Over the past decade, meditation and yoga have become increasingly popular in mental health treatment and in the world at large. While the practices can be helpful, clients will receive the most benefit from work that is trauma informed and delivered with an understanding of how these healing mechanisms impact the mind, brain and body. This workshop we will explore the potential benefits of integrating yoga and meditation into trauma treatment, as well as best practices for adapting these modalities in a trauma-sensitive manner. We will discuss the relationship between meditation and dissociation, and will teach how to assist clients in “building up meditation muscles” in order to improve affect regulation and ego strength. Potential benefits include increased affect tolerance, greater internal and external insight, improved attunement, and increased empathy for self and others. These methods of treatment can be used alone or interwoven into any other form of treatment. We will also explore the connection between yoga, somatic psychotherapy and theories of nervous system dysregulation as they apply to cases of complex, developmental trauma, and outline the progression of research and theoretical understanding that supports using these modalities.
Describe potential benefits of integrating yoga and meditation into trauma treatment
Describe best practices for adapting yoga and meditation modalities in a trauma-sensitive manner
Discuss the relationship between meditation and dissociation