Making Sense of Sensation: Perception, Interoception and Meaning-making in the Lived Experience of Complexity or Multiplicity
We human beings are perceptive and sensory creatures. We learn how to interpret this information in the cradle of early relationships and culture. Interoception, the perception of internal sensation plays a prominent role in how we feel and how we act when we make meaning from the internal sensori-affective experience. Unless asleep, we are always in a mood. For those who live with complexity and multiplicity, additional layers of perception are available across, between, and within various states of consciousness. Bolstering clinicians’ awareness of the roles, functions, and indicators of various internal and external sensory systems can reveal avenues of exploration at a sensori-affective level. These avenues can influence coping efforts, mitigate negative affective experience, and enhance ANS modulation and affect regulation throughout trauma care. This webinar will review internal and external sensory systems and present a phenomenologically based perspective for including sensori-affective information where possible to guide psychotherapeutic efforts, and especially to address how perception and sensation, interoception and allostasis can influence meaning-making.
Potential to Distress
Any content related to traumatic experience is potentially distressing; however, this material is predominantly conceptual.
At the conclusion of this webinar participants will be able to:
- Define the terms perception, sensation, interoception and allostasis
- Name two theoretical ways allostasis factors into avoidance for people who live with complexity/multiplicity
- List 3 somatic indicators of negative affective valence experience for people who live with complexity/multiplicity
Presenter: Rochelle Sharpe Lohrasbe, PhD, RCC
Presenter Bio: Rochelle Sharpe Lohrasbe, PhD, RCC, is a Registered Clinical Counsellor who earned an MA in Learning and Development and a PhD in Child and Youth Care. Rochelle began her career in forensic psychiatric nursing, and she has accumulated more than 30 years of clinical experience in the areas of post-traumatic stress and developmental wounding. In her private clinical practice in British Columbia, Canada, Rochelle sees children of all ages who have endured abuse, neglect, and other traumatic/adverse experiences. She is a Sensorimotor Psychotherapy local, regional, and international facilitator and a curriculum/instructional design consultant, an EMDRIA-approved consultant and holds certifications in Clinical Hypnosis, Neuroptimal Neurofeedback and Havening Techniques. Rochelle presents regularly at ISSTD conferences and regional workshops internationally and provides educational workshops for psychotherapists on Trauma and Dissociation. She has published on the integration of EMDR and SP, and co-authored “Somatic Resources: Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Approach to Stabilising Arousal in Child and Family Treatment” (2017), published in the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Family Therapy.
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