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 About the speaker Miriam Taylor is a UKCP registered Gestalt psychotherapist, supervisor and international trainer who has been in private practice since 1995. Her background was in adult education before she trained as a counsellor and psychotherapist. Working as clinical lead of a young peoples’ service, pointed her towards specialising in trauma, and for several years she worked in a specialist trauma service. Miriam’s particular interest is in the relational integration of trauma and the role of the body. She teaches in the UK and internationally, is an Academic Consultant and examiner for Metanoia Institute, London, and is part of the Leadership Team at Relational Change. Her relevant publications include ‘Trauma Therapy and Clinical Practice: Neuroscience, Gestalt and the Body’ published by the OUP in 2014. Workshop Schedule 10:00AM: Session 1: Presenting a theoretical framework and methodology for working with the trauma narrative 1:00PM: Lunch (a light lunch is provided as part of the workshop) 2:00PM: Session 2: Practical interventions 3:15PM: Session 3: Group reflection In the concluding session of the day, Miriam will invite participants to reflect on the day’s discussions and how these link with their experience as therapists. 4:00PM: Close

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