SEMINARS & WORKSHOPS in 2018
Annual Conference 2018 Working with Insecure and Disorganised Attachment London, 19th and 20th October 2018, Friday and Saturday 10:00am - 4:00pm on both days
Professor Peter Fonagy Peter Fonagy, OBE FMedSci FBA FAcSS PhD is Professor of Psychoanalysis and Developmental Science and Head of the Division of Psychology and Language Sciences at University College London; Chief Executive of the Anna Freud Centre, London; and holds visiting professorships at Yale and Harvard Medical Schools. His clinical interests centre on issues of early attachment relationships, social cognition, borderline personality disorder, antisocial behavior and violence. His longitudinal studies which linked the quality of parent-infant attachment to theory of mind development have important implications for strategies for early prevention not accounted for by genetic influences. The link between human attachment and social cognition led Bateman, Fonagy and colleagues to develop a model of and a highly effective treatment approach for borderline personality disorders (BPD). Mentalization Based Treatment (MBT) is now one of the two evidence-based psychological treatments used for severe PD and is widely practiced in the UK, Europe and the USA. Professor Jeremy Holmes Professor Jeremy Holmes MD FRCPsych BPC is a psychiatrist and psychoanalytic psychotherapist. For 35 years he worked as Consultant Psychiatrist and Psychotherapist in the NHS, focussing especially on people with Borderline Personality Disorder. He was Chair of the Psychotherapy Faculty of the Royal College of Psychiatrists 1998-2002. Now partially retired, he teaches on the Masters and Doctoral psychoanalytic psychotherapy training and research programme at Exeter University, where he is visiting Professor; and lectures nationally and internationally. He has written more than 200 peer-reviewed papers and chapters in the field of Attachment and Psychoanalytic psychotherapy. Dr Gwen Adshead Dr Gwen Adshead is a psychotherapist, group analyst and forensic psychiatrist. She trained as a psychiatrist, and then as a forensic psychiatrist after completing a master’s Degree in medical law and ethics at King’s College, London. She was lecturer in victimology at the Institute of Psychiatry, where she studied interpersonal trauma and its effects; then trained as a psychotherapist, with a particular interest in Attachment Theory. She first started work at Broadmoor Hospital as a senior psychiatric trainee in 1990; and over the last twenty years has worked as a responsible clinician, as well as a consultant psychotherapist.
Sarah Daniel Sarah Daniel is an internationally recognised researcher and author in the field of clinical psychology. Her research focuses on the process and outcome of psychotherapy with adults with a particular emphasis on the implications of adult attachment patterns. She holds a PhD degree in psychotherapy research from the University of Copenhagen and has worked in adult and child psychiatry for many years. She also worked as a full-time lecturer at the University of Copenhagen till 2017. Currently, she works on specialist training in mentalization-based therapy for adults. She is the author of: Relation and Story: Link patterns in a treatment context (Routledge), Adult attachment patterns in a treatment context: Relationship and narrative (Routledge) and Mind the gap: In-session silences are associated with client attachment insecurity, therapeutic alliance, and treatment outcome (Psychotherapy Research).
Dr Christopher Clulow Dr Christopher Clulow is a Consultant Couple Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist, registered with the British Psychoanalytic Council, and a Senior Fellow of the Tavistock Institute of Medical Psychology, London. He has published extensively on marriage, partnerships, parenthood and couple psychotherapy, most recently from an attachment perspective. His two edited books in this area are Adult attachment and couple psychotherapy: The ‘secure base’ in practice and research (2001, Brunner-Routledge) and Attachment, sex and couple psychotherapy: Psychoanalytic perspectives (2009, Karnac). His most recent co-authored book, Couple therapy for depression: A clinician’s guide to integrative practice, was published by Oxford University Press in 2014.
Dr Terence Nice Dr Terence Nice is Lecturer in Psychological Therapies in the Centre for Professional Practice at the University of Kent and a practicing Specialist Psychotherapist in the NHS. He is Chair of Ethics and trained as a psychoanalytic psychotherapist at the University of Kent before going onto the MA in infant observation at the Tavistock Clinic, London. Dr Nice has been fascinated by a developmental trajectory with regards to child, adolescent and adult self-harm and attempted suicide. Dr Nice is a member of the UKCP Research Faculty Committee and has chaired and co-chaired the second and third annual UKCP research conferences, respectively. He is a journal reviewer for the British Journal of Psychotherapy and the British Journal of Social Work Practice.
