Health Minds

Working with Adult Survivors of Childhood Trauma

Working with Adult Survivors of Childhood Trauma

We would also like to invite you to our workshop: Working with Adult Survivors of Childhood Trauma on 12th and 13th May 2018. The main focus will be on how to safely approach childhood trauma and support integration of self as a whole. We will introduce Focusing-Oriented therapy combined with a Phase-Oriented approach to post-trauma treatment that will help us to support the recovery 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 Focusing-Oriented therapy 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 must emphasise that these courses are experiential and we expect participants to bring themselves and their own experiences to the work. There is, however, no need for anyone to disclose personal information. In fact, we wish to avoid narrative as this can trigger symptoms of trauma. We do our utmost to make the experience safe and to create a supportive and creative atmosphere. 

You may decide to attend this workshop, however, we suggest you start with Complex Trauma work STAGE 1

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