Tier 1 trainings introduce foundational concepts, theoretical models, therapeutic maps and skills for bottom-up support of recovery from mental illness.
Through both didactic and experiential learning experience, participants build a new lens through which to view their clients, themselves and the therapeutic process of change. This lens includes application of Polyvagal Theory, mechanisms for physiological and emotional regulation, principles of attachment, defense and trauma, and an understanding of our sensorimotor system. Tier 1 courses are only the beginning. Clinical and programmatic implementation of this approach is addressed in Tier 2 and Tier 3 courses and in ongoing consultation with ERI faculty.