heal their parts.

A featured speaker for national professional organizations, Dr. Schwartz has published many books and over articles about the Internal Family System.

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Continuing Education

7.5 APA, ASWB, CPD Continuing Education

In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by Amedco LLC and Collectively Rooted (CR). Amedco LLC is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

Psychologists (APA) Credit Designation

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The following state boards accept courses from APA providers for Counselors: AK, AL, AR, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, HI, IA, ID, IL, IN, KS, KY, MD, ME, MO, NC, ND, NH, NE, NJ, NM, NV, OK*, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, WI, WY

MI: No CE requirements

The following state boards accept courses from APA providers for MFTs: AK, AR, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DE, FL, GA, IA, ID, IN, KS, MD, ME, MO, NE, NC, NH, NJ, NM, NV, OK*, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, WA, WI, WY

The following state boards accept courses from APA providers for Addictions Professionals: AK, AR, CO, CT, DC, DE, GA, IA, IN, KS, LA, MD, MO, MT, NC, ND, NE, NJ, NM, NY (outstate held), OK*, OR, SC, UT, WA, WI, WY
* OK accepts APA credit for live, in-person activities. For all ethics and/or online courses, an application is required.

MA / MFTs: Participants can self-submit courses not approved by the MAMFT board for review.

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As a Jointly Accredited Organization, Amedco is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved under this program. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. Amedco maintains responsibility for this course. Social Workers completing this course receive 7.5 GENERAL continuing education credits.

The following state boards accept courses offering ASWB ACE credit for Social Workers: AK, AL, AR, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, HI, ID, IL, IN, IA, KS, KY, LA, ME, MD, MA, MI, MN, MS, MO, MT, NC, ND, NE, NH, NM, NV, OH, OK*, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VT, VA, WA, WI, WV*, WY

* WV accepts ASWB ACE unless activity is live in West Virginia, an application is required.

The following state boards accept courses offering ASWB ACE credit for Counselors: AK, AR, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, FL, GA, IA, ID, IL, IN, KS, MA, MD, ME, MO, ND, NE, NM, NH, NV, OK*, OR, PA, TN, TX, UT, VA, WI, WY

AL/Counselors: Activities not providing NBCC approval may be approved by the Board for individual licensees upon receipt of acceptable documentation prior to the activity. Please send course details to your licensing board for approval BEFORE the event. No approvals afterward by the board.

MI: No CE requirement

The following state boards accept courses offering ASWB ACE credit for MFTs: AK, AR, AZ, CA, CO, FL, IA, ID, IN, KS, MD, ME, MO, NC, NE, NH, NM, NV, OK*, OR, PA, RI, TN, TX, UT, VA, WI, WY

MA / MFTs: Participants can self-submit courses not approved by the MAMFT board for review.

MI: No CE requirement
* OK accepts ASWB ACE for live, in-person activities. For all ethics and/or online courses, an application is required.

The following state boards accept courses offering ASWB ACE credit for Addictions Professionals: AK, CA, CO, CT, GA, IA, IN, KS, LA, MO, MT, ND, NM, NV, OK, OR, SC, WA, WI, WV, WY

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