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.
Dr. Albert Wong is the former Director of Somatic Psychology at John F. Kennedy University and a leading clinician and educator in the field of somatics. He served as residential staff at the Esalen Institute and as Core Faculty at the California Institute of Integral Studies. A Marshall Scholar, he has long standing interests in the intersection of somatics, psychotherapy, and scalable technology. 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 maintains a private counseling and consulting practice centered around somatic psychotherapy and is the is the founder of the online somatic education platform, Somatopia: www.somatopia.com