Our CPD Training Workshops
All of our courses are experiential. Experiential learning is powerful because collaboration and personal learning from each other accelerates learning and ownership of the subject matter. Many of our previous participants have remarked on how powerful, but gentle, this approach is and how much it has helped them in their own lives.
At present we run two-day courses in Blackpool, York, Leeds and London on the following subjects:
The Stage 1 course is the base for the majority of our other courses. We advise you attend this course first if you are interested in other courses.
Complex Trauma Work during the 1st phase of trauma recovery - Stage 1, (Single, Multiple & Childhood Trauma ) - 13/14th June 2020 (Leeds) + 27th/28th May (LONDON) + 5th/6th September (Leeds)
2. Dealing with Secondary Trauma impact, Vicarious Traumatisation and Burnout (for any professionals supporting trauma survivors) - in-house workshop (only).
3. Working with Children: Helping Children Cope with Trauma - 5/6th Dec 2020 (Leeds)
We advise anyone who is interested in joining this group to attend our Stage 1 course first.
Complex Trauma Work during the 2nd stage of trauma recovery - Stage 2, (Single & Multiple Trauma - Working with Intrusive Memory Experiences) - 11/12th July 2020 (Leeds)
Complex Trauma Work with Adult Survivors of Childhood Trauma during the 2nd stage of trauma recovery - Stage 2 - 16/17th May 2020 (Leeds) + 21st /22nd November 2020 (Leeds)
3. Working with Dreams & Nightmares (Stage 2 of Trauma Recovery) - 3rd/4th Oct 2020 Leeds (it is possible to attend this workshop without attending Stage 1 workshop)
Workshops suitable for non-mental health professionals
Introduction to Psychological First Aid - in-house workshop (only)
Dealing with Secondary Trauma impact, Vicarious Traumatisation and Burnout (for any professionals supporting trauma survivors) - in-house workshop (only).
More Workshops: Fear and the Therapist
A one-day workshop aimed at enhancing our ability as therapists to recognise and regulate our own Fear System responses in our work with clients
on Saturday: 15 February 2020; read more here
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Complex Trauma Work during the 1st phase of trauma recovery - Stage 1, (Single, Multiple & Childhood Trauma )
Working with Adults
This workshop mainly focuses on how to support trauma survivors of Single, Multiple & Childhood Trauma who are at the beginning of their recovery where their main goal is Stabilisation & Establishment of Safety. This workshop is suitable for beginner practitioners working with trauma as it focusses on the first phase of trauma recovery where the body focused approach is most suitable to create safety and emotional stability. At the same, professionals with extensive experience in working with trauma often attend our workshops as we all know the learning process never stops in our field. These professionals will certainly expand their set of tools by enhancing creative techniques and will have an opportunity to learn much needed self-care techniques to prevent secondary trauma impact.
All of our courses are built around Herman’s Three Stage Model of Trauma Recovery; with the first stage, Safety and Stabilisation, being the most important one. Very often trauma victims suffer from symptoms ranging from hypervigilance, anger, and extreme emotion to pain, depression and immobility. We look at ways to build up resources for trauma sufferers, both external and internal safety, including coping strategies for dealing with their symptoms. This course gives and suggests creative ways/techniques to bring clients into the “window of tolerance” because it is impossible to work with someone who is suffering the after-effects of trauma without first making them feel safe and helping them to find resources within themselves to help them manage their emotions.
This work involves creating emotional stability (learning how to avoid being overcome with emotions) which brings the client into the “window of tolerance” where further trauma processing work can be done.
We advise anyone who is interested in joining other groups to attend this workshop as a Stage 1 course is the base for majority of our other courses.
Complex Trauma Work during the 2nd stage of trauma recovery - Stage 2, (Single & Multiple Trauma - Working with Intrusive Memory Experiences)
Working with Adults
We advise anyone who is interested in joining this group to attend our Stage 1 course first.
