Somatic Interventions in Childhood Trauma, Grief and Loss

February 2, 2016 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Mounds View Community Center
5394 Edgewood Dr
Mounds View, MN 55112
Somatic Interventions in Childhood Trauma, Grief and Loss @ Mounds View Community Center | Mounds View | Minnesota | United States

Understanding how children’s brains and bodies are effected by trauma, grief and loss is essential to living and working with children who have experienced a traumatic event in their lives. Trauma is subjective to the individual, it is experienced in varying degrees of severity, and it can often occur pre-verbally. Similarly, grief can be triggered by a variety of losses, including loss of a parent through divorce or incarceration. This workshop will foster a deeper understanding of the effects of trauma and loss on children and teens from a somatic perspective.

Because children process most of their experiences somatically and emotionally while they are developing cognitively, more than half the workshop will be spent on experiential incorporation of somatic practices. Tying together the traumatic instinct of fight-flight-freeze-numb, participants will learn how to help children and teens understand and heal their Angry Body, Scared Body, Sad Body or Lonely Body. Additionally, participants will engage in and plan for somatic interventions needed to work through secondary trauma experiences. This is a hands-on workshop; dress comfortably.

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe and learn how to help children understand the effects of trauma on the brain and body.
  • Identify the themes of somaticized trauma in children.
  • Practice somatic interventions used with traumatized children and adolescents.
  • Integrate and practice self-care interventions when working with traumatized children and adolescents.

Coral Popowitz, MSW, LGSW, CT, Monarch Counseling Service and Children’s Grief Connection

Level: Introductory to Intermediate | For: Professionals and Parents | Includes Clinical Content