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

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 and self-regulation

  • an overview of rupture and repair cycles

  • working somatically with couples and practice with Dyadic Somatic Tracking

This workshop will approach the development of human attachment by experiencing the role of the structure of the body in relationship. 

Prior BASE training is not a requirement for this workshop.

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

Concussions and PTSD

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.

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.