Trauma is an event that breaks the boundary between the self, the outside world, and the inner world. It is a forceful entry — physical, sexual, or emotional — into the self without choice. PBSP offers a set of powerful theories and techniques utilizing the body as well as language and imagery to provide clients with healing from trauma by strengthening an internal pilot that can regain control of their internal and external worlds. In this module, participants will have the opportunity to learn, experience, and practice a variety of PBSP Trauma Techniques that can be utilized for different aspects of the traumatic experience.
Conscious Voluntary Movement Exercise. One of the consequences when boundary between self and other is broken is that one loses control of one’s inner affective state. This can cause flashbacks when emotions burst out uncontrollably. Participants will learn how to use the PBSP body exercise of Conscious Voluntary Movement as a way to control the inner self and the body and to become the captain of the body, as opposed to the feeling of a mutiny where feelings can burst out without the captain’s control.
Controlled Approach Body Exercise. One of the biggest losses traumatized clients experience is the loss of control of the personal field around themselves. This sense makes them feel vulnerable to being easily violated and without any way to protect themselves. Participants will learn and practice the PBSP Controlled Approach Body Exercise where clients are instructed to control the proximity of ‘the other’ as a means of gaining the power and practice of holding ‘the other’ out or at a distance.
Ideal Figures & Reversals Techniques. In this technique participants will learn how to help clients make a new memory that is a reversal of the traumatic experience. Clients will work with ideal parental figures who would have stopped the assault so that the traumatic event would never have happened. Typically it is found that people who are traumatized by events have an emotional history where they haven’t received sufficient protection from their parents in general throughout their childhood. Thus, with PBSP Trauma Techniques participants will learn how to work not only on the trauma itself, but on making new memories for clients where they get more protection at an early stage so that they will not be as vulnerable to damaging reactions to powerful external events. Without addressing a client’s unmet maturational needs there is a higher likelihood that they will be traumatized again in the future.
* One maturational deficit common in traumatized clients is the absence of protection. Participants will learn and practice PBSP exercises to provide clients with a sense of protection by utilizing Ideal Figures and Reversals Techniques.
* Clients with a history of deficit in intake and nurturing in their history can be prone to be re-traumatized because they get a positive emotional payoff from the heat of the violation that they may experience as the unconscious equivalent of food and love. Participants will learn and practice exercises utilizing Ideal Figures and Reversals Techniques to provide clients with new memories where they received sufficient love and support from parents as a child.
* Lastly, participants will learn PBSP techniques to help clients who were regularly traumatized by a family member where they often assume the role of a targeted victim as a means of securing their position of place in their family and role in life almost as a survival mechanism. Utilizing PBSP Ideal Figures participants will learn how to provide clients with new memories of ideal parents who want them on earth as themselves and who see their special uniqueness, potentiality, and special role on earth.