USING MENTAL IMAGERY TO HEAL TRAUMA – CE CREDIT

Trauma research shows us that traumatic experience affects the mind, brain, and body. Further, Affective Neuroscience research indicates the relationship between the brain, thoughts, and emotion. This research highlights the need for trauma treatment interventions to be integrative, holistic, and flexible, and uniquely tailored to each individual’s presented needs on the continuum of trauma treatment. It also underscores the need to include trauma treatment interventions that will serve to heal the mind, emotions, and body; and contribute to brain functioning which supports emotional regulation. The use of Mental Imagery is a mindful, cognitive technique that when practiced with safety and relaxation and a few other prerequisites, can transform depression, anxiety, physical pain, and relationship difficulties; and contributes to integrated emotional, mental, physical, social balance and psychological health.

By attending this course you will summarize the trauma literature and Affective Neuroscience research. You will identify how the use of Mental Imagery can be beneficial in the treatment of trauma; and identify technique for the application of Mental Imagery including the use of guided and discovered images, and the altering of distressing images.

Lastly, you will participate in a guided imagery group exercise where you will discover, see, and sense your own images, to be followed by group discussion of your individual experience of images.

Learning Objectives for CE Credits:

  • Summarize Affective Neuroscience research findings that show the relationship between thoughts, brain, and emotion.
  • Identify what the trauma literature tells us about the effect of traumatic experience on the mind, brain, and body
    Discuss the benefits of Mental Imagery in the process of healing from trauma. Discuss an empirically based limitation of using imagination imagery depending on the client’s ability to access specific brain area. Identify one empirically based cognitive factor that may contribute to the success with mental imagery.
  • Discuss the benefits of Mental Imagery in the process of healing from trauma. Discuss an empirically based limitation of using imagination imagery depending on the client’s ability to access specific brain area. Identify one empirically based cognitive factor that may contribute to the success with mental imagery.
  • Identify technique for the application of Mental Imagery in the treatment of trauma, including the use of guided imagery, discovered images, and the altering of distressing images.
  • Demonstrate through participation in a guided imagery group exercise where you will discover, see, and sense your own images, to be followed by group discussion of your individual experience of images.

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