PTSD and other trauma and stressor-related disorders have sometimes been referred to as “memory disorders,” due to the deficits in traumatic memory consolidation observed in those suffering from PTSD. Failed memory reconsolidation contributes to the development of posttrauma symptoms such as intrusive thoughts, dissociation, flashbacks, hypervigilance, nightmares, and other classic PTSD symptoms. Additionally, traumatic memories may be relived, seemingly occurring in the present. However, memory reconsolidation is possible with several therapeutic tools and interventions available to clinicians! This workshop provides an overview of the neuroscience of memory systems and PTSD, and the memory reconsolidation techniques that have been shown to facilitate recovery from PTSD.
a). State the main area of the brain involved in the storage of autobiographical, explicit, declarative memory.
b). Name at least two types of “memory errors” that can occur during trauma processing.
c). Identify one way in which EMDR differs from EFT and Brainspotting.
d). Describe one mechanism of action of memory reconsolidation tools.
e). Learn and practice at least two basic memory reconsolidation techniques.
Instructional Level: Intermediate
Instructor(s): Jennifer Sweeton, PsyD, MS, MA
Material Author(s): Jennifer Sweeton, PsyD, MS, MA
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