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Dr Janina Fisher, Ph.D.

                                                  HEALING THE BODY, HEALING THE MIND:
                                                  SENSORIMOTOR PSYCHOTHERAPY
                                                  IN TREATING COMPLEX TRAUMA
                                                  15-16 August 2013
                                                  Wesley Conference Centre, Sydney

                                                  Trauma leaves behind a host of easily re-activated somatic responses and
                                                  an inadequate memory record. Through this lens of body-based responses,
                                                  the traumatised individual makes meaning of all subsequent experience.
                                                  This seminar will cover recent neuroscience research that explains how
                                                  traumatic experience becomes deeply embedded in both mind and
                                                  body. Participants will learn how to assess and make sense of trauma-
                                                  based symptoms and how to apply neurobiologically informed treatment
                                                  techniques in clinical practice. Using a multimodal approach—integrating
                                                  lecture, videotapes, and experiential exercises—participants will be
                                                  introduced to Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, a simple body-centred talking
                                                  therapy that addresses such trauma-related challenges as: dysregulated
                                                  autonomic arousal, overwhelming affects and sensations, intrusive images
                                                  and memories, impulsivity and acting out, dissociative phenomena,
                                                  numbing and disconnection.


DAY ONE                                                            DAY TWO
SESSION 1                                                          SESSION 1
How the mind and body respond to threat and danger                 Addressing the challenges and complications of
The neurobiological legacy of trauma: autonomic and                trauma treatment
affect dysregulation, inhibition of cortical functioning,          PTSD = persistence of animal defence survival responses
implicit memories, inability to feel safe in the body,             Secondary symptoms of PTSD: substance abuse, self-harm,
animal defence responses                                           suicidality, aggressive behaviour, disabling depression or anxiety

SESSION 2                                                          SESSION 2
Neurobiologically-informed trauma treatment                        Capitalising on somatic resources for addressing dysregulation
Intrusive memories:                                                Therapy as a laboratory for the practice of new actions
remembering situationally, not deliberately
                                                                   Developing new resources that address specific trauma symptoms
Psychoeducation and re-framing
Treating the nervous system rather than the event or behaviour
                                                                   SESSION 3
                                                                   A new approach to understanding traumatic memory
SESSION 3                                                          Ways of addressing invited and uninvited memory
Introduction to Sensorimotor Psychotherapy
                                                                   Somatic resolution of traumatic events
How the body keeps the score:
trauma and procedural learning
Tracking the body as a source of information                       SESSION 4
Including the body in talking therapy treatment modalities         Neuralplasticity and interpersonal neurobiology
                                                                   How a Sensorimotor approach changes the therapist’s role
SESSION 4                                                          Right brain-to-right brain communication
Mindfulness and neuralplasticity                                   Dyadic dancing
Therapeutic uses of mindfulness in Sensorimotor
Video and experiential demonstration of techniques                   Professional endorsements
                                                                     Please consult the CPD guidelines of your professional
                                                                     body to assess if this seminar can be claimed for CPD.
                                                        ABOUT DR JANINA FISHER, Ph.D.
                                                        Janina Fisher, Ph.D. is a licensed Clinical Psychologist and an Instructor
                                                        at a Trauma Centre in the USA, a clinic and research centre founded by
                                                        Bessel van der Kolk. Known for her expertise as a clinician and presenter,
                                                        she is Assistant Director of the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute, past
                                                        President of the New England Society for the Treatment of Trauma and
                                                        Dissociation, an EMDR International Association Consultant, and former
                                                        Instructor, Harvard Medical School. Dr Fisher has authored a number of
                                                        articles on trauma treatment and lectures nationally and internationally on
                                                        the integration of neurobiological research and body-oriented psychotherapy
                                                        into traditional therapeutic modalities.

                                                        Dr Janina Fisher has also published a psycho-educational flipchart which
                                                        helps traumatised clients understand the nature of the symptoms and the
                                                        treatment. The flipchart includes 22 diagrams and charts summarising the
                                                        most current research and theoretical concepts in trauma treatment
                                                        (see left image of a sample page taken from

VENUE                                                                       TAX INVOICE/ REGISTRATION FORM
Registrations: 9.00am                                                       ABN 15 136 372 248            | Prices include GST
Seminar start/finish: 9.30am-5.00pm                                         Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea provided.
Wesley Conference Centre, Wesley Theatre                                    ‘Healing the Body, Healing the Mind:
220 Pitt St, Sydney CBD                                                     Sensorimotor Psychotherapy in Treating Complex
                                                                            Trauma’, 15-16 August 2013
Getting there:
Bus: Many buses going through the city
                                                                            EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION
Train: St James and Town Hall stations
Car: Secure Parking, Castlereagh St                                           $465 each                   $440 groups*              $315 students**
                                                                            (Payment in full before 5pm, Monday 24 June 2013)

REGISTRATIONS                                                               STANDARD REGISTRATION
Register online at                                         $495 each                   $470 groups*              $345 students**
Or fill out this form and:                                                  (Payment in full before 5pm, Friday 9 August 2013)
Fax: (02) 9794 1910. Attn: Training Admin                                   PARTICIPANT DETAILS
Post: Training Admin, STARTTS,                                              Name:
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of personal circumstances. Registration can be transferred to another
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