Our brains have an important job: to keep us safe and make sure we survive.
Since trauma can alter the structure and function of the brain, how does that impact us in the 'moment' and then later in life?
When a person experiences something traumatic, the brain shuts down all nonessential systems, signals the release of stress hormones, and moves you into survival mode: flight, fight, freeze, or fawn. When the threat has passed, your brain resumes normal functioning so you can rest and digest what has happened. However, for some, this switch back does not occur and in essence, the brain stays in survival mode all the time, unable to relax, so the person can’t tell the difference between a threat then and now. The person remains in a constant state of hypervigilance or strong emotional reactivity.
In this interview from 2022, Dr. Montgomery explains how the brain functions during this process.
Target audience: Psychologists, mental health counselors, marriage and family therapists, social workers, addiction counselors, and nurses.
Asynchronous, distance learning. Non-interactive. Recorded audio with transcript.
Course Content Area: Counseling Theory/Practice and the Counseling Relationship; Human Growth and Development
This CE program is designated as intermediate.
There are no conflicts of interest to disclose.