This developmental trauma course provides effective strategies to help your clients work through prenatal and perinatal trauma and global high-intensity activation
$299 (33% off)
Regular price is $450
12.5 hours, with 3 Demonstrations
On-demand, online course
You’ll Learn Effective Methods to Help Your Clients Overcome Anxiety, Migraines, Allergies, and Low Self-Esteem
Persistent imprints from prenatal and perinatal traumas are often in the form of implicit somatic memories with a tendency towards global high-intensity activation in the central nervous system.
This can lead to long-term symptoms such as anxiety, migraines, heart dysregulation, allergies, attachment and relational difficulties, and emotional difficulties such as persistent low self-esteem.
Symptoms of prenatal and perinatal trauma and global high-intensity activation can also be seen in clients whose caregivers had activation from causes such as war; or in clients who did not have adequate interactive regulation from their caregivers early in their lives.
If unresolved, they often form the template of how we are affected by later traumas and compromise our ability to cope with them.
You’ll learn effective methods to help your clients work through prenatal and perinatal trauma and global high-intensity activation, utilizing
- the specialized knowledge of the physiology and energy anatomy of prenatal and perinatal trauma and global high-intensity activation,
- the principles of physical and energetic regulation, and
- the tools of emotional embodiment and interpersonal resonance from Integral Somatic Psychology™ (ISP™) that include the work with archetypes from Jungian psychology as resources to help facilitate emotional processing.
The Developmental Trauma Course Will Cover the Following Topics
- Major types of prenatal and perinatal trauma
- Existential terror, fragmentation, rage, and shame
- Physiological and energetic defenses commonly involved
- Global high-intensity of the central nervous system
- How to efficiently work with all of the above by building a greater capacity for a larger range of emotional experiences by using the body as a container
- The science of embodied cognition, emotion, and behavior
- The role of archetypes from Jungian psychology as resources for processing emotions
ISP has developed into a rich treasure. In helping clients with difficult emotions such as fear, grief, and pain my work has gained much more containment and depth. And during a severe flu combined with heart symptoms I was able to regulate my anxiety through what I have learned at ISP. I highly recommend ISP to therapists.
Who can Benefit from this Developmental Trauma Course
All professionals including graduates and students of Somatic Experiencing® (SE™) engaged in treating symptoms from prenatal and perinatal trauma and global high-intensity activation stand to gain much from this course.
Integral Somatic Psychology (ISP) graduates and trainees will learn about pre and perinatal trauma and how to apply their ISP skills specifically to pre and perinatal traumas.
About Raja Selvam, PhD
Raja Selvam, PhD, is the author of The Practice of Embodying Emotions 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.
Prenatal and Perinatal Trauma Course Curriculum
Day 1 – Video 1 (1:01:29): Workshop Overview: Prenatal and perinatal traumas and Integral Somatic Psychology
Day 1 – Video 2 (50:31): Types of prenatal and perinatal trauma.
Day 1 – Video 3 (58:19): How prenatal and perinatal trauma can affect various layers of the body including the brain.
Day 1 – Video 4 (56:02): Clinical demonstration: Working with prenatal and perinatal trauma. Symptom: Panic and loss of mental clarity. Working with underlying existential terror.
Day 2 – Video 1 (56:41): Debriefing of day 1 practice & overview of the strategy of emotional embodiment.
Day 2 – Video 2 (41:10): Where blocks against traumatic suffering can form in the body and why.
Day 2 – Video 3 (41:05): The five major themes of prenatal and perinatal trauma: Existential terror, fragmentation, rage, shame, and difficulty in making contact.
Day 2 – Video 4 (1:01:16): Clinical demonstration: Working with fear, agitation, and helplessness from pre and perinatal trauma.
Day 3 – Video 1 (1:00:48): Debriefing of day 2 practice & the role of the archetypes of the collective psyche from Jungian psychology in pre and perinatal trauma.
Day 3 – Video 2 (56:18): Working with the highest archetype of the collective psyche at the crown of the head as a resource for working with prenatal and perinatal trauma.
Day 3 – Video 3 (47:19): Working with the five major themes from prenatal and perinatal trauma: Existential fragmentation, terror, rage, shame, and difficulty in making contact.
Day 3 – Video 4 (1:11:33): Clinical demonstration: Working with existential shame.
Day 4 – Video 1 (31:03): Review of ISP Professional Training & the basic elemental archetypes of the collective psyche.
Day 4 – Video 2 (42:59): The basic elemental archetype of earth and its relationship to prenatal and perinatal trauma.
Day 4 – Video 3 (33:28): Working with the basic elemental archetype of earth at the coccyx or tailbone.
Reading – 1 (1:45:00): Notes on Global High-Intensity Activation in the central nervous system from pre and perinatal trauma.
Reading – 2 (30:00): Heeding the body’s messages: Physiological implications of prenatal trauma.
Reading – 3 (1:15:00): How to improve outcomes in all therapies through embodiment of emotions.
Reading – 4 (1:45:00): What is Integral Somatic Psychology? A conversation with Raja Selvam.
Peer Refereed Journal Articles
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