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Achieving Mindfulness: Using Meditation and Yoga to Encourage Mindfulness in Clients Experiencing Complex Trauma and Dissociation

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Over the past decade, meditation and yoga have become increasingly popular in mental health treatment and in the world at large. While the practices can be helpful, clients will receive the most benefit from work that is trauma informed and delivered with an understanding of how these healing mechanisms impact the mind, brain and body.

In the webinar we will explore the potential benefits of integrating yoga and meditation into trauma treatment, as well as best practices for adapting these modalities in a trauma-sensitive manner. We will discuss the relationship between mediation and dissociation, and will teach how to assist clients in “building up meditation muscles” in order to improve affect regulation and ego strength. Potential benefits include increased affect tolerance, greater internal and external insight, improved attunement, and increased empathy for self and others. These methods of treatment can be used alone or interwoven into any other form of treatment, and we will discuss how to best apply them in different settings. We will also explore the connection between yoga, somatic psychotherapy and theories of nervous system dysregulation as they apply to cases of complex, developmental trauma, and outline the progression of research and theoretical understanding that supports using these modalities.

This webinar is a unique opportunity to examine practical applications of meditation, mindfulness, and yoga and the effect these activities have on individuals who have experienced severe trauma and routinely dissociate.

This course is based on the recorded webinar, Achieving Mindfulness: Using Meditation and Yoga to Encourage Mindfulness in Clients Experiencing Complex Trauma and Dissociation created by Christine Forner, BA, BSW, MSW and Lisa Danylchuk, EdM, MFT, E-RYT in 2014.

Publication Date:

March 7, 2014

Course Material Authors

Christine Forner, BA, BSW, MSW

Christine Forner (BA, BSW, MSW, Registered Social Worker) has over 14 years of clinical experience offering effective and distinctive counseling. For the past 10 years, Christine has specialized in working with individuals with Trauma, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorders, Traumatic Dissociation, Developmental Trauma, Dissociative Disorders, and the effects of stress on the physical, emotional, mental, and imaginative aspects of our being us.

Lisa Danylchuk, EdM, MFT, E-RYT

Lisa Danylchuk, MFT, E-RYT, is a psychotherapist and yoga teacher specializing in work with high risk, complexly traumatized populations. Over the past fifteen years Lisa has served as a therapist and teacher to some of the most challenged populations, including youth and adults in housing developments, juvenile halls, prisons, public schools, alternative schools, and recovery centers. She earned her initial license and masters degree at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, where she studied risk and resilience factors in highly traumatized youth. Lisa is passionate about the healing potential of yoga and mindfulness and teaches these skills to clients, clinicians and service providers internationally. When she’s not traveling, you can find her at home in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she has a private psychotherapy practice and teaches weekly yoga classes. She a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in California (MFC #50867) and an Experienced, Registered Yoga Teacher through Yoga Alliance.

Course Creator

Tyler Gibson

Recommended For:

This course is recommended for health care professionals, especially psychologists, counselors, social workers, and nurses who seek knowledge about integrating yoga and meditation into trauma treatment. It is appropriate for all levels of participants’ knowledge.

Course Objectives:

  1. Describe potential benefits of integrating yoga and meditation into trauma treatment.

  2. Describe best practices for adapting yoga and mediation modalities in a trauma-sensitive manner.

  3. Discuss the relationship between mediation and dissociation.

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Course Number 102057
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