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While many therapy training seminars discuss ways to regulate the nervous system, few address this topic from a developmental trauma perspective. Although for many clients lowering the stress response in the body and brain will feel relieving, trauma survivors can experience this nervous system shift as dangerous and painful. This seminar teaches clinicians how to help clients manage and reduce sympathetic nervous system arousal in the body without triggering a rebound effect, wherein a client experiences a sudden increase in physical stress in response to physiological relaxation. No previous NDIT training is required for this course, but completion of this course counts toward NDIT certification (which will be offered starting late 2024).



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9:00am – 9:30am: Understanding the Autonomic Nervous System and the Fight or Flight Response

9:30am – 10:00am: Delving into the Relaxation Response and Its Role in Homeostasis

10:00am – 10:15am: Break

10:15am – 10:45am: A Close Look at Stress and Survival Responses in our Daily Lives

10:45am – 11:30am: Techniques for Self-Regulation – Exploring Autogenic Training and its Benefits

11:30am – 12:00pm: The Science of Breath – Understanding Diaphragmatic Breathing and its Role in Activating the Vagus Nerve


This training will provide participants clinical knowledge and tools to:

a). Explain how past survival responses, such as immobility and collapse, contribute to physiological rebounding during relaxation techniques.

b). Name at least three approaches for helping clients reduce sympathetic arousal in a way that feels tolerable.

c). Describe at-home techniques clients can integrate into their lives that promote relaxation without dissociation.


Target Audience:

The target audience for this event includes psychologists, social workers, counselors, MFT’s, psychiatrists and other clinical mental health professionals.


Instructional Level: Intermediate

Instructor(s): Jennifer Sweeton, PsyD, MS, MA

Material Author(s): Jennifer Sweeton, PsyD, MS, MA

Originally trained as a neuroscientist, Dr. Jennifer Sweeton is a clinical and forensic psychologist, Amazon #1 best-selling author, and internationally-recognized expert on trauma, anxiety, and the neuroscience of mental health. She is the author of the book, Trauma Treatment Toolbox, published by PESI Publishing & Media. Dr. Sweeton completed her doctoral training at the Stanford University School of Medicine, the Pacific Graduate School of Psychology, and the National Center for PTSD. Additionally, she holds a master’s degree in affective neuroscience from Stanford University, and studied behavioral genetics at Harvard University. Dr. Sweeton resides in the greater Kansas City area, where she owns a group private practice, Kansas City Mental Health Associates, and co-owns Mind Works Professional Education, Inc., a continuing education company. She holds an adjunct faculty appointment at the University of Kansas School of Medicine, and is a former President of the Greater Kansas City Psychological Association. Dr. Sweeton offers clinical and forensic psychological services, and is a sought-after trauma and neuroscience expert who has trained more than 15,000 mental health professionals in all 50 US states and over 20 countries.


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