Upcoming Seminars

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DATE(S): 10/11/19 – 10/14/19
LOCATION: Portland, OR
PRESENTER(S): Kathy L. Kain & Stephen Terrell, PsyD, SEP 
DATE(S): 12/6/19 – 12/9/19
LOCATION: Corte Madera, CA
PRESENTER(S): Kathy L. Kain & Stephen Terrell, PsyD, SEP 
DATE(S): 11/6/20 – 11/9/20
LOCATION: Vancouver, BC
PRESENTER(S): Kathy L. Kain & Stephen Terrell, PsyD, SEP 
DATE(S): 3/25/21 – 3/29/21
LOCATION: Portland, OR
PRESENTER(S): Kathy L. Kain 
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Course Information

Somatic Resilience and Regulation: Early Trauma: Module 1

A somatic approach to supporting recovery from developmental trauma

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Steve Terrell is a single adoptive parent of two children, living and practicing in Austin, Texas. Steve specializes in Attachment and Developmental Trauma Therapies. He has fully integrated touch work into his practice, which focuses on children and adults who have been affected by early trauma. He is a recognized leader in his work with adopted children and their families (both domestic and international). He combines his training in Neurosequential Development, Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy, Play Therapy, Somatic Experiencing, Touch Skills Training for Trauma Therapists, Reality Therapy, Hypnotherapy, and Eye Movement Desensitization (EMDR). He has also worked with first responders, and is trained in Trauma First Aid. Steve is a frequent speaker at conferences and workshops on attachment-related issues, and the neurobiology of trauma.

Module 1

  • Overview of developmental trauma and its impact on physiological regulation
  • Four components of attachment and their relationship to survival
  • Introduction to attachment patterns: secure, anxious, avoidant, disorganized
  • Overview of the relationship between attachment patterns and survival
  • Understanding how your attachment pattern shows up in the therapy room
  • How neuroception and interoception affect attachment and traumatic stress responses
  • Looking at attachment and survival through the lens of the Polyvagal Theory
  • Introduction to the Window of Tolerance and its relationship to management strategies
  • Shame and its inhibitory impact
  • Common behavioral and physiological management strategies induced by early trauma
  • Intro to ACE (Adverse Childhood Experience) study and its importance in treatment
  • Somatic techniques for supporting regulation and safety
  • Somatic/touch methods for supporting resilience and restoration of social engagement