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Healing Trauma: Building Resilience & Weathering the Storm

About the Course

Healing trauma can be challenging and difficult. Trauma can fragment our experience, damage our relationships, and create debilitating change in our lives – long after a threat is gone. It can lodge itself into our felt experience and embed itself into our bodies and our minds. Even after years of talk therapy and medication, the effects of trauma can sometimes still linger. Fortunately, there is another way.

This course provides a roadmap for how to safely navigate the way through the process of healing trauma from a resilience/resource-based framework. Instead of focusing solely on the traumatic circumstance, we are invited connect with the oft-forgotten inner and outer resources that can help us build resilience and weather the storm. In this course, Dr. Albert Wong will teach us how to heal trauma from a “full-octave” resourcing perspective, including tools we can use with our clients, ourselves, and those we love.

Students will learn to help clients resource, stabilize, process, metabolize and integrate experiences of trauma. Topics covered will include: the neurobiology of trauma, polyvagal theory, fractionation, full-octave resourcing, the window of tolerance, and the three phase and three boards models of trauma treatment. Students will learn how to identify and install resources, work with implicit memory, assess and regulate traumatic arousal, and stabilize nervous system activation. Additional attention will be given to understanding and treating dissociation and fragmentation, the neurobiology of trauma, and polyvagal approaches to treating trauma.

In this module, we will explore what happens when someone experiences trauma and lay out a general road map to how we can heal. We will also introduce basic concepts and skills relevant to trauma treatment, including fractionation, full-octave experiencing, the “felt sense”, the window of tolerance, and the three phase and three boards models of trauma treatment.
Prior to embarking on any treatment of trauma, it is important to identify and reliably install resources into the person’s experience. In this module, we demonstrate how to help clients identify and access resources from the Full-Octave Range of their experience. We will also explore Attachment-based approaches to resource installation and introduce Resource Mapping. We also explore the neurobiology of trauma including polyvagal theory, and its implications for trauma treatment.
Our nervous system sometimes fools us into thinking that a past trauma is happening in the present. We cannot rely simply on explicit memories to understand trauma history, because many trauma memories are implicit, i.e., embedded in our nervous system, beneath the level of conscious awareness. In this module, we explore how to help clients rewire their nervous system’s response to trauma by working with Full-Octave Resourcing as a way of deactivating implicit memory through titration, pendulation, dual awareness, and stabilization
When someone experiences trauma they frequently dissociate from their bodily experience and fragment from themselves. In this module, we review the Structural Dissociation model of trauma treatment, and how to help a person recover from a sense of inner fragmentation. In particular, we will learn how to help clients befriend their inner parts, repair their past, and restore their connection with their younger selves.

Students who take this course will:

  • How to work with trauma from a somatic perspective
  • How trauma impacts our nervous system
  • How the brain can create dissociative freeze state shut-down
  • How to use Full-Octave Resourcing to help treat trauma
  • How to help clients release implicit memory embedded in the body and rewire their nervous system’s response to trauma
  • How the nervous system tricks us into thinking trauma is happening in the present
  • How trauma derails the time-keeping part of the brain

About Albert Wong

Dr. Albert Wong is the Director of Somatic Psychology at JFK University and a leading clinician and educator in the field of somatics. A Marshall Scholar, he has longstanding interests in the intersection of somatics, psychotherapy, and scalable technology. He served as residential staff at the Esalen Institute for five years. He has been featured on PBS, in Time Magazine, and in the book The American Soul Rush. His work has been published in titles ranging from the scientific journal Biological Cybernetics to the book anthology Radical Spirit. He was educated at Princeton, Oxford, and the University of Tennessee and is the recipient of numerous national awards (Westinghouse Science Talent Scholarship, Goldwater Scholarship). He is the founder of the online somatic education platform, Somatopia and maintains a private counseling and consulting practice centered around somatic psychotherapy: www.dralbertwong.com

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