Therapeutic skills for trauma and injury for 14 CEC Credits. Cycle 11.

Therapeutic Skills for Trauma and Injury:
Yoga Therapy and Somatic Psychology for RMT’s
14 Continuing Education Credits

MODULE I:  Grounding & Connecting: The Therapeutic Relationship
Sunday, March 26, 2017
Cowichan Bay

Module I. covers the foundational principles of Yoga Therapy and Somatic Psychology to answer the questions: “What makes a relationship therapeutic?” and “How can we use the latest scientific discoveries, along with ancient ways of knowing to enhance the effectiveness of our therapeutic relationships?”

Using techniques based on interpersonal neurobiology, attachment theory, and yoga therapy, therapists will learn how to self- and co-regulate with the client for optimal therapeutic success.

The therapist will learn specific tools for grounding and centering, for both the therapist’s self-care and for use with the client on the table.

The therapist will leave this module with an understanding of how basic yoga philosophy and applications can assist in safely working with clients who have experienced injury, illness, and trauma.

Format of Delivery
9:00-10:30  Introduction to Somatic Psychology and Interpersonal Neurobiology for enhancing the Therapeutic Relationship
10:45-12:15 Practical “Hands-on” work in way of Therapist practicing techniques with “client”: Embodiment, Self-Regulation, Co-Regulation
12:15 – 1:15 Lunch
1:15 – 2:45 Yoga Therapy for Grounding and Centering
3:00 – 5:00 Practical Yoga Therapy tools for offering guided meditation

* Instructor ratio is 2 instructors per group (group size: 12 – 16 people)
* There will be 6 hours of Instructional material: 3 hours of didactic instruction and 3 hours of experiential learning, including 2 hours of “hands-on” practical application of the techniques and tools discussed.

Module II: Journey to the Core: The Psoas-Vagus Connection
Sunday, April 30, 2017
Cowichan Bay

Module II will focus on the mental and physical effects of injury and trauma from both neurobiological and yogic perspectives. We will cover Polyvagal Theory and take an in-depth look at the psoas muscle.

The therapist will learn how to assess their own neural state (level of arousal) and that of their client’s, as well as evidence-based practices for creating optimal arousal.

The therapist will learn how to access and teach clients the pelvic floor connection, psoas rehabilitation, and applying Yoga Therapy to back pain or dysfunction.
This module looks at common injuries and tools and techniques to apply to them. This includes an anatomy and biomechanics review, and specific attention to the role of the psoas, diaphragms (pelvic and respiratory), transverse abdominis, and the multifidi on movement and dysfunction.

Format of Delivery:  
9:00 – 10:45  Polyvagal Theory: Trauma and the Autonomic Nervous System
11:00 – 12:15 Practical “Hands-on” work in way of Therapist practicing techniques with “client”: Embodiment, Self-Regulation, Co-Regulation
12:15 – 1:15 Lunch
1:15 – 2:45 Yoga Therapy for Back Care (including specific Psoas work)
3:00 – 5:00 Practical Yoga Therapy tools for better back care

*Instructor ratio is 2 instructors per group (group size: 10-16 people)
* There will be 6 hours of Instructional material: 3 hours of didactic instruction and 3 hours of experiential learning, including 2 hours of “hands-on” practical application of the techniques and tools discussed.