Childhood trauma, neglect, and abandonment leave clients with overwhelmingly painful emotions and a compromised nervous system that impairs their capacity to tolerate everyday life, much less traumatic memory. Unaware that their intense reactions are driven by nonverbal memories lodged in the body, they resort to desperate measures to manage the overwhelm. Research shows that a history of trauma is statistically associated with self-harm, suicidality, eating disorders, addictive behavior and substance abuse, numbing and disconnection, and a diagnosis of borderline personality disorder. Traditional methods of treating these issues, whether in hospital, residential, or outpatient settings, have historically failed to address the underlying trauma and are only moderately effective with issues of safety.
‘TIST’ or Trauma-Informed Stabilisation Treatment was developed to provide a trauma-informed approach to the challenges of treating self-destructive symptoms. Based on theoretical principles drawn from the neuroscience research on trauma, TIST offers a treatment approach that integrates mindfulness-based cognitive therapy, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, ego state techniques, and Internal Family Systems. It has been used successfully to address the challenges of treating individuals with diagnoses of complex PTSD, borderline personality, bipolar disorder, addictive and eating disorders, and dissociative disorders. Because it contextualizes self-destructive behavior as trauma-related, patients feel less pathologised, increasing their motivation to overcome self-destructive impulses as a step toward overcoming past betrayal and victimization.
This online program is worth 15 hours CPD.
is a licensed clinical psychologist and instructor at the Trauma Center, founded by Bessel van der Kolk, MD. A faculty member of the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute, an EMDR International Association consultant, past president of the New England Society for the Treatment of Trauma and Dissociation, and former instructor, Harvard Medical School, Dr. Fisher lectures nationally and internationally on the integration of the neurobiological research and new trauma treatment paradigms into traditional psychotherapies.
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