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Seminars, conferences and online resources on psychotherapy and human relationships
Post-Traumatic Growth

How trauma can lead to psychological development

15 October 2016

09.30   Registration and coffee
10.00   Joanna Wise

Working with nature to inspire post-traumatic growth
The seeds of complex trauma are often rooted in early attachment difficulties, emerge from overwhelming traumatic events, and are maintained through continuing nervous system dysregulation. What elements of nature are actively therapeutic, and how can we harness them to help us to regulate a dysregulated nervous system, and - through the use of metaphor and meaning, connection and containment - to establish recovery on solid ground and foster post-traumatic growth and resilience? Recent ideas from a variety of disciplines - for example, affective neuroscience research, sensorimotor psychotherapy, and evidence-based therapeutic site design - as well as hands-on personal experience, will be explored to offer some insights and inspiration as to how we might incorporate the natural world more effectively and confidently into our healing work.
11.00   Coffee
11.30   Laura Prins

The role of metaphor in post-traumatic growth
This presentation will explore the intersection between metaphor and post traumatic growth, detailing how working consciously with metaphor in therapy can deepen, enhance and chart an individual's sense of psychological growth following traumatic experience. Metaphor is not only a figure of speech, but a dynamic process of thought, reasoning and comprehension. It enables individuals to safely grasp the essence of an experience, assists them in making meaning about that experience and enables a re-ordering of a fractured worldview. Through a survey of current cognitive science research and client examples, this presentation describes how metaphor can enable individuals to produce schema and assumptive worldview changes. These beneficial shifts of perception represent some of the foundational components of post traumatic growth.
12.45   Lunch (Included)
14:00   Ruthie Smith

Soul growth - trauma as an opportunity for integration and spiritual awakening
In this new paradigm, humanity's consciousness is evolving from 'Homo Sapiens' to 'Homo Luminous'. As part of this 'awakening' more people present in therapy with 'transpersonal' symptoms, and those clients with a background of childhood trauma and dissociation are often split between higher states of consciousness and fragmented states. We need to be able to differentiate between those genuinely awakened states of mind and borderline states resulting from trauma. This presentation discusses how trauma can act as a portal to awakening, serving the soul's evolution by bringing about the integration of traumatic fragmentation and healing at multidimensional levels.
15.15   Tea
15:30   Fredrike Bannink

Post Traumatic Success
This technique-oriented presentation offers a skills-based model of 'post traumatic success' which combines the theory and practice of positive psychology and solution-focused brief therapy with traditional trauma approaches. It veers away from a focus on pathology and how to repair the worst, to a focus on what is right for the client and how to create the best. The three R's of post traumatic success are: Recovery, Resilience and enRichment). By practicing these skills, practitioners can increase their clients' self-efficacy and self-esteem, making psychotherapy more brief, cost effective and lighthearted.
17.00   End

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Self-funded: £130
Self-funded (with the online module The Nature of Trauma and Dissociation): £250
Self-funded x 2: £190
Organisationally-funded: £220

CPD Hours

Certificates of attendance for 6 hours will be provided at the event

Tavistock Centre
120 Belsize Lane

09.30 Registration and coffee
10:00 Start
11:00 Coffee
12:45 Lunch
15:15 Tea
17:00 End