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Concussions and PTSD

  • 27 Mar 2020
  • 29 Mar 2020
  • Kingston, NY

Concussions and PTSD: Understanding the complex relationship between PTSD and PCS

Presented By: Dave Berger, MFT, PT, LCMHC, MA, SEP


A concussion is the result of a sudden physical assault to the skull and brain from trauma experiences such as abuse, accidents, sports, domestic violence, and military activities. The reality is that PCS and PTSD are overcoupled physiologically and emotionally and result in autonomic dysregulation, and need to be understood and treated this way clinically. This combined diagnosis is too often missed. This workshop does just that with dydactic, experiential and practice components.

Presenter/Facilitator Bio:

Dave is senior international faculty with the Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute. He teaches all levels of the SE training. He is also a part of Dr. Peter Levine’s initial legacy faculty being mentored by Dr. Levine to teach SE master classes. Dave’s own BASE™: Bodywork and Somatic Education Training for trauma practitioners is an integration of his decades of work in behavioral and physical health. As a therapist, teacher, consultant and mentor, Dave’s passion and commitment to deep healing guide his work. An internationally recognized somatic psychotherapist, Dave brings his knowledge of anatomy, physiology and function of the body, and of psychological and relational dynamics to help clients improve their physical well being and psychological health. With over 38 years of clinical practice, Dave provides a unique blend of clinical care for people healing from traumatic injuries and accidents, anxiety, back and neck pain, post-traumatic stress disorder, headaches, panic attacks and chronic pain. He uses a diverse array of traditional and complementary healing practices, integrating his understanding of the relationship between an individual’s emotional challenges, their family system dynamics and cultural issues. In therapy, a client may expect to talk, use body awareness and relaxation, trauma renegotiation, hands-on (when appropriate) interventions, movement and exercise to help in their healing process. Dave received his bachelor’s degree in Somatopsychology from the University of Maryland and graduate degrees from Stanford University (Physical Therapy) and California Institute of Integral Studies (Psychology with a specialty in Somatic Psychology). He has been a professor in physical therapy and psychology, and has been adjunct faculty at several colleges. Dave is on faculty with the Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute and Ergos Institute. He consults internationally.



Main points of this workshop include:

The workshop includes lecture, experiential exercises, demo’s and practice time.

*What is a concussion

*PTSD and high impact injuries

*Trauma healing and bodywork for concussions

*Working with the cranium

*Shock and somatic structures

*Uncoupling shock trauma and post-concussive symptoms

*Concussion as a Near Death Experience

*Recognize similarities and differences between post concussive symptoms and PTSD

*Learn strategies and interventions to treat Post Concussive trauma and PTSD

*Therapeutic attunement as a physiological conversation

*Clinically and ethically appropriate use of touch

*Polyvagal theory and clinical application related to concussions

*Bodywork/touch as a relational process

EVENT LOCATION: St. Louis (Brentwood), MS

COST: $630 and $590 early bird

REGISTRATION INSTRUCTIONS: Contact Thayer Case for information and registration.

Web Link for Registration:

CEU INFORMATION: CE’s for mental health practitioners including MFT’s, social workers, counselors, and psychologists through Cassidy and for bodyworkers through NCBTMB.

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