Transforming The Experience-Based Brain Course Outline
The curriculum for this course follows the principles of Emergent Design. That is, the program has a skeleton or framework but the actual class may and can develop out of the needs of the group. The material listed in the outline will be covered, but not necessarily in the order or context presented. In addition, other course material may be added as it arises from the group learning process. The primary focus will be on regulation and Developmental Trauma.
The term “touch” as used in this course covers a wide range of possible types of contact and interventions. On one end of the touch spectrum is actual physical touch, with the practitioner making contact with different regions of the client’s body, with different types of tissues, and with different types of touch.
The touch spectrum is what might be called “touch awareness”: the practitioner is not physically touching the client, but is using a deepened body awareness or intention to enhance their observation of the client’s change process to actually touching the client.
Some course participants may elect never to use physical touch with their clients. With that in mind, non-touch methods for using the material from this course will be presented when appropriate. Students who are not planning to use touch with their clients are still encouraged to participate in the touch-oriented class practices, as this will contribute greatly to their understanding of what they will observe later by other methods than touch.
Spectrum of touch – from “touch awareness” or intention without physical touch, to physical contact Bodywork vs. body-oriented contact
Intention of touch
Tactile skill development
Types of touch Body systems
Scope of Practice
The use of touch and Ethics of Touch
Palpation Skills – Specific Body Systems
Skin Muscle Fascia Bone Fluids
Combining tracking and tactile monitoring Monitoring activation via tracking and tactile contact Application and use of the APGAR
Presence and touch awareness
Movement of attention through body layers Resourcing and bridging
Resilience, Building Capacity
Auto-Regulation, Co-Regulation, Self-Regulation and their importance
Internal and External Locus of Control
Bio-Physiology of Trauma
Attachment and Safe Haven
Porges- polyvagal and its relationship to visceral support
Visceral contact and support (kidney/adrenal, brain stem, digestive system)
Incorporation into Individual Practice Settings