Overview: The NeuroAffective Relational Model™ (NARM®) is a powerful theoretical and clinical model for navigating the complexities of relational, developmental, and attachment trauma. NARM® is an integrative approach that offers a coherent model for working with complex trauma, and works with the link between psychological issues and the body. It is both a psychodynamic and nervous system/somatically-based approach designed to help build clients’ capacity for self-regulation and interpersonal connection.
Understanding and being able to work with developmental dynamics is critical for helping our clients in their healing process. We will look at how clients’ life experiences present themselves in the context of a complex, psychobiologically-driven relational framework that is often largely unconscious. This framework, laid down by our early attachment experiences, shapes our development, who we are in the world (our self), and how we relate to others. When clients are having difficulty shifting out of patterns of dysregulation, these implicit dynamics are often at play and must be addressed.
1) Explain the distinction between shock and developmental trauma (“complex trauma”)
2) Describe the pitfalls of working with all forms of trauma without recognizing the complex developmental themes running in the background
3) Introduce NARM®’s five early adaptive survival styles, their corresponding identity distortions, & how they affect adolescent and adult life
Mike Giresi is currently the Lead Counselor at Family First Adolescent Services, a residential and outpatient treatment center for adolescents and their families who struggle with addiction and trauma located in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. Mike found his passion for helping others through his own journey of healing and recovery. He started his career in the mental health field working with adult clients who suffered from complex trauma and PTSD, as well as chemical and process addictions. He has since traveled to India to study and become certified in Yoga and Meditation. Mike is a Florida Certified Addiction Counselor and an Internationally Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor. Mike is also a nationally Certified Trauma Professional through Spirit2Spirit Trauma Healing and a certified NeuroAffective Relational Model® (NARM®) Practitioner, Consultant and Training Assistant through the NARM® Training Institute. As a Training Assistant for the NARM® Training Institute, Mike travels the country to help teach clinicians the NARM® approach to working with issues stemming from developmental, attachment and relational trauma. In addition, Mike is a national speaker and educator on the topics of developmental trauma, addiction and adolescent treatment.
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