Trauma and The Body A 2-day Symposium at London with Christiane Sanderson, Miriam Taylor, Kathy Steele and Jamie Marich London, 8 February & 9 February 2019 (Friday & Saturday) 10:00am - 4:00pm on both days
Our principal modalities have trained us to consider what is being said in the consulting room, but we can often feel ill-equipped to engage with the embodied experience. At this therapeutically oriented 2-day symposium at London, we bring together global experts to discuss and explain: What can we learn from neuroscience, trauma, dissociation, sensorimotor methodologies and attachment theory so as to bring the embodied experience into the consulting room How can we help our clients be somatically integrated Implicit memories and how the body is affected by these What happens when the body ‘freezes’ in response to a traumatic event occurrence – how do we bring this out when working with the trauma narrative? How does the body react to Trauma, PTSD and Complex Trauma? The intricate linkages between somatisation and sexuality when trauma is a result of childhood sexual abuse The therapist’s body is also in the consulting room – how does this impact the therapeutic process? How do we prevent re-traumatisation when the body remembers?
Symposium Modules Module 1: Christiane Sanderson: Deleting the Body, Somatisation and Sexuality The silence, secrecy and shame that is ubiquitous in Trauma and / or childhood sexual abuse reduces the capacity for reflective functioning and ability to speak the unspeakable. This in turn significantly reduces the processing of traumatic experiences and our client’s ability to integrate these. As a consequence, the trauma remains outside of conscious awareness, and gives rise to a range of concomitant trauma symptoms including hyperarousal, intrusive memories, flashbacks, dissociation, deleting the body and somatisation. These impact not on only on psychological well-being but also on our client’s physical well-being. This presentation will look at the range of somatic markers that are commonly seen in survivors of complex trauma and childhood sexual abuse and identify how the body remembers. We explore how trauma impacts on the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous system and the manifestation of a range of associated physical illnesses including type II diabetes, heart disease, unexplained illnesses, chronic pain, impaired autoimmune functioning, chronic fatigue syndrome, ME and fibromyalgia, as well as self- harm and somatised emotions. Particular emphasis will be placed on how, through dissociation, survivors delete their bodies and the myriad ways this impacts on sexuality and sexual functioning. We will consider how practitioners can enable survivors to restore control over their bodies and reclaim their sexuality. Module 2: Miriam Taylor, Out of the Shadows: Implicit Process and Embodied Resonance in Trauma Practice Traumatic experience is deeply embodied and unformulated, and aspects of it often remain obscure or out-of-reach. This presentation will shed light on some of the ways in which this ‘unknowable’ state is maintained, including splitting, dissociation, loss of context, and discomfort with ambiguity. These can in turn show up as parallel processes in the therapeutic relationship and in supervision. We will also make sense of the function of these processes as creative adaptations to trauma. Developing new ways of looking at the matter can help us understand and formulate the traumatic experience from a different perspective. The thinking is grounded in basic neurobiology of trauma, informing an intention to recognise and honour the impact on both client and therapist. As therapists, we need to learn how to read the story that our clients bring to us in embodied form, and we will touch on some ways of observing and understanding this without retraumatising them. Differentiation of experience using a phenomenological approach will be shown to integrate and make accessible previously unformulated experience. Clinical material and self-reflection will help to bring the approach to life. Module 3: Kathy Steele (joining live online from the US): Organizing Disorganization: Keeping the body in mind when working with Complex Trauma and Dissociation One of the greatest challenges in working with complex trauma disorders is to provide a step-wise, rational, and relatively steady treatment approach. Chaos, crises, avoidance strategies, resistances, intense transference and countertransference, inner conflicts, and a disorganized attachment style are only a few issues that contribute to difficulties in maintaining a stable therapy. We will explore specific ways to conceptualize a case that offers the therapist a meta-view of how the client is organized – keeping both symptomatic and body-based factors in mind, thus opening a path towards a rational treatment plan. We will explore how to assess specific prognostic factors, consider somatic markers and set collaborative therapeutic goals. We will discuss general guidelines about how treatment might differ when a client has a dissociative disorder versus Complex PTSD, as well as how to approach ego states and dissociative parts in a rational, integrative way that preserves the functioning of the client. Participants will learn how to focus on the process instead of content, to understand how the client is organized. Module 4: Jamie Marich: The Therapist’s Body and the Therapeutic Process Dr Jamie Marich uses the lens of mindfulness to discuss the importance of a therapist having their own embodied practice. Allowing for such embodiment on a personal level improves a therapist’s ability to be present in sessions and positively impacts the experience of attunement. Such constructs are vital for a therapist being able to navigate difficult sessions in the course of trauma therapy, particularly when intense affect or dissociative experiences arise. Dr Marich explores the concepts of mirror neurons, somatic empathy, and energetic resonance in her presentation and invites a larger context for discussion. Dr Marich will also touch upon how working with her own trauma recovery has allowed her to address the needs of her clients more fully. An outspoken advocate for therapists who have historically struggled with their own issues connected to addiction, trauma, and dissociation, Dr Marich explains how personal recovery processes can be transformed into strengths instead of liabilities.
