Friday 26th March & Saturday 27th March 2021
Trauma and the Body
About the Event
Day One - An Introduction to Working with the Body in Complex Trauma Treatments
Current research indicates that trauma is largely remembered non-verbally, leaving the body and nervous system primed for future threat. Many traditional approaches to treatment lack techniques to work directly with this physical legacy of trauma; indeed, the body has largely been left out of the ‘talking cure’.
Through a combination of lecture material, experiential exercises and discussion, this workshop will introduce a body-oriented approach to working with unresolved trauma. Andrew’s approach to training encompasses not only the most recent theoretical understanding regarding neuroscience and the impact of our experiences on our body, but also provides a clear and pragmatic link between theory and practice.
At the conclusion of day one, participants will be able to:
- Review current neuroscience and practical applications in relation to safe trauma work.
- Understand the role of the body in trauma treatment, including the role of procedural learning and its relevance to trauma treatment.
- Apply simple somatic techniques to facilitate clients' self-regulation (including directed mindfulness).
- Acquire increased knowledge and skills in assisting clients to develop body-based resources and enable them to experience and stabilise embodiment.
- Understand the significance of the relational field in body-based psychotherapy.
- Acquire increased knowledge and skills in incorporating bodily experience into all phases of trauma therapy.
Day Two - Deepening Resources for Stabilisation
The second day will build on content covered in the first day, with particular focus on assisting clinicians to use more advanced body-based psychotherapeutic techniques to enrich and enhance their treatment approach to clients presenting with unresolved trauma.
Areas of focus will include the impact of somatics on the therapeutic relationship, and assisting clients to effectively access body-based resources to improve their capacity to regulate strong emotion and physiological arousal and more effectively process their traumatic experiences. The workshop will include both didactic and experiential material, with an emphasis on the provision of practical skills for body-based psychotherapy practice.
At the conclusion of day two, participants will have:
- Practiced simple somatic techniques to facilitate clients’ self-regulation (including directed mindfulness).
- Grasped the significance of the relational field in body-based psychotherapy.
- Acquired increased knowledge and skills in incorporating bodily experience into all phases of trauma therapy.
- Acquired increased knowledge and skills in assisting clients to develop body-based resources and enable them to experience and stabilise embodiment.
- Acquired practical skills for the development of advanced resourcing that supports clients’ trauma processing.
Who is this workshop for?
This workshop is suitable for those working professionally with clients who have experienced complex trauma and who have current professional registration with an Australian regulatory body:
- General Practitioners
- Occupational Therapists
- Social workers
- Mental Health Nurses
Applicants who do not meet the above criteria can apply on an individual basis to the COTWA Board by emailing email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. Consideration will be given to the applicant’s:
- Nature and length of employment
- Educational background and qualifications
- Training in trauma
- Support from the applicant’s supervisor and/or employer
About the Presenter/s
|Date/s:||Friday 26th March & Saturday 27th March 2021|
Registration opens on Wednesday 17th February
Registration closes Sunday 21 March 2021
Trinity on Hampden Conference Centre,
230 Hampden Road,
Crawley WA 6009
Additional Venue Information
Tea and a light lunch will be provided
Please advise special dietary requirements at time of registration
Sonia Smuts - Sonia.email@example.com
David Edwards - David.firstname.lastname@example.org
|Notes about Fees|
The information in this panel discussion is general in nature and should not be relied on. You should always seek your own professional advice. The views expressed are those of the presenters and may not represent the views of COTWA.