Michelle Harrison, Ph.D., LPCC-S, NCC

Counselor & Assistant Director, Grace to Glory

Part 1: Understanding Trauma-Related Fragmentation and Dissociation

  • Other Session
  • October 20 2021 8:00 AM - 11:59 PM

Part 1 of 2: Understanding how the brain and body respond to trauma is an essential element of providing care for survivors. This presentation is based on the work of Dr. Janina Fisher, who trained under the guidance of and with renowned trauma experts Dr. Judith Herman and Dr. Bessel van Der Kolk since the early ’90s. Identifying trauma symptoms, understanding how trauma symptoms help individuals survive, describing the window of tolerance and providing an overview of The Structural Dissociation Model (2006) will help deepen the understanding of the impact of trauma on the individuals we serve. In turn, providers will be more equipped to aid the survivor in understanding what is happening to them when they are triggered and recognize trauma responses.

The following objectives from this presentation are:
1. To recognize symptoms and difficulties experienced that are the result of trauma.
2. To recognize signs of hyperarousal and hypoarousal, both of which indicate leaving the window of tolerance.
3. To become more competent and confident in recognizing trauma responses to triggers and help residents make sense of them