Introduction to Trauma-Informed Stabilization Treatment

Janina-Fisher2
Academy of Therapy Wisdom

Key Points

  1. Trauma-informed stabilization treatment (TIST) integrates techniques from internal family systems and sensorimotor psychotherapy, targeting patients with severe mental health challenges.
  2. Autonomic dysregulation, influenced by traumatic environments, can manifest symptoms resembling borderline personality disorder.
  3. TIST emphasizes the importance of prefrontal cortex activation for progress in therapy, and acknowledges fragmentation into “parts” within traumatized people.
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Trauma-Informed Stabilization Treatment (TIST)

TIST incorporates techniques and perspectives from internal family systems and sensorimotor psychotherapy. This approach includes somatic psychotherapy elements and a “parts” perspective. Initially developed for state hospitals in the US serving the severely mentally ill, TIST was tested on patients perceived as borderline, attention-seeking, and non-compliant, often displaying self-harm and aggressive behaviors.

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