Healing the Fragmented Selves of Trauma Survivors: Overcoming Self-Alienation

Dr. Janina Fisher, Psychologist. Ph. D.

Explore the therapeutic power of fostering secure attachment for clients with disowned selves

Excerpt: defensive stategy of trauma survivors

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  • 6h of continuing education
  • 24 lessons that last from 5 to 15 minutes each
  • 1 certificate of achievement
  • 1 bibliography
  • 1 course evaluation
  • 4 months unlimited access
  • 7-day money back guarantee
  • 92% of participants who completed the satisfaction survey declare they would recommend this course to a colleague

Overview

Alienation from self in the context of abusive parenting is a survival strategy that maintains children’s attachment to caregivers by disowning themselves as “bad” or “unlovable.” This deeply painful failure of self-acceptance results in lifelong shame and self-loathing, difficulty self-soothing, and complications in relationships with others. Without internal compassion and a sense of worth, it is difficult to take in the compassion and acceptance of others.

To overcome this alienation from self, therapy must focus on cultivating clients’ mindful awareness of their disowned selves and disowned experience. As clients discover their trauma-related, structurally dissociated younger selves and bring them “home,” they spontaneously begin to feel an internal sense of warmth and safety that changes their internal experience.

In this workshop, using strategies inspired by Structural Dissociation theory, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy and Internal Family Systems, you will explore the therapeutic power of fostering internal secure attachment to clients’ most deeply disowned selves. You will learn to:

  • Describe the relationship between early attachment or trauma and alienation from self ;
  • Recognize signs of disowned parts and their internal conflicts ;
  • Identify parts that sabotage self-compassion or self-acceptance ;
  • Describe interventions that create an increased somatic sense of connection or attachment to the body or the parts ;
  • Capitalize on interpersonal neurobiology to increase the effectiveness of therapeutic interventions ;
  • Foster "earned secure attachment" as the outcome of attachment bonding between adult and child selves.

About the expert

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Dr. Janina Fisher, PhD, is a licensed Clinical Psychologist and Instructor at the Trauma Center, an outpatient clinic and research center founded by Bessel van der Kolk. Known for her expertise as both a therapist and consultant, she was also formerly president of the New England Society for the Treatment of Trauma and Dissociation, an EMDR International Association Credit Provider, a faculty member of the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute, and a former instructor at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Fisher has been an invited speaker at the Cape Cod Institute, Harvard Medical School Conference Series, the EMDR International Association Annual Conference, University of Wisconsin, University of Westminster in London, the Psychotraumatology Institute of Europe, and the Esalen Institute. She has authored numerous publications, including such books as Healing the Fragmented Selves of Trauma Survivors: Overcoming Internal Self-Alienation; Transforming the Living Legacy of Trauma: A Pathway to Healing for Survivors and Therapists; and Sensorimotor Psychotherapy: Interventions for Trauma and Attachment. Dr Fisher lectures and teaches nationally and internationally on topics related to the integration of research and treatment and how to introduce these newer trauma treatment paradigms in traditional therapeutic approaches.

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Learning objectives

  1. Describe the relationship between early attachment trauma and alienation from self and recognize clinical signs of self-alienation.
  2. Transmit to the clients how to mindfully notice their distressing emotions and impulses as communications from child ego states.
  3. Describe hypnotic and somatic interventions that create an increased somatic sense of connection or attachment to one’s self.
  4. Foster earned secure attachment’ as the outcome of attachment bonding between adult and child selves.

Learning material

This workshop includes theory as well as clinical examples. It includes videos ranging from 5-15 minutes in length.

Syllabus

  • Alienation from self as a survival strategy in the context of abuse

  • 1. Alienation from self
  • 2. Internal attachment styles
  • 3. Manifestations of self-alienation
  • 4. Self-alienation and brain
  • Fragmentation and splitting as an adaptation to trauma: the Structural Dissociation model

  • 5. Dissociation structure (part 1)
  • 6. Dissociation structure (part 2)
  • 7. Defensive strategy
  • 8. Alienated parts
  • 9. Question session #1
  • Mindfulness-based techniques for ‘befriending’ dis-owned aspects of the self

  • 10. Relationship to self
  • 11. Language of parts
  • 12. Mindfulness to fragmented system
  • 13. Video clip #1
  • 14. Question session #2
  • Developing attunement and empathy for one’s traumatized parts, facilitating internal dialogue skills

  • 15. Who is I
  • 16. Mindful unblending
  • Using internal dialogue techniques to repair the emotional wounds of child parts

  • 17. Practice unblending
  • 18. Relationships with parts
  • Healing the wounds of childhood through reparative experiences and fostering “earned secure attachment”

  • 19. From alienation to attachment
  • 20. Question session #3
  • 21. Protocol for work with parts
  • 22. Befriending questions
  • 23. Repair of internal attachment
  • 24. Video clip #2
  • Bibliography


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Audience

This training is intended for mental health professionals.

Registration

  • 6h of continuing education
  • 24 lessons that last from 5 to 15 minutes each
  • 1 certificate of achievement
  • 1 bibliography
  • 1 course evaluation
  • 4 months unlimited access
  • 7-day money back guarantee

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