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Digital Seminar

Creating Safety with High-Conflict Couples: A Nonverbal Approach


Faculty:
Janina Fisher, PhD
Duration:
1 Hour 59 Minutes
Copyright:
Mar 24, 2018
Product Code:
NOS095927
Media Type:
Digital Seminar
Access:
Never expires.


Description

High-conflict couples can stop even the most experienced therapist, turning the office into a verbal boxing ring, and us into referees or speechless bystanders. When our usual ways of working don’t slow the battle, much less transform it, nonverbal approaches can help volatile couples move beyond their habitual escalations.

Watch Janina Fisher as she provides simple interventions drawn from Sensorimotor Psychotherapy that teach couples how to create safety and real intimacy in their relationships.

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Janina Fisher, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist and former instructor at The Trauma Center, a research and treatment center founded by Bessel van der Kolk. Known as an expert on the treatment of trauma, Dr. Fisher has also been treating individuals, couples and families since 1980.

She is past president of the New England Society for the Treatment of Trauma and Dissociation, an EMDR International Association Credit Provider, Assistant Educational Director of the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute, and a former Instructor, Harvard Medical School. Dr. Fisher lectures and teaches nationally and internationally on topics related to the integration of the neurobiological research and newer trauma treatment paradigms into traditional therapeutic modalities.

She is co-author with Pat Ogden of Sensorimotor Psychotherapy: Interventions for Attachment and Trauma (2015) and author of Healing the Fragmented Selves of Trauma Survivors: Overcoming Internal Self-Alienation (2017) and the forthcoming book, Working with the Neurobiological Legacy of Trauma (in press).

Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Dr. Janina Fisher has an employment relationship with the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute. She is a consultant for Khiron House Clinics and the Massachusetts Department of MH Restraint and Seclusion Initiative. Dr. Fisher receives royalties as a published author. She receives a speaking honorarium, recording royalties and book royalties from Psychotherapy Networker and PESI, Inc. Dr. Fisher has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Dr. Janina Fisher is on the advisory board for the Trauma Research Foundation.


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Access for Self-Study (Non-Interactive)

Access never expires for this product.


Objectives

  1. Determine the clinical implications of disorganized attachment in couples therapy.
  2. Articulate Sensorimotor methods that can be interfaced with psychotherapy practices to alleviate the volatility in couples.

Outline

What creates a ‘volatile’ couple?
  • Early attachment, trauma, and later relationships
  • Animal defense survival responses are activated by perceived threat
  • Inhibition of the prefrontal cortex deprives them of access to perspective
Reducing volatility by helping couples communicate without words
  • Tracking their bodily reactions to the other
  • Increasing awareness of the role of triggering
  • Regulating the nervous system and bodily tension
  • Sensorimotor Psychotherapy
  • Using gesture and movement to practice new alternatives to conflict and reactivity

Target Audience

Psychologists, Addiction Counselors, Counselors, Social Workers, Marriage & Family Therapists, Nurses, and other Behavioral Health Professionals

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