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Healing the Fragmented Selves of Trauma Survivors

Transformational Approaches to Treating Complex Trauma

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Janina Fisher, PhD
10 Hours 18 Minutes
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Sep 08, 2023
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Because trauma lives in the body as well as the mind, traditional talk therapy cannot access the deeply rooted, pervasive wounds that complex trauma leaves behind. In fact, therapeutic approaches that emphasise talking about the events often result in more, not less, activation of somatic trauma responses. Adding to the challenge is the fact that many traumatised clients present with overlapping symptoms including self-hatred, self-alienation, addiction, internal conflict, numbing or shame. 

Because of this, despite your best efforts you can never treat the root of their challenges: the legacy of trauma, which continues to “tell the story” not with words, but with chronic somatic survival responses. The key to providing effective interventions for your clients is to shift your perspective so you can see your client NOT as a traumatised whole person, but rather as fragmented parts in need of healing. 

Learn how to heal these fragmented parts in this exclusive workshop, where world-renowned trauma and attachment expert Dr Janina Fisher will teach you her transformational approach to complex trauma treatment.



This online program is worth 10.5 hours CPD.



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Janina Fisher, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist and former instructor at The Trauma Center, a research and treatment centre founded by Bessel van der Kolk. Known as an expert on the treatment of trauma, Dr Fisher has also been treating individuals, couples and families since 1980.

She is past president of the New England Society for the Treatment of Trauma and Dissociation, an EMDR International Association Credit Provider, Assistant Educational Director of the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute, and a former Instructor, Harvard Medical School. Dr Fisher lectures and teaches nationally and internationally on topics related to the integration of the neurobiological research and newer trauma treatment paradigms into traditional therapeutic modalities.

She is co-author with Pat Ogden of Sensorimotor Psychotherapy: Interventions for Attachment and Trauma (2015) and author of Healing the Fragmented Selves of Trauma Survivors: Overcoming Internal Self-Alienation (2017) and the forthcoming book, Working with the Neurobiological Legacy of Trauma (in press).

Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Dr. Janina Fisher has an employment relationship with the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute. She is a consultant for Khiron House Clinics and the Massachusetts Department of MH Restraint and Seclusion Initiative. Dr. Fisher receives royalties as a published author. She receives a speaking honorarium, recording royalties and book royalties from Psychotherapy Networker and PESI, Inc. Dr. Fisher has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Dr. Janina Fisher is on the advisory board for the Trauma Research Foundation. She is a patron of the Bowlby Center.


  1. Utilise clinical strategies to identify signs and symptoms of fragmentation and internal conflict. 
  2. Teach clients to apply non-judgmental language to their trauma-related symptoms and inner experience. 
  3. Facilitate increased mindfulness-based dual awareness in clients to decrease client phobias of emotion and inner experience. 
  4. Foster the development of mindful observation of fragmented parts of the self in clients. 
  5. Utilise somatic interventions for regulating autonomic arousal and affect dysregulation to calm the body as it relates to clinical treatment. 
  6. Integrate interpersonal neurobiology and social engagement techniques in session to improve treatment outcomes. 
  7. Drive the growth of empathy for wounded child parts of the self to increase self-compassion in clients. 
  8. Transform traumatic memory in clients using somatic, visualisation, and ego-state techniques. 
  9. Utilise clinical strategies to foster ‘earned secure attachment’ in a clinical setting. 
  10. Facilitate client use of internal communication to improve treatment outcomes. 
  11. Employ the language of parts, mindfulness strategies and unblending techniques to alleviate the symptoms of shame, depression, suicidality or shutdown. 
  12. Apply strategies from Internal Family Systems and Sensorimotor Psychotherapy in session to aid in the repair of internal attachment. 


Trauma and Attachment

You will learn how our clients' early experiences shape their attachment styles and how this relates to their attachment styles with their own internal parts.

Fragmentation as an Adaptation to Trauma

Clients' parts can be in internal conflict, manifesting in self-alienation and conflicting defensive strategies. You’ll discover how to repair internal attachments and help clients overcome the challenge of self-acceptance.

Sensorimotor Psychotherapy

Sensorimotor Psychotherapy is a powerful modality. Dr Fisher will show you how it can be used to teach clients to regulate their own arousal, and provides resources they can use to help prevent traumatic reactions.

How the Parts Dominate: Blending

You’ll discover how to help clients ask themselves the questions they need to in order to begin the healing process. You’ll get step-by-step instructions on the process of unblending using the proven Sensorimotor Psychotherapy approach.

Internal Family Systems: Befriending our Parts

Internal Family Systems (IFS) is a popular modality for working with parts. Dr Fisher will show you how to use IFS to help clients befriend their parts, achieve distance from their symptoms and encourage self-leadership in their lives.

Connecting to One’s Parts for Inner Healing

Continuing your work with the clients' parts, you’ll recognise the role each part plays in a client’s survival. You’ll teach them how to communicate with their parts to establish relationships and cultivate understanding and empathy for them.

From Alienation to Attachment

You will discover exactly how you can help clients with ruptured internal attachments by providing the experiences they’ve been missing that will lead to repair and integration of their parts. Dr Fisher will show you the role of mentalisation in this process, and how to respond when clients parts highjack their bodies through utilising the Social Engagement system.

Limitations of Research and Potential Risk

Dr Fisher will outline the limitations of the methods provided in this workshop and make you aware of the risks that can arise when working with complex trauma clients.

Target Audience

  • Counselors 
  • Social Workers 
  • Psychologists 
  • Psychiatrists 
  • Marriage & Family Therapists 
  • Addiction Counselors 
  • Physicians 
  • Nurses 
  • Occupational Therapists 
  • Other Mental Health Professionals



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