Relational Trauma Repair
An experiential model for treating childhood trauma and PTSD
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Professional Development Workshop
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. Meadows Senior Fellow Dr. Tian Dayton developed Relational Trauma Repair (RTR), a model she designed to fit into any treatment program clinic or one-to-one practice. It’s a multisensory model that uses psychodrama, sociometry, journaling, and guided imagery in the treatment of trauma-related issues. In this experiential training, facilitator Dr. Dayton will show 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.
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.
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