This new developmental trauma course addresses the difficult issues your clients are struggling with that directly result from traumas in the later stages of childhood development
The developmental courses can be taken in any order.
Visit our Training Schedule for live developmental trauma courses. An on-demand course will become available this summer.
How to Identify and Work with the Difficulty in Each Stage Precisely and Effectively
There can be many specific developmental traumas in each stage of childhood development.
Knowing different kinds of developmental traumas can be of help in improving outcomes in working with them in all therapeutic modalities.
This developmental trauma course addresses the difficult issues your clients are struggling with in their personal and professional lives, issues that directly result from traumas in the later stages of childhood development (Love/Sexuality, Will, Opinion, and Solidarity/Performance).
We will use the practice of embodying emotions from Integral Somatic Psychology to shorten treatment times and improve outcomes in all therapies.
You’ll work with a diagnostic aid to discover developmental traumas in your clients. Download a sample here: Diagnostic Aid for Developmental Trauma from the Later Stages of Development
Your Registration Includes:
- Four days of live training
- Diagnostic Aids to discover developmental traumas in your clients
- 8 live demonstrations with participants
- Full Lifetime Access to the video recording of the workshop at no additional cost
7 Easy-to-Implement (but Essential) Developmental Trauma Strategies for Adults and Children
I have 7 easy-to-implement (but essential) strategies for resolving developmental traumas that you can implement ASAP.
We are going to break down the four later stages of development, the specific traumas possible in each, and how to resolve your client’s corresponding presenting difficulties effectively. With 8 live clinical demonstrations with participants.
This course follows up on the Developmental Trauma Course: Early Developmental Stages. The developmental courses can be taken in any order.
How this Developmental Trauma Course Will Improve Your Outcomes with Adults and Children and Help Your Clients Overcome Difficult Personal and Work Issues
In each stage of its development, a child is learning and imprinting foundational experiences that determine its adult capabilities for relating to oneself and others.
Developmental, shock, and complex traumas that adults experienced as a child in these critical stages of early development can become the basis of attachment, relationship, and professional difficulties throughout one’s life. For example,
- In the Will developmental stage (2 to 4 years), the child needs support to embody its growing power, and intense emotions, and develop its capacity to do increasingly complex tasks while grasping its limitations — otherwise, the person is likely to suffer from fear and shame of their power, perfectionism, black and white thinking, being judgmental, and taking excess responsibility throughout their lives.
- In the Love/Sexuality developmental stage (3 to 6 years), the child requires understanding and support to experience and develop its budding capacities for romantic love and sexuality in developmentally appropriate ways — otherwise, the individual can have difficulties in adult romantic relationships such as shame or fear about their love or sexuality, in being able to be both romantic and sexual with the same person, getting repeatedly involved in triangles as the third wheel, as well as having fulfilling friendships with persons of the same gender.
- In the Opinion developmental stage (5 to 10 years), the child depends on support from others to develop its ability to form, express, argue, and stand up for its opinions, norms, and values — otherwise, the child (and then the adult) will suffer personally and professionally from having difficulty forming, expressing, arguing, and standing up for their opinions, norms, and values or being too opinionated with their opinions, norms, and values and alienating others.
- In the Solidarity/Performance developmental stage (7 to 12 years), the child depends on support and encouragement from others to develop its ability to compete and be its best in things that it is good at in play and work groups; as well as support and appreciate others to compete and be their best in things other are better at — otherwise, the child (and then the adult) will suffer from shame, inadequacy, alienation, and loneliness, from having difficulties in either doing their best in groups when appropriate or from the inappropriate pressure of having to be the best in all situations all the time.
In this comprehensive developmental trauma course with 6 demonstrations, I will guide you through how to identify and work with the difficulty in each stage precisely and effectively through the practice of embodying emotions from Integral Somatic Psychology™ (ISP™).
Please click here for a complete list of all possible issues from each stage of development
You Will Learn How To…
- Identify and work with developmental, shock, and complex traumas in the later four stages of childhood development
- Identify and work with the specific developmental difficulty and the corresponding developmental stage in the client’s presenting symptom
- Improve your work with different attachment styles by understanding how different developmental traumas can affect attachment styles
- Improve your work with your clients by learning defensive character structures caused by developmental traumas in different stages of development
- Work with complex traumas characterized by high levels of intense emotions accompanied by high levels of stress and dysregulation
- Help your clients work through extremely difficult emotional experiences and improve their cognition and behavior
- Improve your ability to regulate your client emotionally through embodied emotional attunement
- Apply the practice of embodying emotions to your work with relationship, attachment, as well as work-related difficulties
Who can Benefit from this Developmental Trauma Course?
