The Power of the Body: Integrating Somatic Approaches for Trauma Treatment

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Friday, March 15, 2024

12:00 PM EST – 3:15 PM EST


Over the past twenty years, neuroscience research has transformed our notions of
memory work. Newer ways of understanding traumatic memory focus less on traumatic events and more on the nonverbal physical and emotional responses that keep trauma ‘alive’ for decades after the events are over. As Gabor Mate states, “Trauma is not what happens to you. Trauma is what happens inside you as a result of what happens to you”.

Using interventions adapted from Sensorimotor Psychotherapy and Internal Family Systems, this workshop will demonstrate simple, practical interventions for addressing the legacy of trauma: the effects rather than the events. The underlying way of working is an
assumption that traumatic experience leads to fragmentation and dissociation. Parts of
the personality remain threatened and vigilant long after the danger is over. These parts hold the ‘living legacy’ of trauma reactivated daily by trauma-related triggers.

Based on the assumption that it is less important to know what happened than for every
part to know ‘it’ is over, a somatic approach helps to resolve trauma by addressing how
the emotional and body memories are carried by each part in the body. By creating a
bodily sense of safety, clients can help all parts feel welcome and protected. Memory is
resolved by offering reparative interventions rather than by re-living the events.


  • Describe the relationship between trauma and fragmentation.
  • Recognize signs of trauma-related parts and their internal conflicts.
  • Identify parts that speak non-verbally through emotions and sensations.
  • Describe interventions that create an increased sense of safety in the body.

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    Dr. Janina Fisher

    Dr. Janina Fisher is a distinguished clinical psychologist renowned for her expertise in trauma treatment. She is a former instructor at Harvard Medical School and an Advisory Board member of the Trauma Research Foundation founded by Dr. Bessel Van der Kolk. Dr. Fisher's impactful contributions to the field extend beyond her clinical practice. She has served as the President of the New England Society for the Treatment of Trauma and Dissociation, contributed as an EMDR International Association Credit Provider, and held the position of Assistant Educational Director at the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute. Her exceptional ability to bridge neurobiological research with innovative trauma treatment methods has led her to lecture and teach nationally and internationally, enriching the understanding of trauma therapy. Dr. Janina is the author of Healing the Fragmented Selves of Trauma Survivors: Overcoming Self-Alienation (2017), Transforming the Living Legacy of Trauma: A Workbook for Survivors and Therapists (2021), and The Living Legacy Instructional Flip Chart (2022).  She is best known for her work on integrating mindfulness-based and somatic interventions into trauma treatment.

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