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Monterey County Chapter 

Transforming the ‘Living Legacy’ of Trauma

  • 30 Jan 2021
  • 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Online


Transforming the ‘Living Legacy’ of Trauma

with Janina Fisher, Ph.D.

January 30, 8:30 am - 12:00 pm

8:30-9:00 Welcome and Announcements

9:00-12:00 Speaker Presentation


Despite having survived, traumatized individuals are left with only a fragmented, confusing sense of what happened.  Traumatic reminders continue to keep the trauma ‘alive’ by repetitively re-activating the stress response system and survival defenses.  Unaware that these reactions are traumatic memories held in the body, they assume that they are still in danger or somehow at fault. 

Without a way to understand sensory and body memories, survivors of trauma come to either distrust themselves or distrust others.   They still feel unsafe, still re-experience the same emotions of shame, fear, anger and hopelessness over and over again.  Telling the story of what they remember sometimes brings relief but does not resolve the ‘living legacy’ of traumatic reactions that continue to torment the client day after day.

In this presentation, participants will learn how to assess and make sense of trauma-based symptoms, such as dysregulated autonomic arousal, overwhelming emotions and sensations, intrusive images, numbing and disconnection.  They will discover how to use psychoeducation to help clients manage these overwhelming symptoms and begin to change their relationship to the traumatic events.  In addition, participants will be taught how to integrate neurobiologically-informed treatment techniques into psychotherapy that help resolve the traumatic past and finally put it to rest.

Specific learning objectives include the following:

    • Describe the autonomic, cognitive, affective and somatic effects of traumatic events
    • Explain psychoeducational interventions that support stabilization or offer relief to clients
    • Apply mindfulness-based techniques to challenge conditioned patterns of response
    • Apply somatic interventions that regulate a traumatized nervous system
    • Utilize worksheets to discover and address trauma-related symptoms

      About Dr. Fisher:

      Janina Fisher, PhD is a licensed Clinical Psychologist and Instructor at the Trauma Center, an outpatient clinic and research center founded by Bessel van der Kolk. Known for her expertise as both a therapist and consultant, she is also past president of the New England Society for the Treatment of Trauma and Dissociation, an EMDR International Association Credit Provider, a faculty member of the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute, and a former Instructor, Harvard Medical School. Dr. Fisher has been an invited speaker at the Cape Cod Institute, Harvard Medical School Conference Series, the EMDR International Association Annual Conference, University of Wisconsin, University of Westminster in London, the Psychotraumatology Institute of Europe, and the Esalen Institute. Dr. Fisher lectures and teaches nationally and internationally on topics related to the integration of research and treatment and how to introduce these newer trauma treatment paradigms in traditional therapeutic approaches.

      3 CEs are included in the registration cost for this presentation

      (For Psychologists and nurses, the CE cost is $25 in addition to the price of registration. Please purchase CEs here AND make sure that you also register for the workshop.)


      Licensed MC-CAMFT Members:  $35

      Licensed Non-Members and Guests:  $50

      Pre-licensed:  $25

      Course meets the qualifications for 3 hours of continuing education credits for LMFTs, LPCCs, LEPs, and/or LCSWs, as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.


      Please contact Jennifer Farley at


      Please Note: Certificates of completion will be awarded at the completion of the workshop to those who attend the workshop in its entirety, sign in and out, and complete the course evaluation form.

      MC-CAMFT is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs and LEPs and maintains responsibility for this program and its content.  Provider# 050097.

      Information on Continuing Education Credit for Health Professionals

      • CE credits for psychologists are provided by the Spiritual Competency Resource Center (SRCR) which is co-sponsoring this program. The Spiritual Competency Resource Center is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Spiritual Competency Resource Center maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
      • The California Board of Behavioral Sciences accepts CE credits for LCSW, LPCC, LEP, and LMFT license renewal for programs offered by approved sponsors of CE by the American Psychological Association. 
      • LCSWs, MFTs and other mental health professionals from states other than California need to check with their state licensing board as to whether or not they accept programs offered by approved sponsors of CE by the American Psychological Association.
      • SCRC is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN Provider CEP16887) for licensed nurses in California. 
      • For questions about receiving your Certificate of Attendence, contact Pamela Hughes from Monterey County California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists at For questions about CE, visit or contact David Lukoff, PhD at CE

      You may cancel for a full refund up to 15 days in advance of the event, or a 50% refund between 5 and 14 days in advance of the event. No refunds for cancellations within 4 days of the event or for no-shows or failure to attend due to emergencies. Unused funds cannot be applied to future workshops. All requests for refunds must be submitted to Jennifer Farley by email at

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