Transforming virtual psychotherapy into a relational experience
withJanina Fisher
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Available in Italian (simultaneous translation), English

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In a climate of fear and isolation that affects us all, therapists are now being asked to help clients deal with the practical and emotional challenges caused by the COVID epidemic—at a distance. At a difficult time, virtual psychotherapy can be stressful for the therapist and the client. Often, both are overwhelmed by the technical challenges of working online, dysregulated by the stress they face at home, and feeling the need for more relationship, not less.

Without the connection that clients and therapists value as the heart and soul of psychotherapy, virtual sessions can feel distant and impersonal. Adding to the stress, many of our clients have histories of abuse, failed attachment, neglect, and failed trust that increase their sensitivity to distance and abandonment. Therapists, wanting to support them, can feel helpless and ineffective or even guilty. Just when they need us the most, we are “not there.”

But virtual psychotherapy does not have to be impersonal!

This webinar series will focus on how to overcome the limitations imposed by telemedicine technology, in order to transform remote psychotherapy into a relational experience, which puts everyone at ease.

Specifically, through this webinar series, attendees will learn to:

Ways of understanding the sense of abandonment experienced by clients in online work
How to use virtual psychotherapy to increase the client’s sense of object constancy
Practical tips for making online therapy feel personal and connected
Resources for helping clients tolerate isolation and loneliness
How to use the therapeutic relationship to regulate the client’s nervous system

What will you learn?

  • Identify the main challenges of virtual psychotherapy, for both clients and therapists.
  • Analyze 3 different ways to reduce technophobia.
  • Evaluate the impact of the threat on the client's autonomic nervous system (ANS).
  • Identify interventions aimed at regulating a dysregulated ANS.
  • Demonstrate techniques to increase the client's ability to tolerate fear and stress.
  • Define the “social engagement system”.
  • Illustrate the different uses of social engagement in telemedicine.
This event is divided into 3 parts

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First Part

First webinar:

Helping customers in a time of pandemic: the main challenges
Fear and threat.
Isolation or forced closeness.
From face-to-face to virtual psychotherapy: the main changes.
Dealing with challenges of a technical and emotional nature
Collaboration: “we are in this together”.
Develop a sense of object permanence.

Fear and threat.
Isolation or forced proximity.
From face-to-face to virtual psychotherapy: the main changes.
Addressing technical and emotional challenges
Collaboration: 'we are in this together'.
Develop a sense of permanence of the object.

Second Part

Second webinar:

Fear and the Body
“Inner threat” VS “external threat”.
The impact of danger on the brain and body.
Somatic interventions to support immune system functions.
Mindfulness-based interventions to calm the body.
From passivity to action to empowerment.

Third Part

Third webinar:

Increase relational contact in a virtual space
Use the social engagement system.
Make the most of somatic techniques to increase relationality.
Use techniques belonging to drama therapy to strengthen the sense of connection.

About the Speaker

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Janina Fisher
Janina Fisher, Ph.D. is a licensed Clinical Psychologist and Instructor at the Trauma Center, an outpatient clinic and research center founded by Bessel van der Kolk. Known for her expertise as an author, speaker, and consultant, she is also Assistant Educational Director of the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute, an EMDR International Association Continuing Education Provider, and a former Instructor, Harvard Medical School. She is co-author with Pat Ogden of “Sensorimotor Psychotherapy: Interventions for Trauma and Attachment” and author of “Healing the Fragmented Selves of Trauma Survivors: Overcoming Internal Self-Alienation” and “Transforming the Living Legacy of Trauma: A Workbook for Survivors and their Therapists.”


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