The name of the workshop was "The Body Remembers: The Psychophysiology of Trauma and Trauma Treatment". The main point was: therapists do too much trauma therapy too early and should do much more preparation before they do the "memory processing" and should often do no trauma processing at all. She talked alot about helping people regulate their physiology by 1. "Talking about recipes or baseball" 2. Tracking their sympathetic and parasympathetic responses 3. Using cognitive techniques to separate past trauma, experienced as flashbacks, from here and now reality 4. Using some simple toning techniques to ground and feel the body. 5. Noticing external and internal resources. Then she left out "making the experience of trauma go away." The physiology was old hat: sympathetic and parasympathetic instead of vagal nerve tone, wrong information about the hypothalamus, etc.
I like trainings in which the presenter turns the fire hose of information on me and I have to swallow all that I can. This wasn't one, by design. Rothschild says that she wants people to get the theory and then extrapolate what to do, out of that. She wants to go slow so that people can take in what she's saying. I agree with her suggestion that clinicians learn at least 3 trauma techniques and then figure out which ones will work with which clients. And I felt that we could have learned what she had to say in about a third the time, so I'm still disappointed. She is in private practice and doesn't take insurance. She seems to do therapy as if there is all the time in the world and that her clients must be ever protected from their distress.
As someone trained in about 10 kinds of trauma processing, I agree with having many techniques. And I think you should have enough technique and interpersonal containment to halp your clients move through the trauma, not just learn to calm down when you have it. Yes, you may need a long preparation phase and you need to have a stable client before you start. And the processing phase is important. Done well, it makes the trauma go away, a good thing.