Deep Brain Reorienting (DBR), Disconnection Pain and Dissociation
- Explain the fundamental orienting mechanisms of the upper brainstem and the importance of the orienting tension in DBR
- Discuss how to elicit the clinically significant elements of orienting to the memories of traumatic experiences
- Describe the impact of shock and horror on the brainstem and body and the separate effects of affective and defensive responses
- Explain the putative mechanisms of structural dissociation in the DBR model
- Discuss the role of disconnection pain in early neglect
Presenter: Frank Corrigan, MBChB, MD, FRCPsych
Presenter Bio: Frank Corrigan qualified in Medicine in 1976 (MBChB, Glasgow) and began his career in psychiatry in 1977. Throughout a career spanning over 30 years as an NHS Consultant Psychiatrist in Scotland, Frank combined his extensive clinical experience with research on the neurobiology of trauma and its underpinnings in major psychiatric disorders.
His research broadly explored the intersection between affective Neuroscience and the science of healing culminating in the development of Deep Brain Reorienting (DBR). This new and novel psychotherapeutic approach emphasises the importance of tracking a distinctive neurophysiological sequence embedded in ‘deep brain’ systems. One of the most unique aspects of DBR as a trauma-focused therapy, is the embodiment of a natural healing process that is consonant with the evolutionary process of the developing brain and nervous system. Preliminary results of a clinical and neuroimaging study of DBR in London, Ontario, have been accepted for publication.
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