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Exploring and Applying Psycho-Sensory Intervention
approx AUD$415
Team Group discounts available
(between 15% to 25% saving)

This online course was originally recorded as part of an live, online interactive 2-day workshop in May 2020.


Participants from all around the world joined Kim to learn the theory behind trauma informed psycho-sensory interventions, as well as practical skills and strategies to take straight to their clinical work.  This 2-day online workshop has since been edited and includes 11 hours of learning for you to listen and study from the comfort of your home.  Content also includes questions from participants who attended the original online workshop, and Kim's answers and ideas for further learning.

Course presented by Kim Barthel:
Kim is a world-renowned speaker, teacher, occupational therapist and author.
Course Overview:

Trauma is a universal experience yet generally speaking, it is an uncommon part of people’s daily conversation. Thankfully, and appropriately, trauma-informed practice is becoming an increasingly common topic within forward-thinking organizations world-wide. This is essential if we want the people we serve to be receiving the most effective levels of support needed for them to thrive.

An individual’s experience of their life’s trauma impacts every area of human functioning: physical, mental, behavioural, social and spiritual. Circumstances such as domestic violence, abuse, neglect and addiction are examples of what is happening within families that dramatically affects a child’s development, and it significantly impedes their capacity to function in adulthood. But the understanding of “trauma” is frequently misinterpreted, misunderstood and minimized - leaving people responding repeatedly from wounded places, without awareness. 

We are most effective supporting others when we understand how personal trauma experiences influence overall function and healing processes. Working in the fields of education, and allied health (occupational therapy, social work, psychology, counselling, child protection), this mental health workshop will help us develop new skills in working mindfully and effectively with our clients. For any of us participating in this workshop, the upside is that we’ll become a more effective clinician to the people we care for, and the spin-off is that we’re highly likely to understand ourselves more too.

Have you ever wondered where to begin to support your clients with mental health issues, developmental trauma, anxiety, and neurodiversity?  Through clinical reasoning this workshop supports professionals in identifying which spoke on the bicycle wheel to choose as a point of entry into the treatment process. 


Based on neurobiological foundations, with a holistic understanding of how the brain organizes arousal, trauma, executive functions and movement, this workshop combines a range of approaches to support clients.  We will explore psycho-therapeutic relational interventions, attachment theory, sensory processing and body-based practices that enhance regulation and daily functioning. A combination of clinical reasoning, demonstrations and group problem solving, this two-day workshop will provide a deeper dive into the treatment process from a psycho-sensory perspective. 

Learning Objectives of the course:

  • The learner will develop an understanding of treatment options within a holistic model to support co-regulation and self-regulation 

  • The learner will develop clinical reasoning skills to problem solve and develop treatment sessions within the psycho-sensory model

  • The learner will develop practical skills in the analysis of developmental trauma and attachment challenges through evaluation of non-verbal communication, the postural system and body language

  • The learner will develop psycho-therapeutic relational skills within the sensory-motor context

  • The learner will develop sensory strategies for the treatment of stress responses and dysregulation

  • The learner will evaluate and treat motor patterns commonly associated with trauma experiences

Aimed at:​

The ' Trauma Informed Practice' workshop is aimed at Allied Health and Medical Professionals including psychologists, occupational therapists, social workers, counsellors, mental health workers, educators, GPs, paediatricians and psychiatrists.

Course outline (8 chapters of online learning)
PART 1 - Exploring Assessment & Clinical Reasoning
Chapter 1 //

  • Exploring the neuro-biology of trauma and the impact on self-regulation 

  • Understanding the impact of adverse early childhood experiences on our nervous system, responses and behaviour.  

  • Introduction to trauma informed principles

Chapter 2 //

  • Understanding the autonomic nervous system, brain structures and poly vagal theory 

  • Introduction to attachment 

  • Epigenetics of Trauma 

  • Understanding Implicit and explicit memory 

  • Micro-expressions

Chapter 3 //

  • Exploration of trauma and the sensory systems 

  • Understanding rhythm within the body and relationships

Chapter 4 //

  • Trauma and the sensory systems continued...

  • Exploration of attachment 

  • Still face experiment analysis in relation to attachment styles 

  • Understanding how behaviour is shaped by a caregiver’s responses. 

  • Video analysis of attachment styles  

Part 2 - Exploring Intervention & Clinical Reasoning
Chapter 5 //

  • Clinical reasoning behind trauma informed intervention model

  • Sensory strategies for soothing stress

  • Understanding postural patterns - flexion and extension

  • Using rhythm

Chapter 6 //

  • Exploring boundaries: conceptual, energetic, territorial  and embodied.

  • Development of the movement system and  how relates to attachment

  • Intervention ideas - exploring boundaries. 

Chapter 7 //

Demonstrations, intervention ideas and practical examples: 

  • Proprioceptive System  

  • Vestibular System

Chapter 8 //


Demonstrations, intervention ideas and practical examples: 

  • Auditory System 

  • Visual System 

  • Observing and understanding postural patterns

  • The inner core and breathing

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