Working with Early Relational Trauma A 2-day Symposium at London with Dr Gwen Adshead, Marcus West, Dr Arielle Schwartz, Dr Karen Treisman and Dr Terence Nice London, 24 January and 25 January 2019, Thursday and Friday 10:00am - 4:00pm on both days At this practical symposium, which would be especially relevant for psychotherapists, psychologists, counsellors and psychiatrists, we aim to comprehend the underlying dynamics of our clients’ apparently destructive and entrenched ways of relating and affective somatic responses; with a view to enhancing our therapeutic efficacy when working with the myriad manifestations of early relational trauma. The symposium draws on recent advances in developmental psychology, infant psychiatry, Attachment research and trauma theory to explore how early relational trauma underlies, structures and becomes embodied in the personality. We explore: The patterns associated with early relational trauma and how these emerge in the consulting room How we can, as therapists, look beyond ill-adaptive behavioural patterns and unravel the complex and conflicted nature of what is being expressed How we can recognise and work with the foundational, traumatic experiences of our clients How we can comprehend nihilism, shame, suicidality, anxiety, regression and narcissistic wounding within the context of early relational trauma Through lectures, audience interactions, case examples and panel discussions, the symposium explores how therapists can be deeply affected by, and drawn into, the dynamics related to relational trauma. Specifically, we look at situations that can lead to impasse and how these can be worked through. The symposium helps us understand: The effects of trauma on the psyche-soma: primitive defensive responses, dissociation and disruption of ego-functioning The dynamics of the traumatic complex – the key to understanding and working with early relational trauma Dissociation, regression and negative therapeutic reaction The fight, flight, freeze, collapse responses in relation to anxiety, shame, regression, suicidality and murderousness Insecure Attachment and the links with adult psychopathology Resilience Informed Approach – an integrative methodology for working with early relational trauma What can lead to retraumatisation, regression and therapeutic impasse – and the mitigating steps we need to take as therapists further details & bookings
The Web of Shame in the Therapeutic Space A one day workshop with Christiane Sanderson London, 26 January 2019, Saturday 10:00am - 4:00pm As practitioners, we often witness that shame can become chronic or even toxic, having a crippling effect on our clients, especially those who carry the burden of intergenerational shame and are raised in shame prone families, or who have histories of abandonment, prolonged or systematic emotional, physical or sexual abuse, neglect or exposure to domestic violence. Our therapeutic interactions can be even more complicated if there exists practitioner shame that we are either not aware of or haven’t fully addressed. At this practical and unique seminar which would be relevant for psychotherapists, counsellors, psychologists and psychiatrists, across modalities, Christiane draws on her extensive experience in working with survivors of childhood sexual abuse to examine the complex nature of shame, its origins, its functions and its long-term effects, to explain how we can: distinguish between healthy and chronic shame, shame and guilt – while looking at their relationships to hubristic and authentic pride assist our clients through the process of defences against shame – these defences could be manifest as withdrawal, attacking self, avoidance and attacking others and bear linkages to self-harm, addictions, repugnant obsessions, perfectionism, narcissism, grandiosity, rage and violence identify our own patterns of shame and the impact these might be having on our therapeutic relationships build shame resilience for clients and ourselves through specific therapeutic techniques Through experiential exercises, case vignettes and emphasis on creative, right brain-based exercises such as the embodiment of shame, unpeeling the masks of shame, use of nesting dolls, re-apportioning shame and compassion focused exercises; the seminar allows us to promote healing, restore authentic pride and build shame resilience, while minimising the risk of re-shaming our clients. further details & bookings
The Missing Link: Working with the Traumatised Body A one day workshop with Miriam Taylor Dublin, 26 January 2019, Saturday 10:00am - 4:00pm Because trauma is fundamentally and implicitly stored in the body, major contemporary therapeutic approaches advocate somatic interventions. It is often the case that the body tells the story for which the client may not have found words yet, and we need to find ways to listen to the story behind the symptoms. For many therapists trained to work verbally or from the ‘top-down’, working with the body is unfamiliar and this workshop aims to encourage therapists to work from the ‘bottom-up’ as well. The workshop will introduce some of the ideas and techniques which can lead to understanding and resolving the somatic markers of trauma. 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 the case for therapists to adopt a body-sensitive approach to trauma. Starting from a theoretical base developed both from neuroscience and existential phenomenology, the body will be considered as the primary organiser and integrator of traumatic experience. A particular focus will be on experiential aspects of working with arousal, sensation and movement, and consideration will be given to trauma-based fears associated with connecting with the bodily self. Through experiential elements and case vignettes, the workshop helps us comprehend: Trauma: a public and personal health issue The neurobiology of trauma – the triune brain, the vagus nerve, HPA axis and the window of tolerance; Hebb’s axiom Somatic memory – implicit and procedural learning The orienting response – assessment and possible interventions Embodied resonance and the therapist – reading the story Dysregulated arousal as a whole-body experience Understanding phobias of bodily experience The ambiguous relationship many trauma victims have with pain Shame and the body Dissociation as disconnection from bodily experience Reconnecting with the lived body – the phenomenological method Breath – how and when to offer a range of techniques Self-harm and the body Reclaiming sexuality after sexual trauma Trauma, self care and long term health further details & bookings
Principles of Trauma-Focused Therapy: working towards restoration and repair A 2-day training workshop at London with Dr Jamie Marich London, 1 & 2 February 2019, Friday and Saturday 9:30am - 4:30pm on both days Despite the proliferation of scholarly research on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Trauma; as practitioners, we can feel overwhelmed with the actual, practical steps we need to take to restore and repair when working with trauma. At this 2-day workshop, which would be relevant for therapists and counsellors across modalities, Dr Jamie Marich demystifies the entire process from trauma assessment to restorative growth. Using real-world approaches and strategies with proven efficacies, the workshop allows us to make informed decisions based on setting, client preparedness and other contextual variables. On Day 1, we look at effective assessment and case conceptualisation. We comprehend specific interventions for stabilization, grounding and symptom management. The content of Day 2 is slightly more advanced and is aimed at helping us ‘delve deeper’ with trauma interventions. We compare and contrast multiple approaches including cognitive methodologies like DBT and ACT, somatic and movement therapies, EMDR Therapy, brainspotting, DNMS and Gestalt approaches. Our learning objectives over the two days include: comprehend trauma from multiple perspectives including etymological, clinical, psychological, neurobiological and diagnostic standpoints consider the similarities between working with trauma and addressing grief / loss and mourning understand the Triphasic / consensus model of trauma treatment and articulate current research-based challenges to this long-standing model highlight the role of the therapeutic relationship and boundary setting in effective trauma therapy develop a plan of stabilization / affect regulation for our clients implement and understand at least five trauma-informed stabilization skills discuss qualities of effective trauma therapies, including the ability to assess our own capacity for working with trauma define processing within the context of the adaptive information processing (AIP) model discuss the range of therapy options available for helping clients process trauma, considering the advantages and disadvantages of each come to grips with reintegration, post-traumatic growth, and resilience, and explain the relevance of each to overall trauma treatment comprehend how self-care amongst clinicians working with trauma is a quality of care issue further details & bookings

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