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Techniques, Tips and Tricks in Trauma – an exploration by Rod Aungier. 

Techniques, Tips and Tricks in Trauma – an exploration by Rod Aungier. 

– an exploration by Rod Aungier. We all want to be the best we can be at whatever we do and trauma informed practise is no different from any other activity, calling or profession  we decide to become allied with,  but who has the best approach? The answer would seem that all approaches have elements of all the others so there is no unique cure all fix we can all subscribe to. In this webinar we explore the different approaches and the different ways in which they offer the solution to Trauma and ask the question “what’s worth knowing about if I’m to be as effective as I can be?”.

The use of supervision to  prevent  dependency in therapy for Complex Trauma

The use of supervision to  prevent  dependency in therapy for Complex Trauma

Exploring options when therapy gets 'stuck

Exploring options when therapy gets 'stuck

Journal Discount - Issues 1 and 2 for the price of one!

Journal Discount - Issues 1 and 2 for the price of one!

Issue 1

Section I - Perspectives on trauma
1.What is complex trauma?
Michael Guilding
2. Growing strong in limbo: Evaluating the impact of a short term dramatherapy intervention with an adolescent client seeking asylum
Sasha Nemeckova
3. We need to talk: differential understandings and responses to domestic abuse and violence
Dermot Brady
4. Towards a systemic lens in trauma work
Arlette Kavanagh & Auður Guðmundsdóttir
5. Socially excluded, disadvantaged, exposed to trauma: It is time to look beyond the label
Dr Diane Harrison
6. The Survive/Thrive Spiral:A visual integration of Polyvagal Theory and Internal Family Systems
Ruth Culver

Section II - Complex trauma in practice
7. Reconstructing self and personhood when the assumptive world is shattered by trauma
Karla Dolinsky
8. Holding on to hope - A practitioner’s experience of working with children who have experienced sexual abuse trauma.
Sarah Palmer
9. When worlds collide - The process of embodied experience
Roderick Aungier
10. Working with a five year old child’s nightmares: A short/brief case study
Valerie Long
11. Working creatively to manage high levels of negative emotions
Isa Julgalad


Abstracts
1. What is complex trauma? by Michael Guilding.
Diagnostic criteria relating to trauma, in ICD-11 and DSM 5, are presented as lists of symp-toms with no attempt at understanding the mechanisms of trauma, or at seeing them in the context of human biological and social systems. This seriously limits their usefulness to the psychological therapist. This paper is an attempt at such an understanding, starting from the perspective of the biological fear system. It argues that trauma is an autonomic nervous system dysfunction in which fear responses cannot de-activate, and that complex trauma is the chronic failure of fear system de-activation and the impact of this failure on a wide range of other systems with detrimental consequences for physical and mental health and social integration.

2. Growing strong in limbo: Evaluating the impact of a short term dramatherapy intervention with an adolescent client seeking asylum by Sasha Nemeckova
The purpose of this paper is to examine and evaluate the impact of a short-term dramather-apy intervention with an adolescent client seeking asylum. An overview of literature of recent writing in psychoanalysis, psychology, intercultural therapy and dramatherapy provides a brief summary of the psychological impact of forced migration on the adolescent asylum seeking population, highlighting in particular the simultaneous impact of the upheavals of identity asso-ciated with adolescence, migration and trauma. A narrative case study provides a rich descrip-tion of the intervention. Qualitative content analysis was used to identify prominent themes related to client difficulties, coping strategies and engagement with dramatherapy techniques. The results of this analysis are discussed in light of prominent dramatherapy literature and the co-relation between core dramatherapy processes and the increase in the client’s coping abilities are evaluated. The study concludes that the short-term dramatherapeutic intervention was able to contribute to the enhancement of the client’s resilience, however highlights the necessity of involvement of multiple agencies in addressing the complex needs of separated asylum seeking children.

