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Trauma Dynamics with Saj Razvi, MA, LPC

Research is telling us that stressful and traumatic experiences, particularly those based in childhood, are behind many mental health disorders and can link to many physical disease processes. As mental health professionals, we see the pervasiveness and impact of trauma in the lives of our clients on a daily basis. Healing is often a slow, difficult road and we are frequently left with helping our clients develop better coping mechanisms for their debilitating symptoms rather than helping them heal.

 

Trauma Dynamic - Level 1 Certification Training

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From Coping to Healing: New Solutions for Trauma

When: Sept 9-11, Sept 30-Oct 2, Oct 21-23, Nov 18-20
Time: Fri. 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm, Sat. 9:00 am - 5:30 pm, Sun. 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Where: University of Denver Campus - Exact location provided after registering 

Cost: $2,875 for Professionals, $2,589 for DU Affiliate and Students

Attendees receive 94 CE credits (64 hours of training over four weeks and 30 hours of supervision over one year) after successful completion of this certificate training. Plus, a Trauma Dynamics Level 1 Mastery Certification and CEU through the University of Denver. 
Note: Supervision schedule to be determined by the class

Suppressing our inner cries for help does not stop our stress hormones from mobilizing the body. ~ Bessel van der Kolk

The field of trauma treatment is changing dramatically and a new generation of therapy is emerging. Current research shows that at the root of many physical and mental health diagnoses is trauma, specifically stressful or overwhelming experiences of abuse and neglect that occurred during childhood. The research is so compelling that it suggests working in the mental health field is essentially working with traumatic wounds. As clinicians we have come to know this, but until recently have not had effective tools to help resolve the tenacious roots of our clients' suffering.

The Trauma Dynamics model is a bottom-up approach that addresses underlying traumatic charge and memory. Research based, the Trauma Dynamics protocol draws from a number of different fields including: research on the autonomic nervous system, neuroscience, memory systems, mindfulness practices, attachment, Bowen family systems work and transference theory. We also draw on experience and insights from our participation in the emerging research on MDMA-assisted psychotherapy through the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS). This level 1 certification course serves as a reliable guide through which therapists and clients can navigate the complex, difficult, and transferentially-charged waters of complex PTSD.

Join national topic expert, clinical investigator, speaker, and therapist Saj Razvi, MA, LPC to learn the Trauma Dynamics model in a supportive, experientially rich, intellectually and emotionally rigorous course. You'll learn how and when to use foundational resourcing skills, how to work with long-term characterological wounding from trauma (boundaries, trust development, bonding), how to create the initial conditions and long term support for nervous system processing of traumatic memory, and how to effectively incorporate traumatic transference into the healing process. A full 50% of class time is dedicated to supervised practice trades with support from our teaching assistants, and students meet in practice groups between weekends. Students tend to bond and stay connected after training to further enhance their new skill sets. Your tuition for level I includes 30 hours of supervision post-training to support you in integrating these new, often unfamiliar skills into your practice with clients.

Join us for comprehensive training in an innovative, integrated protocol that addresses the heart of trauma, allowing you to move clients beyond coping and into healing. Attendees earn 94.0 CE for completing the training and supervision and Trauma Dynamics Level 1 Mastery Certification.

Want to learn more before you enroll? Attend a one-day workshop in Trauma Dynamics or Trauma Dynamics and MDMA-Assisted Psychotherapy. For more information, scroll up. 

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

  • Integrate new trauma research and theories into your practice
  • Understand the role of memory systems in forming and maintaining traumatic reactivity
  • Use the 5 Nervous System States Map to assess symptoms
  • Effectively support your clients in re-learning the bottom-up process of resolving stress and trauma
  • Assess and plan treatment using the Event History Inventory
  • Address traumatic transference as part of the healing process
  • Contact and resolve reactive as well as dissociative symptoms
  • Experience your own nervous system and learn how to employ it therapeutically
  • Integrate a body-based model into your current modality
  • Develop specific clinical techniques to work both with individuals and groups

This program is approved for 94.0 hours of continuing education. The University of Denver, Graduate School of Professional Psychology (GSPP) is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. GSPP maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

For questions and information contact the Center for Professional Development at cpd@du.edu or 303-871-4161

  

Trauma, the Body, and Psychedelic Medication: Trauma Dynamics and MDMA-Assisted Psychotherapy

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When: Friday, October 7, 2016
Where: University of Denver Campus - Exact location provided after registering
Time: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Full-Day Workshop Cost: $195 for Professionals, $175 DU Affiliate and Students
Half-Day Workshop Cost: $99 for Professionals, $89 DU Affiliate and Students

All full-day attendees receive 7 CE credit after completing the course
All half-day attendees receive 3.5 CE credit after completing the afternoon portion

Research is telling us that stressful and traumatic experiences, particularly those based in childhood, are behind many mental health disorders and can link to many physical disease processes. As mental health professionals, we see the pervasiveness and impact of trauma in the lives of our clients on a daily basis. Healing is often a slow, difficult road and we are frequently left with helping our clients develop better coping mechanisms for their debilitating symptoms rather than helping them heal.

