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MNRI® Stress and Trauma Recovery

Dates: September 29-30, 2018
Dates: Registration at 8:30am, course begins at 9am
Location: South Portland, ME
Address: Best Western - Merry Manor Inn
Address:  700 Main St
Address:  South Portland, ME
Address:  Phone: 207-774-6151
Instructor: Dr. Joan Spalding
Local Area  
Coordinator: Christine Libby
Email: clibby@mtbluersd.org
Phone: 207-779-6100

The Masgutova Method® is a set of programs focused on the restoration and maturation of primary movements, reflexes, coordination systems, skills for optimal performance of natural mechanisms, developmental processes, brain functioning, and sensory-motor integration. The Masgutova Method® is oriented on the stimulation of reflex patterns in order to awaken natural, genetic motor resources, self-regenerating strength of motor memory and sensory-motor coherence. This achievement innately carries the implication of the fulfillment of all potentials within movement abilities and learning skills.

The Mission of the Svetlana Masgutova Educational Institute® Neuro-sensory-motor Reflex Integration, LLC is to provide children and adults reliable knowledge and safe tools for the use of natural, genetic motor resources to facilitate successful neuro-sensory-motor development and joyful learning. 

MNRI® Stress and Trauma Recovery
S. Masgutova, Ph.D.

Course Overview:

The goal of this two day workshop is to explain the restorative role of a reflex pattern in stress and traumatic stress. It will discuss the definition of a reflex and its neurophysiological aspect in concern to human behavior and emotions in stress and traumatic stress. The concept of use of the neurosensorimotor reflex integration therapy modality for optimizing the brain function and recovery from Post-traumatic Stress Experience (PTSE) and the PTS Disorder (PTSD) is a ‘missing link’ in the therapy of stress. The focus of this program is to provide information on the effects of stress, specifically post-trauma, and its consequences as expressed in Reflex Integration Disorder (RID). The program will also give specific instruction on the use of the MNRI® post-trauma procedure and exercises as an effective tool for treatment of children and adult survivors of traumatic events, especially those of natural and human made catastrophes, wars and violence.

This course is based on traditional neurophysiological and recent scientific evidence in brain research demonstrating how stress and trauma activate automatic survival responses. These responses are genetically inherent unconscious behaviors reflecting the state of the nervous system. The original and simple concepts of this MNRI® work with PTSE and PTSD is recovery intervention based on the idea of  reflex integration using the sensory motor links of the reflex circuit to channel brain stem anchors (self-preservation, territorial and power instincts) for positive survival and transition to a safe and healthy here and now experience.

This workshop shares the research data on reflex integration disorder (RID) in individuals with post-traumatic stress, which shows the vital need to work on reflex patterns after post-trauma and chronic stress. This workshop proposes the MNRI® Protocol – re-patterning exercises for the restoration and integration of sensorimotor reflex patterns. They are targeted at the improvement of survival mechanisms, resilience of the nerve system, and enhancement of the nerve system's flexibility.

The participants of the program will get information about the role of reflex integration affecting the neuro-sensorimotor-somatic and neurodevelopmental recovery interventions for PTSD that deals with emotional responses and behavior, long-term memory and skills, olfactory responses and feeling of comfort and safety, motivation and self-regulation and estimation, focusing and cognitive processes. The participants will be given a questionnaire that will be used to determine their level of stress-vulnerability. According to their stress level, proposed specialized exercises will be supplied. Movement and symbolic/drawing techniques will be demonstrated as a work means for children. 

The MNRI®: NeuroReflex Integration for Post-Trauma Recovery Program can be used with children and adults with instable emotional responses and challenging behaviors as the result of post-trauma, survivors with the PTS memory deficits; affected sensory-motor and speech functions; disorientation in space and time; damaged social skills and communication, decoding and modeling/“mapping” and comprehension difficulties. This program can be used as a stress/distress release program and is appropriate for use with individuals with such challenges, as: PSTE and PTSD, birth and post-birth traumas, emotional instability and disorders, hyperactivity (ADHD, ADD), addiction tendencies, behavioral instabilities, sensory processing disorders, disorders and challenges in learning, (dyslexia, dyscalculia and other), intellectual development problems, brain injuries, post-stroke pathologies, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, cerebral palsy, and a variety of other neuro-deficits.

This MNRI® PTSD Program is based on the extensive experiences of Dr. S. Masgutova working with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) children and adult victims of the Chernobyl disaster (1986-1996), the Baku conflict (1990-1991), the earthquake in Armenia (1989-1999), the train crash in Ufa (1989), the Chechen War (1996-1999), conflicts in Israel (2001-2005) and other traumatic situations.  Her work with PTSD became the foundation of the MNRI® PTSD Program, opening resources for survival and beyond, including her last work with MNRI® Team using Reflex Integration PTSD Protocol with individuals who experienced trauma in Newtown USA (January-February, March-May 2013; 218 MNRI Sessions).

This Program can be used with individuals with such challenges, as: PSTE and PTSD, birth and post-birth traumas, emotional instability and disorders, hyperactivity (ADHD, ADD), a tendency for addictions, behavioral instabilities, individuals with sensory processing disorder, deep disorders and challenges in learning, (dyslexia, dyscalculia and other), intellectual development problems, brain injuries, post-stroke pathologies, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, cerebral palsy, and a variety of other neuro-deficits.

