Dr John Omaha, PhD
Three hours of additional reading material, foundational articles in the field of Grief and Trauma Counseling, will be provided to registrants who need a 15 hr class to meet the LPCC requirement in Grief and Trauma Counseling
Dr. Omaha, is an expert and in innovator in the field of emotion regulation. He trained extensively in EMDR and EFT and has distilled the strengths of both, and other techniques, into a set of tools for affect regulation.
Dr. Omaha, Ph.D. earned his doctorate from International University of Professional Studies in Hilo, Hawaii for his dissertation, The Psychodynamic Basis of Chemical Dependency. He is the author of Psychotherapeutic Interventions for Emotion Regulation, (W. W. Norton, 2004). He has provided training in emotion regulation to the EMDR International Association, to the Midlands-Northampton (U.K.) EMDR Study Group, to EMDR Europe, and for PESI, LLC as well as over 60 workshops and presentations in the U.S.
Dr. Omaha's techniques for grief and trauma counselling translate recent advances in several areas of psychotherapy into effective treatment for a range of Axis I and II disorders. His training includes protocol to remediate clients' emotion regulation deficits in the first stage of therapy. Then, his developmental model emphasizes socioemotional conditioning of the personality and of the central nervous system's growth. His unique Affect Centered Therapy, derived from attachment theory, employs ego state, abreactive, and other interventions, facilitated with tactile alternating bilateral stimulation (TABS), to desensitize and resolve adverse and traumatic experiences. ACT stresses the central role of childhood adversity and trauma in conditioning subsequent psychopathology.
Because they integrate behavior, affect, sensation, image, and cognition and because they use TABS to facilitate the two hemispheres talking to each other, these skills improve on conventional emotion regulation taught by EMDR, Emotion Focused Therapy, mindfulness, and DBT. The skills can be integrated into these approaches and into any other psychotherapeutic orientation and can improve outcomes for all Axis I and II disorders as well as for couples work.
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The Objectives of the workshop are:
Participants in this intermediate and advanced course will learn
1. Describe and utilize five skills to identify, tolerate, and regulate fear, anger, sadness, yearning, excitement, shame, and disgust
2. How to use tactile alternating bilateral stimulation (TABS) to promote interhemisphericcommunication
3. Describe and employ the Containment and Safe Place skills
4. Recognize and repair the missing resource of trust and recognize and resolve a covert ego state
5. Explain the theoretical basis for the importance of affect regulation in treatment of a range of psychopathologies
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