Conference Venue Regent's Conference Rooms, Regent's University London Inner Circle, London NW1 4NS
Parenting and Personality Dysfunction An interactive, evening discussion with Dr Gwen Adshead (moderated by Jan McGregor Hepburn) London, 24 May 2018, Thursday 6:00pm - 9:00pm The ‘orchid-dandelion’ hypothesis of child development (Ellis, 2008) suggests that there are some ‘environments’ that can damage even the most resilient children. Parental harshness, chronic hostility and a rejecting stance might form part of such hazardous environments – the incidence of which may be more common in parents with personality disorders. Evidence shows that such ‘maladaptive parental behaviour’ is not just associated with high rates of child and adolescent psychopathology; but also with higher manifestations of conduct and / or oppositional defiant disorders in children. As therapists, we also realise that parental personality dysfunctions can have attachment implications. Frightened or frightening parenting behaviours lead to disorganised attachment in children, which in turn is symptomatic of a range of abnormal childhood behaviours. Our challenge in working with such parents and families however, is that abusive parents with personality disorders are often hard to engage. They may feel defensive and reluctant to building a trusting relationship over time with therapists. This evening discussion with Dr Adshead specifically explores, how therapists can apply these considerations in clinical settings and allow for provision of relational security at multiple levels. About the speaker Dr Gwen Adshead is a psychotherapist, group analyst and forensic psychiatrist. She trained as a psychiatrist, and then as a forensic psychiatrist after completing a master’s Degree in medical law and ethics at King’s College, London. She was lecturer in victimology at the Institute of Psychiatry, where she studied interpersonal trauma and its effects; then trained as a psychotherapist, with a particular interest in Attachment Theory. She first started work at Broadmoor Hospital as a senior psychiatric trainee in 1990; and over the last twenty years has worked as a responsible clinician, as well as a consultant psychotherapist. Her research interests include moral reasoning in psychopaths and antisocial men; the attachment narratives of abusive mothers; and how psychotherapies work with violent people. Gwen has published over 100 papers, book chapters and commissioned papers; co-edited three books and is working on three more. Gwen’s principle training is group dynamic; but she also has experience of cognitive approaches to therapy, DBT, and mentalization based therapies. further details & bookings
The Shape of Trauma: effectively working with the multiple dynamics of the trauma narrative A one day workshop with Miriam Taylor London, 25 May 2018, Friday 10:00am - 4:00pm In order to listen more deeply to trauma, we need to be able to get behind the story. Although traumatic events may be experienced as random and meaningless, they always happen in a context. The hidden story of how trauma weaves its way into many aspects of life is every bit as clinically relevant as the one the client is aware of. Faulty perception of the whole situation can result in a perpetuation of splits, dissociation and hopelessness, and limit the effectiveness of therapy. Essential also is to take account of ourselves as agents within the traumatised relational field, and we will open some ideas about this dynamic. At this practical and clinically oriented workshop which would be relevant for all practitioners working with Trauma (including PTSD, Complex Trauma and Dissociative Disorders), Miriam Taylor highlights how we can juggle, and indeed balance, the myriad threads of the trauma narrative – the evident and the hidden dynamics, the manifest presentations and the comorbid factors, the expressed and the repressed. She explains how one of the most important dynamics of working with the trauma narrative is the juxtaposition of the two personalities in the therapeutic encounter – the client and the therapist, each of whom bring their own interpretations into the consulting room. She explains how we can remain cognizant of these undercurrents, while identifying some recurring trauma patterns – with a view to supporting the creation of a more coherent narrative. Through experiential elements and case vignettes, the workshop helps us comprehend: A systems perspective on trauma A neurobiological model for intervention and meaning making Key features of trauma responses The concept of ground trauma Defensive systems Holding patterns Intergenerational trauma Traumatised organisations Collective traumas Bearing witness Attentional shifts, hypervigilance and mindfulness Identifying splits and parallel processes Power, splits, shame and inclusion in the therapeutic relationship Self-awareness and care for the therapist further details & bookings
