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MNRI® Trauma Recovery Workshop

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. 

Trauma Recovery Workshop
S. Masgutova, Ph.D.

Workshop Objectives

The Masgutova Method® is a set of programs focused on the restoration and maturation of primary sensory-motor and reflexes patterns for support of the neurodevelopment, stress resilience and brain plasticity. 

Course Objectives

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.

Completion of the two-day, 16-hour Trauma Recovery workshop provides attendees:

  1. Explain the basis for neurosensorimotor reflex integration for successful support of an individual’s experienced psychological trauma and the neurodevelopmental complications that provide positive changes in sensorimotor and motor integration, behavioral and emotional responses, hyper vigilant/arousal states, avoidance behaviors, reliving past experiences, and cognitive hands-on tasks.
  2.  Discuss how individuals can create positive “anchors” based on natural innate mechanisms of neurodevelopment and neuroplasticity to develop inner control through balance of sympathetic and parasympathetic systems and the balance of excitatory (glutamate, substance P) and inhibitory neurotransmitters (acetylcholine, dopamine, GABA).
  3. Analyze the rules to create behavioral-cognitive anchors through reflex repatterning as a system to develop self-survival mechanisms.
  4. Develop an understanding of the survival reflexes and their specific involvement in the stages of loss (E. Kübler-Ross, 1969, 2005).
  5. Explain the development of inner control, cognitive and automatic abilities to release feelings at each stage of loss. Below is a list of the survival reflexes that can be used to address each stage
  6. Determine how survival reflexes are involved in motor programming, inner control, social behavior, and how they are re-patterned to overcome the addictive patterns from over production of stress hormones.
  7. Relate how the formation of primary links (kinesthetic memory-emotional response; Moro and Fear Paralysis and protection; positive memory activation and creating anchors) are a reason for challenging behaviors identified in the relationship between protection, fear, and the amygdala.
  8. Summarize how the development of reflex patterns in persons with PTSD facilitate non-cortical (non-classical/subcortical) auditory perception and processing involving the developmental potentials of the limbic system, basal ganglia, thalamus, and amygdala.
  9. Identify the importance for the correction and formation of motor-cognitive coordination and fine motor skills in individuals with PTSD.
  10. Demonstrate skills necessary to evaluate and develop appropriate strategies to implement the use of the MNRI® Reflex Integration for a PTSD Program in daily practice.
  11. Supervised hands-on-training to:
  • Work with specific techniques for dysfunctional and pathological reflex patterns.
  • Explore non-verbal techniques of reflex integration in reconstruction of positive protective (freezing/inhibition) and survival (fight and flight/reactivity) mechanisms. 
  • Explore the possibilities of positive changes in body structure, postural control, motor coordination, emotional and cognitive presence, and behavior. 
  • Apply this MNRI® Program to develop individual corrective programs based on exercises for integration of given reflexes to enhance overall emotional, motivational, behavioral, and motor challenges.

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

Non-financial Disclosure: 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 14 days of the course start date. Full refunds will be issued if the course is canceled due to the low number of attendees.

Please reach out to the Local Area Coordinator listed to confirm that the course will be held prior to registering if within the 14 day window.

We recommend that attendees who will be flying do not purchase their flight until after the 14-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 22 days prior to the course.
Deposits will not be refunded for cancellations 15-21 days prior to the conference.
The deposit and a 20% administration charge will be retained for cancellations within 14 days of the course.

Course Hours: 14

CEUs: This course is offered for 1.4 ASHA CEUs
(Introductory level, Professional area)
This course is offered for 1.4 AOTA CEUs / 14 Contact Hours
(Introductory level; Occupational Therapy Process: Evaluation, Intervention)

CE Hours: This course is offered for 14 NCBTMB CE Hours

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