Families in Treatment
This session will explore using a grief model of trauma recovery to assist clinicians in helping clients and family members recognize behaviors and responses associated with the impact of trauma. Often the mind and body are unable to successfully move through the middle and end stages of the grieving process due to a chronic neurobiological state of shock or frozenness. This ongoing state of chronic shock may also be conceptualized as being locked in an ongoing and circular state of endless grief or PTSD. When families and individuals understand this process, they are better able to recognize their responses as well as those of their loved one. This healing process occurs automatically and inevitably in the presence of emotional support and validation as well as other necessary external and internal scaffolding.
Learning Objective 1
• Create optimizing environments that support and facilitate grief work and healing, with specific focus on EMDR.
Learning Objective 2
• Explain how traumatic experiences as well as grief and loss are registered as psychological injury and encoded in the brain in a similar fashion.
Learning Objective 3
• Describe the subjective experience of feeling, emotional and cognitive states as an individual grieves a variety of usual and unusual life experiences.