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Somatic Transformations
Given the new paradigm in neuroscience… how do we practice with people with trauma?

Led by Dr Sharon Stanley

Friday 19 and Saturday 20 May 2017



FULL PROGRAMME
DAY 1: Friday 19 May 2017

09.30   Registration and coffee
10.00   

The basic principles and practices for the "new paradigm".
The last decade has challenged psychotherapists to integrate a massive amount of data and information into their practice with highly vulnerable patients. How do we decide what is essential to adapt to our practice and with specific patients? Sharon will outline the major shifts in terms of relational principles governing psychotherapy today and describe six essential practices that emerge from the paradigm shift.
11.15   Coffee
11.45   

Attunement, resonance and the mystery of embodiment
With trauma, "the spirit leaves the body". Indigenous and traditional cultures had well established rituals and ceremonies to heal the body following a trauma and invite back the spirit. How can psychotherapists in Western Culture provide the processes that transform traumatic energies into meaningful experiences? Embodiment opens a path through which helping professional can guide clients in the integration of the trauma energies of aggression, manipulation and dissociation that arise from fear, terror and horror. The incorporation of traumatic memories into a tolerable felt sense in the body is best accomplished in relationship with a skilled, embodied other; it's not a self-help process. Sharon will lead a somatic meditation that encourages embodiment.
13.00   Lunch (not included)
14.15   

Mindfulness, consciousness and somatic awareness
A growing sense of embodiment allows practitioners to enter somatic awareness of their own sensory based experience as well as that of others. When observed, a sensory based awareness lays a foundation for the development of therapeutic intersubjectivity, the exploration of complex emotions and a restoration of vitality. Bodily-based awareness informs the brain about changes in the environment as well as within the muscles, fluids and changes in self-states. Sharon will invite participants into a process of somatic awareness that emerges from intentional perceptions and involves following the ongoing flow of information and energy that moves through the body and mind.
15.30   Tea
16.00   

Going beyond cognitive knowing and socially engaging in somatic empathy
When we are continually informed through embodiment and somatic awareness of our inner subjective reality, we can become intimately acquainted with another's inner subjective reality in the moment. With trauma, the subjective reality has become distorted to insure survival. Coming to know within our own bodies, the suffering of another provides the therapeutic dyad with essential elements of social engagement and the restoration of vitality. With somatic empathy, we can bridge the chasms that separate human begins into an alive, resonant connection. Differentiating receptive from projective empathy, we enter a shared consciousness that allows each person wordless access into the inner world of the other and the clinical intuition of dissociated emotions that allows for healing trauma. Sharon will offer a video of a client in a shared consciousness through somatic empathy. Dialogue will follow.
17.00   End of day 1

DAY 2: Saturday 20 May 2017

09.30   Registration and coffee
10.00   

A phenomenological approach to somatic inquiry
Bodily based inquiry using phenomenological methodology offers an entry into the direct experience of the patient and psychotherapist. Phenomenological practices offer well-researched processes and intersubjective language for discerning the truth of memories and the present moment. When applied to healing trauma, a phenomenological inquiry values and expresses lived experience free from fear, judgment and presuppositions regarding pathology. Grounded in bodily-based awareness, somatic inquiry allows helping professionals to enter the unconscious dynamics of their clients' lives, grasp the interconnections of their experiences and explore how underdeveloped and tangled neural-emotion states from hidden memories affect current reality. Sharon will demonstrate a somatic inquiry and lead the participants in an exercise exploring lived experience in the moment.
11.15   Coffee
11.45   

Somatic interventions for restoring neural-emotional regulation
Somatic Interventions can be differentiated by those that restore the interconnectivity of subcortical parts of the body and brain from those somatic interventions that link subcortical activity to the cortical brain. Subcortical interventions inquire into the wordless spaces that are accessible in a "right-hemisphere to right-hemisphere" therapeutic relationship. Helping professionals draw the other into an attuned rhythm and pace that can down-regulate states of hyperarousal and upregulate states of hypo arousal. Interventions include repair through somatic attention to the primary modes of communication through the eyes, voice and bodily states. Sharon will lead the group in activities of subcortical connectivity.
13.00   Lunch (not included)
14.15   

Somatic interventions for restoring cortical and subcortical connectivity
Within the human imagination lies the power to integrate the unconscious lived experience from the past with present moment experience and new perceptions of the future. In our day and night dreams, the imagination reveals fear-filled dissociated experiences as well as glimpses of vitality and protection that helps people survive and recover from trauma. When embodied, these images provide their own intelligence to the body, brain and mind. These images may come from the natural world providing us with symbols of interconnection, healing and continuity of our lives. Sharon will offer an exercise that embodies image and symbol to animate healing.
15.30   Tea
16.00   

Integrating the somatic processing into meaning through reflection
Reflection on lived experience can change habits of mindlessness and enhance the meaning of the intersubjective processing in the context of a "right-hemisphere to right hemisphere" therapeutic relationship. A somatic reflection begins with somatic awareness and invites the integration of previously disconnected elements of lived experience into cohesion and connectivity. The shared experience of a somatic reflection informs the ongoing inquiry and interventions of the therapeutic conversations. Sharon will close the conference by engaging practitioners in their own somatic reflection on the two-day conference and then open a dialogue engaging the shared group in reflection of their experience
17.00   End of conference
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Fees

Self-funded: £250
Self-funded x 2: £340
Organisationally-funded: £300

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CPD Hours

Certificates of attendance for 12 hours will be provided at the event
Venue

Grange Fitzrovia Hotel
20-28 Bolsover Street
London
W1W 5NB
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Schedule

Friday
09.30 Registration and coffee
10:00 Start
11:15 Coffee
13:00 Lunch
15:30 Tea
17:00 End

Saturday
09.30 Registration and coffee
10:00 Start
11:15 Coffee
13:00 Lunch
15:30 Tea
17:00 End
BOOKING CONDITIONS >>
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