Rescripting Trauma Memories with Memory Reconsolidation: Protocols for Updating Implicit Beliefs & Patterns
June 21 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Reprocessing traumatic memories can be a tough task, due to the stubborn persistence of painful emotions, thoughts, and patterns woven into the memory at both conscious and subconscious levels. Fortunately, neuroscience has revealed how psychotherapists can more effectively help their clients reprocess traumatic memories by harnessing the mechanisms of memory reconsolidation.
Memory reconsolidation refers to the brain’s inherent ability to update a memory network with new information when the person encounters a new experience that is emotionally significant enough for the brain to change the memory’s meaning, context, and associations.
In this webinar, we will explore the phenomenon of memory reconsolidation and how psychotherapists can utilize it to create experiences that help their clients rescript trauma narratives, repair attachment wounds, and foster a positive post-trauma identity.
At the end of this workshop, participants will be better able to:
- Evaluate recent neuroscience discoveries regarding memory reconsolidation and their clinical implications for treating trauma.
- Describe the steps of the RECON protocol, an imaginal rescripting technique to help clients reduce distress related to memories of traumatic events.
- Describe how to integrate cognitive reframing techniques with an experiential intervention such as imagery, music, movement, and role-play to rescript the client’s trauma narrative.
- Identify at least two ways to help clients avoid re-traumatization while reviewing traumatic memories.
- Discuss at least two strengths and two limitations of the research on memory reconsolidation and clinical hypnosis in trauma treatment.