An Interpersonal Neurobiological Approach to Transforming Developmental Trauma Into Integration & ResiliencyIn this workshop, we will explore trauma resolution from an Interpersonal Neurobiology perspective, looking at how early life experiences and relationships interact with the nervous system and the developing mind to shape who we become. By establishing a working definition of the mind, using the foundational concept of integration – the differentiation and linkage of parts of a system, we can begin to conceptualize trauma through an Interpersonal Neurobiology lens and explore how we can best help our clients resolve trauma, increase integration, and move towards health, well-being, and resiliency.“Mind” is a term that lacks a definition in a range of fields of academics as well as in education, parenting, and even mental health. Beyond common descriptions of mental activities, such as emotion, memory and thought, defining the mind itself empowers us to ask what a healthy mind might be, and what we can do to cultivate a healthy mind in our individual and collective lives.This definition of Mind will serve as a foundation as we dive deeply into the topic of trauma, exploring how traumatic experiences – or experiences that overwhelm our ability to cope well – affect our nervous system, relationships, and subjective experiences and how integration is key to trauma resolution. We will take a critical look at the Adverse Childhood Experiences Study (ACES) and an in-depth view of attachment science to explore how people adapt to traumatic experiences and how trauma creates barriers to integration, such as impaired neural development, insecure attachment tendencies, and non-coherent narratives.Using the 9 Domains of Integration, which include integration of consciousness, the nervous system, relationships, internal states, time, and memory, we can identify areas in which clients may be lacking integration, which manifests through states of rigidity, chaos, or both, due to past developmental traumas. Through this thorough understanding of Interpersonal Neurobiology, integration, and trauma, treatment planning and intervention can then be built around increasing differentiation and linkage of specific areas within the client’s life to build new neural pathways, support the creation of coherent narratives, and create rewarding relationships as trauma is resolved.Come join us on a journey into the nature of mind as we explore trauma resolution, neuroplasticity, and the power of integration to create well-being in the lives of our patients and our own lives.
The workshop includes
- A review of current research on the mind, brain, and relationships
- Discussions about neuroplasticity: How brain structure is shaped by experience
- In depth look at developmental trauma from an IPNB perspective
- Specific techniques that promote integration and improve affect regulation, the coherence of the self, and the quality of interpersonal relationships.
- Experiential exercises, including guided meditation and mindful movement.
Learning outcomes:Participants in the workshop will be able to…
- Describe nine domains of integration
- Define trauma and describe how it affects the brain, relationships, and the mind
- Name four ways the brain changes in response to experience
- Outline how traumatic experiences are uniquely stored in memory and ways in which those memories can become integrated with trauma resolution
- Name three applications of attachment theory in assessment of developmental trauma
- Identify chaotic and rigid states as examples of impaired integration and well-being
- Define the mind and outline how mind is different from brain
- Outline four ways in which quantum physics may be relevant for understanding mind as an emergent property of energy flow
- Discuss the nature of time and how an “arrow of time” may be present in some facets of mind but absent in others