Janina Fisher PhD

Healing the Fragmented Selves of Trauma Survivors

Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney: Feb – March 2017

This workshop was held in 2017 and this information is presented for reference purposes only.

Healing means that trauma no longer controls your life.

This two-day training offers a practical “hands on” approach when working with clients with underlying issues of self-alienation and self-hatred.

Learn to help recognize how trauma leaves them fragmented and at war within their own minds and bodies and offer proven treatment techniques for resolution.

Training Information


Childhood abuse requires self-alienation: we must disown that humiliating “bad child” and work harder to be the “good child” acceptable to our attachment figures. In the end, we survive trauma at the cost of disowning and dissociating from our most wounded selves.

While longing to be feel safe and welcome, traumatized individuals find themselves in conflict: alternating between clinging and pushing others away, self-hatred and hostility toward others, yearning to be seen yet yearning to be invisible. Years later, these clients present in therapy with symptoms of anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, diagnoses of bipolar and Borderline Personality Disorder, and a distorted or absent sense of identity.

This workshop offers a practical “hands on” approach to clients with underlying issues of self-alienation and self-hatred by helping them to recognize how trauma leaves them fragmented and at war within their own minds and bodies. Traumatized individuals must be taught to observe both the parts they have embraced and identified with as ‘me’ and the trauma-related parts they have disowned and judged harshly.

Using interventions drawn from a number of therapeutic approaches (including Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Internal Family Systems, and ego state therapy), the focus is on helping clients observe and accept all aspects of self with mindfulness-based interest and curiosity. As these young parts are identified and understood as ‘heros’ in the individual’s story of survival, clients are able to feel more warmly toward them, often for the first time.

Techniques will be demonstrated that increase the capacity to feel for and with each part, that foster the sense of caring for young wounded parts, paving the way for growing “earned secure attachment” or attachment to ourselves. Even when they are unable to tolerate emotion, forgive themselves, or take in someone’s caring for them, our clients can learn to feel pain and affection on behalf of their younger selves and even learn to welcome these ‘lost souls’ with warmth and self-compassion.


At the end of this training workshop, you will be able to:

  • Describe how trauma results in self-alienation and fragmentation
  • Discuss structural dissociation theory as a trauma model for understanding personality structure
  • Identify manifestations of fragmented parts of the personality in distressing emotions, survival responses, negative beliefs, and self-judgments
  • Utilize mindfulness-based, body-centered interventions to facilitate felt emotional connection to younger parts of self
  • Capitalize on internal dialogue techniques to increase inner communication and attachment bonding
  • Integrate compassion-focused interventions into the therapy
Time Day One Topics
8:00am — 9:00am Day One sign-in
9:00am — 10:30am Alienation from Self as a Survival Strategy in the Context of Abuse, Neglect, and Attachment Failure.
10:30am – 11:00am Morning Break
11:00am – 12:30pm Fragmentation and Splitting as an Adaptation to Trauma: the Structural Dissociation model. How ‘keeping on’ in spite of the trauma exacerbates internal struggles and hostility.
12:30pm – 1:30pm Lunch
1:30pm – 3:00pm Mindfulness-based and somatic techniques for ‘befriending’ fragmented, dis-owned parts of the personality, regulating the nervous system, and reducing chaos and crisis.
3:00pm – 3:30pm Afternoon Break
3:30pm—4:30pm Skills Practice, video-taped session excerpts, case presentations and questions.
4:30pm Day One Close
Time Day Two Topics
8:00am — 9:00am Day Two sign-in
9:00am – 10:30am Developing attunement and empathy for one’s traumatized parts: increasing ability to appreciate the role of each part in survival, developing internal dialogue skills.
10:30 – 11:00am Morning Break
11:00am – 12:30pm Using internal dialogue to provide wounded child parts with the “missing experiences” once longed for.
12:30pm – 1:30pm Lunch
1:30pm – 3:00pm Learning to connect emotionally and somatically to a felt sense of the young child, communicating emotionally and somatically.
3:00pm – 3:30pm Afternoon Break
3:30pm—4:30pm Healing the wounds of childhood through reparative experiences, fostering “earned secure attachment” as a felt experience; Q & A
4:30pm Day Two Close
Janina Fisher's Biography

Janina Fisher, Ph.D. is a licensed Clinical Psychologist and Instructor at the Trauma Center, an outpatient clinic and research center founded by Bessel van der Kolk. Known for her expertise as both a clinician and consultant, she is also past president of the New England Society for the Treatment of Trauma and Dissociation, an EMDR International Association Credit Provider, a faculty member of the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute, and a former Instructor, Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Fisher has been an invited speaker at the Cape Cod Institute, Harvard Medical School Conference on Women, Summer and Winter Conference Series, EMDR International Association Annual Conference, University of Oslo, University of Wisconsin, the University of Westminster in London, the Psychotraumatology Institute of Europe, and the Esalen Institute. Dr. Fisher lectures and teaches nationally and internationally on topics related to the integration of the neurobiological research and newer trauma treatment paradigms into traditional therapeutic modalities.

