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Adaptive Internal Relational Network Model

An Advanced Intensive Training on Complex PTSD, Developmental Trauma and Neuro-Dissociative States

Presented by: Dawn McClelland, PhD, LP   Patti Miller, MA, LP and Phyllis C. Solon, PsyD, LP

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This is a theory and treatment modality that is particularly effective for those with childhood abuse, neglect and severe relational trauma.  It is also particularly geared towards those who have any forms of more organized systemic violence.  Both of those groups of people tend to have higher levels of dissociative abilities/experiences which we have developed ways of understanding and treating that are grounded in the most recent neurological research within the context of healing relationships.   That being said, it captures quite nicely and works very well for people across the continuum of traumatic experiences.


The AIR Network model is heavily based in developmental neurology, work that has exploded in the last 15 years, and is a multicutural-feminist, competency based model.  We focus on the person rather than the problem and do not hold the traumatic memory as the most important focus of the work but rather the building of the internal relational network and the resourcing of each persons most competent self to rewire the brain from traumatic responses/loops to present time thinking, relating, choosing and behaving.  One of the pieces that is completely unique is the focus on the neurology of the therapeutic relationship and trauma bonding in therapy which makes it important to do things differently with people who have this kind of trauma.  We also address the continuum of programming and conditioning, which includes what happens in families through what happens in organized systems of violence, and the underlying neurological and learning theory that explains why it is possible to program and condition people in these ways

Learning Objectives and Projected Competencies

  • Gain a working knowledge of the neurology of development, stress-danger response system and attachment strategies

  • Practice using developmental neurology to explain trauma symptoms and activation patterns

  • Apply the Adaptive Internal Relational (AIR) Network Model to case conceptualization

  • Integrate existing forms of trauma treatment with the AIR Network Model of therapy

  • Use Competency Based Inquiry for conceptualization and treatment interventions

  • Recognize the range of Neuro-dissociative states

  • Develop effective intervention strategies across the spectrum of Neuro-dissociative states

  • Understand the continuum of programming from Limiting beliefs to Intentional Conditioning and Programming.

  • Develop intervention strategies for the continuum of Conditioning/Programming

  • Formulate effective strategies around traumatic bonding in therapy and compassion fatigue as it relates to complex trauma

  • Practice with EMDR interventions appropriate to various Neuro-dissociative states for those who have completed the basic training.   EMDR training is not required for this course

Instructional Methods:

  • Lecture including multimedia presentations

  • Experiential exercises to enhance practice and understanding of concepts

  • Interactive consultation which includes conceptualizing and developing treatment strategies for 1-2 of your clients over the course of the 4 month training

  • Interactive practicum building skills around intervention and therapeutic stance

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