Recovery and Self-Care Tool-Kit for Helping Professionals and First Responders A 2-day training workshop at London with Babette Rothschild London, 29 May & 30 May 2019 (Wednesday & Thursday) 10:00am - 4:00pm on both days
There are two main avenues where helping professionals (counsellors, psychotherapists, psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers) and first responders (firefighters, paramedics, hospital workers—including doctors and nurses) are most vulnerable to the impact of the trauma suffered by those they are endeavouring to help: On the scene of trauma (accidents, bombings, war, crime, emergency room, and the like), personnel, mainly first responders, are exposed to gruelling scenes of bodily harm and, often, death. Being a first-hand witness to violence and death is one of the major categories of trauma exposure that can lead to posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Moreover, many first responders suffer injury themselves, further putting them at risk for PTSD After the fact, those who regularly hear the recounting of traumatic experiences, primarily helping professionals as well as friends and family, face different, though nonetheless incapacitating, risks: compassion fatigue, vicarious trauma, and debilitating countertransference Anyone working in these types of situations is at risk of primary as well as secondary traumatisation Any and all of these conditions can amplify to the degree of burnout It is critical to note that what hurts and what helps is different for each individual. Therefore, the aim of this professional training is to equip each of the delegates with a personalized tool-kit for preventing, intervening in, and healing whichever (single or combination of) conditions they either suffer from or are at risk for. Think of this workshop as offering a buffet of theories, tools, and skills drawn from trauma studies, neuroscience, mindfulness, and somatic psychology, — all for tasting, sampling, and experimenting. What ultimately comprises a particular participant’s own tool-kit will be unique to them.
The tool-kit buffet will include: Theory Brain Structure Sensory Nervous System: identifying the present moment Autonomic Nervous System: monitoring and adjusting arousal Empathy: dialling resonance up and down Mirror Neurons: how our brains connect us to others Skills and Interventions Keep Cool: don’t flip your lid! How, When, and How Much to Share? Down Regulating Mindfulness: anchoring in the present moment Exteroceptors: identifying safety and danger Unmirroring: reduce resonance Imagery: minimizing the impact of listening Separating Mine from Thine: in body and mind Balance: for mind as well as body Quality Time Off: Transitioning between work and free time Participants will each receive a laminated version of Babette’s new 6-colour ANS (Autonomic Nervous System) table to keep and continue to use in their work and for their own self-care. About the speaker Babette Rothschild, MSW, has been a practitioner since 1976 and a teacher and trainer since 1992. She is the author of five books, all published by WW Norton: The Body Remembers -The Psychophysiology of Trauma and Trauma Treatment (a bestseller, translated into 12+ languages); The Body Remembers CASEBOOK - Unifying Methods and Models in the Treatment of Trauma and PTSD; Help for the Helper--The Psychophysiology of Compassion Fatigue and Vicarious Trauma; 8 Keys to Safe Trauma Recovery, and Trauma Essentials: The Go-To Guide. She is also the Series Editor of the WW Norton 8 Keys to Mental Health Series (14 titles and growing). After living and working for 9 years in Copenhagen, Denmark she returned to her native Los Angeles. There, she is writing her next books while she continues to lecture, train, and supervise professional psychotherapists worldwide. Her sixth and newest book, The Body Remembers, Volume 2, Revolutionizing Trauma Treatment was published in June 2017.

Continuing professional development through seminars, workshops and conferences for psychotherapists, counsellors and psychologists.