This module focusses on how to further support trauma recovery when trauma survivors of Single or Multiple trauma are ready for Trauma Processing of Intrusive Memory Experiences. This programme helps you to develop additional techniques and strategies essential to healing traumatic life situations presented by many clients. This is based on Phase 2 of Herman’s model, where safety and internal resources are in place so that work on the actual trauma can be done by using Systemic , Experiential, Embodied approaches. This is a stage where we support safe re-integration of traumatic experiences.
Trauma is a “stuck” process in the body and we utilise embodied, experiential and systemic techniques to resolve blocks so that traumatic memory can be integrated into our normal memory system. We use indirect imaginal exposure processing which avoids re-triggering clients (e.g. narrative is the one of the main triggers) so that they are more likely to stay within the therapeutic window of tolerance (Briere and Scott, 2006).
We are always keeping in mind the fact that CPD workshops are an extended part of our participants’ support system. All of our workshops incorporate a self-care dimension and, it is also worth saying that, all of our workshops are experiential. This means that our participants learn through reflecting on the experiences they get from doing different exercises.
Working with Dreams & Nightmares
Complex Trauma Work (Single, Multiple & Childhood) during the second stage of Trauma Recovery
Nightmares are a classic symptom of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and this course provides a simple, step-by-step approach to working with nightmares that minimises the danger of re-traumatisation. We also introduce participants to the work with ordinary dreams.
Finding a way to avoid re-traumatisation is an essential part of working with people suffering from trauma. Trauma is a “blocked” process that needs processing so that it can be stored and remembered the same way as normal memories. Contemporary research has shown that nightmares and other sleep disturbances can be “stuck” patterns. Some approaches to working with trauma suggest that nightmares can be alleviated if the person can change the ending (e.g. Gehrman and Harb, 2010). However, if this is done by consciously rehearsing the narrative of the nightmare, it can lead to re-traumatisation, distress, and drop-out from therapy.
Based on systemic, embodied and trauma recovery approaches we support trauma clients to stay within the therapeutic window by beginning the therapy session with safety and stabilization. Working with nightmares involves re-visiting the trauma (in some way) and it is not always possible for sufferers to do this until they are stable and have the resources to calm themselves if they become triggered by the work. Using our framework, as the client processes the content of the trauma, they are able to stay in the present, aware of bodily sensations, and not become flooded by emotion. As a result of this work, the negative elements of the nightmare are transformed, allowing the client to move on from the “stuck” process.
Working with embodied experiences connected to trauma is a much more gentle exposure than working with the traumatic narrative. Because narrative can be a powerful trigger, we use indirect imaginal exposure processing so that clients are more likely to stay within the therapeutic window (Briere and Scott, 2006).
In this workshop, our participants learn through reflecting on the experiences they get from doing different exercises. As a result of this training, participants will learn:
(1) how the nightmare can be broken into its various components which can be processed individually, and how nightmares can be re-processed without rehearsing the painful narratives which can re-traumatise clients;
(2) how ordinary dreams can be broken into their various components to help the client process the whole dream;
(3) how nightmare and dream re-processing can be incorporated into counselling or psychotherapy sessions.
Through this training, participants are introduced to systemic, experiential and embodied techniques in nightmare and dream re-processing.
For the purposes of training and research, we are collaborating with Tom Stoneham (a philosophy professor) and several researchers at the University of York. Tom has developed a Cultural–Social Model of dreams, which provides an alternative theoretical foundation for working with dreams and nightmares. The theory postulates that our dream content is largely determined by external social and cultural factors whereas most theories heavily rely on internal psychological processes.
Adult Survivors of Childhood Trauma
Complex Trauma Work (Single, Multiple & Childhood) during the second stages of Trauma Recovery
It is necessary to attend Complex trauma work (Stage 1)- the 1st phase of trauma recovery course before signing up for this one.
The main focus of this workshop will be on how safely approach childhood trauma and support integration of self as a whole. We will introduce Phase-Oriented approach to post-trauma treatment of childhood trauma.