About the speakers Christiane Sanderson BSc, MSc. is a senior lecturer in Psychology at the University of Roehampton, of London with 26 years of experience working with survivors of childhood sexual abuse and sexual violence. She has delivered consultancy, continuous professional development and professional training for parents, teachers, social workers, nurses, therapists, counsellors, solicitors, the NSPCC, the Catholic Safeguarding Advisory Committee, the Methodist Church, the Metropolitan Police Service, SOLACE, the Refugee Council, Birmingham City Council Youth Offending Team, and HMP Bronzefield. She is the author of Counselling Skills for Working with Shame, Counselling Skills for Working with Trauma: Healing from Child Sexual Abuse, Sexual Violence and Domestic Abuse, Counselling Adult Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse, 3rd edition, Counselling Survivors of Domestic Abuse, The Seduction of Children: Empowering Parents and Teachers to Protect Children from Child Sexual Abuse, and Introduction to Counselling Survivors of Interpersonal Trauma, all published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers. She has also written The Warrior Within: A One in Four Handbook to Aid Recovery from Sexual Violence; The Spirit Within: A One in Four Handbook to Aid Recovery from Religious Sexual Abuse Across All Faiths and Responding to Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse: A pocket guide for professionals, partners, families and friends for the charity One in Four for whom she is a trustee. 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 an associate of Relational Change. Her relevant publications include ‘Trauma Therapy and Clinical Practice: Neuroscience, Gestalt and the Body’ published by the OUP in 2014. Kathy Steele, MN, CS has been treating complex trauma, dissociation, and attachment issues since 1985. She is in private practice with Metropolitan Psychotherapy Services and is Adjunct Faculty at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, US. Ms. Steele is a Past President and Fellow of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (ISSTD), and has also previously served on the Board of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS). She has been involved with developing treatment guidelines for Dissociative Disorders and well as for Complex Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. Ms. Steele has received a number of awards for her work, including the 2010 Lifetime Achievement Award from ISSTD, an Emory University Distinguished Alumni Award in 2006, and the 2011 Cornelia B. Wilbur Award for Outstanding Clinical Contributions. She is known for her humor, compassion, respect, and depth of knowledge as a clinician and teacher, and for her capacity to present complex issues in easily understood and clear ways using an integrative psychotherapy model that draws from both traditional and somatic approaches. She is sought as a consultant and supervisor, and as an international lecturer. She has co-authored three books as part of the acclaimed Norton Series on Interpersonal Neurobiology: The Haunted Self: Structural dissociation of the personality and chronic traumatization (2006, Van der Hart, Nijenhuis, & Steele - W. W. Norton); Coping with trauma-related dissociation: Skills training for patients and therapists (2011, Boon, Steele, & Van der Hart - W. W. Norton); and most recently, Treating trauma-related dissociation: A practical, integrative approach (2017, Steele, Boon, & Van der Hart - W. W. Norton). She has also (co)authored numerous book chapters and journal articles. Dr Jamie Marich, LPCC-S, LICDC-CS, REAT, RMT is an EMDRIA-Approved Consultant, Certified Therapist, and Training Provider who began her career working for humanitarian aid in Bosnia-Herzegovina from 2000-2003. She travels internationally speaking on topics related to EMDR, trauma, addiction, and mindfulness while maintaining a private practice (Mindful Ohio) in her home town of Warren, OH. She is the developer of the Dancing Mindfulness practice and regularly trains facilitators to take this unique practice into both clinical and community settings. Jamie Marich is the author of EMDR Made Simple: 4 Approaches for Using EMDR with Every Client (2011), Trauma and the Twelve Steps: A Complete Guide for Recovery Enhancement (2012), and Trauma Made Simple: Competencies in Assessment, Treatment, and Working with Survivors. Her latest book, Dancing Mindfulness: A Creative Path to Healing and Transformation was released in late October 2015 with Skylight Paths Publishing. She is currently working on EMDR Therapy & Mindfulness for Trauma-Focused Care along with colleague Dr. Stephen Dansiger, scheduled for release with Springer Publishing. Marich is a certified rational living hypnotherapist and completed the Street Yoga trauma-informed yoga teacher training program. She is also a Certified Yoga of 12-Step Recovery (Y12SR) leader. In 2015, she had the privilege of delivering a TEDx talk on trauma (available on YouTube), and she made her first appearance on the popular Recovery 2.0 Conference. Additionally, NALGAP: The Association of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Addiction Professionals and Their Allies awarded Jamie with their esteemed President’s Award in 2015 for her work as an LGBT advocate.

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