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Psycho-Sensory Interventions for the Treatment of Trauma

The Grand Guelph Banquet and Event Centre #26-340 Woodlawn Road West, Guelph, ON, N1H 7K6
Kim Barthel
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This three-day workshop is for Occupational Therapists, Mental Health Providers, Speech Language Pathologists, Physiotherapists and other allied health looking for concrete strategies to more effectively support their clients of all ages who are impacted by trauma. This course will provide an integrated theoretical connection about the neurological interplay between attachment, developmental trauma and sensory processing issues. Participants will develop an understanding of the use of relational attunement as a regulatory influence that supports and stabilizes the arousal and sensory processing systems. This workshop will uniquely blend the integration of psychotherapeutic skills with sensory processing intervention. Health care providers will learn how to put these two distinct therapeutic approaches together as a mechanism for the development of self-regulation and mental health function. A combination of theory and practical trauma interventions will emphasize compassionate dialoguing skills, sensory strategies, postural control and movement techniques together with attachment theory and psychotherapeutic process work. Learning will be facilitated through lecture, story-telling, group problem-solving from case examples, role plays and active reflection.
Participants will be able to: Explain how attachment strategies are functionally adaptive in relation to developmental trauma. Describe the connection between trauma, arousal and sensory processing challenges. Discuss how the use of relational attunement skills and therapeutic use of self can stabilize arousal and support sensory processing issues. Develop a repertoire of sensory processing strategies to address trauma. Understand how trauma impacts postural control. Learn to provide therapeutic intervention to the postural and movement system to affect change in the emotional responses to trauma (treating trauma through the body). Begin to integrate psychotherapeutic process within a sensory motor context.
About Kim Barthel: As a clinician with a private practice since 1989, Kim is a registered Occupational Therapist in British Columbia, Ontario and the United States. While she is predominantly a speaker and teacher, she also assesses and supports a wide range of clients, often when there is complexity involved. She is an Advanced Neuro-Developmental Treatment Instructor as well as a Sensory Integration Instructor. Kim travels widely as an instructor to a range of therapists, educators, social workers, physicians, special-needs care providers and parents. Her specialties in workshop instruction include Trauma-Sensitive Practice, Pediatric Neuro-Developmental Treatment, Sensory Processing, Attachment Theory, as well as understanding and supporting complex behaviour and mental Health. In May, 2019, Kim was honoured as the recipient of the prestigious Award of Merit by the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists.