New Directions in Child and Adolescent Treatment: A Sensorimotor Psychotherapy® Approach


About the Event

Anne Westcott, is a psychotherapist with over 20 years’ experience working with children and families. Her commitment to children and caregivers impacted by trauma has led her to explore new body oriented approaches to enhance arousal regulation in traumatized family systems. Anne provides education and consultation on trauma, dissociation, attachment, and arousal regulation and is a supervisor at the Trauma Center in Boston MA. Anne received her Master’s Degree in Social Work from Columbia University in 1987.

Through the lens of Sensorimotor Psychotherapy®, this workshop explores the effect of childhood trauma--abuse, hospitalizations, neglect, accidents, bullying, relocation's, loss and witnessing domestic violence—on the developing mind, brain and body. The presenter will clarify how the disruption of the instinctive evaluation of safety, danger and life threat (fight, flight, freeze, and feigned death) can lead to problems that often bring children to therapy. With an emphasis on dyadic regulation in the therapeutic relationship, the presenter will elucidate how to work somatically in child and adolescent treatment, rather than rely on language alone.

The ongoing process of body-based, implicit, nonverbal behavior, and the complex interplay between psychological experience, procedural learning, sensory processing, and affect regulation will be illuminated through an exploration of movement patterns, gestures, stance, posture, and other non-verbal cues.
Brief experiential exercises and videotaped excerpts of sessions with children, adolescents, and parent/child illustrate techniques of Sensorimotor Psychotherapy designed to initiate new ways to build self-regulation and relationship skills, foster resilience, adaptive meaning-making, educate caregivers, and facilitate positive interactions between caregivers and children, all conducted in an atmosphere of curiosity, play, and discovery.

Learning Objectives:

  • Summarize Sensorimotor Psychotherapy interventions used to treat the effects of trauma in children and adolescents.
  • Describe therapeutic tools to enhance mindfulness skills for children and adolescents.
  • List interventions to use when children cannot remember or discuss what happened to them.
  • Utilize 3 somatic resourcing interventions effective in modulating dysregulated arousal in children.
  • Describe psychoeducation interventions about how trauma impacts children’s bodies and nervous systems to utilize with caregivers.

Coming Up

2015-08-21 9:00 AM 2015-08-21 3:30 PM America/Chicago New Directions in Child and Adolescent Treatment: A Sensorimotor Psychotherapy® Approach Momentous Institute

106 E. 10th St., Dallas, TX 75203

Event Details

  • Audience: Mental Health Professionals and Students
  • Attendance Hours Provided: 6.0 Credit Hours
  • Individual: $90.00
  • Student: $70.00
  • Group: $80.00