Course Overview:

Trauma is a universal experience yet generally speaking, it is an uncommon part of people’s daily conversation. Thankfully, and appropriately, trauma-informed practice is becoming an increasingly common topic within forward-thinking organizations world-wide. This is essential if we want the people we serve to be receiving the most effective levels of support needed for them to thrive.

An individual’s experience of their life’s trauma impacts every area of human functioning: physical, mental, behavioural, social and spiritual. Circumstances such as domestic violence, abuse, neglect and addiction are examples of what is happening within families that dramatically affects a child’s development, and it significantly impedes their capacity to function in adulthood. But the understanding of “trauma” is frequently misinterpreted, misunderstood and minimized - leaving people responding repeatedly from wounded places, without awareness.

We are most effective supporting others when we understand how personal trauma experiences influence overall function and healing processes. Working in the fields of education, and allied health (occupational therapy, social work, psychology, counselling, child protection), this mental health workshop will help us develop new skills in working mindfully and effectively with our clients. For any of us participating in this workshop, the upside is that we’ll become a more effective clinician to the people we care for, and the spin-off is that we’re highly likely to understand ourselves more too.

Have you ever wondered where to begin to support your clients with mental health issues, developmental trauma, anxiety, and neurodiversity? Through clinical reasoning this workshop supports professionals in identifying which spoke on the bicycle wheel to choose as a point of entry into the treatment process.

Based on neurobiological foundations, with a holistic understanding of how the brain organizes arousal, trauma, executive functions and movement, this workshop combines a range of approaches to support clients.

We will explore psycho-therapeutic relational interventions, attachment theory, sensory processing and body-based practices that enhance regulation and daily functioning. A combination of clinical reasoning, demonstrations and group problem solving, this two-day workshop will provide a deeper dive into the treatment process from a psycho-sensory perspective.

Participants will have access to the course for 365 days upon enrolment.

NOTE: There is no live component to this course - it is on-demand, pre-recorded lessons only.

Course curriculum

What you'll be learning:

  • 1


    • 'Hello' from Kim Barthel and Be & Belong

    • Help & Support

    • Workshop slides (download PDF)

    • Advanced Trauma References (59 page PDF document listing all References)

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    PART 1 - Exploring Assessment & Clinical reasoning

    • Chapter 1 - ** Exploring the neuro-biology of trauma and the impact on self-regulation. ** Understanding the impact of adverse early childhood experiences on our nervous system, responses and behaviour. ** Introduction to trauma informed principles

    • Chapter 2 - ** Understanding the autonomic nervous system, brain structures and Poly Vagal Theory. ** Introduction to attachment. ** Epigenetics of Trauma. ** Understanding implicit and explicit memory. ** Micro-expressions

    • Chapter 3 - **Exploration of trauma and the sensory systems . ** Understanding rhythm within the body and relationships.

    • Chapter 4 - **Trauma and the sensory systems continued... **Exploration of attachment **Still face experiment analysis in relation to attachment styles

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    PART 2 Exploring Intervention & Clinical Reasoning

    • Chapter 5 -**Clinical reasoning behind trauma informed intervention model ** Sensory strategies for soothing stress. ** Understanding postural patterns - flexion and extension. ** Using rhythm.

    • Chapter 6 - ** Exploring boundaries: conceptual, energetic, territorial and embodied. ** Development of the movement system and how it relates to attachment. ** Intervention ideas - exploring boundaries.

    • Chapter 7 - ** Demonstrations, intervention ideas and practical examples: • Proprioceptive system • Vestibular system

    • Chapter 8 - ** Demonstrations, intervention ideas and practical examples: • Auditory system • Visual system • Observing and understanding postural patterns • The inner core and breathing.

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    Final steps

    • Big Ideas - Past Participants shared some of their big ideas after completing the online workshop

    • Would you care to share a testimonial about this course?

Group Pricing Discounts Are Available

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Kim Barthel

Hi, I’m Kim – I’m humbled by your interest in what I’m up to, and inspired by the work that countless people are doing to support others – and yourselves. If this kind of thing were easy, it would be a different world we live in. Which tells me we need to nurture our relationships through attunement, compassion, humour, and mindfulness. Remember, when it works it’s treatment, and when it doesn’t it’s assessment. This means we aren’t expected to get it right the first time. I’ve been doing my best at this for over 35 years, and still learning and repairing every day. For anyone who doesn’t know what I especially like to study and teach, the hot topics that I wake up thinking about are understanding complex behaviour, neurobiology, sensory-processing, movement, trauma informed practice, attachment theory, mental health, and anything that will support people in being their best selves. Thank you for being part of the great momentum globally towards understanding, interdependence, and compassion. Please connect with our team at Relationship Matters if that’s an interest for you, and importantly, thank you for doing whatever it is that you do to help others. We may never know the fruit of the seeds we plant through our smallest gestures, but just by caring we are more connected than we know. I feel great hope.

Exploring & Applying Psycho-Sensory Interventions in your Practice: Trauma Informed Practice