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Sep 16-17th, 2016 - Two Day AARM Training

  • Liberty Station Conference Center 2600 Laning Road San Diego, CA, 92106 United States (map)

Workshop Overview

Dates and Times: Friday, September 17 and Saturday, September 18, 2016 - 9AM to 6PM

Location: Liberty Station Conference Center - San Diego, CA

Target Audience: Professionals in the healing arts

CE Credits: 14

The Adult Attachment Repair Method (AARM) is designed to  produce a seismic shift in clinical thinking away from treating trauma as their main goal and towards physiological stabilization. This includes attending to the client’s biological systems (autonomic nervous system) using neuro-modulation techniques to support natural body-generated pendulations of pleasant and unpleasant sensations.

Our work is based in neuroscience and adapted for psychotherapy. The Adult Attachment Repair Method (AARM) Workshop is presented as an experiential clinical program and trains therapists to work with clients who have difficulties in sustaining their therapeutic gains.

If an adult is cognitively and emotionally mature, then she will be better able to withstand trauma and to recover more quickly as a client in psychotherapy. Neuroscience has identified the social engagement and attachment systems as crucial to emotional maturational development.

Significantly, the degree of maturational development of the social engagement system is influenced by how effectively a client views herself and other’s perceptions of her. If she has secure attachment, her perceptions will be viewed through a more realistic and positive lens. When this does not happen, because she has insecure attachment, she lives in a cloud of unrealistic and negative perceptions. Before she can begin to heal, it is necessary to change her optic lens and how they interpret the  relatedness of their everyday life. This procedure requires an interactive process favoring right hemisphere to right hemisphere interactions. It is our hypothesis that ultimate change to the client is to positively impact though neuro-modulation and around attachment the ability to retrofit and repair her compromised neuronal templates that control how she views self and others in good times and bad.     

Although this is the work of the attachment system, it can only begin to develop after the social engagement system has been activated in a safe secure manner. For this reason, our work begins by activating the social engagement system followed by stimulating the attachment system. Well being and self esteem are important byproducts of this increased integration. 

In our first workshop, we will train therapists to elicit sensory data from the client that they will learn how to frame into a somatic narrative. The therapist helps the client establish and maintain a dual focus on their attachment process through the use of a transitional attachment object that gradually creates a scaffold of secure bonding experiences.

The workshop will teach therapists’ skills on both somatic and psychological levels. On the somatic level, they will learn how to use the Bottom Up Theory of Peter Levine and the Polyvagal Theory of Steven Porges to help clients attune to their ongoing sensory narrative and to navigate between sensory tracks. On the psychological side, therapists will guide the client to integrate their inner child and activate their attachment system. As a result, clients will learn how to construct the secure inner base necessary for their social engagement and secure attachment systems to thrive and grow.

This training will introduce you to a new way of conceptualizing and practicing with clients that have long term intractable problems. All of these seemingly disparate methodologies have been seamlessly integrated into one cohesive comprehensive system that we call AARM.

CE Credit Information

Approval Number: 3361
California Board of Behavioral Science Examiners - 14 CE Credits for Licensed Clinical Social Workers and Marriage and Family Therapists.

Cancellations and Refunds

Cancellations received at least ten working days before the workshop are refundable less a $30.00 administrative fee per registrant. No refunds will be made thereafter. Please note that if you register and do not attend, you are still liable for full payment. A colleague may be substituted for no extra charge as long as written we receive notification at least five business days before the seminar. The expense of continuing education, when taken to maintain and improve professional skills, may be tax deductible.

Later Event: January 20
Adult Attachment Repair Model - Boulder