Making Sense of Trauma

The Downstairs and Upstairs Brain and Self-Regulation

Understand development and that the rational decision making (executive functioning) part of the brain may be inaccessible when the stairs are blocked (when the alarm system is activated). Key Points: Ability to self-regulate depends on a developed upstairs brain Amygdala can block access to the upstairs brain   If you are using the Facilitator’s Guide […]

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