Date & Time
Monday, July 22, 2024, 3:30 PM - 4:45 PM
3:30 PM - 4:45 PM
338 Trauma and the Nervous System: A Skills-Based Approach to Managing Distress and Regulating Emotions

Research indicates that incarcerated individuals have experienced high rates of trauma, which correlates with long-term negative outcomes. This session will focus on the impact of trauma on the body, including the brain and the nervous system, and the potentially negative outcomes of a dysregulated nervous system in a correctional setting. Skills that can be applied over time to achieve better emotion regulation overall, as well as those that can be used in a moment of crisis to downregulate emotion and/or tolerate distress, will be shared.

Educational Objectives

  • Review the impact of trauma on the brain and nervous system
  • Discuss trauma's impact on emotional dysregulation and how emotional dysregulation is perpetuated by the correctional environment
  • Describe concrete skills to help patients manage symptoms of trauma

Level: Intermediate