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New dates 15, 16 & 17 June 22 | Training for Reconsolidation Therapy | Pr. Alain Brunet

Updated: Nov 30, 2021

Because of the current Covid situation, the training is postponed to June 2022. The next training in Geneva will be held in French. More information will follow.


The association CoCreate Humanity (CCH) will have the pleasure to welcome Professor Alain Brunet for his first training in Geneva, Switzerland, on 6, 7 and 8 December 2021.


Professor Brunet was twice the expert-speaker of the association this year, and he has presented the Reconsolidation Therapy to the humanitarian community.


You are working for the Staff Health Unit Management of an humanitarian/international organization? You are a psychiatrist, a psychologist, you are a mental health professional or a therapist practicing alternative techniques? This training may interest you.



WHO IS PROFESSOR ALAIN BRUNET?


A doctor of psychology specialising in mental health at the Douglas Institute in Montreal, Alain Brunet has devoted his professional career to studying post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). He is internationally recognized for his research on the treatment of victims who have developed an emotional trauma.


The story of a promising therapeutic discovery to treat PTSD


As is often the case with human beings, experiencing a major event can determine the mission of a life. This is what happened to Alain Brunet, who devoted his life to finding a cure for an inoperable trauma, that of the worst memory of a lifetime.


A vocational vocation born out of a traumatic experience

Alain Brunet's scientific vocation is no accident. He was a student at the University of Montreal in 1989 at the time of the worst massacre in the history of Quebec. A student entered the university heavily armed, killed 14 women and wounded 14 others, in the name of his hatred of feminism. This dramatic event highlighted the lack of knowledge and the improvisationof the public authorities in the management of the crisis and the care of victims of psychotraumatic disorders. Deeply affected, he decided to focus his scientific work for a PhD in the field of post-traumatic stress.

The observation of an inadequate therapeutic response to trauma victims

People suffering from PTSD do not always benefit from satisfactory treatments that can cure them and heal them in the long term. Since the 2000s, Alain Brunet has based his work on scientific discoveries about the brain and the functioning of memory, according to which emotional memoryis never fixed forever, and can be modified. He has devoted his scientific career to finding a treatment that cures the origins of emotional disorders in people exposed to violent events (war, terrorism, aggression, accidents, rape, natural disasters).

Alain Brunet, Associate Professor of Psychiatry, McGill University

Alain Brunet, PhD, recipient of the McGill principal's prize for public outreach(2016), is the outgoing Director of the Mental Health and Society research programme which brings together more than 150 people at the Douglas Mental Health University Institute (Montreal). He is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, McGill University (Canada).

He has demonstrated through numerous clinical trials in humans that the emotional strength of a traumatic memory can be alleviated in people who have developed post-traumatic stress. He developed the Reconsolidation™ Therapy, which relieves patients of theirtrauma, within 6 weeks, in 70% of cases.

In the aftermath of the 13 November 2015 attacks in Paris, he proposed to the AP-HP to use his therapeutic method to set up a large-scale treatment system for PTSD patients, commensurate with the traumatic impact of the events. With the participation of 20 French hospitals, including the Pitié-Salpétrière, this has enabled hundreds of patients to join this unique protocol.



RECONSOLIDATION THERAPY TRAINING


Trainees - Who is this training for?


This training is conducted at an intermediate level. It is offered to all mental health professionals who have a post-graduate university degree and are legally qualified to practice psychotherapy, as well as to therapists practicing alternative techniques that are recognized.


Objectives - What are the objectives of this training?

  1. Differentiate between the various stress and trauma related disorders:

  2. Understand the theory of reconsolidation

  3. Learn about the studies supportting Reconsolidation Therapy

This course will provide you with the knowledge required to diagnose and treat post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and adjustment disorder (AD).


Reconsolidation Therapy can be practiced online or face to face.


Targeted competencies - What skills does the training provide?

  1. Recognize, identify and distinguish between various stress and trauma-related disorders.

  2. Understand the theory of memory reconsolidation (neuroscience).

  3. Know the empirical studies that support the use of reconsolidation in the patient.

  4. Be able to practice this therapy and method in your professional practice.

This innovative training in the context of psychological trauma care, based on scientific research and protocols, enables the development of specific skills in the psychodiagnosis and treatment of stress - and trauma- related disorders. It is also possible to treat via teleconsultation.



CONTENT AND RELATED SERVICES


Duration of training


The Brunet Method™ training comprises of a 16 hour course distributed over 2.5 days.