Childhood Trauma, especially imposed by people in positions of affection and authority, create long term difficulties with trust, intimacy, and dependency. This traumatization causes profound vulnerability and vigilance which continue affecting adults in their late lives. They are often left to deal with overwhelming experiences that are normally held in their bodies. These overwhelming experiences become the reason why these adults disconnect from being present and it greatly impacts on the way they connect with other people. Adult survivors often cannot get body senses as their past memories are very painful physically and psychologically. Therefore they ‘dissociate’ from their feelings and body experiences which is a protective process simply helping them to survive.
This two-day workshop will be experiential and you will learn about effective Systemic , Experiential, Embodied techniques when working with trauma. These techniques will add an important link between the body's stored knowledge of the impacts of the past difficult life of past difficult life situations and their impacts. We examine the embodied approach to the trauma which has been “stuck” since childhood. In this course we are working with the “Inner Traumatised Child” (the traumatised part metaphor) that has become “stuck” and is unable to develop and move on. We first establish safety & internal resources for the client, before going on to approach those “parts” that are stuck and enable them to be processed and integrated. We also work with negative self talk - ‘Inner critical voice’ metaphor which are a feature of childhood trauma.
Working with Children: Helping Children Cope with Trauma
The main focus of this two-day workshop on how to engage safely with children affected by the experience of trauma, restore internal safety and the ability to self-soothe, particularly when they are operating in a hypervigilant state. This workshop will be experiential and you will learn different therapeutic techniques when working with traumatised children. You will have an opportunity to practice techniques on how to establish a safe retreat when children feel overwhelmed or unsafe and learn techniques for self-soothing and self-regulating emotions.
We invite any professionals who would like to learn how to support children exposed to violent events or other trauma which have inflicted lasting emotional damage. Children don’t need to be direct victims to be affected by trauma; they simply can be witnesses of violence, life-threatening accidents, natural disasters or even terrorist events etc. We are going to share our experiences of working with children where we help them to learn how to accept and self-regulate difficult feelings that lead to impulsive and aggressive behaviours; increase concentration; manage physical discomfort and set up boundaries.
Children and young people often have the same range and intensity of feelings as adults but may need help identifying and expressing their emotions. Therefore there are some differences in addressing trauma in adults and children at different stages (Early Childhood, Middle Childhood and Adolescence). We will be covering some of these differences in our course.
As we know children exposed to complex trauma can experience lifelong problems that put them at risk of further difficulties, including many mental health labels. In our experience these labels were given simply because there are not enough trained professionals in trauma recovery, therefore medication is often a panacea to address mental health symptoms in children. We also know that many chronic medical illnesses and legal, vocational, and family problems can be linked directly to traumatic experiences. These difficulties may extend from childhood through adolescence and into adulthood (Cook et al., 2005).
Introduction to Psychological First Aid
For field workers and professionals including range of helping work contexts on how to support survivors of trauma, crisis and disasterSupporting others,supporting ourselves (for field workers and professionals including range of helping work contexts on how to support survivors of trauma, crisis and disaster).
We offer in-house workshops
Please contact us to discuss your requirements.
To develop an understanding of how to support trauma survivors (families, adults and children) in distress/mental health issues and also understanding of how to make a referral to an appropriate service.
By the end of the session, participants will:
Develop an understanding of psychological and emotional behaviours of trauma survivors resulting from significant single or complex traumas (6 automatic distress reactions + main needs of trauma survivors clients that help to spot early signs of mental health issues)
Develop an understanding of how mental health professionals support traumatised clients, why some of the services can only support trauma survivors who at the beginning of trauma recovery (new arrivals) and other services unable to offer this mental health support . Subsequently, it will help to - understand how to make appropriate referrals.
Develop an understanding of how to support trauma survivors at the beginning of trauma recovery (e.g. new arrivals) by learning the main components and steps of Psychological First Aid (designed for non-mental health professionals and adapted for the multiple needs of trauma survivors ).
Be introduced to the basic skills of managing emotional distress (simple tools that prevent further deterioration - group exercises will be offered).
Be introduced to secondary trauma impact and why self-care skills are important when supporting trauma survivors .