Transference from an Attachment Perspective: a new understanding through the lens of biological and interpersonal systems A one day workshop with Dr Una McCluskey and Michael O’Toole London, 2 June 2018, Saturday 10:00am - 4:00pm This workshop, based on the speakers’ new book, starts with the premise that our emphasis on classifying an individual’s attachment style has removed focus from what it means for a person’s physical and mental health when the goals of biological, individual and interpersonal systems are not met – or in other words, when aspects of the self fail to reach their biological goals. The workshop considers five such aspects of the self: careseeking, the caregiving self, the defensive self, the sexual self and the interest-sharing self. At the core of this workshop is the assertion that when aspects of the self get aroused, the behaviour that follows is only logically and meaningfully connected when the self-system reaches its goal. When the meaningful connections between the system and behaviour are lost – then crucial information is in an undiscovered state for the person and those around them (including the therapist). Crucially, the workshop uses this premise to extend the concept of transference from its original meaning – to explain how our clients can communicate these disconnections (between their behaviour and the arousal of particular systems), in narrative form and through the feelings they project onto the other person. Using case illustrations and discussions, we explore how, as therapists, we can not only process this narrative but also assist our clients in considering whether their behavioural and / or emotional manifestations could be linked to unprocessed material embedded in the restorative process (RP). (and how this is linked to the working of the seven interdependent biological systems that make up the RP). Specifically, we consider: Understanding the lost connection between behaviour and the underlying system that is aroused but unassuaged – dictating all transferential phenomena How non-fulfilment of biological ‘goals’ can distort transferential manifestations – obfuscating the meaning, both to the client and to the therapist Comprehending the different, yet inter-connected selves – the caregiving self, the defensive self, the sexual self and the interest-sharing self How do we interpret the workings of the restorative process, as postulated by Heard and Lake (2009) What is the ‘Relating Brain’ and how does it influence transference Overall, the workshop discusses what might constitute a therapeutic dynamic. In other words, what steps can a therapist take to facilitate the recovery of clients’ lost function, competence and a sense of real-meaning in their lives. further details & bookings
Embodied Relational Therapy: A new integrative modality A one day seminar with Nick Totton London, 8 June 2018, Friday 10:00am - 5:00pm Embodied-Relational Therapy (ERT) is an integrative, holistic approach focusing on two central facts about human beings: we are embodied and in relationship. To be alive, we need to be a body; to be alive, we need to relate to others - our greatest challenges and our greatest joys follow from these twin facts. As human beings, we integrate body-mind-spirit; and on the whole, we find this condition hard to manage. Our nature seeks to express itself freely, while at the same time protecting itself, in conditions sometimes of great difficulty. This double task of expression and protection makes us often subject to contradictory pulls, and offering double messages about what we feel, want and need. Through a relationship which is challenging but supportive and non-invasive, it is possible to disentangle our doubleness and allow our process to unfold. ERT offers a profound trust that whatever is trying to happen, in someone's life or in the wider world, needs to happen. The ERT approach cultivates a playful and spontaneous response to what we observe phenomenologically. It understands symptoms not as problems to be solved, but as a valuable stimulus to change and growth. ERT aims to support connection and integration between estranged aspects of ourselves, and between ourselves and the wider world – the communities of human and other-than-human beings. It thus has elements of both a political and a spiritual practice. This seminar combines a theoretical account of embodied relating, drawing on psychotherapy, neuroscience, philosophy, sociology and more, with a description of a style of clinical practice which embodies this theory. Participants can expect an enrichment of both their overview of therapy, and their clinical toolbag: many aspects of ERT can be integrated easily with other approaches and modalities. Among the topics to be addressed are: How to integrate attention to embodiment into verbally-oriented psychotherapy The reciprocity between embodiment and relationship Working creatively with issues of power and difference How to work with material without having to understand it first The role of a playful attitude in therapy Moving fluidly between different channels of experience – e.g. sensation, emotion, thought, relationship, fantasy, movement, external events (‘the world channel’) The concept of character and its value for therapy further details & bookings
