Grounding the Heart, Mind and Body

Grounding the Heart, Mind and Body


Event Details

Dates: July 15, 2019

Facilitators: Michel Jones, MSW, RSW, RP

This training is suitable for: Mental Health Professionals: Psychotherapists, counsellors, psychologists, social workers. Medical Professionals: Nurses, psychiatrists, pediatricians, family doctors. Direct Service Workers: Drop in workers, shelter and hostel workers, child and youth workers, youth justice workers. First Responders: Police, firefighters, paramedics

Description: Clients often enter our offices unable to relieve unbearable tension and stress of a specific situation or ​of their daily lives.  And despite our best efforts, some clients do not respond to our attempts to help them calm. Sometimes grounding tools that have worked in the past do not seem to make any difference.  We have to look behind the tools to understand which approaches would best help.

Understanding the different defense mechanisms in the conscious, emotional, and physical parts of the brain and body can make the difference.Using recent neurological research and proven stress reduction methods, this workshop will provide practical tools that front-line workers can use to help dysregulated clients ground themselves and regain a sense of self-control and self-efficacy.

Whether the client is a first time user of a service (drop in center, shelter) or a frequent consumer (severe and persistent mental health, residential program) this workshop will offer clear, straightforward strategies to help clients feel physically, emotionally and mentally stable.

Learning Objectives:

  • How the brainstem, the limbic system and the pre-frontal cortex system work together and impact each other.
  • How these three systems differentially affect "fight or flight", emotional response and cognitive distortions
  • Different grounding techniques that work with each of the three systems
  • How to bring a client back into their "window of tolerance"
  • How to help traumatized clients out of the "there and then" and bringing them back to the "here and now"

*​Photography is being used for illustrative purposes only and any person depicted in the content is a model, except where indicated.

  • When

  • Monday, July 15, 2019
    9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    Eastern Time

  • Where

  • SickKids Centre for Community Mental Health - Learning Institute
    114 Maitland Street
    Toronto, Ontario M4Y 1E1

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