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Addictive Behavior as the Problem

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It’s no secret that many therapists consider the field of addictions treatment to be dangerous foreign territory with its own special language and methods....
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Faculty:
Janina Fisher
Duration:
2 Hours 31 Minutes
Format:
Audio and Video
Copyright:
Mar 19, 2016

Description

It’s no secret that many therapists consider the field of addictions treatment to be dangerous foreign territory with its own special language and methods. But increasingly, therapists and substance abuse professionals alike have begun to recognize the connection between addictive behavior and traumatic life experience. In this workshop we’ll present an approach to addictive behavior that:

  • Focuses on the interactive relationship between the underlying trauma symptoms and the impulse to “use” to regulate unbearable feelings and sensations
  • Provides a meaning-making component that lessens shame and offers inspiration to live a “life beyond trauma”
  • Integrates Sensorimotor Psychotherapy techniques that teach clients how to regulate their nervous systems, decrease anxiety, tolerate sadness and loneliness, and ground themselves both physically and emotionally
  • Engages the client’s right brain through drawing, diagramming, movement and gesture, as well as utilizing traditional cognitive interventions

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Outline

Introduction to co-existence of substance abuse and mental health issues within clients

  • Introduction to trauma and addications in clients
  • Introduction to trauma' impact on children
Experiencing Sensorimotor Psychotherapy with trauma
  • Helping Clients Reduce Their Shame
  • In-depth overview of Sensorimotor Psychotherapy

Faculty

Addictive Behavior as the Problem

Janina Fisher, Ph.D Related seminars and products: 63


Janina Fisher, Ph.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist and instructor at the Trauma Center, founded by Bessel van der Kolk, MD. A faculty member of the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute, an EMDR International Association consultant, past president of the New England Society for the Treatment of Trauma and Dissociation, and former instructor, Harvard Medical School, Dr. Fisher lectures nationally and internationally on the integration of the neurobiological research and new trauma treatment paradigms into traditional psychotherapies. 

Speaker Disclosures: Financial: Janina Fisher is in private practice. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc. 

Nonfinancial: Janina Fisher has no relevant nonfinancial relationship to disclose.