All mental health professionals engaged in treating relationship, attachment, and work difficulties caused by developmental and shock traumas stand to gain much from this course. This includes graduates and students of Somatic Experiencing® (SE™).
If you are an Integral Somatic Psychology (ISP) graduate or trainee, you will gain advanced knowledge and develop specific skills for applying your ISP expertise to the specific areas of trauma, development, and attachment from different stages of childhood development.
This course is preceded by the Developmental Trauma Course: Early Developmental Stages, which discusses the earlier stages of development. It can be purchased as an on-demand course. The developmental trauma courses can be taken in any order.
How Your Client’s Presenting Issues relate to the Four Later Stages of Childhood Development
In this developmental trauma course, I will describe and demonstrate how to work with adult relationship difficulties in personal and professional lives differentiated in terms of attachment styles and various developmental tasks in the early stages of development.
We’ll introduce clinical strategies of interpersonal resonance and emotional embodiment from Integral Somatic Psychology (ISP), a modality based partly on emerging paradigms of embodied cognition and emotion in cognitive neuroscience and psychology.
A. Do your clients suffer from the following?
If they do, they might have experienced developmental trauma or shock traumas in the Will stage of development (from 2 to 4 years). They are not able to…
- Feel and keep one’s power even in adverse conditions
- Access and hold anger, power, and strength as needed
- Set boundaries and maintain them
- Plan and complete age-appropriate complex tasks that have many steps and take time
- Take pride in one’s accomplishments
- Feel a strong sense of self, one’s will, and separation from others
- Persist and complete tasks despite setbacks and failure
- Change one’s ways of doing things if current ways do not work
- Take in others’ suggestions for doing things
- Just be and not do, feel ok about oneself when one is not doing anything
- Work well in small groups
- Engage in necessary (healthy) conflicts
- Have confidence and trust in one’s ability to plan and do things, one’s agency
- Maintain self-esteem and self-worth when there are setbacks or failures
- Bounce back from failures and setbacks without collapsing for a long time
- Accept one’s limitations and failures is part of being human
- Take appropriate responsibility and not be overly responsible and burdened
- Appreciate others’ share of responsibility in personal and professional situations
- Feel and contain strong or intense emotions such as passion and anger
- Feel opposite emotions, such as love and hate or like and dislike, towards the same person
- Have a good sense of one’s strengths and weaknesses
- Separate reality from fantasy such as one is omnipotent
B. Do your clients suffer from the following?
If they do, they might have experienced developmental trauma or shock traumas in the Love/Sexuality stage of development (from 3 to 6 years). They are not able to…
- Love another romantically
- Be sexual with another
- Romantically love and be sexual with the same person
- Have a good relationship with the parent of the same gender
- Have same-gender friends
- Identify with one’s gender
- Form and maintain long-term monogamous romantic and sexual relationships
- Not having resolved the Oedipal issues with one’s parents
C. Do your clients suffer from the following?
If they do, they might have experienced developmental trauma or shock traumas in the Opinion stage of development (from 5 to 10 years). They are not able to…
- Support one’s opinions with fact, logic, and reasoning
- Hold onto one’s opinions when people and situations have differing opinions
- Change one’s opinions when presented with fact, logic, and reasoning to the contrary
- Understand the importance of having a core set of rules, norms, and values one lives one’s life by
- Understand that different people and situations might have different rules, norms, and values that govern their lives
- Tolerate other people and situations having differing opinions, rules, norms, and values
D. Do your clients suffer from the following?
If they do, they might have experienced developmental trauma or shock traumas in the Solidarity/Performance stage of development (from 7 to 12 years). They are not able to…
- Compete to be one’s best in play, study, and work groups
- Stay back and support others to be their best in play, study, and work groups when others are better at what is needed to get things done
- Enjoy competing in play, study, and work groups to be one’s best
- Enjoy others doing their best at things they are good at (things that one might not be good at)
- Enjoy competing to be the best at things one is good at
- Enjoy being the best at things one is good at
- Maintain one’s sense of self and self-worth in situations others are doing well in things one might not be good at
About Raja Selvam, PhD
Raja Selvam, PhD, is the author of the best-selling book The practice of embodying emotions: A guide for improving cognitive, emotional, and behavioral outcomes and developer of Integral Somatic Psychology, a new paradigm in body psychotherapy based on state-of-the-art research in neuroscience, affect theory, cognitive psychology, and emotion. He has helped over 1,500 therapists in 20 countries graduate from his ISP Professional Training.
His articles on trauma, embodiment, and spirituality have appeared in several journals.
Raja is also Senior Faculty at Peter Levine’s Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute and works as a licensed clinical psychologist with a PhD in Psychology.
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