– Series of three 3-hr workshops sponsored by the Advanced Clinical Education Foundation of the NYSSCSW 

When: Sundays, February 21; 28; & March 6, 2016 (12pm to 3pm)

Where: 36 West 25th Street, 10th Floor (Between 6th Ave and Broadway), NYC, 10010

9.0 Contact Hours will be awarded for the full program

Total Fee: NYSSCSW members: $180.00; Non-members: $270.00

The purpose of this course is to bring awareness about and to promote knowledge of the phenomenon of posttraumatic growth (PTG), as well as the benefit of understanding of neurobiological mechanisms of trauma and of PTG, and to demonstrate its benefit in clinical practice. The other purpose is to take a look at neuropsychoeducation as an important tool to sustain and to promote this phenomenon.

There is substantial amount of literature and observations related to negative effects of trauma, as well as some of the positive mechanisms - resilience and coping, which both differ from PTG. The idea of PTG was pioneered by Calhoun and Tedeschi (1999), who addressed positive psychological change (as they compared it with the “mind’s wisdom”) which occurs in some individuals who suffered trauma, developmental, relational/ attachment, or physical. PTG happens in the context of/ despite of / because of processing traumatic pain and loss, and it includes five main factors: ‘relating to others with greater compassion’; ‘finding new possibilities’ (such as new roles and new people), ‘personal strength,’ ‘spiritual change,’ and a ‘deeper appreciation of life.’ None of these factors constitute the return to one’s pre-traumatic state of being, but they represent personal “growth.”

Neuropsychoeducation, which brings us the knowledge of neurobiology and its mechanisms of “action,” allows the mental health practitioners to understand their patients/ clients from “inside out” and:

1) to read the cues of their underlying (and not verbalized) patterns of being (e.g., flat affect, timbre of voice, and muscle tone);

2) to access their undisclosed, untold, emotional-relational history, and

3) to understand how this history shapes the present.

Using neuropsychoeducation also allows clinicians to teach their patients/clients about:

4) awareness of their visceral, musculoskeletal and emotional reactions to some specific and painful “trigger” situations;

5) how to develop the strategies to re-route those reactions and develop control of one’s somatic and emotional states; and

6) how to learn to appreciate one’s unique personal growth, even in the aftermath of trauma. In other words, it helps to understand mindfulness and mentalization as two powerful healing processes which play significant role in PTG.

Participants of this course will learn also about main modus operandi of our mind – about its neuroplasticity, neurointegration, and about the brain-mind-body connections as the tools of neuropsychoeducational approach, as well as these tools being triggered/ used in every trauma situation, developmental-relational or not.

Neuropsychoeducation helps also us, clinicians, to be in touch with and to regulate our own emotions and somatic responses to a “difficult client”, to a frustrating therapeutic experience, and to putting ourselves in our traumatized patients’ shoes. Neuropsychoeducation approach is not a novice idea. Its modern leaders are Oliver Sacks, Daniel Siegel, Rick Hanson, Michael Gelb, Norman Doidge, Louis Cozolino, Stephen Porges, and many others who connect brain matters to one’s everyday life, to relationships, and to clinical situations, including the ones of trauma and the PTG.

Learning Objectives:

At the end of this workshop series, participants will be able to:

1) Assess the outcomes of psychic trauma, which now will include not only negative conditions (like PTSD), but some positive phenomena, like post-traumatic growth. This objective will be reached by engaging in short "diagnostic" case studies.

2) Identify one's potential for PTG, which includes five main factors: ‘relating to others with greater compassion’; ‘finding new possibilities,’ ‘personal strength,’ ‘spiritual change,’ and a ‘deeper appreciation of life.’

3) Establish equal value to visual mentalization as she/he would to verbal expression in the understanding and unfolding of symbolic mental life within the context of post traumatic growth. This learning objective will be achieved utilizing the case study, in which higher level of mental functioning was achieved (in a person with history of multi-factorial trauma) by visual mentalization process.

4) Demonstrate that post-traumatic growth phenomenon is pertinent to parenthood and caregiving, in particular to parents of children diagnosed with autism; and to identify at least 3 psychological factors that are common in most of the members of these groups of parents and caregivers; as well as to identify at least 3 therapeutic modalities that can be useful for this population.

5) Identify the brain-mind mechanisms of “normal” and “pathological” functioning (e.g., neuroplasticity, neurointegration, neurogenesis, brain/mind laterality, and “fire together-wire together”, synaptic pruning, and other phenomena), and to apply this knowledge about neurobiology to "cases" offered by instructors or other participants.

6) Assess the levels of brain-mind functioning based on the “triune brain” phenomenon, and in turn, understand the level at which each individual client can be reached at therapeutically. Role-play will be implemented to reach this objective.

7) Demonstrate the concept of “mindful” therapy approach to working with developmental and/or relational trauma. Role-play will be implemented to reach this objective.

Level of participants’ experience:   ALL LEVELS of experience.


Workshop #1:

Inna Rozentsvit, M.D., PhD, MSciEd, MBA (Inna.Rozentsvit@gmail.com) is a neurologist and neurorehabilitation specialist, trained in psychoanalysis and psychotherapy. She is the founder of and the neuropsychoeducator at the Neurorecovery Solutions, Inc. (a non-profit organization). Dr. Rozentsvit is a scientific faculty member at the Object Relations Institute for Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis, NYC, where she teaches classes on Introduction to Neurobiology for Psychotherapists and Psychoanalysts & Love before First Sight: Neurobiology of the Parent-Child Bonds. Clinical affiliations: New York University/ HJD Neurorehabilitation Department/ Brain Injury Rehabilitation Unit and Multiple Sclerosis Comprehensive Care Center. Visit Neuro-psycho-educational blog at www.innarozentsvit.com , http://orinyc.org/Neuro-Psycho-Education.html , http://orinyc.org/Inna_Rozentsvit.html .

Workshop #2:

Sandra Indig, LCSW-R/LP, NCpsyA, ATCB (psych4arts@hotmail.com) is a psychoanalyst/ psychotherapist in private practice in NYC. She was trained at New York University (MSW) and at the Washington Square Institute for Psychotherapy and Mental Health (certified in psychoanalytic psychotherapy and psychoanalysis).  She is an artist, showing nationally and internationally, an active member of many art societies (The American Alliance of Museums); curated numerous exhibits (including three for the NYSSCSW); as well as serving as the chair of the Committee for Creativity and Transformation at the NYSSCSW.  Sandra was twice a nominee of NAAP Gradiva Award for contributions to art and psychoanalysis. For examples of her art work and writing go to www.sindig.com .

Workshop #3:

Victoria Grinman, LCSW  (VGrinman@gmail.com) is a social worker and a child therapist (in individual and group setting), as well as certified yoga and mindfulness instructor at The Summit School, NYC, specializing in working with children who experience emotional, behavioral and learning issues, and their families. She is a graduate of Columbia University, Graduate School of Social work, and a current doctoral candidate at Adelphi University (NY). In her dissertation, she explores PTG in parents of children diagnosed with autism. For more information about Victoria and her work, visit http://www.growingkindminds.com/ .

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