From MindFlight to MindSight: Overcoming the Phobia of Inner Experience in Chronic Traumatization
Total CE Credit Hours: 2
Course Info URL: http://www.ce-credit.com/courses/101922
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About the Course:
This course is based on Integrating Mind Body Perspectives in the Treatment of Chronic Traumatization
When chronic traumatization occurs, inner experience (emotions, needs, thoughts, fantasies, desires, bodily feelings, etc.) can become frightening, shame-inducing, and baffling aspects of the survivor’s world. The physical sensations, impulses, gestures and actions that correspond to such inner experience may also be a source of fear, shame and confusion. Too often, therapists fail to recognize this central phobia of inner experience in survivors and are at a loss when standard therapeutic interventions fail time after time. Traumatized individuals develop a phobic condition of “mindflight:” the vehement avoidance of elements of trauma-related internal experience and physical action. This entrenched phobia of both mental actions and physical behaviors is maintained by ongoing dissociation and retraction of the field of consciousness and other chronic avoidance and escape strategies toward reminders of past trauma, as well as by a diminished capacity for reflective functioning. Thus, these experiences remain partially or completely unintegrated. Accepting, understanding, and integrating mental actions and corresponding physical components are thus primary interventions in an integration-focused therapeutic approach.
In this webinar, we will address elements of “mindflight,” and the maladaptive mental and physical actions that maintain it. We will demonstrate both cognitive and somatic interventions to promote “mindsight” through overcoming the phobia of inner experience and by cultivating the capacity for reflective functioning, perspective, and mental and physical integration in our traumatized patients.
International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation
January 13, 2009
This ISSTD course is recommended for mental health and allied professionals, including: Psychologists, Counselors, Social Workers, Marriage and Family Counselors, plus any other professional whose work involves providing service to individuals suffering from trauma and dissociative disorders and other academics whose studies include chronic trauma and dissociation in its many varied forms. It is appropriate for an intermediate level of participants’ knowledge.
Define mindflight and phobia of inner experiences
Employ interventions that help the client become more mindful and less avoidant of his or her inner experience
Discuss the relationship between dissociation and phobia of inner experience, and how to work with dissociative parts of an individual in order to increase tolerance for inner experience.
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