Advanced Therapeutic Techniques using Attachment Theory A 2-day training workshop at London with Dr Gwen Adshead London, 15 & 16 June 2018, Friday and Saturday 10:00am - 4:00pm on both days Equipped with a core understanding of Attachment Theory concepts, practitioners can assess a client’s Attachment representations. An effective incorporation of such assessments in our therapeutic approaches however requires a deeper comprehension of the clinical applications of Attachment Theory. At this practical and in-depth two day training course, that would be of value to psychotherapists, psychologists, counsellors, health care professionals and psychiatrists, Dr Gwen Adshead draws on her long-standing psychodynamic and clinical experience to help us comprehend the development of Attachment bonds & Psychopathology (Day 1) and the Applications of Attachment Theory in clinical practice (Day 2). On Day 1 of the course, we review the building process of Attachment patterns, styles and representations; looking at supporting factors, the impact of traumatic events, the relationship with temperament and the rupture and repair of Attachment across the life span. We also look at the development of mentalization as it relates to the underlying Attachment representations and specifically consider parental mentalization; and the relevance of childhood attachment for adult attachments; especially in terms of care giving and care eliciting behavioural systems. We also start looking at connections with psychopathological manifestations as preparation for Day 2 of the course. Day 2 of the training course focusses on the applications of Day 1’s concepts for therapeutic processes. We compare and contrast the literature on mentalization led therapies and other therapeutic schools, while looking at the relevance of Attachment Classifications for therapeutic interactions, therapy as a ‘Strange Situation’, Attachment and Transference and the implications of ruptures in therapeutic attachments. The two day course uses theoretical discussions and case vignettes to explain the value and challenges of an Attachment led therapeutic approach and equips delegates with a deeper understanding of practical therapeutic applications. About the speaker Dr Gwen Adshead is a Forensic Psychiatrist and Psychotherapist. She trained at St George's Hospital, the Institute of Psychiatry and the Institute of Group Analysis. She is trained as a group therapist and a Mindfulness-based cognitive therapist and has also trained in Mentalisation-based therapy. She worked for nearly twenty years as a Consultant Forensic Psychotherapist at Broadmoor Hospital, running psychotherapeutic groups for offenders and working with staff around relational security and organisational dynamics. Gwen also has a Masters' Degree in Medical Law and Ethics; and has a research interest in moral reasoning, and how this links with 'bad' behaviour. Gwen has published a number of books and over 100 papers, book chapters and commissioned articles on forensic psychotherapy, ethics in psychiatry, and attachment theory as applied to medicine and forensic psychiatry. She is the co-editor of Clinical topics in Personality Disorder (with Dr Jay Sarkar) which was awarded first prize in the psychiatry Section of the BMA book awards 2013; and she also co-edited Personality Disorder: the Definitive Collection with Dr Caroline Jacob. She is the co-editor of the Oxford Handbook of Forensic Psychiatry (2013) and the Oxford Handbook of Medical Psychotherapy (2016). She is also the co-editor of Munchausens’s Syndrome by Proxy: Current issues in Assessment, Treatment and Research. Gwen was visiting professor at Yale School of Psychiatry and Law in 2013; and also honoured with the President’s Medal for services to psychiatry that same year for her work on ethics in psychiatry. She was awarded an honorary doctorate by St George’s hospital in 2015; and was Gresham Professor of Psychiatry 2014-2017. She now works in a medium secure unit in Hampshire in a service for high risk offenders with personality disorder; and in a women’s prison. further details & bookings
Sexual Assault: the impact on the psyche and therapeutic considerations A one day seminar with Prof. Fiona Mason London, 22 June 2018, Friday 10:00am - 4:00pm Sexual violence can have a deep-rooted and debilitating impact on a survivor – across the psychological, emotional and physical domains. The lifetime risk of attempted or completed rape is up to 20% for women. Rape is a deeply damaging, serious crime, and while many new policies and practices have been developed to assist survivors, implementation can often be patchy – leaving survivors with inadequate help and therapeutic support. When sexual assault survivors seek therapeutic help, it is imperative that those interacting with them understand the significant physical and psychological morbidity resulting from sequalae such as depression, anxiety, loss of self-worth, guilt and shame & stress related disorders – conditions which can have long lasting impact on their wellbeing, their relational health and future functioning. Dr Mason was an advisor to the former Solicitor General on issues regarding rape and regularly teaches clinicians and members of the judiciary, CPS and police services on issues relating to rape and sexual assault. At this practical and clinically focused workshop, Dr Mason draws on her extensive experience to not just build our empathetic awareness towards the damaging physical and psychological impact of sexual assault, but also equip us with the appropriate therapeutic understanding, that will assist and improve our practice. The workshop specifically considers: Myths and stereotypes Psychological reactions during rape and sexual assault Post traumatic responses Pre-trial therapeutic interventions Memory and trauma Therapeutic interventions Trauma, self-care and long-term health Survivors of sexual assault can be of either sex, and any age, however the majority are women; therefore, whilst not forgetting child victims or male survivors, the seminar will be presented with a focus on adult women, including survivors of childhood sexual abuse. further details & bookings
