Traumatic events confront human beings with the extremities of helplessness and terror, disrupting the ordinary systems of care that afford us a sense of control, connection, and meaning (Herman, 1992). The importance of evaluating the effects of trauma is critical and has substantial implications for case-formulation and treatment planning in therapy (Cloitre, et al., 2009). Therefore, before mental health practitioners can work in depth with a client’s trauma they need an understanding of what trauma is and how to engage with it safely. This two-day workshop will look at those initial requirements.
Understand the key components of psychological trauma
Be able to identify the many sources of trauma
Know the difference between developmental trauma and traumatic injury
Recognise the many symptoms of trauma
Have a good understanding of the physiology of the brain and its role in trauma
Understand the reaction of trauma clients
Recognise the body’s role in trauma and use some basic body-orientated techniques to help the body do this safely
Appreciate the immediate & long-term effects of PTSD
Be introduced to why talking therapies may not help in this initial stage of trauma work
Start to work with establishing safety through resourcing & boundary setting
Understand the concept of the ‘window of tolerance’ and its importance
Understand the “three trauma types” of clients and the implications for therapy
Patricia works as a humanistic and integrative psychotherapist in private practice and in a community setting and is also engaged in groupwork with people who have attempted suicide or who are struggling with suicidal ideation.
She has been involved in the training of counsellors since 2008 and has particular interest in both trauma, bereavement and the psychology of happiness.
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