Trauma in counselling and psychotherapy – A Mindsite workshop in Stockport on Friday 26th February 2016
09:30 – 16:00
Trauma in counselling and psychotherapy is a deeply challenging issue; yet it is poorly understood, and the literature is patchy and inconsistent. It challenges us theoretically, ethically and therapeutically to understand and work with it effectively without doing harm. Part of the challenge results from the need to view the topic widely, and take account of perspectives that are outside our theoretical frame. In working with trauma, it is necessary to think about biology, neuro-science and evolutionary psychology – as well as other more familiar ideas. The workshop approaches the subject from the point of view of practitioners who are striving to incorporate an understanding of the subject into their practice.
This is the fourth time we have run this workshop on Trauma in counselling and psychotherapy. This year we have restructured and upgraded it to include the most recent idea and more examples of master practitioners at work.
Within the participative framework of the workshop we will argue that all counsellors and psychotherapists work with the after effects of trauma, even if they avoid clients with a diagnosis of PTSD; or symptoms of post traumatic stress. The condition becomes somatised and symbolised in complex ways that are not always obvious in the presentation of the client or the issues that they bring. We will also argue that a direct approach is not always appropriate, because of: retraumatisation; the triggering of avoidant patterns of thinking; the strengthening of already intractable defences; and the encouragement of false recovered memories. We believe that less direct approaches are often more effective and less likely to cause harm.
Because of the difficult nature of the topic it is difficult to include experiential material. We have therefore chosen to look at the work of a number of prominent practitioners and to offer their approaches as material for discussion.
The workshop will cover:
- Medical definition of trauma, post-traumatic stress and post traumatic stress disorder
- NICE guidelines on the treatment of PTSD
- Wider understandings of trauma
- Working with trauma in different theoretical perspectives (person-centered, psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioural) and touching on EMDR
- Interactive evaluation of the work of prominent practitioners using modalities that include CBT, Counting method, Somatic experiencing, Psychodrama, Metaphor and ‘clean language’.
It will appeal to all counsellors and psychotherapists; students of these disciplines; and other caring professionals who work with traumatised clients or patients. The morning focuses on answering the questions – what is trauma? and How do WE work with it. The afternoon, will focus on specific approaches to working with trauma illustrated by the work of prominent practitioners. We will provide space to discuss these in groups so that delegates can form a view of the various approaches and consider incorporating them into their practice. Jonathan will illustrate his favoured approach of the use of metaphor in the resolution of traumatic memories. This is an approach originally developed by the clinical psychologist David Grove that can be particularly effective in cases where it is difficult, impossible or counterproductive to talk directly about the trauma.
The workshop is lead by Jonathan Lloyd and George Macdonald, who run Mindsite. We hope that it exemplifies the type of CPD and training that Mindsite was set up to promote – relevant, challenging and, we hope, inspirational.
Participants will gain:
- increased understanding of the nature of trauma
- greater confidence in working with various forms of trauma
- the opportunity to discuss issues and ask questions relating to this crucial topic
We looked for some relevant thought starters on working with trauma. Firstly here is a reminder of the biological basis of PTSD and some insights from neuro-science provided by Frank Ochberg.
And here is a compatible view from Bessel Van der Kolk based on his 2014 book, The Body Keeps the Score.
Now a conventional view of the treatment of the after effects of trauma with psychotherapy. (How comfortable are you with this approach?). This is typical of a type of ‘treatment’ that is described in the literature (e.g. Resick & Schnicke, 1996)
Dr Jonathan Lloyd is an NCS accredited counsellor and a hypnotherapist who runs a busy private practice in Bramhall (see www.calmminds.com). He has diplomas in counselling and hypnotherapy and a DCouns from the University of Manchester for which he researched the use of metaphor in therapy. He has lectured in counselling at Stockport college and ran a diploma course in hypnotherapy at Tameside General Hospital. He is also an accredited supervisor and runs a variety of workshops and courses for teachers. Jonathan has an interest in many different models of counselling and psychotherapy; and has specific interests in ASD, metaphor, trauma, stress and the integration of hypnosis and counselling.
Dr George MacDonald is a BACP accredited counsellor and psychotherapist, who works in private practice and volunteers with a number of agencies. He has diplomas in Counselling and Groupwork practice, an MSc in psychology and counselling and a Professional Doctorate in counselling from the University of Manchester for which he researched ‘Culture as a positive resource in therapy’. His experience was gained in a variety of settings, including primary and tertiary care in the NHS. Although his initial training, and most of his current practice is integrative, he has strong psychoanalytic roots. He has trained in group psychotherapy and is an associate member of the Institute of Group Analysis.
The event will start at 09:30 and finish at 16:00.
The cost is £90 per delegate. For registrations made before 15th January 2014 there will be an ‘Early Bird’ rate of £80. After this date the ‘Early Bird’ rate will be maintained for groups of three or more who register and pay at the same time.
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The event, which includes lunch, will be held in the comfortable, recently renovated St Thomas Conference Centre in Lower Ardwick, Manchester.
6 hours CPD. An individually signed certificate of attendance will be provided to all registered delegates. Those who register within 24 hours of the event, or who wish to obtain a duplicate, can order one from the website.
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