Concussion & PTSD: BASE Specialty Workshop

This is a stand alone workshop.  Prior BASE training is not a pre-requisite.

When:  September 2 Concussion & PTSD 7 - 29, 2024

Cost: $800.00  (4 interest free installments option available)

Location: Marriott Courtyard Houston Heights/I-10 3220 Katy Fwy, Houston, TX 77007
                   7 minutes from Downtown Houston & 10 minutes Houston Galleria

Room Rate for event:  $154.00 register by August 18, 2024. Click Here or Call 281-888-5896

A concussion is the result of a sudden physical assault to the skull and brain from trauma experiences such as abuse, accidents and sports. The rapidity can inhibit or yield inefficient normal protective responses that might prevent the physical assault. The inhibition is often caused by a sudden shock state or tonic immobility that is also seen in, and results in PTSD. Symptoms of PTSD and Post Concussive Syndrome (PCS) include cognitive disturbances, behavioral changes and relational disruptions. These, in turn, can lead to occupational, educational and activity of daily living problems. These symptoms can result from or exacerbate already existing challenges including domestic violence, military culture, leisure activities and occupational requirements.

When confronted with a physical threat such as can occur in domestic violence, motor vehicle accidents, sports and military activities we can go into flight, fight or freeze. Freeze, or tonic immobility, can result in PTSD.

Understanding the anatomy of the cranium, including the brain and its protective coverings gives us a basis for understanding the physical effects of a concussion on the brain. Polyvagal Theory gives a basis for understanding what happens neurologically and behaviorally that contributes to PTSD. This is a major contributor to cognitive and behavioral disturbances.

Clients and patients who have concurrent PTSD and PCS may need a team of practitioners in mental health and physical/medical health care. There may be some overlap that supports team work and it is important all practitioners have some idea of what each other does. The re-integration of cognitive health and autonomic regulation helps a client return to work re-engage in leisure activities and be more resilient in relationships.

The workshop includes lecture, experiential exercises, demo’s and practice time.

Main points of this workshop include:

  • What is a concussion
  • PTSD and high impact injuries
  • Trauma healing and bodywork for concussions
  • Working with the cranium
  • Shock and somatic structures
  • Uncoupling shock trauma and post-concussive symptoms
  • Concussion as a Near Death Experience
  • Recognize similarities and differences between post concussive symptoms and PTSD
  • Learn strategies and interventions to treat Post Concussive trauma and PTSD
  • Therapeutic attunement
  • Clinically and ethically appropriate use of touch
  • Polyvagal theory and clinical application related to concussions
  • Bodywork/touch as a relational process

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Dave Berger, MFT, PT, MA, SEP is a somatic psychotherapist, physical therapist and bodyworker.

Dave Berger

Dave is senior international faculty with the Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute. He teaches all levels of the SE training. He is also a part of Dr. Peter Levine’s initial legacy faculty authorized by Dr. Levine to teach SE master classes. Dave’s own BASE™: Relational Bodywork and Somatic Education Training™ for trauma practitioners is an integration of his decades of work in behavioral and physical health. As a therapist, teacher, consultant and mentor, Dave’s passion and commitment to deep healing guide his work.

An internationally recognized somatic psychotherapist, Dave brings his knowledge of anatomy, physiology and function of the body, and of psychological and relational dynamics to help clients improve their physical well being and psychological health. With 40 years of clinical practice, Dave provides a unique blend of clinical care for people healing from traumatic injuries and accidents, anxiety, back and neck pain, post-traumatic stress disorder, headaches, panic attacks and chronic pain. He uses a diverse array of traditional and complementary healing practices, integrating his understanding of the relationship between an individual’s emotional challenges, their family system dynamics and cultural issues. In therapy, a client may expect to talk, use body awareness and relaxation, trauma renegotiation, hands-on (when appropriate) interventions, movement and exercise to help in their healing process.

Family systems, psychodynamic psychotherapy, psychobiology and a number of other psychotherapeutic theories inform Dave’s work as a psychotherapist. Understanding the relationship between physiology, body usage and psychology and emotions Dave works along an integrative continuum in his clinical psychotherapy work.

“Attuned as Dave Berger is, I barely had to say much, and he intuitively got it, and his eyes also welled up. It was a beautiful moment I will carry with me for the rest of my life. A watershed moment that changes everything going forward.”
— Allie Whitney, SE Student

As a physical therapist, Dave is trained in a number of manual techniques including craniosacral therapy, visceral manipulation, myofascial release, joint mobilization and muscle energy technique. He uses exercise, movement education, relaxation, ergonomic education and physical therapy modalities, blending them with aspects of several somatics approaches such as Rosen Method, Feldenkrais, Alexander Technique and Authentic Movement.

Dave’s BASE™ training (Relational Bodywork And Somatic Education) for trauma therapists brings together his integrative healing arts work in the field of Somatics. This training is intended for body therapist and psychotherapists who want to further their understanding of how to help traumatized clients by using specific body structures effected by chronic distress as part of PTSD. His continuing dream is to provide education and opportunity for healing arts practitioners to learn to work along the continuum typically referred to as “body-mind” therapies, a dichotomy he considers misleading but popularly used.

Dave received his bachelor’s degree in Somatopsychology from the University of Maryland and graduate degrees from Stanford University (Physical Therapy) and California Institute of Integral Studies (Psychology with a specialty in Somatic Psychology). He has been a professor in physical therapy and psychology, and has been adjunct faculty at several colleges. Dave is on faculty with the Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute and Ergos Institute. He consults internationally with Somatic Experiencing® and BASE students and practitioners as well as others interested in the field of Somatics. He has appeared in numerous webinars and podcasts.





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