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The Living Legacy of Trauma with Janina Fisher, PhD: Tangible Tools to Transform Clinical Practice

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Janina Fisher, PhD
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Mar 10, 2021
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After the overwhelming experience is over and they have survived, traumatized individuals are left with only a fragmented, confusing sense of what happened.

Traumatic reminders continue to keep the trauma ‘alive’ by repetitively re-activating the stress response system and survival defences. Unaware that these reactions are traumatic memories held in the body, clients assume that they are still in danger or somehow at fault.

Without a way to understand sensory and body memories, survivors of trauma come to either distrust themselves or distrust others. Telling the story of what they remember sometimes brings relief but does not resolve the ‘living legacy’ of traumatic reactions that continue to torment the client day after day.

Watch trauma expert, clinician and author Janina Fisher, PhD, and learn how to assess and make sense of trauma-based symptoms, such as:

  • dysregulated autonomic arousal
  • overwhelming emotions and sensations
  • intrusive images
  • numbing and disconnection

Discover how to use psychoeducation to help clients manage these overwhelming symptoms and begin to change their relationship to the traumatic events.

Become confident in how to integrate neurobiologically-informed treatment techniques into your psychotherapy.

Don’t delay! Purchase today and help clients overcome their traumatic symptoms - and finally put the past trauma to rest.



This online program is worth 6.5 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 center 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, at 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. Determine the autonomic, cognitive, affective and somatic effects of traumatic events.
  2. Practice psychoeducational interventions that support stabilization or offer relief to traumatized clients.
  3. Implement mindfulness-based techniques to challenge conditioned patterns of response.
  4. Integrate somatic interventions that regulate a traumatized nervous system.
  5. Utilize worksheets to discover and address trauma-related symptoms.
  6. Assess the nature of current research, limitations of working with somatic techniques in trauma.


The Living Legacy of Traumatic Experience
  • The neurobiology: how ‘the body keeps the score”
  • How the brain helps us survive
  • What perpetuates PTSD?
  • Working with a traumatized nervous system in clinical practice
  • Risks, limitations and the nature of the latest research
Empower Trauma Survivors
  • Psychoeducation: the value and meaning of language
  • Making skill-building a relational experience
  • The challenge of post-traumatic coping
  • Recovering from self-destructive patterns of coping
  • Worksheet: 10% Solutions
  • Worksheet: Tracking Abstinence/Relapse Cycles
Neurobiologically-informed Trauma Treatment Approaches & Tools
  • Sensorimotor Psychotherapy: principles and interventions for resolving symptoms
  • Somatic interventions to help clients regulate autonomic regulation
  • Working with traumatic attachment patterns
  • Changing attachment patterns
  • Worksheet: How can you tell you are triggered?
  • Worksheet: Trauma and the window of tolerance
Trauma-Related Fragmentation and Dissociation
  • The structural dissociation model
  • Identify the traumatized parts
  • Using a parts-model in with fragmentation
Resolution and the Potential for Greater Trauma Recovery
  • Building a compassionate relationship to one’s selves
  • Mindfulness techniques specific for trauma survivors
  • More client worksheets
  • Integrate presented tools in clinical session

Target Audience

  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Psychologists
  • Case Managers
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Therapists
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Nurses
  • Other Mental Health Professionals


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