How is the training delivered?

More information coming soon.


These workshops are suitable for (but not limited to) mental health professionals, including psychologists, psychiatrists, therapists, counsellors and social workers.

There are no prerequisites to attending this workshop. Anyone interested in the workshop content is welcome to attend, however you do so under your own volition.

Are morning and afternoon tea included? What about lunch?

Morning/afternoon tea and/or lunch can be ordered separately from the actual workshop registration.

These optional refreshments are provided by the event venue in each city and by allowing participants to order them separately allows Byron Clinic to keep the cost of the workshop as affordable as possible.

Each venue is centrally located within easy walking distance of a number of food outlets and choices.

You can order morning/afternoon teas and/or lunch either simultaneously with your workshop registration or as a separate order at a later point in time.

For those who order them, morning/afternoon teas include tea, freshly-brewed coffee and juices, along with a selection of pastries.

Lunch will include the Chef’s daily selection of sandwiches, wraps and/or rolls, cake and/or biscuits, a selection of fruit, served buffet style along with tea and coffee.

Please note that vegetarian and gluten free options will be available. Other specialty dietary needs can not be catered for.

Tea and coffee will only be available at lunch to those participants at lunch time who have ordered lunch in advance.

Do I get a Certificate of Attendance? What about CPD hours/points?

Byron Clinic Pty Ltd provides a Certificate of Attendance to each workshop attendee. Certificates will be completed using the given name at the point of initial online registration and payment. These will be distributed as a hard copy to participants prior to the conclusion of the workshop. It is the attendee’s responsibility to ensure that they have their Certificate of Attendance at the time of distribution.

This workshop should accrue a maximum of 11 hours of learning. Certificates of attendance at this Professional Development activity will be distributed at the workshop. For CPD points for specific organisations, please see: APS, AASW, RANZCP, ANZCMHN.

Please ensure that you have received your certificate prior to the end of the workshop. Requests for duplicate certificates after this period will incur an administration fee.

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This magnificent book is the last word on the ‘somatic narrative’ ― the nonverbal language of gestures, postures, and facial expressions that reflect the inner maps that determine our orientation to our surroundings. Pat Ogden (& Janina Fisher) brilliantly explore how our fundamental engagement to the world is not primarily expressed in words or concepts, but by the way we habitually move and connect. Profound in its fundamental insights, thorough in its scientific underpinnings, and practical in its applications, this eminently accessible book promises to be the preeminent guide for therapists and patients alike to explore and transform persistent maladaptive behavior patterns. I hope that every therapy training program will put Sensorimotor Psychotherapy near the top of its required reading list.

Bessel van der Kolk MD

Professor of Psychiatry, Boston University School of Medicine

Sensorimotor Psychotherapy is a landmark book in the history of body psychotherapy and effectively provides the bridge between traditional psychotherapy and body-oriented therapies. In this discipline-changing volume, Pat Ogden (& Janina Fisher) brilliantly decode the crucial role that the body plays in regulating physiological, behavioral, and mental states. The book provides an accessible tutorial that will enable the reader to understand the voice and vocabulary of the body. We learn that even when the spoken word fails the body dynamically communicates in a complex social world through gestures, postures, facial expressions, and vocalisations.

Sensorimotor Psychotherapy equips the reader, whether clinician or client, with the tools necessary to link the intuitions of the body and the words of the personal narrative.

Stephen Porges, PhD

Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of North Carolina

I’ve had the good fortune to have been taught by or worked alongside the giants in the field of psychological trauma: first, Judith Herman, then Bessel van der Kolk, and, most recently, Pat Ogden. And as much as these pioneers taught me, the most powerful and gifted teachers I have are my patients.

These survivors have given me a window into the inner experience of the legacy of trauma, taught me what always to say and what never to say, helped to validate or disprove what the experts and theorists were claiming. It has been a privilege to learn with them and from them.

We now understand that trauma’s imprint is both psychological and somatic: long after the events are over, the body continues to respond as if danger were everpresent. My professional mission has been to bring this understanding of trauma to both clients and their therapists as a psychotherapist, consultant, and trainer of clinicians looking for answers to helping their traumatized clients. I believe the key to healing is not just knowing what happened but transforming how the mind, body, and soul still remember it.

Janina Fisher PhD

Licensed Clinical Psychologist

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