Resilience: Learning to Bounce Back from Disappointment, Difficulty, even Disaster An evening webinar with Linda Graham Online, 27 June 2018, Wednesday 6:30pm - 8:30pm, London, UK time Dealing effectively with life’s challenges and crises is at the core of resilience and well-being. Helping clients develop flexible and adaptive strategies for coping with everyday disappointments and difficulties, even extraordinary disasters is at the heart of the therapeutic process. At this online webinar with Linda Graham, we consider neuroscientific evidence and focus on the ways in which our clients can harness the brain’s processes to rewire their defensive / dysfunctional coping strategies. Modern neuroscience has shown how we can use the brain’s innate neuroplasticity to modify coping behaviours, even when these appear to be seemingly ‘stuck’ or intractable. At this webinar, we will look at the tools and techniques that work best when we want our clients to: Reverse the impact of stress and / or trauma Come out of anxiety, depression, grief, loneliness, guilt and / or shame Deepen self-compassion and empathy that connects them to inner resources Strengthen their resonant relationships that foster perseverance and Shift their perspectives through mindful awareness Linda helps us identify therapeutic techniques that can be applied across modalities. Specifically, we look at: The Neuroscience of Resilience: Impact of attachment conditioning, including early developmental trauma on brain functioning and resilience Somatic Intelligence: Body-based tools that help regulate the nervous system’s automatic survival responses and return the body-brain to its natural physiological equilibrium; Use of the brain’s social engagement system to manage surges of emotions, generate a neuroception of safety, and prime the brain’s plasticity-receptivity to learning Emotional Intelligence: Practices of mindful empathy and self-acceptance as an antidote to the brain’s negativity bias, healing toxic shame and retiring the inner critic; Cultivating positive, pro-social emotions to shift the functioning of the brain out of contraction and reactivity to more openness and receptivity Relational Intelligence: helping our clients balance autonomy with intimacy; Skills of resonant relationships: reaching out for help, setting limits and boundaries, repairing ruptures, resolving conflicts and negotiating change that allow them to navigate their world with skill, trust, and love Reflective Intelligence: Practices of mindfulness – knowing what you’re experiencing while you’re experiencing it - that strengthen the brain’s flexibility for therapeutic change; Tools to create the coherent narrative of experience that leads to post-traumatic growth Lifestyle Choices that protect the brain and avoid compassion fatigue further details & bookings
A Practical Introduction to Neuropsychoanalysis: Clinical Implications A 2-day training workshop at London with Mark Solms London, 29 & 30 June 2018, Friday and Saturday 9:00am - 4:30pm on both days Neuropsychoanalysis starts from the assumption that the brain and mind are the same thing, considered from two different observational perspectives (objective and subjective, respectively). This implies that everything we have learnt about the brain has implications for how we conceive the mind, and vice-versa. It is evidently dichotomous to have two different and incompatible theories about the same part of nature. In this workshop, the two perspectives are reconciled with each other, and the practical implications for our clinical work as psychoanalysts and psychotherapists are discussed in detail. The first session discusses how basic psychoanalytic concepts can be translated into basic neuroscientific concepts and vice-versa. Then it focuses on one important respect in which the two sets of concepts cannot be easily translated, because they contradict each other. This contradiction concerns the fact that the part of the brain which performs the functions that Freud called the id is not unconscious, as Freud had claimed. The session explains how, the id, is the fount of all consciousness. The second session focuses on the parts of the brain that correlate with what Freud called the unconscious. We consider the implications for our understanding of this central psychoanalytic notion that arise from new findings about the functions of these parts of the brain (for example, the finding that the unconscious memory systems do not contain representational images). This culminates in a radical new conceptualization of repression. The third session outlines modern knowledge about the basic drives and instincts of the human brain, which requires substantial modification of Freudian ‘instinct theory’. This knowledge also has many important implications for our understanding (and classification) of various psychopathologies. The fourth session (first session of the second day) draws together the implications that the three innovations introduced on the first day have for the clinical practice of psychotherapy and psychoanalysis. The emphasis here falls on the implications of three important points: (1) the ‘talking cure’ cannot revolve around dragging the consciousness of words down into the unconscious id, thereby rendering it thinkable, since the id is in fact conscious from the outset; (2) the ‘talking cure’ also cannot revolve around the undoing of repressions for the reason that repressed unconscious memories cannot be recalled in the form of representational images; (3) the aims and mechanisms of psychotherapy and psychoanalysis are reformulated in the light of modern drive and instinct theory. The fifth and sixth sessions illustrate all of these clinical implications, especially for technique, with reference to two case presentations by members of the audience, discussed ‘live’ by Mark Solms. About the speaker Mark Solms is best known for his discovery of the forebrain mechanisms of dreaming, and for his integration of psychoanalytic theories and methods with those of modern neuroscience. He holds the Chair of Neuropsychology at the University of Cape Town and Groote Schuur Hospital (Departments of Psychology and Neurology) and is President of the South African Psychoanalytical Association. He is also currently Research Chair of the International Psychoanalytical Association and Science Director of the American Psychoanalytic Association. He was the Founding Editor of the journal Neuropsychoanalysis in 1999 and founded the International Neuropsychoanalysis Society in 2000. He is the authorized editor and translator of the forthcoming Revised Standard Edition of the Complete Psychological Works of Sigmund Freud (24 vols), and the Complete Neuroscientific Works of Sigmund Freud (4 vols). His most recent books are The Feeling Brain (Karnac) and Beyond Evolutionary Psychology (Cambridge). His earlier book, The Brain and the Inner World (Karnac) was a best-seller which was translated into 13 languages. further details & bookings
Healing the Fragmented Selves of Trauma Survivors: Overcoming Self-Alienation A 2-day training workshop at London with Janina Fisher, PhD London, 21 & 22 September 2018, Friday and Saturday 10:00am - 5:00pm on both days Childhood abuse necessitates self-alienation: we must disown the humiliating ‘bad child’ and work harder to be the ‘good child’, acceptable to our attachment figures. In the end, we survive trauma at the cost of disowning and dissociating from our most wounded selves. While longing to feel safe and welcome, traumatized individuals find themselves in conflict: alternating between clinging and pushing others away, experiencing self-hatred or hostility toward others, yearning to be seen yet yearning to be invisible. Years later, these clients present in therapy with symptoms of anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, diagnoses of bipolar and borderline personality disorder, and a distorted or absent sense of identity. This two-day training workshop offers a practical, hands on approach to working with traumatized clients who experience self-alienation and self-hatred, by helping them to recognize how the trauma has left them fragmented and at war within their own minds and bodies. Participants will learn how to help their clients observe the parts they have embraced and identified with as ‘me’ as well as the trauma-related parts they have disowned and judged harshly. Using interventions drawn from a number of therapeutic approaches (including Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Internal Family Systems, and Ego State Therapy), the focus is on helping clients observe and accept all aspects of the self with mindfulness-based interest and curiosity. As their young parts are identified and understood as ‘heroes’ in their own individual stories of survival, clients are able to feel more warmly toward them, often for the first time. Techniques will be demonstrated that increase the capacity to feel for, and with, each part; that foster a sense of caring, and that pave the way for growing 'earned secure attachment'. Even when our clients are unable to tolerate emotion, extend themselves compassion, or take in someone else’s caring, they can still learn to feel protective of their younger selves and even to welcome home these ‘lost souls’ with warmth and self-compassion. Learning Objectives To identify signs and symptoms of fragmentation and internal conflict To facilitate mindful tracking of fragmented parts of the self To decrease client phobias of emotion and inner experience by increasing mindfulness-based dual awareness To utilize somatic interventions for regulating autonomic arousal and affect dysregulation to calm the body To integrate interpersonal neurobiology and social engagement techniques into the treatment To increase self-compassion through growing empathy for wounded child parts To foster ‘earned secure attachment’ further details & bookings