Join national topic expert, speaker, clinical researcher and therapist Saj Razvi in exploring two cutting-edge developments in trauma therapy: body-based (or autonomic nervous system) psychotherapy and MDMA-Assisted Psychotherapy.

Trauma Dynamics (morning) – Discover this experiential, somatic protocol that draws from current research on neuroscience, memory systems, autonomic threat response modeling, mindfulness practices, Bowen family systems work, and traumatic transference theory. We will focus on the memory systems involved in trauma being stored, triggered, and ultimately resolved. We will discuss the different phases and tasks involved in treatment, and discuss a therapeutically useful map of the autonomic nervous system. Video examples will be used to ground the theory in experience and you will gain a coherent overall understanding of how trauma functions.

MDMA-Assisted Psychotherapy (afternoon) – Learn about the insights and results of the Phase II Clinical Trial of the Safety and Efficacy of MDMA-Assisted Psychotherapy for treatment-resistant PTSD. MDMA (also known as ecstasy) and other psychedelics are experiencing a renaissance at research universities due to their effectiveness in treating a variety of mental health issues. As a sub-investigator at the Boulder, CO, site for this international study, Saj Razvi will report on the use of MDMA in a therapeutic context. A discussion of this topic can be found in Saj's recently published article in the Bulletin of the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) on the intersection of psychotherapy and psychedelics.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

  • Mapping the autonomic nervous system and the intelligence of symptoms
  • Understanding the memory systems involved in PTSD
  • Working with anxiety, panic, and dissociative symptoms as part of the healing process
  • Understanding the value, opportunity, and potential pitfalls of traumatic transference
  • Moving beyond coping: understanding the risks and possibilities of psychedelics use in psychotherapy
  • Potential impact on the field of mental health of FDA approval of MDMA

Speaker Bio:

Saj Razvi, MA, LPC is the Executive Director of Trauma Dynamics. He is a licensed psychotherapist and leads Trauma Dynamics trainings nationally for therapists, graduate students, and medical professionals. He is a sub-investigator for the FDA clinical study of MDMA-Assisted Psychotherapy for Treatment-Resistant PTSD. Saj is also a national topic expert and speaker for PESI Education focusing on complex PTSD, and he runs a trauma education program at the University of Colorado Hospital's CeDAR addiction treatment center and the University of Denver's Center for Professional Development. Saj is a co-author of a soon-to-be-released text for therapists that is based on the Trauma Dynamics treatment protocol. Read his article Psychedelic Education, New Modalities, and Coming Opportunities in Mental Health.

 

This program is approved for up to 7.0 hours of continuing education. The University of Denver, Graduate School of Professional Psychology (GSPP) is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. GSPP maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

For questions and information contact the Center for Professional Development at cpd@du.edu or 303-871-4161

 

Stress, Trauma & the Body: Next-Generation Therapies for Healing PTSD

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Thank you for attending Trauma Dynamics! We hope to see you at our future Trauma Dynamics workshops. 

When: Wednesday, May 25, 2016
Where: University of Denver Campus - Exact location provided after registering
Time: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Cost: $195 for professionals
Attendees receive 7 professional development hours

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is being called one of the biggest mental health challenges facing our country. There is good evidence indicating that most of the symptoms which cause people to enter into psychotherapy are derived from early childhood trauma. Entire populations – including military veterans – are at risk for this condition. And yet, our most popular treatments (talk therapies) are ill-equipped to work effectively with PTSD sufferers. However, thanks to pioneering researchers, such as Bessel van der Kolk, Peter Levine and others, the field of mental health is starting to understand trauma as a biological reaction in the body. Essentially, our "fight, flight, freeze" response gets stuck and the only way to heal the wound is to work on the body at the same time that you work with the mind.

Join national topic expert, author, clinical investigator and therapist Saj Razvi as he introduces you to Trauma Dynamics, a treatment protocol that brings together research and interventions from neuroscience, memory systems, autonomic nervous system modeling, attachment theory, and psychodynamic transference work. In this interactive course, you will develop an overarching, coherent understanding of post-traumatic stress and some of the next generation treatments that are achieving positive results.

Additionally, Saj will share insights and results from the Phase 2 FDA clinical trial of MDMA-assisted psychotherapy for which he was a clinical sub-investigator. MDMA, first used in psycho-therapy before it was coopted as the street drug ecstasy, has strong evidence indicating it's a powerful resource for resolving treatment-resistant PTSD. This is an experiential workshop that grounds theory into concrete interventions and examples. We will view video clips of actual trauma therapy sessions and conduct interactive trainings on skills you can use in your own practice.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

  • Recognize the adaptive role of PTSD symptoms
  • Understand the various memory systems involved in trauma
  • Discover how the nervous system can be used in trauma resolution
  • Recognize and track the five major autonomic nervous system stress and trauma states
  • Learn the four key phases of working with traumatized clients
  • Understand the dangers, value, and importance of addressing the traumatic transference that is part of complex, relational PTSD

This program is approved for 7.0 hours of continuing education. The University of Denver, Graduate School of Professional Psychology (GSPP) is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. GSPP maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

For questions and information contact the Center for Professional Development at cpd@du.edu or 303-871-4161