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The Emotional Aspects of Trauma Series (2022)

Total Credits: 7.5 including 7.5 AOA Category 1-A

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Dr. Rachel Brooks, MD, FCA
7.5 Hours and 7.5 AOA Category 1-A CME
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Lecture Series Description

The five presentations in this series are part of my course entitled “The Power of Presence 3”.  The emphasis of this teaching is on exploring the emotional aspects of trauma in our patients and applying the key concepts of Presence, using Stillness, and the use of active engagement with compressive forces.  Practitioners may be uncomfortable with these emotional aspects because it is not often highlighted in our training. This series will offer approaches for communicating and working with patients where emotional trauma is a significant factor. The foundation for this course is grounded in the work of WG Sutherland and several members of his teaching faculty that I had the privilege to learn from.  These teachings can be integrated into whatever your current approaches to treatment are and are appropriate for all levels of practitioners.

Learning Objectives
After completing this activity, learners will be able to:

Session 1: Understanding and Recognizing Emotional Trauma
-  Understand the nature, reach, and range of emotional trauma.
-  Incorporate inquiries about emotional trauma into the history taking.
-  Recognize the palpatory clues that emotional trauma may be a significant factor.

Session 2: Working with Emotional Trauma      
-  Appreciate the crucial role of being grounded, centered, and present and develop skills in being a good listener.
-  Develop perspectives and tools for managing the trauma reactions of their patients.
-  Develop reflections and strategies for managing their own trauma reactions.

Session 3:  Overview of the Neurobiology
-  Understand and apply the basic principles of the Polyvagal Theory.
-  Identify some of the key regions of the brain impacted by emotional trauma.
-  Assess the patient for signs of disrupted neurobiology.

Session 4:  Approaches to Treatment -- Part 1
-  Develop skills for addressing acute and chronic shock.
-  Develop skills for addressing the midline function of the patient.
-  Identify some of the key anatomic structures and regions associated with emotional trauma.

Session 5:  Approaches to Treatment -- Part 2
-  Apply osteopathic treatment to key anatomic structures and regions.
-  Understand the use of active engagement and compressive forces in treatment.
-  Identify several adjunctive approaches and understand the rationale for their use.

Target Audience
This activity is for osteopathic and medical physicians (DO/MD) and students, and for International Osteopaths.

There are no prerequisites.


Rachel Brooks, MD, FCA

*  Lecture: Understanding & Recognizing Emotional Trauma (1hr15min)

*  Q&A (15min)

*  Lecture: Working with Emotional Trauma (1hr15min)   

*  Q&A (15min)

*  Lecture: Overview of the Neurobiology  (1hr15min)

*  Q&A (15min)

*  Lecture: Approaches to Treatment -- Part 1  (1hr15min)

*  Q&A (30min)

*  Lecture: Approaches to Treatment -- Part 2  (1hr15min)

*  Q&A (15min)



Dr. Rachel Brooks, MD, FCA's Profile

Dr. Rachel Brooks, MD, FCA Related Seminars and Products

Dr. Rachel Brooks, MD, FCA, is a graduate of the University of Michigan Medical School and completed her post-graduate work there in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. She holds certifications as Diplomate - American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Diplomate - National Board of Medical Examiners. She currently practices physical medicine and rehabilitation at her private practice in Portland, OR, specializing in osteopathic manipulative medicine. She is a Fellow of the Osteopathic Cranial Academy, and a member of the American Academy of Osteopathy and the Osteopathic Cranial Academy.

Dr. Brooks has been involved in teaching cranial osteopathy since 1986. Her osteopathic journey began when she met Dr. Rollin E. Becker in 1975, just before she entered the University of Michigan Medical School. That first meeting with Dr. Becker inspired her to pursue the study and practice of osteopathy. After completing a residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation in 1982, She began her private practice in osteopathy the following year. At that time, she had the opportunity to study for many years with Anne Wales, DO.

In addition to her teaching, she has undertaken several publication projects. She assisted Anne Wales, DO in the editing of Teachings in the Science of Osteopathy by William G. Sutherland, DO, and she helped edit the second edition of Sutherland's Contributions of Thought. Dr. Brooks is the editor of the Stillness Press books on the teachings of Rollin Becker: Life in Motion and The Stillness of Life.

Dr. Brooks was a member of the board of trustees of the Sutherland Cranial Teaching Foundation, serving from 1988 through 2004. She continues to be sought worldwide for her personal and historical insights regarding the practice and foundations of Osteopathic practice.

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