Top Ten Takeaways : PEP Symposium Dr. Bruce Perry in Cleveland

October 19, 2013

I was very grateful to be able to spend an entire day at a Symposium organized by Cleveland’s Positive Education Program featuring Dr. Bruce Perry.  It was inspiring, validating, and stimulating to hear him speak again on so many topics I enjoy learning about and try to implement into my trauma informed work and work as an art therapist.  Below are only some of the takeaways and reminders I received from the day that I wanted to briefly share here:

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Top 10 Takeaways

My Top Ten Takeaways:

6 R’s: Relational, Relevant, Rhythmic, Repetitive, Rewarding, Respectful

Side by Side (parallel) vs. Face to Face

Regulate –> Relate –> Reason

We are relationally contagious

Regulation = Safety

Power of Rhythm: Best way to regulate

Relational rewards vs. Value rewards

Neuroplasticity

Stress: Unpredictable (vulnerability) vs. Predictable (resilience)

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 Principles of Brain Organization and Development | Dr. Bruce Perry, PEP Symposium Cleveland

Principles of Brain Organization and Development

  • 6 R’s: Relational, Relevant, Rhythmic, Repetitive, Rewarding, Respectful:  These 6 R’s are what Bruce Perry identified at the beginning of the day as core considerations for trauma informed care when implementing therapeutic interventions and experiences.  I try hard to be mindful of these R’s through providing art interventions and experiences that introduce and/or strengthen these areas. Art expression and the creative process is a great companion to so many of these!
  • Side by Side (parallel) vs. Face to Face:  In our interpersonal experiences with one another, being present in parallel or working, walking, (and I will add art-making!) together side by side better supports regulation and relational enrichment in comparison to being face to face from one another.
  • Regulate –> Relate –> Reason:  Therapeutic experiences should begin with a state of regulation (feeling safe) to then build on creating relational enrichment and understanding.
  • We are relationally contagious:  Our environments and the people who surround us influence our own behavior, values, and understanding of the world.
  • Regulation = Safety:  When we are regulated, we feel safe.
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Dr. Bruce Perry’s 6 R’s

  • Power of Rhythm: Fostering relational rhythm through movement, music, breathing, and other safe patterned sensory based, neural experiences is the best way to create, instill, and maintain regulation. I believe art-making is also an important sensory based experience where rhythm can be cultivated to soothe heightened states of arousal and trauma reactions.
  • Relational rewards vs. Value rewards:  The stimulation of reward to the brain is a strong motivating factor.  Relational (relationships and attachments) rewards can struggle with or override value based rewards (individual beliefs, attitudes).
  • On Stress and Vulnerabilty vs. Resilience: When stress is unpredictable, severe, and prolonged this fosters vulnerability.  When stress is moderate and controlled, this fosters resilience.
  • SPARK:  Dr. Perry referenced and recommended checking this book out several times during the day.  “SPARK is the first book to explore comprehensively the connection between exercise and the brain”.
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Super nice way to end the day!

It was an honor to hear Dr. Perry speak again and look forward to him visiting Cleveland again soon to keep learning and being inspired by all the work he does!  You can learn more about his work, publications, research, courses, and upcoming events via The Child Trauma Academy.

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Top 10: Impact of Trauma and Neglect on the Developing Child with Dr. Bruce Perry

Finding a Safe Place: Creating Safety for Domestic Violence Survivors through Art

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5 Responses to “Top Ten Takeaways : PEP Symposium Dr. Bruce Perry in Cleveland”

  1. theresazip Says:

    Thank you Gretchen- your post is a wonderful summary of some important research. It got me thinking– beyond being a ‘companion’, artmaking and its use carries on a core ancient practice for holding life experiences (including processing trauma). It has been hijacked at different times by different interest groups (eg. the Church, commercial interests, political interests etc), but the underlying practice as resiliency-promoting cultural-wisdom-collecting-space defines Respectful, Relevant, Rewarding, Relational, Rhythmic, and Repetitive activity.

  2. Annette Maloney Says:

    Thank you for sharing this wisdom with us . . . Truly worthwhile.


  3. Hi Gretchen,
    Thank you so much for sharing this great info and resources!! very inspiring and looking forward to research more!!!

  4. Create A Way Says:

    Thank you for sharing. Bruce Perry is amazing. This is a great reminder and summary. Really appreciate it. Lou Waycott

  5. baeuchlb Says:

    Thanks so much for sharing this!!!


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