Learning Objectives: MNRI® Stress and Trauma Recovery

  1. Explain the basis for neurosensorimotor reflex integration for successful support of an individual having experienced psychological trauma.
  2. Describe the neurodevelopmental complications often found in trauma and the strategies to provide positive changes for sensorimotor and motor integration, behavioral and emotional responses, hyper-vigilant/arousal states, avoidance behaviors, reliving past experiences and cognitive hands-on tasks.
  3. Describe how individuals can create positive 'anchors' based on natural innate mechanisms of neurodevelopment and neuroplasticity for developing inner control through balance of sympathetic and parasympathetic systems and also excitatory (glutamate, substance P) and inhibitory neurotransmitters (acetylcholine, dopamine, GABA).
  4. Analyze the strategies for creating behavioral-cognitive anchors through reflex re-patterning as a system to develop positive self-survival mechanisms.
  5. Develop an understanding of the survival reflexes and their specific involvement in the Kubler-Ross and other authors' concept of stages of trauma or loss.
  6. Explain the development of inner control, cognitive, and automatic abilities to release feelings at each stage of trauma or loss.
  7. Describe how the formation of primary links (kinesthetic memory-emotional response; Morro and Fear Paralysis and protection; activation of positive memory and the creation of positive anchors) are a cause for challenging behaviors.
    Analyze how survival reflexes are involved in motor programming, inner control, social behavior; and, how they are re-patterned to overcome the addictive patterns from the over release of stress hormones.
  8. Summarize how the development of reflex patterns in individuals with traumatic stress or PTSD facilitate non-cortical (non-classical/subcortical) auditory perception and processing through the connections of the limbic system, basal ganglia, thalamus, and amygdala.
    Identify the reasons for developing corrective strategies of motor-cognitive coordination and fine motor skills for those with traumatic stress or PTSD.
  9. Demonstrate skills necessary to evaluate and develop appropriate strategies to implement the use of the MNRI®.
  10. Reflex Integration for a traumatic stress or PTSD program.
  11. Apply and practice hands-on instruction for moving through stages of trauma recovery including: Move out of re-action into action; Open your breath and voice resonation; Release past negative protection and survival; Stay present in the 'Here and Now"; Stay grounded and stable; Release Stress hormones; Activate Brain Potential; and,
  12. Be open to joy and well-being.
  13. Explain the basis of the Stress-Vulnerability Questionnaire.
  14. Describe different techniques for creating an individual program for clients and the development of home practice activities for the release of stress and trauma.

Course Agenda:

Day 1

Hour 1: Neurosensorimotor reflex integration basis for support of functions of psychological trauma and neurodevelopmental complications

Hour 2: Reflex Circuit and the development of stress self-management

Hour 3: Behavioral-cognitive links in individuals with challenges

Lunch 1 hour

Hours 4-6: Survival reflexes

Hour 7: Reflex patterns involved in motor programming and control, and emotional and behavioral responses

Hour 8: Inner control and in the social behavior system

Day 2

Hours 1-2: Correlation of reflex patterns, emotions, behavior and learning skills

Hours 3-4: Reflex patterns of the neurotypical child and one with PTSD or trauma

Lunch 1 hour

Hours 5-7: Techniques Demonstration and practice

Hours 8: Develop individual corrective programs

Financial Disclosure: Dr. Joan Spalding receives a stipend based upon an enrollment percentage.

Non-financial Disclosure: No relevant relationship exists.
No relevant relationship exists.

Course Disclosure: The Svetlana Masgutova Educational Institute has developed and patented a licensed technology trademarked as MNRI®. Because there are no other like-kind products available, course offerings will only cover information that pertains to the effective and safe use of the above-named products. This presentation will focus exclusively on MNRI® and will not include information on other similar or related products or services.

Special Needs Requests: If you require special accommodations, please notify SMEI at events@masgutovamethod.com at the time of registration so that needed accommodations can be made prior to the course.

Course Completion Requirements: This course is not approved for partial credit. Participants must attend the course in its entirety to receive continuing education units.

Target audience:
Speech Language Pathologists, Speech Language Pathologist Assistants, Occupational Therapists, Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants, Nurses, Physical Therapists, Physical Therapist Assistants, Educators, Psychologists, Physicians, Massage Therapists, Mental Health Counselors, Other Health Care Providers, Parents.

SMEI Cancellation and Refund Policy

Courses are subject to cancellation due to lack of minimum required participants registered for the course within 21 days of the course start date. Full refunds will be issued if the course is canceled due to the low number of attendees.

We recommend that attendees who will be flying do not purchase their flight until after the 21 day window has elapsed to avoid a nonrefundable circumstance with the airline. SMEI is not liable for any ticket costs related to the course being canceled. SMEI is not liable for any costs related to transportation (airline tickets, train, taxi, etc) due to the cancellation of an event.

  • Participants will receive a full refund for registration cancellation up to 21 days prior to the course.
  • A 10% administration charge will be retained for cancellations within 15-20 days prior to the course.
  • A 25% administration charge will be retained for cancellations within 14 days prior to the course.
Transferring Policy

Participants who wish to transfer registration and payment to another SMEI course may do so up to 21 days prior with no penalty. If within the 21 days, a 10% administration fee will be charged.

* A 2.5% transaction fee (processing fee) will be withheld on all refunds that were processed using credit card/Pay Pal. If a participant wishes the refund to be paid directly to their account via credit card/Pay Pal, the participant will be charged an additional 2.5% transaction fee (processing fee). Refund by check is available upon request. For questions contact us.

Course Hours: 16

CEUs: This course is offered for 1.6 ASHA CEUs
(Introductory level, Professional area)
This course is offered for 1.6 AOTA CEUs / 16 Contact Hours
(Introductory level; Occupational Therapy Process: Evaluation, Intervention)

CE Hours: This course is offered for 16 NCBTMB CE Hours

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