Trainings for Therapists
Welcome, I have offered trainings for therapists since 2009 in a variety of contexts. I love thinking not only about what works with our clients, but also what kind of training a therapist needs to move from idea to skill to practice to a way of being in the room. I love working with clinicians and want to give you ways to feel great about your work, enjoy what you do, and have greater success and efficiency with your clients.
The Neurobiology of Feeling Safe
Working with Boundaries Inside and Out
Tuesdays 11am CST
4/13/21 - 5/11/21
If we trust polyvagal theory, we see that a felt sense of safety is key to being able to play, connect, rest and feel free to live a whole-hearted life. I know that's what so many of my clients are really seeking: freedom to engage with the world with vulnerability, strength and authenticity. Once I got clear on this, it also felt clear that feeling in danger a lot of the time was leading the people I work with to protect themselves in ways that had high cost or lead them to not protect themselves much at all, in which case they felt so deeply hurt all the time.
I knew how to help people feel safe in my office, but I wanted them to feel out in the world the same way they could feel when they had the freedom to be themselves in our therapeutic space. It slowly clicked for me that our brain processes boundaries in more than one way. When people say boundaries, they often mean the executed kind, in which we set limits with another person. But as I started to research how the brain is processing this broad word we are calling boundaries, it turns out there are many different networks involved. What if we could separate those out, break down practices that could change these networks and help our clients feel empowered to create their own safety no matter where they are? I sure have tried. I am so thrilled to share with you my thoughts about working with boundaries inside and out with your clients.
Kaleidoscope of Counseling Conference
I'll be giving a one hour introduction to using IPNB as a treatment planning map. I’ve been thinking about and teaching this informally for a while now, and this is the first time I'll be presenting it formally. It'll be a preview of the longer one I’ll be doing for Austin IN Connection in the fall of this year.
The Mind, the Brain, and Relationships
In this online, self paced course full of both didactic and experiential content, we will explore Interpersonal Neurobiology. Applying the research that is opening the door to a deeper understanding of how our brains, minds, and relationships function can create more intentional, efficient and deep work with our clients.
Interpersonal Neurobiology is not a therapy, it is a theory of mind and theory of change that can help you discover how to organize you tool box to work with the natural energy and information flow patterns of the brain.
This course is an integration of the work of Dan Siegel, Bonnie Badenoch, Bessel Van der Kolk, Stephen Porges, Antonio Dimassio, Iain McGilchrist, Robert Sapolski, and many more. We will apply it to individual clients as well as couples and families, children and adults, so no matter which population you specialize in, you’ll find this course helpful.
Understand basics about anatomy and function
Get more practice using psychoeducation about the brain in session
Learn techniques that aid in deepening flexibility and adaptability across 8 levels of brain integration
See demos of the work in action
Learn how to read the scientific literature
Experience the work yourself so that you feel comfortable taking it into your office