EMDR Therapy, Mirror Neurons, and Neural Synchrony - Special Edition on Trauma-Induced Medical Disorders
Workshop Description What has developmental neurobiology taught us about neurobiological maturation and its resultant psychological development? In what way does the attachment relationship impinge on these processes? How can an appreciation of these data help us understand exactly how the brain and mind change during EMDR treatment? How do we utilize this knowledge regarding the neurobiology of consciousness and human development to enhance our therapeutic techniques? Is the unconscious/implicit mind important? Should the emphasis on verbal and symbolic, left hemispheric processing that dominates our field continue? Are transference and countertransference phenomena important? Does today’s knowledge of neural function redefine them? Is the relational field or vortex that surrounds the therapist and patient important? Can we become more active within this vortex to render it more robust? These questions have plagued and challenged our various psychological and psychiatric professions, for over a century, causing major arguments, divisions and schisms. Fortunately, the past 20 years have evidenced an avalanche of neurobiological data regarding how the human brain develops in the context of somatosensory stimulation and relational attachment. This vast amount of new information charges us to become more aware, fluent and clinically comfortable with the right hemispheric functioning of our patients and ourselves as we engage in the dance of treatment. What exactly happens on a neurobiological level in acute, chronic and complex PTSD? Is there a relationship between this unusual neuroendocrine profile and a number of medical illnesses which manifest as hyperimmune inflammatory disorders? This presentation will review and examine the results of extensive neuroendocrine research relative to these trauma-induced disorders. A major focus will be on those symptomatic disorders of Type I Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Complex PTSD. The data from these research bases will be integrated with neuroendocrine research findings regarding autoimmune compromises associated with chronic trauma. Conditions, such as Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD), Systemic Lupus Erythematosis, Hashimoto's Thyroiditis, Sjogren’s Syndrome, Rheumatoid Arthritis, and others will be examined. This presentation will also clearly illustrate the neuroendocrine and causal relationship between the various forms of PTSD and these medical disorders which have mystified and challenged the fields of psychology, psychiatry and internal medicine. Accordingly, the implications for EMDR treatment will be examined, as well as referrals for medical immuno-suppressive treatment. Clinical case examples will be used throughout the seminar to illustrate anatomical and neurobiological dynamics. Ample time will be allotted for participant interaction in order to address specific clinical questions of those attending. Learning objectives: Participants will be able to describe the neural (maturational) and psychological (developmental) stages of human development with respect to human attachment. Special focus will be given to the somatosensory aspects of the attachment relationships. These threads will be woven together to show that the somatosensory and memory templates of these developmental years form non-conscious templates for affect regulation and interpersonal relationships in adulthood. Participants will learn how the use of dual attention stimuli (DAS) and bilateral stimulation activate orienting responses and areas of the thalamus to promote repair of perceptual, cognitive, memorial, somatosensory and inter-hemispheric functioning. Participants will be able to use neurobiological data regarding the Default Mode Network and the Mirror Neuron System to illustrate the implications of this material with respect the adaptive information processing model (AIP model) and current EMDR treatment, as well as
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