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Intensive 50 hour Training 
5 weekends over 4 months

Understanding Developmental Trauma and 
Recognizing the Continuum of Neuro-dissociative States
Treating Complex PTSD and Dissociation

This workshop presents an integrative theory of psychology as it pertains to both normal development and the impact of complex trauma on individuals throughout the lifespan. This theory underlies the practice of the AIR model for working with CPTSD and Dissociation, with interconnected considerations of neurology, development, dignity and competence, resilience, vulnerability, and intersectionality. People traumatized across multiple dimensions; familial, cultural, societal, and historical are seen in the context of their strengths and vulnerabilities, embedded in systems of oppression and control as well as privilege and resource. Stepping out of harmful relationships and systems of power and control into paradigms of integrity, dignity, and freedom, defined by individuals and communities, puts whole people at the center of their stories.


Understanding neurology, development, dignity, resilience, and vulnerability inherent in all human beings facilitates stepping free from trauma to find one’s center, supporting life giving actions in line with values. The advanced resourcing and interventions taught are consistent with strengthening a person’s multi-directional attention which underlies the ability to manage neuro-dissociative states, regulate emotionally and physically, reduce c-ptsd symptoms and build compassionate relationships internally and externally. 


Patti Miller, MA, LP,    EMDRIA Approved Consultant

Phyllis Solon, Psy.D., LP 


Learning Content:

  • Theoretical underpinnings of the Adaptive Internal Relational Model

  • Neurology of development, attachment, and information processing

  • Neurological and epigenetic impact of trauma

  • Developmental impact of trauma

  • Core Survival Networks and the continuum of Neuro-dissociative States

  • Interventions for self-relational, somatic, and neurological regulation and interactional skills

  • AIR Resourcing Strategies for all phases of therapy

  • Integrated memory processing interventions for people with complex neuro-dissociative states

  • The impact of traumatic bonding on clients, therapists, and the therapeutic relationship

  • Compassion fatigue, Compassion satisfaction, Self Compassion and Therapist self care

  • Patterning and Programming in families and organized systems to control people

  • Programming and conditioning embedded in societal systems such as: racism, misogyny, religious persecution

Learning Outcomes

  • Gain a working knowledge of the impact of trauma on neurology, developmental tasks and vulnerabilities, the poly-vagal safety-danger-life threat system, and relational intervention frameworks of dignity and competence

  • Practice using developmental, neurological, physiological and relational information to explain trauma symptoms, regulation, and activation patterns

  • Apply the Adaptive Internal Relational (AIR) Network Model to conceptualize individuals

  • Integrate existing forms of trauma treatment with the AIR Network Model of therapy

  • Use dignity and competency based language in conceptualization and treatment interventions

  • Recognize the range of neuro-dissociative states and the adaptive developmental nature of such

  • Utilize effective intervention strategies across the spectrum of neuro-dissociative states

  • Understand the continuum of programming, from patterning to intentional  Programming, as it is used in families and systems of violence

  • Develop intervention strategies for recognizing and intervening with the continuum of Patterning - Programming as it relates to individual, family, systemic, and societal realms

  • Formulate effective strategies to recognize patterns of activation, engagement, relational resonance and compassion fatigue as it relates to the self of the therapist

  • Integration of AIR Network therapy with memory processing interventions appropriate to various neuro-dissociative states 


Instructional methods:

  • Lecture including multimedia presentations

  • Experiential exercises to enhance practice and understanding of concepts

  • Interactive consultation including conceptualization and development of  treatment strategies

  • Interactive small group practica including skills building around competency based  intervention and therapeutic stance

AIR Network: A Feminist Multicultural Model in the Professional Training Space

Phyllis C. Solon, PsyD, LP © 2021


AIR Network is a theory grounded in feminist and multicultural pedagogies, philosophies, perspectives and research.  It is not, as such, a culturally specific theory or treatment model.  It is a model for understanding who people are and how they get that way from a complex interconnected set of considerations and factors which include neurological, developmental, experiential, familial, cultural, and societal dimensions.  AIR therapy is a model of seeing people who have been traumatized across multiple dimensions – individual, family, cultural, societal, historical - in the context of systems of domination that are ascendant in the world and have been for millennia. This is a feminist and multicultural lens on the world explicating how people, all people within their different settings and systems, are impacted by the systems in which we live. The theoretical perspective and the therapy take into account both adverse/risk and protective/resilience factors and assume that we are wired to connect, repair and heal, which happens best and most fully in the context of compassion, care and community.  Those assumptions are based in an understanding of the cross-cultural reality that neurodevelopment and childhood sequences of development happen in the same way across the world.  

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