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Beyond the Alphabets: Polyvagal-informed Common Factor Approach to Working with Trauma

  • Saturday, September 23, 2023
  • 10:30 AM - 2:00 PM
  • Michael's at Shoreline, 2960 N Shoreline Blvd, Mountain View, CA + ONLINE


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Presented by Ling Lam, PhD, MFT

Includes 3 CE credits for LMFTs, LPCCs, LEPs and LCSWs.
This event will be in-person, live streamed, and recorded. A recording will be made available to all registrants. For those who can't attend live, CE credit is available by watching the recording and passing a test. There will be a lunch break from 12:00 PM - 12:30 PM.

EMDR (1.0/2.0), DBT, PE, ACT, TF-CBT, CPT, SE, SP, AEDP, IFS, IPNB, BSP, PAP... and more. There are many modalities that show effectiveness in working with trauma - but what are the common factors that they share and that research has demonstrated are important ingredients in treating trauma? In the age of AI, it is increasingly important for clinicians to go beyond techniques and manualized treatment plans to uplevel their clinical thinking. This workshop synthesizes the alphabet soup of treatment modalities into core principles for more effective case conceptualization and clinical interventions. Polyvagal Theory and Phase-Oriented Treatment provide the overall scaffolding for the common factor treatment approach. 

Specific topics that will be covered include:

  • Using DBT/ACT for Phase 1 and CBT for Phase 3 Work
  • Integrating EMDR/Somatic/Ego State Therapies for Phase 2 Work
  • Explicit/Implicit Trauma Memory Processing
  • Neurobiologically-informed Therapeutic Relationship Building For Complex PTSD Clients
  • Leveraging Client's Resilience and Inner Healing Intelligence, and
  • Case Conceptualization in Working with Shame/Dissociation

Learning Objectives

By the end of this course participants will be able to:

    1. Demonstrate knowledge of three neurobiologically-based trauma responses and their clinical implications.
    2. Demonstrate knowledge of phase-oriented treatment approach in working with trauma.
    3. Specify three interventions for regulating autonomic arousal.
    4. Employ three interventions that ensure safe, successful memory processing.
    5. Determine the role of shame as an adaptation to trauma in relation to treatment planning.

      Educational Goals

      This presentation prepares participants to use an integrative, evidence-based framework to conceptualize working with trauma and provide more effective and appropriate clinical interventions.

        About the Presenter

        Ling Lam is a lecturer in Counseling Psychology at Santa Clara University (teaching classes on complex trauma, couple therapy, family therapy and LGBTQI+ counseling). He has a Ph.D. in psychology from Institute of Transpersonal Psychology, M.A., in Counseling Psychology from Santa Clara University, M.S. and B.S. (with distinction) in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University. Ling also has a Certificate in Psychedelic-Assisted Psychotherapy and Research from CIIS. He has a private practice in addition to his teaching responsibilities. More info can be found at: TheRealLing.com.

        Class Schedule

        10:30 AM -11:15 AM Overview of Phase-oriented Treatment and Polyvagal Theory
        11:15 AM -12:00 PM Neurobiologically-informed Case Conceptualization Framework
        12:00 PM -12:30 PM Lunch Break
        12:30 PM -1:00 PM Phase 1 Interventions and Clinical Examples
        1:00 PM -1:45 PM Phase 2 Interventions and Clinical Examples
        1:45 PM -2:00 PM Integration and Conclusion


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        This is an intermediate level course.

        If you miss any of the presentation, you will not be eligible for the CEUs. This course meets the qualifications of 3 continuing education credits for LMFTs, LPCCs, LEPs and/or LCSWs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.
        SCV-CAMFT is a CAMFT-approved continuing education provider (CEPA 052466).

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