Trauma can stay with us 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.
Trauma therapy from a somatic perspective invites us to reconnect with the oft-forgotten “felt sense” of the body. Instead of working strictly from a talk-therapy approach, somatic psychotherapy uses the wisdom of the body to help guide a client out and through. In this course, Dr. Albert Wong will share the underlying principles of trauma therapy from a somatic 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 experiencing, orienting, tracking sensation, the window of tolerance, the three phase and three boards models of trauma treatment, identifying and installing resources, polyvagal mapping, working with implicit memory, pendulation, dual awareness, assessing and regulating traumatic arousal, and stabilization. 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