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Trauma 102: Neurobiology, Memory, and Healing (Rocky Mountain Health Plan Webinar - March 10, 2020)

I wanted to send a reminder that I, in conjunction with Rocky Mountain Health Plans and Foundry Treatment Center-Steamboat Springs, will be presenting the second trauma-informed care webinar in our series on Tuesday, March 10, 2020. I will do a 60 minute presentation with 15 to 30 minutes of question and answer. The webinar will be facilitated over Zoom. It is free of charge and can be accessed by registering at https://conta.cc/2PQ67YE.


The topic of this months presentation will be Trauma 102: Neurobiology, Memory, and Healing.


This presentation will focus on the neurobiological implications of major shock trauma events that result in Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). The discussion will present how traumatic and posttraumatic changes in brain structure and function impact trauma symptom formation, the fight/flight/freeze response, and the unique nature of traumatic memories. The discussion will review clinical advancements that have emerged in conjunction with new neurobiological insights. This discussion will include a discussion of traditional talk therapies (Top-Down Processing) and Somatic/body-based therapies (Bottom-Up Processing) that are instrumental in the healing process. Somatic Experiencing, EMDR, Mindfulness, and other methods of autonomic nervous system regulation will be briefly discussed as major advancements in trauma treatment.



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