We support engagement of clinicians and academia to various multidisciplinary research projects in the field of complex trauma
We run a number of research projects in collaboration with the University of York:
The Dreams without Dreaming project explores the therapeutic application of the Cultural–Social Model of dreams using the SEER Method. (You can find out more in this Imperfect Cognitions interview with Dr Louise Moody and Prof Tom Stoneham.) The aim of the project is to advance the therapeutic understanding and treatment of sleep disturbances using the Cultural–Social Model of dreams. Researchers at the University o York led by Tom Stoneham are working with specialist trauma therapists to conduct original research, contribute to CPD workshops, and support the development of a national training programme for practitioners. See our Training & Events page for details of forthcoming meetings.
The SEER Method applies to both normal dreams and nightmares, and was developed by Dzmitry Karpuk, a systemic psychotherapist as a set of interventions for working with trauma in response to a limited choice of trauma recovery therapies. Accordingly, our focus is often on nightmares. The Method is specifically designed to address the high drop-out rate related to re-traumatisation during trauma-focused therapies. It uses a range of systemic, experiential, and embodied tools that facilitate re-evaluation of problem-saturated narratives, while minimising the risk of re-traumatisation. Distinctive elements of the SEER method includes encouraging the therapist to take time to develop the client’s internal safety by utilising a scaffolding concept, and to support clients to avoid focusing on feelings and emotions at the time of trauma reprocessing. The method also supports clients to change focus from narrative interpretation of their dreams or traumatic experiences to working with bodily sensations and experiences where therapists facilitate the client’s dialogue with these sensations and experiences.