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WEBINAR. Using Touch Interventions To Renegotiate Early Relational Trauma: Creating A Safe Bridge For Body-Mind Integration

  • 21 Nov 2019
  • 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
  • Zoom


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Integrating working with the body, brain, and nervous system with traditional psychotherapy is now at the forefront of clinical advances for healing attachment wounds and early developmental deficits.

This webinar will address -
Using Touch Interventions To Renegotiate Early Relational Trauma: Creating A Safe Bridge For Body-Mind Integration

Touch is at the foundation of our relational experience. Scientific evidence has shown that attuned, caring touch is critically important for normal brain development as well as for healthy emotional and cognitive maturation. Healing early trauma begins with offering the missing nonverbal somatic support, attunement, and safety—a secure bottom-up foundation based in trust and care from which a new top-down narrative can emerge.

NeuroAffective Touch® is a professional somatic training that introduces psychotherapists, mental health practitioners, and body-centered therapists to the use of touch as a vital psychobiological bridge to body-mind integration. NATouch™ addresses attachment, emotional, and relational deficits that cannot be reached by verbal means alone.

A Polyvagal-Informed Model

NeuroAffective Touch® is a polyvagal-informed somatic approach that uses intentional mindful touch to bring the unconscious memories and experiences held in the body and viscera into conscious awareness. Working with the exteroceptive, proprioceptive, and interoceptive aspects of the nervous system, NATouch™ helps establish a new embodied foundation from which to rework trauma-based responses and rebuild self-awareness and identity.

Touch and the New Diagnosis of Complex PTSD

The World Health Organization (WHO) in its 2018 International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11) recognized the diagnosis of Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (C-PTSD). Consequently, training in how to work with developmental trauma and complex PTSD is more important than ever.

By communicating directly with the body at the nonverbal level where we have all received our first imprints, NeuroAffective Touch® addresses the effects of family abuse and neglect that are at the root of C-PTSD and shape our behavior and sense of identity.

Are you thinking about making a change in your practice?

Be a pioneer! Experience how integrating mind and body with the therapeutic use of touch can transform your practice and your perspective as a clinician.

Learning Objectives:

  • Transcend the reach of talk therapy in healing emotional and relational wounds
  • Understand the key touch skills necessary for working with attachment deficits
  • Learn how to access preverbal and nonverbal states
  • Move beyond the traditional psychodynamic understanding of identity as

residing in the mind by working simultaneously bottom-up with the body and top-down with the mind

  • Teach clients practical self-care touch exercises to stabilize their nervous system

Presenter Bio:

Aline LaPierre, PsyD, MFT, SEP
Dr. Aline LaPierre is the developer of NeuroAffective Touch® and director of The NeuroAffective Touch® Institute specializing in teaching the therapeutic use of touch and bodywork to professionals in the fields of psychotherapy, somatic psychotherapy, and bodywork. She is the co-author of Healing Developmental Trauma: How Trauma Affects Self-Regulation, Self-Image, and the Capacity for Relationship now available in ten languages. Dr. LaPierre is a graduate of Pacifica Graduate Institute in Santa Barbara, and The New Center for Psychoanalysis in Los Angeles, and is trained in many bodywork modalities. She is past faculty in the Somatic Doctoral Program at Santa Barbara Graduate Institute (2000-2010), where she taught the use of touch at the doctoral level. She is the current Vice-President of the United States Association for Body Psychotherapy (USABP) and Deputy Editor of the International Body Psychotherapy Journal (IBPJ). She maintains a private practice in West Los Angeles.

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