Making Trauma Therapy SaferThe Psychophysiology of Trauma and PTSD
with Babette Rothschild
Saturday 17th - Sunday 18th October 2015
10.00 am to 6.00 pm
University of London Union (ULU), Malet Street, London WC1E 7HY
PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder) is an indicator that the body and mind have not yet recognised that a traumatic incident is over. As a result, the body’s nervous system responds by continuously mobilising the muscles and other body systems for defence (fight/flight) and/or numbing (freeze).
Those with PTSD become overly attentive to interoceptive reminders of the past danger, whilst losing their connection to extroceptive cues (the five ‘senses’) that appraise the present environment. Known risks with traumatised clients - dissociation, flashbacks, abreaction and retraumatisation - are, in part, the result of hyperarousal in the autonomic nervous system (ANS).
This course will equip participants with psychophysical theory, principles and tools for reducing, containing and halting traumatic hyperarousal. It is consistent with and a useful adjunct to all methods of psychotherapy and specialised trauma therapies (e.g. analytical, dynamic and somatic approaches, cognitive-behavioural and EMDR).
Goals and Objectives
1) Comprehension of the functioning of ANS and hyper-arousal, stress, trauma, and posttraumatic stress disorder
2) Ability to observe and gauge the state of the ANS
3) Acquisition of tools for stopping, containing and reducing hyper-arousal
This Workshop is for:
Psychotherapists, Counsellors, Psychiatrists, Social Workers, Alternative and complementary practitioners, Students of counselling and psychotherapy, and those working in caring professions
THIS WORKSHOP WILL BE REPEATED IN OCTOBER 2017. A DOWNLOADABLE OR STREAMABLE DVD OF THE 2015 WORKSHOP WILL BE AVAILABLE ON THIS WEBSITE SOON.