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Upcoming Workshop.

Janina Fisher, PhD
Thursday-Friday, April 27-28, 2017                                                   Dakota Lodge, West St. Paul, MN

Healing the Fragmented Selves of Trauma Survivors:  Overcoming Self-Alienation

 A two-day workshop with Dr. Janina Fisher

Thurs-Fri, April 27-28, 2017

Space is limited so we encourage you to register early.
Looking forward to seeing you in April.



Healing means that trauma no longer controls your life.

This two-day training offers a practical “hands on” approach when working with clients with underlying issues of self-alienation and self-hatred.

Learn to help recognize how trauma leaves them fragmented and at war within their own minds and bodies and offer proven treatment techniques for resolution.

Janina Fisher, Ph.D. 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 clinician 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 on Women, Summer and Winter Conference Series, EMDR International Association Annual Conference, University of Oslo, University of Wisconsin, the 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 the neurobiological research and newer trauma treatment paradigms into traditional therapeutic modalities.

Healing the Fragmented Selves of Trauma Survivors:  Overcoming Self-Alienation

April 27-28, 2017


Childhood abuse requires self-alienation: we must disown that humiliating “bad child” and work harder to be the “good child” acceptable to our attachment figures. In the end, we survive trauma at the cost of disowning and dissociating from our most wounded selves.

While longing to be feel safe and welcome, traumatized individuals find themselves in conflict: alternating between clinging and pushing others away, self-hatred and hostility toward others, yearning to be seen yet yearning to be invisible. Years later, these clients present in therapy with symptoms of anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, diagnoses of bipolar and Borderline Personality Disorder, and a distorted or absent sense of identity.


This workshop offers a practical “hands on” approach to clients with underlying issues of self-alienation and self-hatred by helping them to recognize how trauma leaves them fragmented and at war within their own minds and bodies. Traumatized individuals must be taught to observe both the parts they have embraced and identified with as ‘me’ and the trauma-related parts they have disowned and judged harshly.


Using interventions drawn from a number of therapeutic approaches (including Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Internal Family Systems, and ego state therapy), the focus is on helping clients observe and accept all aspects of self with mindfulness-based interest and curiosity. As these young parts are identified and understood as ‘heros’ in the individual’s story of survival, clients are able to feel more warmly toward them, often for the first time.


Techniques will be demonstrated that increase the capacity to feel for and with each part, that foster the sense of caring for young wounded parts, paving the way for growing “earned secure attachment” or attachment to ourselves. Even when they are unable to tolerate emotion, forgive themselves, or take in someone’s caring for them, our clients can learn to feel pain and affection on behalf of their younger selves and even learn to welcome these ‘lost souls’ with warmth and self-compassion.

Educational Objectives
At the end of this presentation, participants will be able to:

  • Describe how trauma results in self-alienation and fragmentation

  • Discuss structural dissociation theory as a trauma model for understanding personality structure

  • Identify manifestations of fragmented parts of the personality in distressing emotions, survival responses, negative beliefs, and self-judgments

  • Utilize mindfulness-based, body-centered interventions to facilitate felt emotional connection to younger parts of self

  • Capitalize on internal dialogue techniques to increase inner communication and attachment bonding

  • Integrate compassion-focused interventions into the therapy


Thursday-Friday, April 27-28, 2017

8:15-9:00 AM Registration 
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM Workshop


Two 15 min. breaks.

1.5 hour lunch on your own.

Coffee, tea, and light refreshments provided throughout the day.



The course is suitable for all counsellors, psychotherapists, psychologists, psychiatrists, health and social care professionals practicing in health, education and social care settings and in private practice, and who have a core professional training. It is suitable for therapists working in all modalities. 


Early Bird Pricing (through April 14)


Regular Registration (For Licensed Professionals):  $250

Degree Conferred/Unlicensed (For Professionals with a degree, but not yet licensed):  $200

Student/Military Registration:  $150

April 15-April 26


Regular Registration (For Licensed Professionals):  $275

Degree Conferred/Unlicensed (For Professionals with a degree, but not yet licensed):  $225

Student/Military Registration:  $175


12 Continuing Education Credits will be provided for those who attend both days, with pending approval from:

MN Board of Psychology (LP)

MN Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy (LADC & LPCC)

MN Board of Marriage and Family Therapy (LMFT)  

MN Trauma Project is an approved continuing education provider through the MN Board of Social Work (LICSW)    


Workshop Venue:  Dakota Lodge


Address:  1200 Stassen Ln, St Paul, MN 55118


Parking:  Free Lot


ADA Considerations:  Handicap Parking available

Single Level Facility


Please contact MN Trauma Project at for any specific accomodation requests

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