Relational Trauma Repair: An Experiential Model for Treating Childhood Trauma and PTSD

This workshop provides a space for behavioral health professionals to do their own personal healing alongside their peers. In addition to the personal benefits you gain from the workshop, you will also gain a deeper understanding of Somatic Experiencing and how it can be applied to your practice.

Research in neurobiology has made clear that our emotions are experienced and processed by the body, as well as the mind, and that healing from the kind of trauma that living with addiction engenders requires a mind/body approach. Psychodrama and sociometry allow the body to participate in the therapeutic milieu. In this experiential training, we’ll look at how to use sociometry to explore issues related to trauma and addiction, as well as to “warm up” a group and connect them with each other and their personal “stories.” Relational Trauma Repair (RTR) is designed to fit into any treatment program clinic or one-to-one practice; it is a multi-sensory model that uses psychodrama, sociometry, journaling, and guided imagery in the treatmentof trauma related issues.

Sociometry allows for many small connections with self and others. Working in small and incremental moments of connection and repair can help clients to move in and out of their own freeze state without becoming overwhelmed and stuck. This process can also help clients to chunk down and regulate overwhelming emotions without becoming flooded.

Repair within the relationship: RTR is designed to facilitate moment after moment of connection and repair. There are many moments of sharing in dyads and clusters so that we strengthen skills of opening up, reaching out, sharing, and then listening to others do the same.

Learning Objectives

After this workshop, attendees will be able to:

  1. Summarize Psychodrama and sociometry.
  2. Demonstrate how to do an experiential, psychoeducational group process.
  3. Describe The Trauma Vortex.
  4. Define a Trauma Time Line.
  5. Explain the specifics of The Feeling Floor Check and the Symptom Floor Check.
  6. Demonstrate the difference of using a Trauma Time Line as a journaling one-to-one session vs. an experiential group process.
  7. Apply a spectrogram to gauge and regulate levels of emotional intensity.
  8. Explain how resilience and strength are built within the group process while engaging and motivating clients.
  9. Demonstrate how to do a social atom in group role playing.
  10. Discuss relational repair as part of healing from trauma.
  11. Describe emotional literacy and emotional intelligence.
  12. Demonstrate how to help clients learn to “tolerate” and talk about painful emotions, in addition to positive and self-affirming emotions, so that they are less likely to act them out and relapse over them.
  13. List the range of symptoms that can accompany relationship trauma and the ACoA Trauma Syndrome.

Continuing Education Information

PLEASE NOTE: You must RSVP to receive a continuing education certificate. 17 continuing education credits or NBCC clock hours are available; no partial credit will be given.

  • The Meadows is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists.The Meadows maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Course meets criteria for 17 hours of continuing education credit hours for psychologists.
  • The Meadows is an NBCCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEP) and may offer NBCC-approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements.The ACEP solely is responsible for all aspects of the program. Provider#5687.
  • This course has been approved by The Meadows, as a NAADAC Approved Education Provider, for 17 CE. NAADAC Provider #62791,The Meadows is responsible for all aspects of their programming. Course addresses Counseling Services from NAADAC Counselor Skill Group

About The Presenter

Tian Dayton, MA, PhD, TEP, has a master’s degree in educational psychology and a doctorate in clinical psychology, and is a board certified trainer in psychodrama, in addition to being a Senior Fellow of The Meadows. She is a fellow of the American Society of Group Psychotherapy and Psychodrama (ASGPP), winner of their Scholar’s Award and President’s Award, editor in chief of the Journal of Psychodrama, Sociometry & Group Psychotherapy, and sits on the professional standards committee. Dr. Dayton was faculty at New York University for eight years teaching psychodrama, and has been awarded the Ackerman/Black Award and The Mona Mansell Award for contributions to the field of addiction.

Dr. Dayton is author of 12 books, including Neuropsychodrama in the Treatment of Relational Trauma, The ACoA Trauma Syndrome, Trauma and Addiction, Emotional Sobriety, bestseller Forgiving and Moving On, and The Living Stage. She is the creator of Relational Trauma Repair and Dr. Dayton has been a guest expert on NBC, CNN, MSNBC, Montel, Rikki Lake, John Walsh, and Geraldo, and blogs for The Huffington Post.

Daily Schedule

 Friday  Saturday  Sunday
 12:30 - 1:00 p.m.: Registration  9:00 a.m. - Noon: Training*  9:00 a.m. - Noon: Training*
 1:00 - 5:00 p.m.: Training*  Noon - 1:00 p.m.: Lunch  Noon - 1:00 p.m.: Lunch
 *includes a 15-minute break  1:00 - 5:00 p.m.: Training*  1:00 - 4:00 p.m.: Training*
   *includes a 15-minute break  *includes a 15-minute break

17.0 Continuing Education

2018 Dates

 January 26 - 28    

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Rio Retreat Center at The Meadows
1245 Jack Burden Road
Wickenburg, Arizona 85390


Cost for the three-day training is $750 per person. Lodging is available at Rio for an additional cost; check availability when registering.

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