A Mind Body Approach to Trauma and PTSD: A Weekend Workshop with Matthew Sanford
2020 PTSD workshops have been cancelled due to Covid-19. We are currently developing several online offerings – check back here for updates!
This workshop, intended for professional caregivers, educators and yoga teachers, takes an experiential approach in exploring how trauma and PTS (post-traumatic stress) affect the mind-body relationship and how a mind-body approach creates different opportunities for healing. Through guided experiential activities, group discussion, and creative problem solving, participants will gain an intuitive understanding of how PTS affects a person’s sense of presence both within his or her body and within the world. Participants will hear real-life stories of PTSD and trauma and learn approaches to helping, rather than simply treating, people suffering with PTSD.
Post-traumatic stress lies on a continuum and lands in the silent, or intangible, parts of the mind-body relationship. In this workshop, you will learn certain mind-body truths and how they relate to one’s sense of presence. You will reconsider and rethink what a memory is and how the body holds time. You’ll learn how to help clients realize their own sensation of “the present”. And you will come away with intuitive strategies for helping those with PTSD move toward healing.
Some yoga experience is strongly recommended. Please wear comfortable clothing and plan to remove shoes in the studio.
What you’ll learn…
- Recognize the experiential nature of PTS (Post Traumatic Stress)
- Identify some of the key mind-body sensations associated with PTS and trauma.
- Explore how a mind-body approach can mitigate some of the symptoms of PTSD.
- Compare how a mind-body approach differs from current trauma-based therapies for PTSD and trauma.
- Design a different, expanded approach to helping someone with PTSD/trauma.
- Learn how to include someone suffering with PTSD into his or her own realization of healing.
Continuing Education Credits…
- This course has been designed to meet the MN Board of Nursing and the MN Board of Social Work continuing education requirements. 10 hours of continuing education has been approved for the following:
- MN Board of Psychology
- MN Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy (LPC/LPCC/LADC)
- MN Board of Marriage and Family Therapy
Day One | Hours: 6pm-9pm
- Welcome and Introductions/Overview of workshop
- Introduction to PTSD and where it lies in the body
- Accessing the subtle body
- Realms of Mind-Body Interaction
- Centering Activities
- Real Stories of PTSD
- Practice Activities
- Quieting Poses
Day Two | 8:30 am – 5:00 pm with morning/afternoon breaks and a one-hour lunch
- Yoga Practice led by Matthew Sanford
- Comparing a mind-body approach to current therapies for trauma and PTSD
- How a Mind-Body approach opens opportunities for healing
- Group and partner learning activities: practice, discussion, the role of props and reference
- Working Toward Healing
- Strategies for working with clients and students
- Taking it into real-life situations
- Final discussion/Q&A
What our trainees say…
“Disconnection with one’s body can be one of the most overlooked—and possibly undervalued–aspects of trauma, whether the trauma is primarily physical, psychological, or both. Yet, finding a way to reconnect—even in small ways through gradual body awareness—can bring a type of healing that reaches where more “surface” interventions can’t. As a VA psychologist who works primarily with Veterans who have experienced significant physical trauma, my training at MBS was both professionally and personally valuable in thinking about aspects of deeper healing.”
~ Sarah Brindle, Staff Psychologist, SCI Unit, VA Long Beach, CA