Complex Trauma & Dissociation: Healing Through a Multi-Disciplinary Body Based Approach - Patricia Dean




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CPD & CE credits available: 6

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Course Description:

Have you ever lost your keys, missed your exit, or were surprised how a 10 hour drive went by so quickly? If so, you are already familiar with how dissociation shows up from time to time in our daily lives. For someone who has experienced trauma, however, it can become chronic. When dissociation is pervasive, it can not only impact a person’s ability to function, it can undermine their sense of who they are. In this training, we’ll be looking more deeply at dissociation, and how a body-based approach can support clients in building their capacity for presence.

Dissociation is a response when the nervous system is overwhelmed. This is an organic response, not one of choice but comes from the Reptilian Brain to protect the whole system – A Survival Part. We will be touching into “parts work” and attachment styles and examining how developmental trauma lays the foundation for dissociation at the somatic level. We will be learning about how dissociation disrupts the conscious awareness of sensory information. And we will discuss how building sensory awareness can be powerful in supporting clients to access and process previously unconscious material. We will be talking about coupling dynamics. Couplings are associations between stimulus and the response that follows. There can be “over-coupling” (over associations) or “under-coupling” (fragmented or dis-associated). An awareness of these coupling dynamics is essential for understanding the shifts that can take place as a client is moving into more presence.

Through exercises, attendees will learn several activities to slowly help their clients begin to embody and increase their capacity for regulation while having their “wise mind” be their nurturing parent. I will be incorporating several clinical cases to help bring this learning to life.

Any professional who works with traumatized individuals will find this training essential because it incorporates the body perspective—Bottom up. I will be utilizing my learnings and experiences as a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner and a Transforming Touch® Therapist to this webinar.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the difference between Single Incident Trauma vs. Complex Trauma
  • Defining & understanding Dissociation as a Survival Strategy and how to support the clients’ parts
  • Learn the difference between Neuroception, Interoception and Proprioception and how they apply to Dissociation
  • Learning about Overcoupling and Undercoupling and how they interact with Dissociation
  • Learning additional areas to help move material from unconscious to conscious and pinpoint “opportunity” areas
  • Discuss the important foundational touchstones needed when working with Dissociation
  • Leave the training with a greater understanding of Dissociation and interventions to help slowly titrate the healing process.

About the Speaker

Patricia Dean, LMFT, SEP, BSP, BASE-P, has a private practice in Franklin, TN, USA and provides somatic psychotherapy and hands on treatment for clients with complex and developmental trauma.

Patricia Dean is a licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in the state of Tennessee. She is a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner (SEP) and a Transforming Touch® Therapist. Additional trainings include: Dynamic Attachment Re-Patterning Experience (DARe), Relational Bodywork and Somatic Education (BASE), Somatic Resilience and Regulation (SRR), Touch for Psychotherapist (TST), Level II EMDR, Certified in Brainspotting, Emotionally Focused Therapy, Gottman Couples Therapy and additional master level trainings in Concussions & PTSD and somatic related trainings.

She coordinates Somatic Experiencing training in Nashville, TN, USA and assists at advance level SE trainings throughout the US.

Prior to the counseling field, she was responsible for starting up new frozen food products for Stouffers/Nestle, Supplier Development Manager for a local restaurant company, owned a Nashville restaurant, and owned an internet advertising company. All of these unique career’s help her “think out of the box” in her counseling practice.


CPD & CE credits available: 6

How do I receive these credits?

The participant must pass the multiple-choice test with a minimum score of 80%. There is a maximum of three attempts to achieve this.

The post-test is included in the price of the training.

Does my regulatory body accept the credits?

The CPD & CE credits awarded can be used towards your declaration to any governing regulatory body in your state or country, provided the content is relevant to your discipline.

Our trainings are accredited by:

– The CPD Group, London
– Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association
– Australian Counselling Association

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