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The Psychotherapist as an Effective External Regulator

The Psychotherapist as an Effective External Regulator

Our clients, whether adults or children, who are working through traumatic experiences are often incapable of self-regulation – requiring the psychotherapist to step in as an external regulator and help the client in repatterning their nervous system. The psychotherapist’s contribution in such cases has been considered akin to the metaphor of a caregiver rocking a child – the rocking action helps settle the external discomfort they are feeling inside, lets them know that they are not alone, fosters an environment of trust and allows them to take uncomfortable internal states in their stride.

Times: 5:00pm to 8:00pm, London, UK time

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Course Credits

CPD: 3 / CE: 3

Speaker(s)

Lisa Dion

Course length in hours

3 hrs

Location

Online streaming only

Full course information

Research in neuroscience and interpersonal neurobiology sheds light on the need for the psychotherapist / counsellor to act as the external regulator supporting the client to become aware of and connect with the intensity of affect that they are experiencing – allowing for integration. This therapeutically oriented workshop by internationally renowned speaker and expert Lisa Dion, supports the participant in being able to understand the key components of becoming an external regulator for trauma integration. The workshop uses a combination of lecture, discussions and case examples to explore this need during trauma integration for two primary reasons:

  • The client, whether adult or child, needs to borrow the therapist’s regulatory capacity as they work through their traumatic thoughts, feelings and sensations in therapy and
  • The therapist’s ability to regulate themselves during such periods of intense affect increases their capacity for presence and attunement with the client, while simultaneously supporting the health and longevity of their own nervous system

Without the ability of the therapist to become the external regulator for the intensity that arises during trauma integration, both the client and the therapist are at risk of emotional flooding and high levels of dysregulation in their nervous systems. Over time, this can significantly impact a therapist’s longevity in the field, as well as the ability to stay attuned and present to a client in clinical sessions. At this workshop we specifically discuss:

  • What the client’s brain is scanning for in the environment to indicate a neuroception of safety, allowing the client to feel safe enough to do their trauma work
  • A deeper understanding of the activation of the autonomic nervous system for the purpose of comprehending the resonant activation that occurs within both the client and the therapist
  • What regulation is (and is not) and how this understanding impacts the therapist’s ability to co-regulate during intense activation
  • How a client borrows the therapist’s regulatory system in a session
  • What it means to become a client’s external regulator for trauma integration
  • What steps can psychotherapists take to develop and further hone their capacity to become effective external regulators

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What you’ll learn

This therapeutically oriented workshop by internationally renowned speaker and expert Lisa Dion, supports the participant in being able to understand the key components of becoming an external regulator for trauma integration. The workshop uses a combination of lecture, discussions and case examples to explore this need during trauma integration for two primary reasons:

  • The client, whether adult or child, needs to borrow the therapist’s regulatory capacity as they work through their traumatic thoughts, feelings and sensations in therapy and
  • The therapist’s ability to regulate themselves during such periods of intense affect increases their capacity for presence and attunement with the client, while simultaneously supporting the health and longevity of their own nervous system

Learning objectives

  • Discuss how a client borrows the therapist’s regulatory system in a session
  • Explain what it means to become a client’s external regulator for trauma integration
  • Explain what steps can psychotherapists take to develop and further hone their capacity to become effective external regulators

You'll also be able to...

Develop the ability to interpret and modulate the body’s nervous system (sensory and autonomic) to regulate arousal levels in clients and for safer trauma therapy

Identify and acquire recovery options and strategies for trauma clients inappropriate for trauma memory processing, particularly for those who don’t want to and those who decompensate or dysregulate from memory work

Also develop the ability to interpret and modulate the body’s nervous system (sensory and autonomic) to regulate arousal levels for professional self-care

About the speaker(s)

Lisa Dion, LPC, RPT-S, is an international teacher, creator of Synergetic Play Therapy, founder and President of the Synergetic Play Therapy Institute, co-founder of the Synergetic Education Institute, creator of the Business of Therapy and host of the Lessons from the Playroom podcast.  She is the author of Aggression in Play Therapy:  A Neurobiological Approach for Integrating Intensity and is the 2015 recipient of the Association for Play Therapy’s Professional Education and Training Award of Excellence.

Lisa is a Licensed Professional Counsellor, Registered Play Therapy Supervisor, Certified Gestalt Therapist, Parent Educator, Level II EMDR practitioner, and Master Certified Facilitator of the Demartini Method; as well as former adjunct faculty at Naropa University, teaching child and adolescent courses in their Transpersonal Counselling Psychology Program.

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