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Trauma, Psychoanalysis and the Body
Thursday, November 19, 2020, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM EST
Category: Courses

Trauma, Psychoanalysis and the Body
Instructor: Heather Craige, LCSW, Psychoanalyst


This 8-session course will examine the impact of chronic, relational trauma on the mind and body of the developing person. We will discuss the complexities of treating "adult survivors" using contemporary psychoanalytic lenses such as relational schemas, affect regulation, attachment, and self-states. The work of major contributors in mind-body trauma studies, including Bessel van der Kolk, Peter Levine (Somatic Experiencing), Francine Shapiro (EMDR), Pat Ogden (Sensorimotor Psychotherapy) and Stephen Porges (Polyvagal Theory) will be introduced and integrated with psychoanalytic approaches to treatment of trauma, including the contributions of John Bowlby, Peter Fonagy, Allan Schore, and Philip Bromberg.
This class will go beyond theory in that each participant will be asked to hold one patient in mind during the course, to assess that person's particular strengths and vulnerabilities, and to "try on" new perspectives to understanding and working with that patient. 
Each session will include discussion of both reading and clinical vignettes. We will also practice skills to regulate the autonomic nervous system and learn to gain access to implicit memories by tracking bodily sensations.


This class is intended for psychodynamically-oriented psychologists, psychiatrists, clinical social workers, licensed professional counselors, and other clinicians at an intermediate level.


By registering for this course, I give my permission for the lectures to be recorded. Comments and case material presented by students following each lecture will not be recorded


Register Here

Where:    via zoom
When:     Thursdays, October 1 - November 19, 2020   
Time:       7:00 -  8:30 PM

CME Credits: 12 / CE 12 clock hours: 9 / NBCC: 12 clock hours / All others: Letter of Attendance

Prerequisite: Participants should have a basic understanding of psychoanalytic theory and its application to the treatment of patients. Applicants can meet this requirement through previous coursework, training, or supervision (e.g., Thinking Psychoanalytically: The Basics; the PPSC Introductory Course; psychoanalytic coursework or supervision in graduate school/residency or post-graduation). Applicants who do not meet this requirement may register for the course with permission from the instructor.

Training Program Credit: Students who complete this course can earn elective credit in both the psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic psychotherapy training programs.

About the Instructor: Heather Craige, MSW, LCSW, Psychoanalyst

Syllabusclick here

Required TextBessel van der Kolk, The Body Keeps the Score. This book should be purchased in advance and is readily available from and booksellers everywhere. 

Preparatory Reading, to be done before the first class:
Bessel van der Kolk, The Body Keeps the Score, Chapters 1, 2, and 3 (47 pages). 
Jonathan Shedler, That Was Then, This Is Now (pdf, pages 1-46). Available online.

Registration and Tuition Deadline deadline is September 24. 
$25 Registration Fee is due at the time of application.

Tuition: $315 
$235 for students matriculated in the training programs 
$290 for residents and graduate students
Payment plans can be arranged with the Administrator

Matriculated students aren't charged a course registration fee.  Students who register for more than one course in a semester pay only one registration fee.  In special circumstances, we may accept registrations after the registration deadline, but there will be an additional $20 late registration fee.


Course Learning Objectives: 
Class participants will be abl
e to

1)     Demonstrate increased capacity to use concepts and techniques from contemporary trauma studies in treatment planning for patients with complex developmental trauma based on psychodynamic assessment. 

2)     Describe the “window of tolerance” and assess patient’s capacity to restore equilibrium after an emotionally painful therapy session.

3)     Identify the physiological signs of sympathetic nervous system activation and teach patients to settle using the breath and the senses.

4)     Identify the physiological signs of dissociation and teach patients to come back into the present using their senses and movement.

5)     Explain the concept of “self-states” and teach patients to track shifts in self-states using bodily sensations, negative/positive cognitions, and mood.

6)     Define and distinguish between explicit and implicit memory.

7)     Describe how bodily sensations may be used as the “royal road” to implicit memories, and how to introduce the concept of free association to patients so that it will include bodily sensations.

8)     Identify the hallmarks of secure and insecure (avoidant, ambivalent, disorganized) attachment styles. 

9)     Describe the type of care-taking behavior that typically leads to a disorganized attachment style.

10)  Describe the difference between acute trauma and developmental/ relational trauma, and how early relational trauma may set the stage for later PTSD after acute trauma.

11)  Describe how the Polyvagal Theory expands our understanding of the autonomic nervous system, and its relevance to treating adult survivors of childhood abuse and neglect.

12)  Illustrate what is meant by a caretaker’s “marked” response to a child’s feelings and describe the relevance of this concept to the child’s developing capacity for affect regulation.

CE & CME Information

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of American Psychoanalytic Association and Psychoanalytic Center of the Carolinas. The American Psychoanalytic Association is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The American Psychoanalytic Association designates this Live Activity for a maximum of 12 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
IMPORTANT DISCLOSURE INFORMATION FOR ALL LEARNERS: None of the planners and presenters of this CME program have any relevant financial relationships to disclose.
The Psychoanalytic Center of the Carolinas has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6518. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. The Psychoanalytic Center of the Carolinas is solely responsible for all aspects of the program.

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