3. We need to talk: differential understandings and responses to domestic abuse and violence by Dermot Brady
This article summarises a presentation to the Complex Trauma Institute (CTI) in July 2020 and a subsequent online seminar. Domestic abuse is a common theme when considering complex trauma, as Herman (1989) noted and addressed by more recent researchers and commen-tators (see, e.g. Van Der Kolk, 2015). Domestic abuse is a site of knowing and not knowing, denial and action. While we can work with people who have experienced violence and abuse in their intimate relationships, the field is contested and politicised. Differential understand-ings, processes and professional remits concerning domestic abuse are addressed. In the development of responses to domestic abuse and complex trauma, early writers and activists saw their work as grounded in wider social movements. Over time neoliberal discourses and practices have become dominant, replacing the idea of social change as the part of remit of the state with the concept of government as a minimalist actor supporting free markets. Ne-oliberalism is arguably inimical to the delivery of public services and this has implications for those who have experienced complex trauma. An understanding of the different professional languages, research and practices in use, in tandem with an understanding of the importance of how services are funded, designed and delivered have implications for both practitioners and more broadly in Herman’s terms, those in need of safety, remembering and mourning, and commonality.

4. Towards a systemic lens in trauma work by Arlette Kavanagh & Auður Guðmundsdóttir
Research and treatment in the context of trauma are situated largely within the context of an individual. This article invites practitioners working in trauma care and treatment to incorporate a systems lens into their practice. It offers a bringing together of ideas, both of individual treat-ment and the wider consideration of the family system and the relational aspects of trauma. The article offers some ideas and tools that could easily be applied to an individualised model to bring a systemic lens to trauma work.

5. Socially excluded, disadvantaged, exposed to trauma: It is time to look beyond the label by Dr Diane Harrison
Research into the subject of probation is often limited to professional perspectives and it rarely portrays the views of the service user. Harrison (2020) conducted a qualitative study looking at access to mental health services, education and vocational training by those supervised by probation. The study conducted twelve in-depth semi-structured interviews with young men aged 18-25 who were being supervised by the probation service. Findings from this study pro-vided an insight into the participants’ lives and their experiences of accessing these services. Additionally, the study recognised a high prevalence of childhood trauma; 90% of the par-ticipants had experienced multiple adverse childhood experiences. Excerpts/qualitative data from the Harrison (2020) study, demonstrate the range of adverse childhood experiences that those who become involved with the criminal justice system have been exposed to. Further-more, discrimination and ostracisation are discussed to highlight the impact of rejection and social exclusion that these young men experience. In this article, I advocate for these young men not to be labelled and discriminated against but to be treated as individuals who are sur-vivors of trauma and who can be supported to move forward toward positive life outcomes, by ensuring appropriate services are provided.

6. The Survive/Thrive Spiral: A visual integration of Polyvagal Theory and Internal Family Systems by Ruth Culver
Polyvagal Theory (Porges, 2011) and Internal Family Systems (Schwartz, 1995) are two mod-els gaining significant attention within the growth in awareness of complex trauma and its profound and simultaneous effects on the mind and body. This article introduces ‘The Sur-vive/Thrive Spiral’ (referred to in the text as ‘Spiral’) - my infographic exploring the parallels between two of our primary systems of protection: the nervous system, viewed through the lens of Stephen Porges’ (2011) Polyvagal Theory, and the psychological system, represented by Richard Schwartz’s (1995) Internal Family Systems Therapy (IFS). The ‘Spiral’ offers a reference tool for exploring how trauma affects the psyche and facilitates mindful awareness of the brain–body connection. It illustrates how these two protective systems are interdepend-ent, each constantly reflecting and influencing the other. This article outlines how the graphic came into being and offers case studies demonstrating how it can support clients to develop increased calm and self-compassion.

Part II
7. Reconstructing self and personhood when the assumptive world is shattered by trauma by Karla Dolinsky
Healing complex trauma often involves many layers of therapeutic processing. At times, the trauma event can be processed, and the client reports feeling better or ‘healed from the event’, yet symptoms may linger. The author presents an intervention of a series of questions aimed at reconstructing the sense of self and personhood when the assumptive world is shattered by trauma.

