325 Trauma’s Role in Addiction

Janina Fisher • Friday Afternoon

Janina FisherIt’s no secret that many therapists consider the field of addictions treatment to be a kind of foreign territory with its own special language and methods. But an increasing number of therapists have begun to view addictions as a response to trauma rather than as a condition impervious to ordinary clinical intervention.

In this workshop, you’ll discover an approach that:

• Focuses on uncovering the underlying trauma or sense of shame that substance abusers are trying to resolve
• Uses Sensorimotor Psychotherapy techniques to teach clients how to regulate their nervous system, decrease anxiety, tolerate sadness and loneliness, and ground themselves both physically and emotionally
• Engage the client’s right brain through drawing, diagramming, creative activity, as well as utilizing appropriate cognitive interventions

Janina Fisher, PhD, is Assistant Director of the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute, an instructor at the Trauma Center, a former instructor at Harvard Medical School, and coauthor of Sensorimotor Psychotherapy: Interventions for Attachment and Trauma.

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