Calming the Fear-driven Brain

Date : 4-5 March 2016 (Johannesburg)
 12-13 March 2016 (Cape Town)
Venue : TBC
Cost : R3000 (VAT Incl.)
Who should attend

All mental health practitioners, including psychologists, counsellors, social workers and neurofeedback practitioners.

Using Neurofeedback and Psychotherapy in the Treatment of Developmental Trauma

As we all know trauma occurs in the aftermath of intense fear, physical or mental distress, or a threat to one’s life or livelihood. There are countless individuals that have experienced trauma at some point in their lives, and that is why it is so important to gain more knowledge on the topic.

During this two day workshop, you will:
  • Learn to differentiate between PTSD, reactive attachment and developmental trauma.
  • Review research on how trauma and neglect affects brain development and the vital importance of parent-child attachment.
  • Discuss the primacy of fear in most psychopathology and in developmental trauma as well as its aftermath, which include borderline personality disorder and antisocial personality disorder.
  • Examine diagnosis as well as the recent decision of NIMH to refuse any research, based on DSM diagnoses.
  • Discuss the connection between arousal, affect and identity, the protocols to address fear circuits and the problems that repetitive firing causes.
  • Discuss the clinical challenges we as practitioners face when fear-based people begin to feel less fear.
  • Learn how to integrate NF with psychotherapy, including effects on transference and counter-transference, the therapeutic relationship, the reason to integrate them and some demonstrations as to how invaluable it is to do both together.
About the presenter
Sebern F Fisher

Sebern F Fisher
Sebern F. Fisher, MA, is a psychotherapist and neurofeedback practitioner in private practice in Northampton, Massachusetts.

She trains professionals internationally on neurofeedback, neurofeedback and attachment disorder, and the integration of neurofeedback with psychotherapy.

Sebern Fisher has integrated Neurofeedback and psychotherapy in her treatment of developmental trauma in adults and adolescents for the past 17 years. Prior to adopting Neurofeedback, Sebern was the clinical director of a residential treatment program for severely disturbed adolescents for fifteen years. While there she introduced the understanding of the impact of attachment rupture and was the first to implement DBT in a residential setting.

In April, she published Neurofeedback in the Treatment of Developmental Trauma: Calming the Fear-Driven Brain, with W.W. Norton.
“an immensely experienced neurofeedback practitioner [and] the right person to teach us how to integrate it into clinical practice.” – Bessel van der Kolk

Disclaimer: Presenters and attendees of all CPD activities must please note that the attainment of continuing education units (CEUs) does not licence any professional to practice outside their official scope of practice. CEUs are intended to broaden the knowledge of professionals but do not constitute professional training.

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