Relational Development, Rupture and Repair:
A Somatic Developmental Perspective of Attachment and Bonding

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Developed and taught by: Dave Berger, MFT, LCMHC, PT, SEP, MA and Abi Blakeslee, CMT, MFT, Ph.D., SEP

Posture, movement, sensorimotor development and kinesiology are rarely understood as important features in human bonding. Yet, it is through movement and touch that self-regulation develops, dyadic bonding is learned and a sense of self grows.

Through lecture, experiential exercises and practice we will examine the primary structures of attachment and how shifting the structure can shift the relational field.

During the course, we will be exploring:

  • 5 early primary structures of attachment

  • Developmental movement patterning

  • Polyvagal Theory in early relationship

  • Co-regulation, mirrored regulation and self-regulation

  • an overview of rupture and repair cycles

  • working somatically with couples and practice with Dyadic Somatic Tracking

Prior BASE training is not a requirement for this workshop.

“I returned from my Rupture and Repair training feeling grounded in a clearer framework of how somatic principles could support my clients. I did not have to wait long to see the positive impact of Dave and Abi's teaching on my work. In my first session, I applied the clinical lens offered in the training, and my client - who is traditionally collapsed and easily overwhelmed - responded beautifully to this refined approach. I felt more at ease in our session and I sensed my client did, too. The training anchored me and my clinical work in a new way and thereby allowed a different process with my client.” Bethany Ackley DeBlaay, MA, LLPFor a detailed list of objectives and daily schedule, click here.

Concussions and PTSD

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A concussion is the result of a sudden physical assault to the skull and brain from trauma experiences such as abuse, accidents and sports. The rapidity can inhibit or yield inefficient normal protective responses that might prevent the physical assault. The inhibition is often caused by a sudden shock state or tonic immobility that is also seen in, and results in PTSD. Symptoms of PTSD and Post Concussive Syndrome (PCS) include cognitive disturbances, behavioral changes and relational disruptions. These, in turn, can lead to occupational, educational and activity of daily living problems. These symptoms can result from or exacerbate already existing challenges including domestic violence, military culture, leisure activities and occupational requirements.

When confronted with a physical threat such as can occur in domestic violence, motor vehicle accidents, sports and military activities we can go into flight, fight or freeze. Freeze, or tonic immobility, can result in PTSD.

Understanding the anatomy of the cranium, including the brain and its protective coverings gives us a basis for understanding the physical effects of a concussion on the brain. Polyvagal Theory gives a basis for understanding what happens neurologically and behaviorally that contributes to PTSD. This is a major contributor to cognitive and behavioral disturbances.

Clients and patients who have concurrent PTSD and PCS may need a team of practitioners in mental health and physical/medical health care. There may be some overlap that supports team work and it is important all practitioners have some idea of what each other does. The re-integration of cognitive health and autonomic regulation helps a client return to work re-engage in leisure activities and be more resilient in relationships.

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

Main points of this workshop include:

  • 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

  • Recognize similarities and differences between post concussive symptoms and PTSD

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

  • Therapeutic attunement

  • Clinically and ethically appropriate use of touch

  • Polyvagal theory and clinical application related to concussions

  • Bodywork/touch as a relational process

This is a stand alone workshop.  Prior BASE training is not a pre-requisite.

For a detailed list of objectives and daily schedule, click here.

Cancellation Policy

If cancellation is 30 or more days prior to start date of a module or workshop there is a full refund less $50; 15-30 days prior to start date there will be 50% refund less $50. Less than 15 days prior to start date there is no refund. Payment can be by check, cash or online as specified on registration and information materials. Refunds need to be request by from Cassidy Seminars, 866-992-9399 X105.

Deposits and Payment Plans

If you would like to make a deposit in the amount of $100 to reserve your spot, call Karen at R. Cassidy Seminars at 866-992-9399 X105 to make the deposit and set up payment plan.

Disability Access

If you require ADA accommodations please contact our office 30 days or more before the event. We cannot ensure accommodations without adequate prior notification.