International Speaker Tour

A two-day workshop with Bonnie Badenoch

A two-day workshop

The Heart of Trauma: Healing the Embodied Brain in the Context of Relationships.

Bonnie Badenoch is an in-the-trenches master therapist, supervisor, teacher and author who has spent the last 15 years integrating the discoveries of neuroscience into the art of therapy. Her work as a therapist has focused on helping trauma survivors and those with significant attachment wounds reshape their neural landscape to support a life of meaning and resilience.

Her conviction that wisdom about the relational brain can transform human experience for people at every age led to the publication of Being a Brain-Wise Therapist: A Practical Guide to Interpersonal Neurobiology in the Norton Interpersonal Neurobiology Series in 2008 and The Brain-Savvy Therapist’s Workbook in 2011. In 2013, she and Susan Gantt co-edited and contributed to a new book, The Interpersonal Neurobiology of Group Psychotherapy and Group Process. In 2017, she published her most important book entitled: The Heart of Trauma: Healing the Embodied Brain in the Context of Relationships.

Therapists are saying that these books fill the gap between science and practice with clarity, compassion and heart.

Where are these workshops being held?

We are thrilled to bring Bonnie to Australia for a two-day workshop in 2019.

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Workshop Content

This workshop is built on two fundamental ideas and practices to embody them. The first is that psychological, emotional safety is the foundation for healing embedded traumas. The second is that the collaborative relationship between the two hemispheres of the brain offers the foundation for developing this safety. Participants will walk away with an in-depth knowledge about what these pillars of therapeutic intervention mean, how to translate them in practice and detailed strategies about how to make them work.

This workshop traces the integrated knowledge base that Bonnie brings to her work. It will provide you with the basis for understanding the growing relational approach to trauma recovery, inspired by the neuroscience of safety that has evolved out of the work of Steve Porges, Allan Schore, Dan Siegel and Iain McGilchrist. In particular, Bonnie explores a deep way to understand why trauma is a relational experience that arises more from our sense of being alone with pain and fear than from the event itself. She also examines what ”alone“ means and how our nervous systems are able to receive others in authentic connection. Throughout the workshop, Bonnie addresses the consequences of experiences that remain unintegrated and provides insight and practices for supporting integration during the therapeutic process.

This two day workshop should not be missed. It is the first time that Bonnie has come out to Australia. The insights you will gain, coupled with abundant experiential practices will consolidate your learning to date and extend your skills and knowledge into areas that are very real for the people you work with.

Why have we invited Bonnie Badenoch to conduct a speaking tour?

Hear from Foundation CEO Dr Joe Tucci as he shares what he anticipates the workshops will deliver for attendees.

About Bonnie Badenoch

Bonnie speaks internationally about applying IPNB principles both personally and professionally. She takes particular joy in offering year-long immersion trainings for therapists and others in the healthcare professions at her home in the Pacific Northwest because these experiences support personal transformation through the embodiment of the principles of interpersonal neurobiology.

Learning Outcomes

In practical ways, participants will learn to

  • Describe the development of our embodied brains in the first 36 months in traumatic and non-traumatic circumstances
  • Define trauma from the perspective of interpersonal neurobiology, with a particular focus on the influence of trauma at various developmental stages
  • Understand how traumas are held awaiting the necessary support to integrate
  • Identify the different types of trauma and their effects—visible, invisible; cumulative, sudden
  • Recognise the layers of memory that develop in traumatic and non-traumatic circumstances (epigenetic, implicit, explicit, and autobiographical) and how they manifest in the therapeutic processes
  • Explain the neurobiological basis for identifying the therapist’s capacity for nonjudgmental presence as the most important factor in healing
  • Explain the three branches of the autonomic nervous system and how they form the basis for creating safety with traumatised clients
  • Describe the role of mirror neurons and resonance circuitry in the process of recovery from trauma
  • Discover how clients and therapists can collaborate with the brain’s natural pattern of Right-Left-Right Hemisphere integration
  • Describe the ways in which the subjective quality of implicit memory can change, and how play can facilitate these changes.
  • Understand the autonomic nervous system (Porges)—polyvagal theory, neuroception, eyes, ears, and face
  • Recognise how to use responsiveness rather than motivation and a reflective practice for beginning to identify signs of movement from ventral to sympathetic, ventral or sympathetic to dorsal
  • Understand the brain stem and core fight/flight nuclei, sensitivity to rhythm, and a reflective practice for sensing rhythms of attachment and difference/similarity between parents
  • Explain the social-emotional circuitry in the midbrain and a reflective practice with the seeking system
  • Appreciate the underground process of attachment repair, including using presence, contact, reflection, responsiveness, and delight
  • Understand what to do when therapy ”fails“.

Who should attend?

Any practitioner who engages with children, young people and adults who have experienced trauma. It is particularly relevant for those working in education, sexual assault, family violence, child trauma, family support, out of home care, homelessness and justice services.

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