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Psycho-Sensory Intervention: Informed and Integrated Mental Health Support for the Treatment of Trauma


  • The Winston Golf Club 2502 6 Street Northeast Calgary, AB, T2E 3Z3 Canada (map)
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Workshop Description

This two-day workshop by Kim Barthel will provide an integrated theoretical connection about the neurological interplay between attachment, developmental trauma and sensory processing issues. Participants will develop an understanding of the use of relational attunement as a regulatory influence that supports and stabilizes the arousal and sensory processing systems. This workshop will uniquely blend the integration of attunement skills with sensory processing intervention. Therapists will learn how to put these two distinct therapeutic approaches together as a mechanism for the development of self-regulation and mental health function. A combination of theory and practical trauma interventions will emphasize compassionate dialoguing skills, sensory strategies, postural control and movement techniques together with attachment theory and therapeutic relational process work. Learning will be facilitated through lecture, storytelling, group problem-solving from case examples, role plays and active reflection. 


Workshop Objectives

Participants will be able to:

- Explain how attachment strategies are functionally adaptive in relation to developmental trauma
-Discuss how the use of relational attunement skills and therapeutic use of self can stabilize arousal and support sensory processing issues
-Develop a repertoire of sensory processing strategies for the treatment of trauma
-Understand how trauma impacts postural control
-Practice treatment interventions to the postural and movement system to affect change in the emotional responses to trauma (treating trauma through the body)
-Begin to integrate a relational process approach within a sensory motor context 

Intended Audience

Clinicians (Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists, Speech Language Pathologists, Psychologists, Social Workers), School Administrators, Teachers, Special Education Teachers, Educational Assistants, Pediatricians and Parents/Caregivers. 

Hosted By:

OT4LIFE CALGARY