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July 23, 2014

Pacific Quest’s Clinical Director, Dr. Lorraine Freedle recently presented at the 2014 Neurosequential Model Inaugural Symposium in Banff, Alberta – Canada.  The conference entitled “Brain Development and Trauma: Implications for Interventions and Policy” took place at The Banff Centre on June 10-12th, 2014.  The conference included workshops which highlighted emerging concepts and practices in the areas of trauma-informed care and brain development with a specific focus on the Neurosequential Model. (http://childtrauma.org/)

Dr. Freedle’s presentation “The Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics™, Sandplay® and Traumatic Grief:  A Case Presentation Illustrating Somatosensory Pathways to Transformative Healing” highlighted a case study of 13-year-old Olivia.  Olivia’s sandplay therapy process illustrated how repetitive, somatosensory engagement facilitates self-regulation, neural integration, and transformative healing in the wake of traumatic grief.

Sandplay is a non-verbal method of psychotherapy with roots in play therapy, Jungian depth psychology and eastern traditions.  Sandplay is one of many mind-body therapies offered at Pacific Quest.  Others include horticultural therapy, art therapy, and yoga.  These methods activate somatosensory pathways essential to healing from trauma.

Pacific Quest is commencing the site certification process in Dr. Perry’s Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics (NMT) in the coming months.  NMT certification is part of Pacific Quest’s commitment to trauma-informed, evidenced-based practices.  The certification team will be lead by Dr. Freedle, who is a board-certified pediatric neuropsychologist and NMT trainer.  

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