8. Holding on to hope - A practitioner’s experience of working with children who have experienced sexual abuse trauma by Sarah Palmer
This experiential article discusses my work as a National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) practitioner with children who experience complex trauma due to sexual abuse. The article discusses my initial thoughts and expectations around working with this client group and how my assumptions were challenged by my experiences with the children I worked with.
Using an example from practice, the article illustrates the importance of understanding phys-ical, emotional and relational transference and countertransference to help children process and give voice to emotions and experiences that they are unable to verbalise. The article also looks at the emotional and physical impact of working with children who have experienced sexual abuse upon me and outlines the importance of self-awareness, good supervision, and self-care to understand my own needs and practice safely and effectively.

9. When worlds collide - The process of embodied experience by Roderick Aungier
As humans, we have undergone constant evolution in body, mind and culture. As therapists, we broadly accept psychoanalytic, behavioural and humanistic/existential paradigms as the three forces operating currently within a psychotherapeutic approach. Nestling within the hu-manistic/existential approach is the idea of embodiment and embodied approaches. I present a short overview of the (process-oriented) embodied approach and the principles it has adopt-ed since it emerged on the scene. An extract from an embodied session is used to illustrate the approach and highlight the elements involved in the interaction. In particular, the idea of field theory is discussed as an important element within the embodied context.

10. Working with a five year old child’s nightmares: A short/brief case study by Valerie Long
This paper outlines the integration of the systemic, experiential, embodied reprocessing (SEER) method of trauma-informed therapy (Karpuk, Stoneham, and Davies, 2019) into my clinical practice as a Person-Centered counselor by introducing a case study in which I worked with a child’s nightmares. The case study outlines the therapeutic intervention, illustrating a creative and embodied way of working with childhood trauma.

11. Working creatively to manage high levels of negative emotions by Isa Julgalad
This paper describes the creative and sensory methods I use in my practice when working with people who have experienced trauma. One part of this article outlines emotional stress in the context of trauma and the second part describes different techniques I use for emotional regulation.

Issue 2

What is complex trauma? Part 2: Working with the body.
Michael Guilding

Nightmares, trauma and the orthodoxy of narrative
Robert Davies, Tom Stoneham & Dzmitry Karpuk

Art Psychotherapy for adults who have experienced complex trauma: An international survey
Kelly Jayne, Simon Hackett & Michael Hill

Understanding help-seeking behaviour of adults experiencing recurrent isolated
sleep paralysis: A qualitative analysis using the theory of planned behaviour
Máire McGeehan, Michelle Tomas & Jonathan Egan

CTI Journal - Issue 2 of 'Perspectives on Trauma' (Journal of the Complex Trauma Institute)

CTI Journal - Issue 2 of 'Perspectives on Trauma' (Journal of the Complex Trauma Institute)

What is complex trauma? Part 2: Working with the body.
Michael Guilding

Nightmares, trauma and the orthodoxy of narrative
Robert Davies, Tom Stoneham & Dzmitry Karpuk

Art Psychotherapy for adults who have experienced complex trauma: An international survey
Kelly Jayne, Simon Hackett & Michael Hill

Understanding help-seeking behaviour of adults experiencing recurrent isolated
sleep paralysis: A qualitative analysis using the theory of planned behaviour
Máire McGeehan, Michelle Tomas & Jonathan Egan

A Bridge too far – Webinar with Rod Aungier and Phillippa Norton

A Bridge too far – Webinar with Rod Aungier and Phillippa Norton

This webinar explores the issues around the challenges faced in trauma work associated with creating a workable connection with a client such that the therapeutic work can be as effective as practicable. We examine the ways in which a bridge might be established to facilitate and enhance the connection. Rod and Phillippa present an exploratory webinar with attendees invited to share experience and ideas from their own perspectives. Ideas and themes taken from various approaches are presented with the view that essentially we can all learn from each other to be as comprehensively trauma informed as possible.