The Psychophysiology of PTSD and Trauma: how we can make Trauma Therapy safer A 2-day workshop at London with Babette Rothschild London, 31 October and 1 November 2018, Wednesday and Thursday 10:00am - 4:00pm on both days PTSD can be viewed as a condition where the body and mind have not, yet, recognized that a traumatic event is over. The body’s nervous system continues to mobilise for defensive fight / flight or protective freeze. At the same time, PTSD can be seen as a failure of mindful dual awareness, which results in over reliance on, and hypervigilance for internal cues and symptoms and an inability to recognise the present as different from the past. This practical, two day workshop which would be relevant for psychotherapists, counsellors, clinical psychologists, psychiatrists and social workers is aimed at equipping delegates with neurophysical and psychophysical theory, principles and tools – which allow us in our therapeutic interactions to help our clients: Enable the nervous system to recognise when trauma is over; by understanding, reducing, containing and halting traumatic hyperarousal, including flashbacks and benefit from body-oriented interventions that assist in integrating traumatic memories, with a view to increasing stability and improving quality of life Through case-vignettes and examples, delegates will learn to: distinguish between clients who will benefit from the processing of traumatic memories and clients who will not – we consider specific therapeutic skills for helping both groups comprehend the structure of the body’s nervous system and understand how we can employ the sensory nervous system for mediating flashbacks and nightmares effectively utilise the autonomic nervous system for moderating arousal levels Discern relaxed (muscular states) from calm (nervous system states) Incorporate mindfulness, yoga and physical exercises in our therapeutic approach Clearly delineate between traumatic stress, post-traumatic stress and post-traumatic stress disorder Gain tools for protecting ourselves from vicarious trauma and compassion fatigue The workshop is consistent with and would be a beneficial adjunct to multiple modalities of psychotherapy or specialised trauma therapy (including analytical, dynamic and somatic approaches, cognitive behavioural and EMDR). Participants will each receive a laminated version of the new 6-colour ANS table to keep and continue to use in their work and for their own self-care. further details & bookings
The Relationship is Your Most Powerful Tool (& Biggest Pitfall): Relational Strategies to Effectively Treat Challenging Trauma Clients A 2-day training workshop at London with Dr Robert T. Muller London, 9 & 10 November 2018, Friday and Saturday 10:00am - 5:00pm on both days Note: Workshop registrations include a complimentary copy of Dr. Muller's new book: Trauma & the Struggle to Open Up: From Avoidance to Recovery & Growth. The book complements the workshop, providing material for attendees to further their learning. This practical workshop, led by Dr Robert T. Muller—a leading expert on therapy for Trauma and globally-acclaimed author of the psychotherapy bestseller: Trauma & the Avoidant Client - is aimed at building our understanding of the psychotherapy relationship with challenging trauma clients. As therapists, while all of us try to maintain a strong and healthy therapeutic relationship, this can be often easier said than done. Trauma clients struggle to trust the therapist; many minimize their own traumatic experiences or become help-rejecting. Others rush into the work, seeking a “quick fix,” despite a long history of interpersonal trauma. Drawing upon attachment theory and research, and upon a wealth of clinical experience, Dr Muller explains how, as psychotherapists, psychologists, counsellors and psychiatrists, we can work with such hard-to-treat clients, how we can find points of entry and ways in which we can make contact. Using a relational, psychodynamic approach, the workshop discusses and demonstrates strategies for developing the therapeutic relationship, such that we can assist the client regain a sense of trust in others. We explore therapeutic techniques through which the client is encouraged to take interpersonal risks, to mourn losses, and to face vulnerabilities. Dr Muller follows the ups and downs of the therapy relationship with trauma survivors and specifically looks at: How do we tell when we’ve unknowingly compromised safety in the relationship? What happens to the relationship when clients or therapists rush into the process, and how can this be addressed? And how can subtle conflicts in the relationship become useful in treatment? Dr Muller points to the different choices therapists make in navigating the relationship – choices, that often have a strong impact on outcome. The workshop also acknowledges that recovery from Trauma is a deceptively complicated process. When clients reveal too much, too soon, they may feel worse – making the pacing of therapy critical. Here too, the key is in the therapist-client relationship. Dr Muller walks us through the relational approaches that help pace the process of opening up –so that clients find the experience helpful, not harmful. Throughout the workshop, theory is complemented by case examples, practical exercises, and segments from Dr Muller's own treatment sessions. The workshop focuses on clinical skills that are directly applicable in our work as therapists. further details & bookings
