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Digital Seminar

Shock and Terror: Tracking (Down) Their Persistent Clinical Effects Through Deep Brain Reorienting (DBR)

Frank Corrigan, MD
57 Minutes
May 18, 2021
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This recording offers participants an opportunity to understand the key role of deep midbrain systems in traumatic experiences which have clinical consequences. There is an emphasis on attachment shock, which may be historic or recent, and early life adversity. A distinction between circuits for shock and circuits for affective and defensive responding underlies the clinical approach of Deep Brain Reorienting (DBR). DBR is a trauma memory processing modality that has developed from an understanding of stimulus-response sequences in the upper brainstem. Tracking these sequences, with the knowledge of how they occur physiologically, activates a healing process and, optimally, complete resolution of the clinical consequences of the traumatic experiences. DBR can also be useful when attachment urges are conflicted because of adverse experiences. For example, when the capacity to orient toward connection simultaneously triggers the impulse to move away, often with negative affects emerging, there can be a deeply conflicted urge to connect with significant others. 


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Frank Corrigan, MD, began his training in psychiatry in 1977 and was an NHS Consultant Psychiatrist in Scotland from 1985 until 2018, latterly working part-time as a specialist provider of trauma psychotherapy. He now works in private practice in Glasgow and specialises in complex trauma and dissociative disorders. He is an accredited practitioner and consultant with the EMDR Association (UK & Ireland), completed the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Trauma Training in 2010, and was previously approved for supervising and training in the Comprehensive Resource Model (CRM) for the treatment of complex trauma disorders.

Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Frank Corrigan maintains a private practice and receives royalties as a published author. He receives a speaking honorarium and recording royalties from PESI, Inc. He has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Frank Corrigan has no relevant non-financial relationships.


  1. Analyze the neuroanatomy and neurophysiology of threat and adversity response systems in the midbrain, the upper part of the brainstem. 
  2. Appraise current research on deep brain reorienting and integrations with trauma treatments.
  3. Differentiate the main components of physiological sequences underpinning conflicted orienting patterns in relational connections. 
  4. Inspect risks and limitations of DBR methods. 


  • Grounding as a mechanism for being in the “where” self rather than the “what” self. 
  • Using the grounded self’s perspective to track down the origins of residual shock and horror – in addition to affective and defensive responses. 
  • Using the orienting tension as a way of reducing the risk of emotional overwhelm and/or dissociation during processing. 
  • Allowing the endogenous healing process to flow from the identification of orienting – tension – affect sequences. 

Target Audience

  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Psychologists
  • Psychotherapists
  • Therapists
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Case Managers
  • Physicians
  • Nurses
  • Other Mental Health Professionals

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