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June 2021      

03. - 07.

Transforming the Experience Based Brain

Psychobiological Approach to Resolving Developmental Trauma -
A training with three modules

Stephen Terrell (USA)



Training Overview

A Psychobiological Approach to Resolving Nonverbal Trauma History, TEB, developed by Dr. Stephen Terrell, is a reflection of his work over the past 20 years with clients directly affected by Developmental Trauma as well as his own personal experience with trauma.  TEB is a titration of attachment theory, Polyvagal Theory, Somatic Touch Skill and regulation. TEB has a reputation for effectively transforming the experience-based brain in the most challenging of clients.

After many years of working with clients on the cognitive level, Terrell came to understand the importance of somatic touch and regulation when working with clients who appear disorganized.  After learning somatic touch, Terrell has never looked back, He has fully embraced healing through supporting regulation to increase the client’s capacity to build healthy relationships.
TEB is based on the belief that if the body is in optimal regulation, then the body will heal itself.  TEB supports the client’s in their healing and understands the idea of healing a lifetime of trauma. Therapist serve as facilitators and counsellors to help clients heal themselves. Therapist use stories, humour, music, movement, somatic touch and work directly with who shows up in the session to bring healing energies into the healing space. The healing process also goes beyond the individual client and brings into account not only the client’s immediate family and epigenetic past but future generations as well.

Transforming the Experience-Based Brain and Developmental Trauma

During the most critical and sensitive periods of brain development, the brain develops and organizes at an incredible rate of growth. These periods begin in utero and continue after birth. During this time of non-verbal development, the brain soaks up a tremendous amount of knowledge and understanding through the environment, novel experiences, and the interconnectedness of the relationships between the baby and the primary caretakers.

The brain grows in a hierarchical system of development. Each experience relies on previous experience. Thus, the brain develops from the bottom-up and the inside outward. This development begins with the least complex section of the brain (the Survival/Reptilian Brain), then proceeds to the more complex Limbic/Emotional Brain. Finally, development occurs in the most complex area, the cortex or Learning/Thinking brain.

This neural hyper-plasticity of the brain makes it extremely vulnerable to trauma and stress. In this training, we explore types of early traumas and stresses that can affect the emotional development of the adult (i.e. neglect, sexual abuse, violence in the home, physical abuse, and medical trauma) Remembering that human systems are the most adaptable and malleable during these early stages of development, early complex trauma can impact a child’s psychobiology on multiple levels. This is why a multilevel model of treatment is necessary for the child or adult. According to Teacher et al in 2012, early adversity affects everything from neuro-hormonal to neuro-anatomical development. According to Glasser in 2000, these early biological changes may cause synaptic overproduction, pruning, and myelination. These changes can also affect the architecture, structure, attachment, and function of the brain. Often, these effects are observed as issues with sensory-integration, emotional-regulation, decision-making, impulse control, reward-processing function, inhibition, attention, and working memory.

These early effects of trauma and stress can disrupt the actual development of the hierarchical system. Thus, the disruption can affect the rest of a person’s life: how they grow, how they learn, how they interact, and how they love. Transforming the Experience-Based Brain (TEB) is a multilevel model for the treatment of developmental trauma. TEB synthesizes somatic touch, regulation, primitive reflex integration, attachment styles, the bio-physiology of trauma, and the trauma narrative.
According to recent follow-up studies of the Adverse Childhood Experience Study (ACE), a majority of people have at least one traumatic experience during their early life. When a person reports shock trauma as the reason for seeking treatment, it is Terrell’s professional opinion that developmental trauma often lies underneath the shock trauma in the system. TEB is able to go to the core of what is needed in effective treatment. It works to bring regulation to the system through somatic touch which builds the client’s capacity and resilience. This allows the client a greater opportunity for long-term resolution and transformation within the system.

Learning Outcomes
  • Use the Polyvagal theory to work with the bio-physiology of trauma
  • Acquire touch skills that encourage emotional and physical regulation
  • Promote integration of incomplete primitive reflexes using touch techniques
  • Understand how attachment styles are used as Defensive Accommodations to assist with managing relationships
  • Help clients transform their trauma narrative and change their lives

Course language: English with translation into German

Who would benefit from this class?: Open to all Practitioners actively engaged in providing services to clients in a therapeutic or educational setting

Cost: CHF 3870.-- (1290 CHF for each module)

Dates, times and place:
June 03 - 07, 2021 (Thursday - Monday)
September 23 - 27, 2021 (Thursday - Monday)
December 01 - 05, 2021 (Friday - Tuesday)
Times: Starting on the first day at 10.30 am, ending on the last day at 1.30 pm

Location: Hotel Rigi, Seestr. 53 - 55, 6353 Weggis, Tel: +41 (0) 41 392 03 92
info@hotelrigi.ch, www.hotelrigi.ch
Please book your room directly at Hotel Rigi.

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Teacher: Stephen Terrell (USA)

Steve Terrell is a single adoptive parent of two children, living and practicing in Austin, Texas. Steve specializes in Attachment and Developmental Trauma Therapies. He has fully integrated touch work into his practice, which focuses on children and adults who have been affected by early trauma. He is a recognized leader in his work with adopted children and their families (both domestic and international). He combines his training in Neurosequential Development, Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy, Play Therapy, Somatic Experiencing, Touch Skills Training for Trauma Therapists, Reality Therapy, Hypnotherapy, and Eye Movement Desensitization (EMDR). He has also worked with first responders, and is trained in Trauma First Aid. Steve is a frequent speaker at conferences and workshops on attachment-related issues, and the neurobiology of trauma.
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