Attachment Narrative Therapy (ANT): Working therapeutically with children and families A 2-day training workshop at London with Prof Rudi Dallos London, 3 May and 4 May 2019, Friday and Saturday 10:00am - 4:00pm on both days Viewing attachment ideas as familial, instead of as a dyadic process, Attachment Narrative Therapy (ANT) brings together systemic therapy and Attachment Theory, to provide a clear framework for therapeutic action that: Helps our clients to name and regulate emotions Allows us as therapists, as well as our clients to view emotional states and actions from relational perspectives Increases understanding and tolerance for negative emotional states in intimate relationships Specifically focuses on patterns of comforting and self-soothing Enables the processing of emotional experience with a view to steering ourselves towards resilience and not distress Promotes an understanding of trans-generational patterns of attachment seeking and caring At this 2-day training workshop, which would be especially relevant for therapists and counsellors across modalities, who work with families, children and young people; Prof. Rudi Dallos draws on his practical experience in setting up ANT based interventions to discuss: How ideas from attachment theory, systemic family therapy and narrative therapy can be integrated into work with families, couples and individuals Illustrations of how the ANT approach offers new integrations between these three orientations Clinical examples including work with conduct disorders, self-harm, eating disorders and autism Complex attachment and systemic processes including the role of danger and traumatic states for families There will be opportunity for participants to consider their own cases and this will be facilitated by the use of formats for exploration, that allow application of the approach to participants’ own clinical contexts. Learning Objectives: Gain an understanding of contemporary developments in attachment, narrative and systemic therapies Understand how these are integrated in the ANT approach Appreciate the relevance of the ANT model for clinical formulation and intervention Be able to utilise the ANT framework to consider a range of clinical problems Gain knowledge of application of a range of ANT approaches / formats for working with clinical problems Gain an appreciation of the interaction between danger, trauma and family attachment dynamics Gain confidence in developing aspects of the model in our own clinical practices
Helping Clients ‘Get Past the Impasse’: Brain-Wise and Body-Based Approaches for Overcoming Trauma A 2-day workshop at London with Dr Cathy Malchiodi London, 21 June and 22 June 2019, Friday and Saturday 10:00am - 4:00pm on both days When working with Trauma, there are often critical moments in psychotherapy when clients inevitably get stuck and are unable to express their thoughts or feelings. This training explains brain-wise, body-based, action-oriented and trauma-informed approaches that can help our clients communicate; while providing a variety of practical strategies that can help individuals to safely express their implicit (non-verbal) and explicit (verbal) experiences associated with traumatic events. While the emphasis at this workshop is on addressing acute and chronic trauma in children, adults, and families, the material covered in this presentation is applicable to a wide range of psychotherapeutic challenges that disrupt our clients’ emotional regulation, cognition, and interpersonal relationships. The workshop includes lecture, short films, discussion and hands-on experiential exercises to demonstrate actual strategies that practitioners can immediately apply to their work with a variety of individuals, couples and families. Learning Objectives Establish a foundation for safe and attuned communication; Identify your client’s window of tolerance for implicit and explicit expression of feelings and memories; Enhance therapeutic resonance, synchrony, polyvagal response and empathetic attunement between therapist and client through non-verbal approaches; Understand how adverse childhood experiences and developmental trauma impact expression, imagination and communication styles throughout the lifespan Utilize the body and gesture to get past the talk and access inner narratives to tell without talking Describe and apply the Expressive Therapies Continuum [ETC] as a framework for brain-wise and body-based psychotherapy; Describe and apply neurodevelopmental models as frameworks for clinical decision-making Increase clients’ creative vocabularies through play, mindfulness, bilateral work, response writing and body-based strategies Apply innovative methods such as the Don Draper Gambit and You’ve Got Mail to individual and group work Identify what is unusual in clients’ non-verbal communications as a source of understanding Determine when to respect silence in psychotherapy and how to respond to it Restore a sense of mastery and play in clients to support calm, connection and confidence Develop personal clinical intuition through brain-wise and body-based strategies
The Trauma Counsellor's Toolbox: Exercises to Aid Recovery and Healing from Complex Trauma A one day workshop with Christiane Sanderson London, 2 November 2019, 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

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