Educational, Technical and Supervision Procedures


The course curriculum includes:

  • A reading program

  • An instructional PowerPoint explaining the theory of Reconsolidation Therapy

  • Three treatment protocols (Dx, Rx, and Tx) taught using role-playing games

  • A documentary film – case study

  • Group work in small and large groups

Course-related material provided:

  • Collection of scientific articles

  • A copy of the training PowerPoint slides

  • Diagnostic and medical evaluation forms

  • detailed treatment protocol

The first day of training focuses on the theoretical component. The second day consists of more practical training. The third day is a combination of both theoretical and practical elements.


Evaluation and Follow-up Procedures

The training will include a role-playing component in which trainees will have the opportunity to practice the treatment on one another. In doing so, trainees are able to share comments and tips that will improve their technique.

After completing the course, trainees will have two 1.5 hour group clinical supervision sessions (via Zoom).


Training-related services


Upon completion of the training, you are entitled to:

  • A training certificate attesting to the completion of the course for the current year.

  • A 3 month membership to the Reconsolidation Therapy International Association, which provides its members information on upcoming events and new content.

  • Your name and address in the registry of trained professionals in Reconsolidation Therapy. This is an online registry opened to the public providing access to the list of professionals trained in the Brunet Method™ by country and region.

NB: registration with the Reconsolidation Therapy International Association must be renewed annually in order to maintain benefits.



A THREE-DAY PROGRAM


Day 1


Defining Psychotrauma

- History of trauma and its prevalence

- Trauma: a confrontation with the reality of death

- Psychological trauma in the DSM-5 (AD, PTSD)

- Psychological trauma in the ICD-11 (PTSD, complex PTSD)

- Trauma, with a “small t” (breakups, losses, bereavements)

- Type II trauma (complex PTSD)

- Differential diagnoses


Psychometric assessment of psychological trauma

- The Life Events Checklist (LEC)

- The Peritraumatic Distress Inventory (PDI)

- The Impact of Event Scale – Revised (IES-R)

- The Dissociative Experiences Scale (DES-T)

- Comorbidity (drug addiction, depression, dissociative disorder, Axis I and II)

- Suicide risk


Psychological trauma: the Theory behind the ‘Illness’

- Theories of learning

- Neurobiology of Trauma and Emotional Memory


Psychological trauma: Current Treatments and their Limitations

- Current psychotherapies

- Current drug therapies


Psychological trauma: A theory of ‘healing’

- Memory consolidation

- Blocking reconsolidation

- Overview of important studies


Effectiveness of Reconsolidation Therapy

- Efficiency studies regarding Reconsolidation Therapy

- Exercice: Writing a Traumatic Narrative


A Documentary on Reconsolidation Therapy


Day 2


Writing the Trauma Narrative

- Role-play

- Selecting the “trauma index”

- What make for a good trauma narrative

- Specifications: length of the story, verb tense, person narrative.

- Including the “hot spot”


The ‘Rx’ Medical Evaluation Protocol

- The proper dosage of propranolol

- Medical contraindications

- Drug Interactions


FAQ from Patients and Answers

- Role-play

- Propranolol dosage

- Medical contraindications

- Drug Interactions


The First Reconsolidation Session

- Role-play

- Psychoeducation

- An overview of treatment session #1


Reconsolidation Sessions 2 to 7

- Role-playing component

- Procedures for sessions 2-6

- Modifying the trauma narrative

- Introduction to the concept of Mismatch

- Session 7: the final assessment follow-up


Day 3


Who can benefit from Reconsolidation Psychotherapy?

- Phobias

- Drug addiction

- The polytraumatized patient

- Treatment of children

- Adjustment Disorder

- Contraindications and Serious Adverse Reaction (SAE): What to do?


Mismatch techniques


Graduation ceremony

- The International Association for Reconsolidation Therapy™

- Online group clinical supervision

- Tour feedback to the teacher



TRAINING INFORMATION


The training session is limited to 35 people maximum.


PRICES

- Individual: 1'050 CHF

- With institutional support: 1'160 CHF

- Booking will be confirmed at reception of your payment


PAYMENT DETAILS

Bank account: PostFinance, Switzerland

Beneficiary: CoCreate Humanity (Rue de Monthoux 64, 1201 Geneva)

IBAN: CH29 0900 0000 1525 2475 2

BIC / SWIFT CODE: POFICHBEXXX


PayPal: info@cocreatehumanity.org


Credit card payments: https://donorbox.org/reconsolidation-therapy-training


REGISTRATION

- Please register at the following address: info@cocreatehumanity.org

- Contact: CoCreate Humanity - Hélène Ros and Sébastien Couturier

- Phone: +41 79 369 30 60


VENUE

Foound (coworking space) Salle "Jean-Mich"

Rue Jean-Dassier 7

1201 Geneva (Switzerland)

Maps: https://goo.gl/maps/mFYhm4rxeuiwNLpJ8



WE LOOK FORWARD TO WELCOMING YOU!






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