Brain Science

How Emotional Trauma Impacts the Brain

October 18, 2021  10:00 MDT
90 minutes
CEU’s available

Description:  This seminar will explore new brain science and what we now understand about how a brain malfunctions when there has been emotional trauma.

The right and left sides of the brain are disconnected and normal cognitive processes are disrupted. With these changes, arousing events can trigger flashbacks, physical symptoms, an inability to integrate cognitive and emotional experiences, and difficulty putting words to feelings and memories.

Based on our understanding of the brain, we will explore recent research that indicates why trauma victims respond best to a sensory-based treatment model.

This brain science explains why the process of Rachelʼs Vineyard is an exceptionally powerful and effective treatment model because it helps to integrate the cognitive and emotional elements of trauma, calms and soothes the nervous system, stimulates the frontal cortex through prayer and meditation, and allows for a completion of the trauma as well as a reconnection to self, spirit and child.

This workshop will include a brief overview of the retreat and show how and where these neural connections are achieved.

Learning Objectives:

  1.  We will explore the role of different brain functions and the neurological causes of posttraumatic stress disorder as a persistent deregulation of brain chemistry.
  2. Define sensory based treatment.
  3. Understand why “talk therapy” does not always heal traumatic memories.
  4. Describe why sensory based treatment can be more appropriate for victims of trauma.
  5. Explore the role of the frontal cortex, Amygdala, brain stem and corpus coliseum in processing sensory input.
  6. Provide examples from the Rachelʼs Vineyard Retreat to explain the benefits achieved through a sensory based treatment program.