Learning points include:
- What neuroscience teaches about self-awareness & trauma
- Developing a "center" as a way to deal with stress
- Breathwork that signals relaxation (as opposed to fight or flight)
- The neurobiology of trauma and limits of psychotherapy
- Body-centered approaches such as EMDR, yoga and qi gong
- How traumatic memories are stored and effected by movement
- Practice in appyling trauma-sensitive techniques in the studio
- Four key ways to work with students who suffer from PTSD
This workshop focuses on teaching methodology. It is not a therapuetic session for trauma-related experiences.
For more information, please visit The Trauma Center's Yoga as a Complementary Treatment for Chronic PTSD.
Registration includes optional four-class series in Tao Yoga & Meditation on Monday nights 7-8 PM.
Currently, there are 2 spaces available.
JoeFitzgerald, LCSW, is a psychotherapist, in practice for over 35 years, specializing in the treatment of trauma and its devastating effects on the mind, heart and soul. He is a certified EMDR therapist and has trained in many therapy modalities including: gestalt therapy, hypnotherapy, emotional release and traditional psychodynamic psychotherapies. Joe offers a Qi Gong class for trauma survivors, bringing together his unique skills as a psychotherapist and as a Qi Gong practitioner. A certified instructor, Joe has trained with Jeff Primack, and more recently, Robert Peng, an internationally recognized Qi Gong master.
Laurie Edwards, Psy.D., is passionate about supporting individuals in discovering their inner wisdom. Trained in Cognitive Behavioral, Existential, Humanistic, and Psychodynamic practices, she has also studied Taoist and Buddhist perspectives on wellbeing. Currently, Laurie is working towards certification as a yoga therapist and serves as a psychologist on the faculty of Yale University. She obtained her doctoral degree at the California Institute of Integral Studies and also has her own private practice in Branford CT. She is also a certified yoga instructor and teaches at Yoga on Whitney in Hamden, CT.
Christine Ucich, M.Ed., is a teacher with 15 years experience of offering art and yoga instruction to at-risk populations of students in the public schools. As a Taoist yoga instructor, she also leads meditation and breathwork as transformative processes for healing of both the body and mind. She is dedicated to promoting yoga's potential as a psychotherapuetic tool and believes improving one's mental health can be accomplished solely through body-centered practice.