Trauma Training Seminars & Professional Consultation
Join us September 19-20, 2019 with guest speaker
Ruth Lanius, MD, PhD

September 19-20, 2019
Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada

BRAIN, MIND AND BODY: Trauma, Neurobiology and The Healing Relationship
with Ruth Lanius, MD, PhD


DAY ONE: September 19, 2019
8:15- 9:00 Registration
9:00 0- 10:30 Challenges in the assessment of developmental trauma: Part I

Symptoms related to developmental trauma are often complex and difficult to differentiate from psychological disorders such bipolar disorder, psychotic disorders, and developmental disorders.

This session will offer an integrated approach to the assessment of the many facets of developmental trauma, including emotion dysregulation, altered states of consciousness/dissociation, trauma-related psychotic symptoms, and attachment dysregulation. 

10:30 -10:50 Refreshment Break
10:50 - 12:00 Challenges in the assessment of developmental trauma: Part II

Trauma-related psychotic-like symptoms are common and can differ in phenomenology from primary psychotic symptoms. Hallucinations consist of auditory and nonauditory content that may or may not relate to traumatic content. Child voices are highly suggestive of complex dissociative disorders. Critically, not only do these symptoms resemble those seen in temporal lobe epilepsy, but the temporal lobe is implicated in trauma-related disorders, thus providing a plausible neurobiological explanation.

Despite such evidence, these symptoms are frequently considered atypical and misdiagnosed. Indeed, common structured psychological assessment tools categorize these symptoms as possible indicators of invalid testing profiles. The implications of these findings for the assessment of developmental trauma will be discussed.

12:00 - 1:15 Lunch ( on Own )
1:15 - 2:30 Back to the Basics: Barriers to Breathing and Grounding Techniques

Breathing and grounding techniques are basic tools that have been used in psychotherapeutic practice for centuries. However, traumatized clients often feel non-deserving of breathing. In addition, breathing exercises can trigger traumatic memories, thus rendering these techniques ineffective.

The use of grounding techniques, including attachment resources, can also be challenging due to various barriers. This section of the workshop will not only discuss the barriers associated with various forms of breathing exercises and grounding techniques but will also describe specific ways to overcome these barriers through the use of case examples and role plays. Moreover, attachment resource imagery will be illustrated through a case example.

The neurobiological aspects of breathing (including heart rate variability), grounding, and attachment resources will also be discussed.

2:30 -2:50 Break
2:50 - 4:30 At War with the Body: Overcoming Emotional Detachment and Self-Mutilation

Many traumatized clients have become alienated from their own bodies. Feelings experienced during the trauma were often futile and lead clients to become detached from their feelings to the point where they experience profound emotional numbing, detachment, and have a decreased ability to be aware of the feelings of others.In addition, clients are often disgusted and ashamed of their bodies and emotions and resort to self-mutilation.

This section of the workshop will describe and illustrate how to assist a client with reconnecting to their feelings using trauma-informed body scans. Moreover, identifying different causes of self-mutilation and how to address them therapeutically will be discussed and illustrated through role plays. Neurobiological aspects of embodiment will also be described.

Finally, neurofeedback will be discussed as a potential adjunctive treatment for complex emotion dysregulation issues

DAY TWO: September 20, 2019
9-10:30 How to Manage Hyperarousal and Intense Negative Affect: Expanding the Window of Tolerance

Traumatized clients sometimes face extreme hyperarousal and associated emotions, including fear, anger, guilt and shame.

How do we help clients to become aware of these intense feeling states before they become overwhelming? What strategies can we teach our clients to maintain a feeling of control when they are overwhelmed by intense negative emotions? How can we help clients to avoid self-punishment following intense emotional experiences?

This section of the workshop will address these questions using specific case examples. Neurobiological aspects of hyperarousal and intense emotional experiences will also be described.

10:30 - 10:50 Break
10:50 - 12:00 Overcoming Positive Emotion and Building Capacity for Self - Compassion

Traumatized clients are often flooded with negative emotions after experiencing positive feelings. Moreover, shame can frequently be associated with the feeling of being non-deserving of experiencing positive emotions, including pride, passion, and love.

How can we teach clients to overcome intense experiences of shame? How can we teach traumatized clients to be more self-compassionate and thus increase their capacity for positive affect tolerance?

This section of the workshop will address specific strategies of dealing with shame and related self-dysfunction, including self-loathing. Moreover, specific interventions that can help to increase self-compassion will be illustrated through case examples. Neurobiological aspects of positive emotion intolerance will also be described.

12:00 - 1:15 Lunch ( on own )
1:15 - 2:30 Challenging Moments in Trauma Treatment: Self Fragmentation

Challenges around working with ego states will be discussed using clinical case examples.

A particular focus on how to approach perpetrator introjects early in therapy will be discussed; this will be followed by a role play illustrating barriers that can arise when working with perpetrator introjects.

2:30 - 2:50 Break
2:50 -4:00 Toward a Rebirth of the Self

The last section of the workshop will discuss how the various therapeutic interventions described over the last two days can lead to a rebirth of the self, and the self in relationship. This is often associated with a decrease in the profound sense of isolation frequently experienced by traumatized clients.

Finally, the audience will be invited to reflect on their experiences over the last two days, which will include a discussion of how to avoid and mitigate the effects of vicarious traumatization



Early Bird Rate
Before June 29, 2019

Regular Rate
After June 29, 2019

The student rate is for

full time students only.

Group rate is for four or more people

from the same group or organization.

Contact Trauma Training Seminars for student and group rates:


Mail registrations to:Trauma Training Seminars, PO Box 781, Charlottetown , PEI, C1A 7L3 

Early Bird Deadline, June, 29, 2019 

TTS is committed to providing a high quality learning experience for all Training participants. Learning materials, training space, food and beverage, instructor travel, and a myriad of other related expenses are secured based on the number of enrollees in order to ensure that quality standards are met. The Training Refund Policy reflects the costs and effort involved both in anticipation of and during each Training.

Registrations are confirmed with payment


Various door prizes will be awarded


Approved for 12.5 cec with CCPA

The first three paid participants will receive

a copy of "Healing the Traumatized Self"

Registration begins at 8:am.

Conference will run from: 9;00 to 12:00

& 1:15 to 4:15.

A non-refundavle adminstrative fee

of $75.00 will be charged for cancellations

before August ,2019

No refunds after August 30,2019 

Registrations are transferable.

PO Box 781 Charlottetown CTL, Charlottetown PEI, Canada, C1A 7L3