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Trauma is Broken Connection: Healing Strategies for Attachment Injury and Relational Trauma

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Diane Poole-Heller, PhD |  Peter A. Levine, PhD
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Sep 30, 2021
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Diane Poole-Heller, PhD's Profile

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Trauma Solutions

Diane Poole Heller, PhD, is an internationally-recognized speaker, author, and expert in the field of attachment theory and trauma resolution. She developed a signature series on adult attachment called DARe (Dynamic Attachment Re-patterning experience), that facilitates more fulfilling adult relationships.

In 1989, she began working with Dr. Peter Levine, teaching for 25 years for SEI.

She's authored 3 books: Crash Course, on auto accident trauma; Healing Your Attachment Wounds: How to Create Deep and Lasting Relationships; and The Power of Attachment: How to Create Deep and Lasting Intimate Relationships. Her film, "Surviving Columbine," supported community healing after the Columbine High School shootings.

Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Dr. Diane Poole Heller has an employment relationship with Trauma Solutions. She is a published author and receives royalties. She receives a speaking honorarium and recording royalties from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Dr. Diane Poole has no relevant non-financial relationships.

Peter A. Levine, PhD's Profile

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Peter A. Levine, PhD, holds doctorates in both medical biophysics and psychology. The developer of Somatic Experiencing®, a body-awareness approach to healing trauma, and founder of the Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute, which conducts trainings in this work throughout the world and in various indigenous cultures, with 26 faculty members and over five thousand students. Dr. Levine was a stress consultant for NASA on the development of the space shuttle project and was a member of the Institute of World Affairs Task Force of Psychologists for Social Responsibility in developing responses to large-scale disasters and ethnopolitical warfare. Levine’s international best seller, Waking the Tiger: Healing Trauma, has been translated into 22 languages. His recent interests include the prevention of trauma in children, and he has co-written two books, with Maggie Kline, in the area: Trauma Through a Child’s Eyes and Trauma-Proofing Your Kids. His most recent book: Trauma and Memory: Brain and Body in a Search for the Living Past, was recently released to rave reviews. Levine’s original contribution to the field of body psychotherapy was honored in 2010 when he received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the United States Association for Body Psychotherapy (USABP). Levine was also honored as the recipient of the 2020 Psychotherapy Networker Lifetime Achievement Award.


Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Dr. Peter Levine is the founder and president of the Ergos Institute of Somatic Education, the president and editorial director of Ergos Institute Press, and receives a consulting fee from the Meadows Addiction Center. He receives royalties as a published author. Dr. Levine receives a speaking honorarium, recording, and book royalties from Psychotherapy Networker and PESI, Inc. He has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Dr. Peter Levine is a senior clinical fellow and advisor to the Meadows Addiction Treatment Center. He is a member of the American Psychological Association, the Humanistic Psychological Association, and the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies.


  1. Analyze the primary traits that exist in secure attachment relationships.
  2. Demonstrate and practice at least 2 skills that assist clients in creating secure attachment bonds in relationships.
  3. Demonstrate and practice 2 corrective experience interventions for Insecure Attachment that foster Secure Attachment.


  • SE and Attachment Work are a Match made in Heaven  
  • Presencing the "Empathetic Other"; Healing Relational Trauma in Relationship 
  • Learning Secure Attachment Skills that Deepen Intimacy and Restore Social Engagement 
  • Avoidant Attachment:  Surfacing from the Bubble of Isolation and Dismissiveness toward Connection and Nourishment in Relationships  
  • Ambivalent Attachment:  Shifting Complaining, Fear of Abandonment and Chronic Hopelessness to an Empowered Sense of Self, Noticing Caring Behaviors, Ability to Receive, and Enhancing Embodied Satisfaction   
  • Disorganized Attachment:  Shifting the experience that "Relationships are Dangerous" to Restoring Safety, Reducing Volatility and Emphasizing Self/Co-Regulation  
  • The Healing Attachment Injury Work is Experiential; Designing Contradictory Corrective Connection experiences for Core Wounds 
  • How Our Original Relational Template formed in Early Childhood Impacts Adult Relationships 

Target Audience

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


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