Interoceptive engagement, the capacity to kindly witness, engage, and report the condition of the body, is a skill that – when developed – can foster a direct and powerful form of psychophysiological recovery. It can form the foundation for a common language of self-expression; one less susceptible to the pitfalls of misaligned interpretation. It can improve our capacity to connect with our own experience through a compassionate lens, while it enhances our capacity to do the same with others. Most importantly, this skill can assist us in the achievement of these aims beneath what thoughts and words alone can provide. This training will include an exploration of neurobiological research, experiential exercises, and practical applications meant to support clients and ourselves in the development of such interoceptive skills. (12 CEUs)
Neurobiology of Trauma
Luke Higgins LPCC
Luke Higgins, MA, LPCC is a graduate from Southwestern College in Santa Fe. He completed his clinical internship at the Solace Crisis Treatment Center in 2013. From 2014-2018 Mr. Higgins worked as a clinician within the Santa Fe Indian Hospital under a Federal grant focused on co-occurring mental health issues and substance use/abuse. He currently works with individuals who are experiencing concerns related to psychological trauma, depression, disruptive anxiety, and/or substance use/abuse. His approach to treatment is trauma informed and involves the utilization of brain-based therapies such as Brainspotting and Mindfulness Based Emotional Processing, as well as Motivational Interviewing, the Community Reinforcement Approach, Seeking Safety and Dialectic Behavioral Therapy. Sessions are informed by current understandings of the autonomic nervous system, brain states, and the means to track experience while regulating one’s emotional state individually or in concert with others.