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Working with Complex Trauma, Attachment Wounds and Dissociation Across the Life Span

Children and adults with complex, early chronic relational trauma and wounded attachment systems have developed defenses and negative internal representations of themselves. This presentation addresses latest research and literature on complex, early attachment trauma and its effect on the body, biological and emotional systems and brain circuitry.
Important elements of what constitutes a comprehensive treatment of complex, relational trauma will be covered. Strategies designed to modulate arousal, maintain dual awareness and a mindful presence, challenge procedural memory, challenge the window of tolerance, meet unmet attachment needs, nurture the younger self and the inner family, complete truncated defenses, and reconnect to the mind, the heart and the body in fresh and novel ways will be presented.
 
Participants attending this seminar will be able to:
 
1.   Cite theories that directly address the key elements of attachment security.
2.   Learn how thwarted attachment experiences and trauma that occur early in life affect the capacity of the individual for regulation, connection and present awareness.
3.   Understand the legacy of dissociation and the dysregulation of affective systems that occur as a result of experiencing complex trauma.
4.   Learn strategies designed to modulate arousal, maintain dual awareness and a mindful presence, challenge procedural memory, challenge the window of tolerance, meet unmet attachment needs, nurture the younger self and the inner family, complete truncated defenses, and reconnect to the mind, the heart and the body in fresh and novel ways.
5.   Learn strategies to work therapeutically with dismissing, preoccupied and unresolved states of mind and clients with dissociative tendencies.