Video collection with Sebern Fisher on trauma
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Duration: 9h 16m 00s
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Available in Italian (simultaneous translation), Italian (consecutive translation), English


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Webinar With Sebern Fisher: “Calming The Fear-Driven Brain: On The Integration Of Neurofeedback And Psychotherapy In The Treatment Of Developmental Trauma”

The part one of this webinar will present this research and explore the implications it has for our understanding of affect regulation. Affect regulation is the primary goal of all therapies and close to impossible for those with these histories. Fear and reactivity are the core issues so we will look at how fear circuits fire and kindle in the traumatized brain. And we will focus on the impact on the Default Mode Network (DMN), the network in the human brain that makes a sense of Self and Other possible.



Training the Brain for Affect Regulation: The key to treatment of developmental trauma – Sebern F. Fisher

Neglect and abuse in early childhood impact every major system and structure in the human brain from the brainstem to the cortex, from the sense of balance to the sense of self. (Lanius et al.) These developmental injuries are expressed emotionally, behaviorally, cognitively, physically and relationally. Whether or not one is interested in learning to work directly with the brain, everyone is much better able to understand their developmentally traumatized patients when they understand their brains. To that end, the first day of this course will provide a basic but comprehensive understanding of how these traumatized brains function and malfunction, particularly in the domain of affect regulation.

We can think of the gift of good enough mothering (and fathering) as the gift of affect regulation. Affect regulation is one of the brain’s top priorities, but for those with histories of neglect and abuse, the structures supporting self-regulation have either not developed or are significantly impaired. These patients are left essentially motherless and afraid, no, terrified. On the second day we will explore the connections between the fear-driven brain, the nearly ubiquitous sense of motherlessness and the shame and anger these patients feel as a result. In addition we will explore an effective treatment approach that relies on neurofeedback to quiet fear circuitry and provide affect regulation and relies on the therapist to be the devoted other to the patient, while addressing their history, present day dilemmas and the changes they will experience as their brains begin to regulate. When fear quiets a sense of self and other arises; therapy becomes possible.

What will you learn?

Learning objectives Day 1:

  • The participant will be able to describe neuroscience research documenting the impact of neglect and trauma on the developing brain
  • The participant will be able to discuss the impact of developmental trauma on the Default Mode Network Default Mode Network.

Learning objectives Day 2:

  • Participant will be able to discuss the differences between developmental trauma and PTSD
  • Participant will be able to describe the impact of development trauma on structures and networks related to executive function; salience and threat detection; and the sense of self
  • Participant will be able to discuss the role of the reptilian brain in initiating and perpetuating trauma reactions including dissociation, flashbacks and the background state of fear and reactivity

Learning objectives Day 3:

  • Participant will be able to describe the arousal model of neurofeedback
  • Participants will be able to discuss neurofeedback approaches to quieting fear and reactivity
  • Participants will be able to describe the role of the therapist as the “devoted other” in the integration of psychotherapy and neurofeedback 

About the Speaker

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Sebern F. Fisher, MA, is a psychotherapist and neurofeedback practitioner in private practice who specializes in the aftermath of neglect and abuse in early childhood. She focuses on training the traumatized brain to learn its own regulation which can learn at any age. She trains professionals nationally and internationally on neurofeedback and on the need to integrate neurofeedback with psychotherapy. Her book, Neurofeedback in the Treatment of Developmental Trauma: Calming the Fear-Driven Brain, has helped her readers understand how the traumatized brain can give rise to explosive feelings, irrational thinking, and destructive behaviour. When the brain learns its own regulation, its owner can engage meaningfully in psychotherapy and in life. The book is now also available as an audiobook on Audible.


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