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    • 14 May 2021
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM (UTC-04:00)
    • Online Only
    James Seymour, MD

    James Seymour, MD

    Sponsored by:

    This talk will discuss new perspectives on Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, the Polyvagal Theory and its’ implications for clinical practice . We’ll provide examples of somatically oriented therapies, followed by a live demonstration of some of the principles discussed. The target audience is primarily therapists, psychologists, and psychiatrists who work in the field of psychological trauma recovery but also can be helpful and understood by members of the general public . The presentation is a synthesis of ideas from the work of Allan Schore, Stephen Porges. Kathy Steele, Peter Levine, Pat Ogden, Babbette Rosthschild, Diana Fosha, Habib Davanloo, and Christine Courtois . It is important for all who work in the field of psychological trauma recovery to have a broad range of knowledge as well as a breadth of techniques and recovery modalities . It is particularly relevant as we are seeing more and more people in our practices who have been traumatized by violence as well as the disintegration of civil discourse and strong communities .

    Learning Objectives

    Participants will be able to describe the neuro-regulation model of recovery.
    Participants will be able recognize the limitations of the psychopathology model of mental health treatment
    Participants will understand the clinical significance of the Polyvagal Theory and what that means for our practices
    Participants will be able to recognize and describe at least five types of somatically oriented recovery modalities .
    Participants will be able to see the principles described above through observing a live, unrehearsed demonstration of neuro –regulation techniques that can assist individuals in recovering from psychological trauma .


    • Participant will explain 3 new ways to increase the therapeutic alliance
    • Participant will list 3 new practical tips for facilitating trauma recovery
    • Participant will describe 3 new reasons that help them understand why we need a paradigm shift in trauma recovery

    James Seymour, MD
    joined Sierra Tucson in 2010 . Upon receiving his medical degree from the University of Tennessee and completing his psychiatric residency at the University of Virginia in 1987, Dr . Seymour trained for several years in Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy (ISTDP).

    Dr. Seymour was an officer with the United States Public Health Service, where he served as mental health director of the Tucson Area Indian Health Service (IHS) . For 10 years, he served as the assistant medical director of a residential behavioral health and substance abuse program focused on the healing of mind, body, and spirit. Dr. Seymour is board certified by both the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and the American Board of Addiction Medicine. Additionally, he is a Somatic Experiencing® practitioner.

    Dr. Seymour’s areas of expertise include trauma recovery, addictions, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), and somatic mind-body therapies. Dr. Seymour believes strongly in the resilience of the human spirit and views the role of the psychiatrist as assisting the person in removing obstacles to the natural healing and recovery process.

    Dr. Seymour approaches post trauma symptoms as the natural nervous system’s response to trauma, rather than a disease or disorder, with a primary focus on increasing the capacity for better nervous system regulation, improvement in navigating interpersonal relationships, and mindfulness to support and encourage positive results in each individual.

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    • 11 Jun 2021
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM (EDT)
    • Online Only

    Brian Gong, LMHC, CAP, NCC

    EMDR Certified Therapist & EMDRIA Approved Consultant, Qualified Supervisor, Addiction and Trauma Counselor

     Sponsored by:

    “Trauma” is a word that seems to be showing up everywhere these days.  The trend has been for mental health organizations and practitioners to label themselves as providing “Trauma-Informed” care.  But aside from a catchy marketing term, what exactly does this mean?  This presentation is designed to provide a broad educational overview of psychological trauma, its manifestations and impact on individuals and society, and some core principles and approaches in providing ethical and effective treatment. 

    Learning objectives:

    • Explore how psychological trauma has been studied and conceptualized throughout history and what current research shows.
    • Discuss the neurobiology of trauma, its impact on individuals and society, and related implications for treatment.
    • Learn to conceptualize common psychological conditions from the perspective of a trauma-informed model. 
    • Identify the various considerations present in simple and complex trauma therapy that may influence the course of treatment. 
    • Discuss the role of the ethical and effective trauma therapist in providing high quality care.
    • Identify the latest, most effective approaches to trauma therapy  

     Our Presenter

    Brian Gong is a psychotherapist specializing in the treatment of trauma and addiction.  He is an EMDR-Certified Therapist and Approved Consultant and founder of the Southeast Florida Trauma Recovery Network, an association of local volunteer EMDR therapists who agree to provide pro-bono trauma therapy to survivors of community traumas.  He serves on the board of directors for various organizations that include Trauma Recovery, EMDR Humanitarian Assistance Programs (Trauma Recovery/HAP) as well as Professionals United for Parkland (PU4P).  He operates a solo private practice in Delray Beach, FL. 

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