Trauma and The Nervous System: a bottom-up approach to trauma as it is experienced in the body

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Trauma and The Nervous System: a bottom-up approach to trauma as it is experienced in the body

September 20, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm


Cecilee Heath, LCSW, RYT 200, EAGALA, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Social Work Clinical supervisor specializing in treating trauma as it is held in the body. Cecilee has devoted her career to developing an expertise in treating trauma and trauma-related disorders and syndromes through a bottom-up approach. Cecilee studied under Dr. Peter Levine in Somatic Experiencing, is a registered yoga teacher through The Yoga Alliance, is certified to deliver equine-assisted therapies using the EAGALA method, and is a licensed trainer for the International Institute of Restorative Practices. Cecilee is also trained in EMDR, CBT and DBT. Cecilee delivers trainings across the state to clinicians and professionals on trauma, trauma-informed care, Restorative Practices, Polyvagal Theory, Incorporating the Body into Psychotherapy, etc.

Cecilee maintains a clinical practice in both Boise and Sun Valley. Cecilee utilizes Somatic Experiencing and Yoga practices to assist clients in trauma healing, incorporating her knowledge of Polyvagal Theory and adaptive nervous system responses to assist clients in moving from “stuck” nervous system states (with accompanying symptoms of depression, anxiety, panic, ADD/ADHD, PTSD, complex trauma and others) to fluid nervous system states with the “safe and social” branch of the nervous system acting as primary, lending to health, growth and restoration. In her free time you will find Cecilee exploring mountain peaks with her husband, taking or teaching vinyasa flow yoga classes, or spending time with her children in the great Idaho outdoors.

Training Objectives:

1. Define trauma.
2. Understand the basics of Polyvagal Theory and the 3 autonomic nervous system states. Discuss the importance of and development of Ventral Vagal tone in infancy and early childhood. Discuss the Polyvagal Ladder.
3. Understand trauma from a nervous system perspective as an adaptive nervous system response. Discuss resilience as a nervous system phenomenon.
4. Discuss the trauma vortex and the counter vortex.
5. Discuss SIBAM as ways to enter the body.
6. Create a common language of sensation verses feeling states and practice sensation tracking.
7. Discuss neuroception and understand the mammalian stress response cycle and how to restore the neuroception of safety.
8. Differentiate between exploratory and defensive orienting.
9. Experimentally learn how to help clients sense and reestablish boundaries (trauma is often accompanied by boundary violations).
10. Discuss presentations of “stuck” ANS states and how to restore balance.
11. Provide resources for further information.

Sponsored by Cottonwood Creek Behavioral Hospital.


September 20, 2019
9:00 am - 4:00 pm


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