The Relationship is Your Most Powerful Tool (& Biggest Pitfall): Relational Strategies to Effectively Treat Challenging Trauma Clients A 2-day training workshop at London with Dr Robert T. Muller Dublin, 12 & 13 November 2018, Monday and Tuesday 10:00am - 5:00pm on both days Note: Workshop registrations include a complimentary copy of Dr. Muller's new book: Trauma & the Struggle to Open Up: From Avoidance to Recovery & Growth. The book complements the workshop, providing material for attendees to further their learning. This practical workshop, led by Dr Robert T. Muller—a leading expert on therapy for Trauma and globally-acclaimed author of the psychotherapy bestseller: Trauma & the Avoidant Client - is aimed at building our understanding of the psychotherapy relationship with challenging trauma clients. As therapists, while all of us try to maintain a strong and healthy therapeutic relationship, this can be often easier said than done. Trauma clients struggle to trust the therapist; many minimize their own traumatic experiences or become help-rejecting. Others rush into the work, seeking a “quick fix,” despite a long history of interpersonal trauma. Drawing upon attachment theory and research, and upon a wealth of clinical experience, Dr Muller explains how, as psychotherapists, psychologists, counsellors and psychiatrists, we can work with such hard-to-treat clients, how we can find points of entry and ways in which we can make contact. Using a relational, psychodynamic approach, the workshop discusses and demonstrates strategies for developing the therapeutic relationship, such that we can assist the client regain a sense of trust in others. We explore therapeutic techniques through which the client is encouraged to take interpersonal risks, to mourn losses, and to face vulnerabilities. Dr Muller follows the ups and downs of the therapy relationship with trauma survivors and specifically looks at: How do we tell when we’ve unknowingly compromised safety in the relationship? What happens to the relationship when clients or therapists rush into the process, and how can this be addressed? And how can subtle conflicts in the relationship become useful in treatment? Dr Muller points to the different choices therapists make in navigating the relationship – choices, that often have a strong impact on outcome. The workshop also acknowledges that recovery from Trauma is a deceptively complicated process. When clients reveal too much, too soon, they may feel worse – making the pacing of therapy critical. Here too, the key is in the therapist-client relationship. Dr Muller walks us through the relational approaches that help pace the process of opening up –so that clients find the experience helpful, not harmful. Throughout the workshop, theory is complemented by case examples, practical exercises, and segments from Dr Muller's own treatment sessions. The workshop focuses on clinical skills that are directly applicable in our work as therapists. further details & bookings
The Trauma Counsellor's Toolbox: Exercises to Aid Recovery and Healing from Complex Trauma A one day workshop with Christiane Sanderson London, 24 November 2018, Saturday 10:00am - 4:00pm Complex trauma is often the result of persistent, repetitive traumatic experiences which may include multiple violations such as sexual abuse, physical violence, emotional abuse and neglect – in many cases at the hands of someone known to the victim. This cycle, where trust is repeatedly betrayed can manifest in a range of symptoms such as dissociation, alterations to sense-of-self and fear of intimacy in relationships. Working with survivors of such trauma requires a range of therapeutic techniques that involve both top-down and bottom-up processing. This is particularly the case when trauma has been split off and is not easily accessible through verbal recall. Moreover, as complex trauma is primarily stored in the right brain, practitioners need to be able to facilitate right brain engagement through a selection of creative techniques and exercises. This training workshop, which would be especially relevant for counsellors, psychotherapists and psychologists, across modalities – provides an opportunity for professionals working with survivors of complex trauma to add practical skills to their therapeutic repertoire. The aim is to enable practitioners to explore more creative ways of working with complex trauma and help them become more embodied, so they can facilitate post-traumatic growth for their clients. The workshop achieves this through a series of experiential exercises including: working with nesting dolls, soft toys and transitional objects, exploring family constellations using peg dolls and animals, modelling the trauma narrative with playdoh, making masks to explore the hidden faces of shame and sand tray work to access the unspeakable aspects of trauma. The workshop combines experiential aspects with grounding skills and relevant theory to specifically consider: Ensuring safety and control: we look at appropriate usages of anchors, oases and safe places; exercises that enable clients to be present, reflect and relax Skills that improve daily routine for clients: improving sleep, making the bedroom safe and regaining contact with the body Grounding skills: identifying triggers, managing hyper and hypo arousal states, sensory connections Skills for managing flashbacks, nightmares and anxiety: handling internal dialogue, gaining control over flashbacks, recording nightmares and the protocol for panic attacks Getting rid of negativity: mental filtering and reappraisal of thoughts Working with memory fragments: reducing over-processing, pacing memory work and recording memories Managing boundaries: understanding collapsed or rigid boundaries and drawing the optimal personal space further details & bookings

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