Graduate College Event
10/27/2020 - 11:00am
Shifting Toward Movement-Based Therapy for Trauma and Mental Health Disorders
Webinar in Partnership with DocNet
Dr. Matthew Vasquez will share his research, appropriate not only for people in his field but for any of us who are feeling a bit traumatized by recent events.
Participants will learn about the increasing acceptance of movement-based therapies to treat psychological trauma and other mental health disorders. The presentation will specifically include, 1) a review of current trends in movement-based therapies, 2) a presentation of an ongoing randomized control trial that is examining the effects of trauma-sensitive yoga and Chen Style tai chi on PTSD and other co-occurring symptoms, 3) a discussion of the importance of self-reflection, adaptability, and collaboration when undertaking exploratory research.
Dr. Matthew Vasquez is an assistant professor of social work at the University of Northern Iowa. His current area of study explores how the use of movement and body-based interventions serve to mitigate the effects of trauma/PTSD. His other research interests include examining the benefits of infusing trauma-informed care practices in residential treatment facilities, in-patient mental health units, and school-based curriculums, along with how to effectively educate social workers on the salient brain-based neurological aspects of trauma and trauma-informed care. His previous research includes the effects of long-term neglect on infant and child mental health, attachment disorders, and reactive attachment disorder (RAD) and disinhibited social engagement disorder (DSED).