From Protection to Connection: A NeuroSomatic Approach to Engaging People Who Have Experienced Complex Trauma

Program Overview

Unresolved complex trauma compromises neural functioning. It can lead to hyperarousal, overwhelm, and shut down. The human nervous system has a built-in protection mechanism to manage dangerous situations. It is not only the brain that goes into a vigilant state of bracing for danger – it is the body and social engagement system as well. Both the brain and the autonomic nervous system (ANS) play a profound role in our emotional and physiological responses to stress and trauma. Psychological safety and connection underpin the neurobiology of the social engagement system, which is foundational to helping people with histories of trauma heal. Addressing states of dysregulation and avoiding re-enactment of conditioned responses in the nervous system when working with survivors of trauma lies at the heart of connection and engagement. This applies to engaging and developing the potential of the healthcare workforce as well, as many of them have experiences of trauma, either directly or vicariously from working with people who suffer from a history of complex trauma.  

We are being called to bring together diverse findings and ideas from an array of disciplines that expand our understanding of the human experience. This interactive workshop, which integrates findings from contemporary neuroscience, trauma, epigenetics, mind-body research, integrative wellness, and human development, is an introduction to understanding the nervous system of people who have histories of complex trauma. It teaches ways to engage human beings experiencing distress, as well as approaches for helping them transition into a state where they are more likely engage in new ways of thinking and being. Understanding the neurobiology of trauma and its impact provides valuable information to not only understand its symptoms but also to guide approaches to engagement that facilitate psychological safety and healing. 

Learning Objectives

  • Define complex trauma and its neurodevelopmental impacts.
  • Describe role the brain, autonomic nervous system (ANS), and the social engagement system plays in complex trauma.
  • Apply an Integrative NeuroSomatic approach to engaging people who have experienced complex trauma.
  • Utilize self-regulation/co-regulation strategies to address states of dysregulation in self and others. 

Custom Training Program Implementation

As a leader in integrative health education, MUIH is uniquely positioned to offer customized workshops and training programs for your organization. Through a collaborative process, we will work closely with you to create a program targeted to your desired results.

A training program with MUIH is designed similar to the way we approach health prevention and treatment: with a holistic and customized model.  Together, through a mutually beneficial partnership, we aim to create healthier world.

Program outcomes are co-created and refined with the client during the Program Kickoff and Needs Assessment Meetings.  A custom Training Program Proposal will be provided to you to create a program that meets your unique needs, which may include the following deliverables:

  • Initial Training Consultation
  • Interactive Learning Session(s) (virtual or onsite)
  • Integrated Group Coaching Session(s) (virtual or onsite)
  • Certificates of Participation or Completion & CEUs (TBD based on professions)
  • Training Workbook (may be customized to organization scenarios)
  • Pre-and-Post Workshop Online Learning Activities and Discussions with Participants
  • Post-Program Completion Debrief Meeting with Client Leadership Team
  • Post-Learning Session Evaluation Summary Report

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