Essentials of an Integrated Trauma-Informed PracticePrice: $90

3 CEUs Available for Psychologists, LCPC’s, LMFT’s, and LCSW’s

Recent advances in neuroscience and research have supported the development of many treatment modalities developed to treat the legacy of traumatic experiences. EMDR, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Somatic Experiencing, DBT, Brainspotting and Relational Psychodynamic approaches are just a sample of available treatment approaches. They have all made a contribution to how we think about and treat traumatic wounding and early attachment difficulties. However, we are not treating “sexual abuse” or “an eating disorder” or “distorted thoughts”, we are treating human beings and no one model can treat all of human experience and suffering.

In this workshop, we will focus on the fundamentals of trauma-informed practice. Concepts related to the body and nervous system that must be integrated into any approach in order to make it “trauma-informed”. We will then explore how to integrate these concepts into our work–regardless of theoretical orientation.

After completing this workshop you will leave with knowledge of:

  • Information of how the brain and nervous system are affected by traumatic events
  • The polyvagal theory and awareness of how to apply it in treatment
  • The concept of a Window of Tolerance
  • Practical framework for integrating this knowledge into your everyday work with clients.

Presenter: Amy Zajakowski Uhll

Amy Zajakowski Uhll founded the Chicago Center for Integration and Healing and serves as the director.  Drawing on over 25 years of experience, she provides psychotherapy to individuals, couples, and families. Her speciality is trauma-Informed treatment, with a focus on Complex Trauma and Dissociation. Throughout her career, Amy has been interested in exploring the integration of  traditional relational approaches with body-centered and mindfulness-based techniques.

Amy provides clinical consultation to other therapists and to organizations in support of trauma-informed care.  She specializes in helping therapists integrate trauma-informed practices into the work that they are already doing.  Amy believes that for therapists it is more important how we are with our clients than what we do. She supports therapists in exploring their own internal experience as they develop their authentic approach to healing.

Amy is originally trained in psychodynamic treatment and  graduated with her Master’s in Counseling Psychology from Northwestern University in 1991. She has completed advanced training in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, a somatic psychotherapy that is deeply informed by neurobiological research.

She co-authored the article “Beginning with the Social Worker: Yoga Nidra Meditation as a Means for Self-Inquiry, Growth, Effectiveness, and Resiliency.

For the past 18 years, she’s served as a volunteer therapist at Chicago’s Marjorie Kovler Center where she treats survivors of government-sponsored torture.


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