2021 Conference (21 video presentations - Free for Annual members!)

2021 Conference (21 video presentations - Free for Annual members!)

3rd International Virtual Conference on Perspectives
on Complex Trauma Complex Trauma Institute in collaboration with the University of York
The Conference Package offers you:

Exclusive access to International speakers from the USA, Puerto Rico, Canada, Iceland, Kazakhstan and the UK. - CPD certificate (15 hours!) follow this link for more : https://www.complextraumainstitute.org/conferences

The latest developments in the understanding and treatment of complex trauma as well as a clinical application of the latest development in working with adults and children (with experience from professionals working in agencies and in private practice).

International, organisational and expert clinical perspectives on working with complex trauma.

6 months access to more than 20 recorded presentations.

You will be given login details which will give you exclusive access to our conference presentations so you can watch it in your own time.

Trauma Techniques We Learn Too Late

Trauma Techniques We Learn Too Late

In this FREE webinar for mental health professionals, Dr. Scott Sells will share lessons to unstick traumatized families and couples. Ready to gain the confidence to engage the entire family and work with even the most challenging cases?

When you attend the TRAUMA TECHNIQUES WE LEARN TOO LATE, Dr. Sells will share:

Why the extended family is so essential in trauma treatment
How Playbooks are a roadmap to healing families permanently


Scott P. Sells, Ph.D., LCSW, LMFT, AMFT Approved Supervisor –Scott holds a Ph.D. in both Marriage and Family Therapy and Social Work from Florida State University. He has over 20 publications and has authored three books entitled: Treating the Traumatized Child: A Step-by-Step Family Systems Approach (Springer Publishing, 2017), Treating the Tough Adolescent: A Family-Based, Step-by-Step Guide (Guilford Press, 1998) and Parenting Your Out-of-Control Teenager: 7 Steps to Reestablish Authority and Reclaim Love (St. Martin’s Press, 2001). Dr. Sells specializes in working with impossible or stuck cases whose families have not been successful with other counselors.

Complex Trauma Viewed through the Perspective of the Biological Fear System

Complex Trauma Viewed through the Perspective of the Biological Fear System

We re-run this event as many therapists could not attend 7th Aug ; Please read Michael's article before joining this presentation, webpage: Free Resources - www.complextraumainstitute.org/pre-recorded-webinars

This event will begin with Michael presenting a short summary of his article and the main ideas. After the introduction, the session is open to all participants to engage in the discussions, facilitated by Michael . We all learn differently, so your level of engagement is up to you. You may self-select whether you wish to have your video or microphone on to enter the discussion, or you may prefer to remain more as an audience member to learn from the panel of participants and their exchanges.

You will find your CPD Certificate by clicking Certificate button in My Purchase area. You may have to complete a feedback form first.

Pausing at the Oasis: a creative approach to self-care when working with complex trauma

Pausing at the Oasis: a creative approach to self-care when working with complex trauma

I thought about how to best introduce the subject of Art Psychotherapy to my Complex Trauma Institute colleagues and what better way than to get everyone to be creative!
This will be the last webinar of this summer, we have had a long year behind us and many of you will be looking forward to a break in August so I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to host a creative wellbeing session. We will be shedding some old skins and restore our energy by using creative tools and connecting with our peers. No prior experience or skills in art making needed. You might feel apprehensive or anxious about making art - it's okay, it's a natural reaction! I will do my very best to make you feel comfortable and relaxed. Please bring paper and pens (or any other art materials you have at home!). If for any reasons you're unable to make art - it's okay! You can still join and be creative in other ways.
Please email info@complaxtraumainstitute.org if you have any specific requirements. 

Complex Trauma Therapy for Adolescents in a Low Secure Unit

Complex Trauma Therapy for Adolescents in a Low Secure Unit

Free Webinar; The duration of this presentation is 1 hour 15 minutes

An introduction to the polyvagal theory and how it can be used in the therapy room.

An introduction to the polyvagal theory and how it can be used in the therapy room.

Free Webinar; The duration of this presentation is 1 hour 15 minutes