Dr. Ruth’s Ultimate Trauma Solution

Ruth Bz blog pic… Dr. Ruth Buczynski, that is (so, relax…that’s her at left).  A peek inside the minds of cutting-edge psychotherapists on how to really heal trauma is in her latest blog; click here: “Rethinking Trauma: The Third Wave.” http://www.nicabm.com/nicabmblog/rethinking-trauma-the-third-wave-of-trauma-treatment/

She says the latest “Aha” is that “talk therapy” can’t always cut it — we need body work and other alternative “somatic” therapies such as Dr. Bessel van der Kolk, Dr. Peter Levine, Dr. Dan Siegel, Dr. Stephen Porges, and Dr. Bruce Perry are delivering, as I’ve written for months.

Ruth is starting a new series October 15 by interviewing Steve Porges live, and yes there is a fee to subscribe if you’d like transcripts and recordings to keep.  And yes there’s also a free version of the series (detailed links at bottom).

And no, I’m not getting a cent for posting this. No one asked me to; I just wanted to “pay it forward.”

Why? Hey, that story I always tell of how I clicked the wrong link in a friend’s email, and ended up on a brain science website that saved my life?  That was Dr. Buczynski’s March 2011 webinar, “The New Brain Science Series – Barrier-Breaking Interviews with the Experts.” [FN1]

And she, and they, did save my life, and I do hope you check this out.

Here’s a clip of Dr. Porges’ interview airing October 15: http://www.nicabm.com/nicabmblog/reframing-a-patients-response-to-trauma-so-they-can-heal/

Dr. Porges even brings in Bach, Beethoven and music in general as the most powerful healing there is — after live in-person human support, of course.

Ruth adds:  “What trauma therapy owes to Beethoven and Bach…  According to Stephen Porges, PhD, classical composers knew something hundreds of years ago that could be so helpful in trauma therapy . . .  in today’s webinar, he outlines how playing and listening to music, and even the design of the rooms where we deliver services, can shift the physiology of our patients. Stephen also goes into how to work with neuroception, the “personal risk detector” in the nervous system, as well as powerful, concrete suggestions for incorporating Polyvagal Theory into clinical work.”

We can watch or listen free in real time (schedule below). These free broadcasts reach many more than can afford subscription (to me, an insanely reasonable fee, considering what I got out of it).  Transcripts, video, mp3s of  all speakers, and more extras come with subscription.

 Schedule: Wednesdays at 5pm EST & 6:30pm EST

Wed Oct 15th: Stephen Porges, PhD:  Beyond the Brain: Using Polyvagal Theory to Help Patients “Reset” the Nervous System After Trauma

Wed, Oct 22nd:  Sebern Fisher, MA: Neurofeedback: Soothe the Fear of a Traumatized Brain: How a New Intervention Is Changing Trauma Treatment

Wed, Oct 29th: Bessel van der Kolk, MD: How to Help Patients Rewire a Traumatized Brain – Applying the Latest Strategies to Speed Healing and Reduce Symptoms for Even the Most Traumatized Clients

Wed, Nov 5th: Pat Ogden, PhD: Why A Body-Oriented Approach Is Key for Treating Traumatized Patients (and What It Looks Like in Practice)

Wed, Nov 12th: Daniel Siegel, MD: The Neurobiology of Trauma Treatment: How Brain Science Can Lead to More Targeted Interventions for Patients Healing from Trauma

Wed, Nov 19th: Peter Levine, PhD: Getting to the Root of Trauma: Why It’s Critical to Understand the Role of Memory in Trauma Therapy

Here’s the link to see Ruth’s full promo with important details on each of the speakers and what they’ll cover:

Register here to watch or listen free at time of broadcast: http://www.nicabm.com/treatingtrauma2014/freesignup/

Register here for a subscription Gold Membership ($197) with all items noted above: https://www.nicabm.com/treatingtrauma2014/register/


Kathy’s news blogs expand on her book “DON’T TRY THIS AT HOME: The Silent Epidemic of Attachment Disorder—How I accidentally regressed myself back to infancy and healed it all.” Watch for the continuing series each Friday, as she explores her journey of recovery by learning the hard way about Attachment Disorder in adults, adult Attachment Theory, and the Adult Attachment Interview.


FN1  This 2011 series is over, but a subscription to it for transcripts and recordings is still at http://www.nicabm.com/thebrain2011/

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7 responses to “Dr. Ruth’s Ultimate Trauma Solution

  1. Daughter has been diagnosed with RAD she is 14. I am her maternal grandmother. I would like a list of books and other information. And ??? Thanks

  2. I see here a “need” for body work with a short recommendation for music, but nothing more on body work.
    I work with students pre-K through 8th grade with mental and physical challenges in Special Day Classes for Mild, Moderate and Severely learning-challenged, Intellectual Disability, various syndromes, Autistic Spectrum disorders, and combos.
    I am a teacher with also 1400 hours of education in Massage skills. This physical knowledge really assists in offering a definite positive effect for people of different physical and mental challenges. Yet you didn’t develop that aspect of healing.
    I have seen that various degrees of massage techniques can definitely help with students on the Spectrum. I sometimes utilize massage of key areas on the skull (Broca’s Area, Wernicke’s Area, etc.) with parental permission.
    Do you think people on the Spectrum might benefit from being treated for Trauma? I think that this might be a viable avenue to further research. It may be a better way to address the definite detachment that comes so hand in hand for people who display “on the Spectrum” disorders. Of course, I see it beneficial for students with other syndromes as well.
    I’d really appreciate your input. I may not be the only one to suggest something like this for dealing with the varied issues for those diagnosed with Autistic-like or definitive Spectrum disorders. Treating for Trauma for them could elicit some very positive results.
    I am reading Bessel Van Der Kolk’s 2014 book and find it very enlightening thus far.

  3. Kelly at NICABM Staff

    Hi Kathy,
    Thank you so much for spreading the word! We’re so glad you enjoyed our blog post and new webinar series!
    Please let us know if we can ever help you with anything.
    Best regards, Kelly at NICABM Staff

  4. Lecture 1 with Steven Porges is awesome. I’ve heard him at least 4 other times, but always more on the science of polyvagal theory. I love how he’s applying it here to help trauma victims.
    I cannot wait for next week’s broadcast with Dr. Seburn Fischer.
    Thanks for making us aware of these!

  5. Thanks for posting – I just signed up!

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