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Restructuring and Unburdening Trauma Weekend of February 3-5, 2017

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In this workshop, two master clinicians in the treatment of traumatic stress will experientially explore two complementary approaches: Internal Family Systems (IFS) and Psychodramatic Structures. IFS involves an inward focus on both the protective and wounded parts of traumatized people, and accesses a person’s healing essence called the Self to help those parts transform.
Psychodramatic Structures seek to correct another primary issue with trauma: people are hurt just as much by what they lack as by what they have experienced. They may not know what it feels like to be cherished, to be seen, understood, and truly met. In these role-play structures, participants are able to have a visceral sense of what it would have been like to have had that kind of caregiving and reciprocity at the appropriate stage of development, and create new experiences that they can carry into their daily lives. The group will compare and contrast the effects of these two treatment approaches, and weigh their relative benefits for various populations.


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