Research Support for Strategies Taught

Research Support for Strategies Taught

Since 2004, due to magnetic resonance imaging machines (MRI) there is increasing evidence that those who suffer from post traumatic stress replay their traumatic memories through the sensory and imaging storing area of the brain’s right hemisphere (Lanius, R. 2004). There is also increasing neurological evidence suggesting that during trauma, functions of the hippocampus, in the brain’s limbic system, are interfered with, including the use of language and the ability to analyze and store logical and contextual information (Perry, B. 2001; Scar, R.2005;. van der Kolk, 1996). Considerable clinical evidence also suggests that following trauma the brain’s hemispheres may lose their ability to function as a single unit thus interfering with memory and attention and retention of information.

In Taking Flight Trauma Recovery training you learn the value in moving beyond talk-therapy skills. You consistently apply the Four Part Model for Healing Trauma© developed by Dr. Jane Simington, PhD. This model employs strategies to gain the attention of the brain’s right hemisphere, such as therapeutic art and deep trance work, as ways to uncover stored trauma memories and emotions and to bring rapid and effective healing of those emotions and memories. This new contextual information is then immediately transferred across the hemispheres.  The cross-over technique helps to reintegrate the brain’s hemispheres.

Not only does trauma recondition the brain and nervous system, the effects of trauma are experienced in every aspect of human functioning.

In Taking Flight Trauma Recovery training you acquire knowledge and skills based on theories and methods of psychology, neurology, nursing, sociology, family studies, and cross- cultural approaches to advance your knowledge of trauma and its effects on individuals, families, cultures and societies and to gain skills to facilitate change for traumatized individuals, families and groups.

Every cell in the body receives neurotransmitter messages. Because of this, bodily memories of trauma are retained at the muscular and cellular level (Rothschild, 2000),

In Taking Flight Trauma Recovery training you use neurolinguistic programming, energy transfer healing methods, therapeutic art techniques, deep trance work, and advanced counseling strategies to release stored cellular traumatic memories.

Emotional and mental responses to trauma of hyper-arousal (hyper-vigilance, anxiety and dread) and intrusions from the past into the present (triggers, flashbacks, dissociation, nightmares) can significantly impact behaviors and social relationships, including family and work relationships, often resulting in the traumatized person living an extremely constricted lifestyle (Herman, 1997).

In Taking Flight Trauma Recovery training you apply a variety of centering, grounding and other techniques to establish and maintain safety. You use neurolinguistic and energy transfer- skills to remove flashbacks and nightmares. You initiate retrieval of the parts of the self. The person is trying to reclaim by their instinctive need to dissociate back to the tragedy.

The core experience of trauma is dis-empowerment (Herman, 1997).

In Taking Flight Trauma Recovery training you implement a model of empowerment, designed By Jane A. Simington, PhD based on Carkhuff’s counseling model.

Dis-empowerment results from a depletion of spiritual energies (Simington, 2003), and has been described since ancient times as soul loss. The resulting sense of incompleteness, a feeling that parts of the self or the soul are missing, is often expressed using language such as “I feel so empty; I feel so broken;”or “I no longer feel whole.”(Simington, 2010). Soul loss is generally accompanied by a sense of being spiritually disconnected and is described as feeling separate and apart from everyone and everything, even from life itself, and with an intense inner pain, a soul pain which is a deep inner knowing that things are not right and a longing to make them so. When there is spiritual disconnection, and like an empty vessel when there is soul loss, a broken human spirit is open to all forms of spiritual intrusion (Kharitidi, 1996; Simington, 2010).

In Taking Flight Trauma Recovery training you advance knowledge and gain skills using therapeutic art, deep inner work, imagery, energy work, nature work, movement, drumming and sacred ceremony, in ways to provide soulful healing.

A Different Approach to Healing Trauma

Maslow (1954)                                      Simington (2000)

The Taking Flight Trauma Recovery Certification Training suspends from a framework which acknowledges that the essence of human beings is spiritual, and that much of the pain experienced following trauma is of a deep spiritual nature. This is true regardless of whether or how the person participates in religious or cultural observations. All healing and education offered in the Taking Flight Trauma Recovery Certification Training suspends from this philosophy and builds upon Jungian and Shamanic thought which indicates that if you want to address the spiritual aspects of human nature you must use soulful experiences. The therapeutic application to trauma work, of therapeutic art, deep inner journey work, imagery, energy work, nature work, movement, drumming and ceremony, are soulful approaches used in the Trauma Recovery Certification Training.


Click Here to read Simington, J. (2013) Trauma and Dissociation: Neurological and Spiritual Perspectives. Journal of Psychology and Psychotherapy, 3.3.



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Rothschild, B. (2000). The Body Remembers: The Psychophysiology of Trauma and Trauma. New York: WW Norton & Company.

Scaer, R. (2005). Trauma Spectrum: Hidden Wounds and Human Resiliency. New York: WW Norton & Company.

Simington, J. (2003) Journey to the Sacred: Mending a Fractured Soul. Edmonton, AB. Taking Flight Books.

Simington, J. (2010) Setting the Captive Free: A Guide to Soulful Change and Transformation. Edmonton, AB. Taking Flight Books.

Simington, J. (2013) Trauma and Dissociation:  Neurological and Spiritual Perspectives. Journal of Psychology and Psychotherapy, 3.3. 


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