August 2, 2022
Chicago Minds proudly presents The Trauma Series with Linda Thai, occurring on the first Tuesday of each month over June, July, August and September. Detailed event descriptions of each workshop will be posted on our event page one month in advance.
Sliding scale and student discounts are generously sponsored by Jane , an online platform for health and wellness practitioners that makes it simple to book, chart, schedule, bill and get paid.
06/07 Phase oriented trauma treatment
07/05 Fawning, appeasement and the somatics of trauma within the dynamics of oppressive systems
08/02 Working with Developmental Trauma: Demystifying Structural Dissociation of the Personality
09/06 Body Hacks to Calm and Restore the Nervous System
Working with Developmental Trauma: Demystifying Structural Dissociation of the Personality
Do you find yourself struggling with clients who present with paradoxical and contradictory behaviors? …behaviors that are the symptoms of their internal tensions between the drive to survive and the drive to connect….behaviors that are the symptoms of disrupted attachment and complex developmental trauma.
For example, they appear motivated to make changes in their lives and yet, can also present as help-rejecting or openly disparaging towards the efforts of the therapist. Perhaps they alternate between defiance and compliance, charming and self-harming, grandiosity and self-loathing, stoically independent and yet terrified of abandonment.
Developmental Trauma Disorder (Herman, 1992) involves early-onset, protracted, repeated interpersonal traumatization across key developmental stages involving the perceived inability to escape , and results in a disorder of self-organization : affect dysregulation, negative self-concept, and impaired functioning in relationships.
Structural Dissociation of the Personality theory (Nijenhuis, van der Hart & Steele, 2006) provides a map for the fragmentation of self that occurs as a result of these chronic attachment failures, breaches and abuses within the care-giving system. By combining Structural Dissociation of the Personality Theory with Attachment Theory and the somatics of trauma (Fisher, 2017), class participants will develop a comprehensive clinical understanding and enhance therapeutic effectiveness in working with the intra-psychic terrain of those who have experienced traumatic attachment disturbances.
In this presentation, you will:
– Distinguish between and recognize indicators of Primary, Secondary and Tertiary Structural Dissociation of the Personality.
– Recognize indicators of Developmental Trauma Disorder.
– Integrate Structural Dissociation of the Personality Theory with Attachment Theory and the somatics of trauma to develop a comprehensive clinical understanding of the internal struggles of those who have experienced traumatic attachment disturbances.
This workshop is suitable for anyone who is working with, or is seeking to specialize in working with, developmental trauma survivors. It is assumed that you have at least a basic understanding of trauma (i.e. you’ve attended an ACEs training). Perhaps you also have a trauma-treatment modality under your belt, and you would like a solid clinical framework through which to understand the internal struggles of those who have experienced traumatic attachment disturbances.
This workshop is also suitable for individuals who have a childhood trauma history, who wish to become empowered in regards to their own healing journey.
About the Speaker
Linda Thai, LMSW, ERYT-200, CLYL
Linda is a mental health clinician, storyteller, and educator who has had her own lived experiences of individual, collective, historical and cultural traumatization…and healing. She uses her background in trauma therapy, somatic therapies and yoga to guide others through steps that help you to recognize and safely release tension through resourcing the body. She believes in empowering others through education and skills, thereby igniting potential and fueling your innate desire to learn, to grow, to heal.
Linda is an adjunct faculty member in the Social Work Department at the University of Alaska Fairbanks and specializes in trauma-informed care and compassion fatigue resilience skills; Mental health clinician at ND Systems, specializing in somatic therapies and trauma therapy. She assists internationally renowned psychiatrist and trauma expert, Dr. Bessel van der Kolk, with his private small group psychotherapy workshops aimed at healing attachment trauma. In her work at Fairbanks Memorial Hospital, she is responsible for training clinicians in all departments, including psychology, nursing and medicine. She has a Master of Social Work with an emphasis on the neurobiology of attachment and trauma.
Workshop participants who opt to receive CE certification, please select the CEU option. This workshop fulfills requirement for 1.5 CE credits. CE sponsorship is approved by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR), credits are applicable to LCSW and transferrable to LCPC in Illinois. If you have a different licensure or are licensed outside of Illinois, please check with your licensure body before purchasing.
Please note that we require your live attendance in order to issue CE certificates. If you are unable to attend live, please let us know at least 24 hours before the event.
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