Attachment, Complex Trauma and Personality Disorders A one day workshop with Dr Gwen Adshead London, 23 November 2018, Friday 10:00am - 4:00pm Attachment relationships provide the foundations and the context within which individuals build their key developmental skills, including distress tolerance and a sense of agency. Exposure to repeated and / or early onset emotional, sexual and physical abuse has the potential to rupture these relationships – placing individuals on a developmental trajectory that is risk prone for additional trauma and cumulative impairment (manifest on the personality disorder spectrum from a diagnostic criteria perspective). The challenge for us, as therapists is that diagnostic classification (for example as PTSD) does not fully capture the developmental and relational effects of complex trauma exposure. Research has shown that psychological impact can reach across multiple domains including attachment, affect regulation and behavioural regulation. At this practical, engaging and therapeutically focussed workshop, Dr Gwen Adshead draws on her extensive hands-on experience in working with clients who have complex needs, to specifically address the clinical challenges associated with complex trauma. Through case vignettes and examples, she explains the developmental pathways that we need to focus on for: a) Arousal modulation b) Regulation of emotions without external assistance c) Heightened care-seeking and dependency The workshop explains how the experience of multiple, chronic and prolonged, developmentally adverse traumatic events can interfere with our clients’ capacity to integrate sensory, emotional and cognitive information into a cohesive whole. We specifically consider the manifestation of so-called ‘complex needs’ and the skill deficits that can lead to symptomatology for personality disorders. The workshop brings together contemporary research and theory about attachment and complex developmental trauma, with a view to informing our therapeutic approaches. We work through practical examples to elucidate common challenges such as forming a therapeutic alliance, managing boundaries and working with re-enactments, when working with complex trauma. 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
A Comprehensive, Mind-Body Approach to Treating Clients with Chronic, Repeated, and/or Developmental Trauma An evening webinar with Dr Arielle Schwartz Online, 29 November 2018, Thursday 6:00pm - 9:00pm, London, UK time Most of us, as mental health practitioners are trained in therapy for single traumatic events. However, clients with complex PTSD (C-PTSD) come to therapy with an extensive history of trauma that often begins in childhood and continues into adulthood with layers of personal, relational, societal, and / or cultural losses. It takes tremendous courage for a client to confront such traumatic memories and emotions. Successful therapy thus, requires a compassionate therapeutic relationship and effective, research-based interventions. At this engaging and interactive seminar, Dr Arielle Schwartz shares valuable leading-edge strategies that allow us to successfully address the dysregulated affect and arousal states that accompany C-PTSD. She explains practical tools that facilitate a strength-based approach to trauma recovery and increased resilience in our clients. The most common question asked by therapists working with C-PTSD is, “where do I start?” At this online training, we develop confidence in our ability to successfully organize and prioritize our client’s therapeutic goals. We also learn how to compassionately and effectively work with clients who have experienced multiple traumatic events and prolonged trauma exposure. The webinar will be especially useful for psychotherapists, psychologists and counsellors who are interested in learning how to integrate somatic psychology interventions into their work with clients. We will learn how to: Identify contributing factors to the development of Complex PTSD Explore how Complex PTSD impacts the cognitive, emotional, and physical health of the client Recognize differential diagnosis of Complex PTSD as related to other diagnoses such as personality disorders, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, and dissociative disorders Recognize how working within the “window of tolerance” can help reduce the likelihood of re-traumatization Define and describe top-down and bottom-up interventions in psychotherapy Discuss an integrative model for the treatment of C-PTSD drawn from DBT, EMDR Therapy, Parts Work Therapy, Somatic Psychology, and mind-body therapies further details & bookings
Attachment-informed Psychotherapy: an integrative neuroscience-based model A one day workshop with Professor Jeremy Holmes Melbourne, Australia, 1 December 2018, Saturday 10:00am - 4:00pm 21st Century psychotherapy is a practice in search of a theory. Despite competing and seemingly irreconcilable narratives and theoretical differences, empirical evidence suggests that the most potent agents of change are ‘common factors’, rather than specific theoretical techniques. Attachment Theory provides the evidence-base which helps to explain this. But what does attachment-informed therapy look like in the consulting room, and can its ideas and techniques be incorporated into existing models such as CBT, psychoanalytic, systemic and integrative therapies? At this practical and interactive workshop that would be relevant for psychotherapists, clinical psychologists, counsellors and psychiatrists, Professor Holmes distils key features of Attachment Theory, viewing these through the lens of an integrative, neuroscientific model, to explore: affect regulation, sensitivity, and mentalising and their respective roles in psychotherapeutic practice neuroscientific implications of attachment and their therapeutic relevance using attachment ideas to foster resilience and tailor interventions to the degree of client disturbance how attachment-informed radical acceptance helps promote change in working with adults, children, couples and families the role of mentalising / ‘mind-mindedness’ in child development and in the therapist-client relationship; and the emergence of complex and nuanced narratives over the course of therapy The workshop includes a ‘live supervision’ session illustrating the practical implications of these theoretical discussions. further details & bookings
Introduction to Expressive Arts Therapy: Solutions for Trauma-Focused Care An evening webinar with Dr Jamie Marich Online, 5 December 2018, Wednesday 6:00pm - 9:00pm, London, UK time Expressive Arts Therapy is based on the assumption that our clients can recover from trauma and / or addictions, through the process of creative expression. Defined by its emphasis on the multi-modal process of healing (exploring many combinations of creative expression, rather than relying on just one art form), the approach conceptually incorporates learnings from Jungian, person-centered and Gestalt psychotherapies – while practically providing therapeutic techniques to trauma therapists and addiction specialists. At this engaging and practically oriented online workshop with Dr Jamie Marich, our learning objectives are: Describe the origins of expressive arts therapy (e.g., indigenous traditions, historical threads in Jungian analysis, person-centered psychotherapy, and Gestalt psychotherapy) Define expressive arts therapy and explain its nature as a multi-modal, multi-art process Explain the concept of grounding and why teaching it to clients is relevant in trauma-focused care Implement an expressive arts process to teach grounding in a clinical setting (individual or group), using at least three creative art forms further details & bookings

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