Health Minds

Complex Trauma Work using Focusing-Oriented approach.

Complex Trauma work - STAGE 1 - (13th & 14th January 2018– 2 days) mainly focuses on how to support trauma survivors who are the beginning of their trauma recovery where the main goal is Stabilisation & Establishment of Safety. This workshop is suitable for beginner practitioners working with trauma as it focuses on the first phase of trauma recovery where body focused approach is most suitable in creating safety and emotional stability. Moreover, this workshop is also suitable for experienced professionals as they can expand their set of tools by adding or enhancing body-oriented techniques and having the possibility to learn very much needed self-care techniques to prevent secondary trauma impact.

Complex Trauma work - STAGE 2- (24th & 25th March 2018- 2 days) focuses on how to further support trauma recovery where trauma survivors are ready for trauma processing. This programme helps you to develop additional techniques and strategies essential to healing traumatic life situations presented by many clients.

This module gives more methods to help clients to feel safe and to identify felt senses in the body. Then we use the Focusing method to show how the felt sense of a traumatic event can be developed into a metaphor and how this metaphor can be worked with to achieve a forward movement. Trauma is a “stuck” process in the body and this method can resolve blocks so that the traumatic memory can be integrated into our normal memory system. This can be done without the need to reiterate the story of the trauma and therefore enables the client to do the work without being triggered and re-traumatised.  

Focusing method has been integrated into many different approaches and current practices. We will introduce FOT in connection within a Phase-Oriented post-trauma treatment approach and using a framework of Systemic & Gestalt Therapies.

Learning Objectives, (4-Day Training ):

  1. Introduce Focusing-Oriented Therapy integrated in a Phase-Oriented post-trauma treatment approach
  2. Develop a good understanding of working with complex trauma within therapeutic window in treatment
  3. Learn how to establish safety and engage in safe therapeutic relationship
  4. Identify how to approach trauma in a safe, productive and appropriate way 
  5. Develop an understanding of how to approach trauma from a Post-Traumatic Growth Perspective
  6. Learn how to build internal resources as well as to manage emotional distress
  7. Learn to think from experience rather than from concepts alone and to work with clients in a way that includes the information from actual experience
  8. Introduce the body-centred techniques to work with traumatised clients at the 1st and 2nd  phase of trauma recovery
  9. Deal with secondary trauma impact 

You may decide to attend any of these workshops, however, we suggest you start with Introduction to Complex Trauma work

Feedback from past participants has shown that this foundation weekend is very helpful for professionals to understand the effects of trauma on clients and also to understand the effects on ourselves when working in such a difficult field. This course not only helps us to protect ourselves from the secondary impact of dealing with trauma but it gives creative ways 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


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