Here is some additional videos and info. I have uploaded very brief background info on Brainspotting and then moving into EMDR/ART for processing trauma. Below the link for the videos are several documents you may want to review for more background info. They are not in any kind of order so no need review them that way. As always, if there are any questions, please feel free to contact me at email@example.com. Looking forward to our time together!!
Narrative Exposure Therapy Background - Narrative Exposure Therapy is a one of the best tools I have found to help clients create a map for healing their trauma history. It creates a simple and physical representation for clients to see themselves making progress over their past. I don't use the CBT methods for the actual processing as I think BSP/EMDR/ART is a more powerful and shorter term approach. I just like they way NET talks about hot/cold memory and setting up the timeline.
Adaptive Information Processing is really the foundation of EMDR. I think it's important to have an understanding of this model for all trauma healing. Below are links that help explain this idea. When we can look at the brain model, the AIP ideas start to make more sense. For now, please review as much of the info as needed to have a better idea AIP in general.
Thoughts and Ideas on AIP - these are just some notes I have jotted down related to AIP
Memory Hackers - our brains actually change every time we recall and think about our memories. This video is a good medical description of how our brains generate new connections and seems to reinforce ideas on AIP. If we can watch our brain generate new connections, those neurons have to be connecting to other information. It seems likely that this is a physical representation of AIP we can actually watch happen. This is a video from PBS. The whole video is fascinating and the ideas of generating new neural connections is addressed at 23:00 in the video if that's all you have time for.
What does a typical trauma processing session look like? - this is my ideal scenario for processing trauma using all the protocols and tools we are looking at. Truthfully, I don't usually hit every element listed as time can be a barrier. I do think it's good to have an idea of what is the ideal though.
Core Attachment Ideas - this is a brief excerpt from an article on Attachment Processes in Therapy I'm currently writing. Attunement and Contingency are huge ideas for therapists to have in the back of their mind during any therapy. This is especially true in Brainspotting where non-verbal observation and communication are a key aspect of healing.
I think any way to help clients feel empowered in their process creates a more collaborative environment and creates additional safety. When I help clients set up a target memory for processing, I use one of the two worksheets below. These are extremely helpful and can be referred back to at the end of session to help clients realize how much disturbing information that have been able to work through.
Kenny Dennis, MA, LPC
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For those of you who don’t already know me, my name is Kenny Dennis and I’m a trauma therapist in Colorado, USA. My wife, Lauri, and I are super excited to get to spend time with you in March learning and practicing ways to help heal trauma with the clients you see.
The videos below have lots of information that is important to have for background in working with Brainspotting and EMDR as ways to help trauma clients heal as quickly as possible. Each video has a brief introduction and links to any files you may want to download as well.
Our hope is that watching and learning this background information will allow us to spend as much time as possible actually practicing and working through the Brainspotting and EMDR, steps while we are together. This will allow each of you to experience what it is like to be on both the client and therapist side of each of these steps.
Once we have the basics of the steps down, we can talk about how they work together to create a trauma session for healing. I intend to keep adding videos between now and our times together that will be focused on these steps. Look for videos on Narrative Exposure Therapy, Brainspotting, EMDR, and Accelerated Resolution Therapy.
Trauma-Informed therapy is probably some of the most challenging and necessary skills you will find in therapy. It requires more information on our body and brain than most other types of therapy or counseling issues.
I realize that a lot of this information is probably not the most exciting stuff ever. I’ve tried to keep it to as little as we need to be able to work together while pointing out the most important points. In addition to the actual protocols, a great deal of being able to help trauma survivors is teaching them to understand how trauma has impacted them. I’ve found it may be the only way they are willing to enter into the hard work of facing, resolving, and healing from trauma.
Please contact me with any questions you may have about the videos or getting ready for our time together. My email is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Heaps of Blessings and we look forward to being with you all.
Kenny and Lauri
These videos are designed for clients to go view while they are going through their group therapy portion of the awareness and regulation phase. The information helps clients to better understand why they are practicing certain skills and ideas as they are preparing for trauma work. They are also helpful in taking care of ourselves as we do trauma work.
I think there's only one document I mention during this set of videos. Below is the link for that.